Videos tagged with "solis"

Mekong Melody - The Long Island (G3) [02:51]
Mekong Melody took the shortest trip around the track and kicked clear after finding room in the upper stretch to register an impressive victory in the Grade 3, $150000 Long Island Handicap on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Looking to rebound off a 10th-place finish in the Grade 1 EP Taylor at Woodbine on October 16, Mekong Melody was angled over to the inside by jockey Alex Solis and rated under firm hold in third through a half-mile of 51.73. After falling back to fourth along the backstretch, Mekong Melody continued to wait behind horses on the final turn, found a seam at the top of the lane, and drew away under a drive to prevail by 3 ¾ widening lengths over runner-up Daveron. "I had a great trip," said winning jockey Alex Solis. "I saved all the ground and in the stretch, I got lucky. I got a little opening there and when I asked her, she went through and finished very strong." Mekong Melody, the 7-2 third choice, returned $9.40 for a $2 win wager to her backers in the crowd of 4132 and completed the 1 ½-mile journey in 2:30.74. Owned by David Egan, Mekong Melody has now won four black-type events in her career, including triumphs earlier this year at Woodbine in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly on June 18 and the Flaming Page on September 26. Her trainer, Toronto-based Roger Attfield, has won four other stakes on the NYRA circuit in 2010: the Grade 2 New York on June 19 with Lady Shakespeare, the Grade 2 Lake George on July 28 with Perfect Shirl, the De La Rose on August ...
Tags: mekong, melody, solis, nyra, horse, racing, aqueduct, long, island

Here Comes Ben - 2010 Forego Handicap [05:27]
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - Trainer Charles Lopresti and his 4-year-old colt Here Comes Ben passed their Grade 1 audition Saturday at Saratoga and the sprint division may have picked up a new significant player. Here Comes Ben, under Alex Solis, split horses at the three-sixteenths pole then wore down Big Drama to win the $250000 Forego Stakes by three-quarters of a length. Big Drama, second to Majesticperfection in the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt a month ago, held second by 1 1/2 lengths over favored Vineyard Haven. They were followed in the order of finish by Warrior's Reward, Girolamo, Bribon, Omniscient, and Checklist. The win was the fourth straight for Here Comes Ben, but his first in a graded stakes. It was also Lopresti's first starter in a Grade 1 and first starter at Saratoga. "I was little intimidated coming up here," Lopresti said. "I've never run in a Grade 1 before. I know he has the numbers, I know Alex has been telling me this is a really good horse," Lopresti said. "We brought him up here two weeks before, he trained really well, he did everything right. We had to see if he was this kind of horse and he proved it today." The Forego field contained several Grade 1 winners, including Vineyard Haven, Warrior's Reward, and Bribon. Under Solis, Here Comes Ben was saving ground in the back of the pack while Checklist set fractions of 22.55 seconds and 45.29 for the opening half-mile. Approaching the quarter pole, Solis took Here Comes Ben off the rail, came into ...
Tags: 2010, Forego, Handicap, race, Here, Comes, Ben, alex, solis, horse, racing, saratoga, tom, durkin

1997 Wood Memorial Stakes [02:37]
Despite the steady rain that nearly forced him to withdraw, and despite the fears of his handlers that he might work too hard, Captain Bodgit won the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct yesterday with a finishing kick that confirmed his status as the favorite for the Kentucky Derby. The star colt with the funny-looking foreleg overcame the weather and his handlers' worries to run the third-fastest time in the 72 years of the Wood. He covered the mile and one-eighth in 1:481/5 , finishing two lengths in front of Accelerator and three in front of Smokin Mel. It was 3 1/2 more lengths back to the second choice, Ordway. And by then Captain Bodgit was flying through the mud at the close of a brilliant performance. The Wood was the centerpiece of three major preps yesterday for the Kentucky Derby. There were 28 contenders in all, but favorites won all three: Pulpit took the Blue Grass at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., and Crypto Star won the Arkansas Derby at Hot Springs while Captain Bodgit was scoring his success at Aqueduct. Captain Bodgit, a son of Saint Ballado, has now met almost every test for the Derby: he has won the Florida Derby and the Wood; he has won around two turns; he has demonstrated a winning kick in the final furlong and he has run and won on a heavy track. Now, all he has to do is do it again on May 3 against a huge field of perhaps 18 to 20 horses at Churchill Downs. ''He's just a super horse,'' said Gary Capuano, who trains Captain Bodgit for the Team Valor syndicate ...
Tags: aqueduct, horse, racing, tom, durkin, team, valor, alex, solis, captain, bodgit, accelerator, smikin, mel

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