Videos tagged with "spotlight"

2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup contender: Midnight Chase [03:30]
We sent Luke Harvey to Neil Mulholland's yard to put Cheltenham specialist Midnight Chase in the spotlight ahead of his crack at the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Tags: Midnight Chase, Cheltenham Gold Cup 2011, Gold Cup, Cheltenham Gold Cup, Cheltenham Festival, Neil Mulholland, Luke Harvey, At The Races, Horse Racing

Breeders' Cup Spotlight: Frankie Dettori [19:34]
Matt Chapman puts nine-time Breeders' Cup-winning jockey Frankie Dettori in the spotlight. The Italian looks back as some of his greatest successes and gives us his verdict on his rides at Churchill Downs in 2010.
Tags: Breeders' Cup, Frankie Dettori, Barathea, Fantastic Light, Ouija Board, Raven's Pass, Churchill Downs, Matt Chapman, Horse Racing

New York Watch: Stopspendingmaria [01:28]
What do you do after you lose a horse you named after a loved one to a claim? If you are Mike Repole, you buy another horse and also name it after that person. Stopspendingmaria, whom Repole named in honor of his wife, drew off in hand to break her maiden by seven lengths on Thursday at Belmont Park and become the first 2-year-old featured in the New York Watch Series, which shines the spotlight on promising colts and fillies that have recently cleared the maiden and allowance ranks at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, or Saratoga Race Course. Repole had already named a different horse, No Shopping Maria, after his wife, but was forced to part ways with the 5-year-old mare after she was claimed for $5000 at Laurel Park in January. "My wife doesn't know as much about racing, and she couldn't understand how I could sell her horse," said Repole. "I promised her I'd name another horse after her. She thought I'd name it 'Go Shopping Maria,' but I'd never do that. She thinks [the name is] hysterical. She won't stop shopping, but she thinks it's funny." Repole chose a 2-year-old filly he purchased at this year's OBS February Selected Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training to be the second horse whose name was inspired by his wife's spending habits. "I've got to give the credit to my racing manager Jim Martin and Todd Pletcher," said Repole. "I wasn't at the sale as I was vacationing in the Caribbean. I was really looking for colts who could possibly go long, and I asked Todd if there ...
Tags: New, York, Watch:, Stopspendingmaria, repole, todd, pletcher, maiden, belmont, park, horse, racing, nyra

New York Watch: Flawless [01:46]
Flawless lived up to the lofty expectations implied by her name, drawing off to 13 ¼-length debut triumph at Belmont Park to become the 12th horse featured in the New York Watch series, which shines the spotlight on promising colts and fillies that have recently cleared the maiden and allowance ranks at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, or Saratoga Race Course. The Peter Blum homebred was no secret in todays second race, going off as the 11-10 favorite. With Kent Desormeaux in the irons, she broke on top and led through a half of 46.57. Two opponents lined up to her outside nearing the quarter pole, but the crowds selection turned away those challengers and needed only mild urging in the stretch to spurt clear to a dominant victory over runner-up Click Your Heels, a full-sister to the 2004 Grade 1 Wood Memorial winner Tapit. Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott believes the best is yet to come from Flawless, who covered seven furlongs in 1:23.71 over a main track that had been playing on the slow side. She wasnt cranked. She was only half ready, Mott said with a grin. Shes worked very well and has a lot of ability. Mott said Flawless will go through her allowance conditions before she competes in a stakes race. With as well as she ran on the dirt today, well leave her there for now, added Mott. It looked like another furlong wouldnt hurt her.
Tags: new, york, watch, flawless, belmont, park, nyra, horse, racing, bill, mott, kent, desormeaux, maiden

New York Watch: Hunters Bay [01:59]
Ghostzapper and Smokn Frolic won major races in New York during their racing careers, and their son 3-year-old son now has the opportunity to create his own legacy. Named Hunters Bay, the regally-bred colt became the 11th horse featured in the New York Watch series, which shines the spotlight on promising colts and fillies that have recently cleared the maiden and allowance ranks at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, or Saratoga Race Course. Fifth in his debut after breaking slowly at Gulfstream Park on April 10, Hunters Bay was ready to roll today at Belmont Park in his second start. Away alertly this time, he set fractions of :23.14 and :45.57 while receiving pace pressure from Loquacious, began to open on the field at the top of the stretch, and drew clear under a brisk hand ride to score by 8 ½ lengths. We thought stretching him out would be the key and hoped hed break a little better, said Hunters Bays trainer Todd Pletcher, who conditioned Smokn Frolic during her racing days. He was definitely more professional second time out. He comes from a pedigree that makes it look like hell improve going longer. This is a big step forward, and hopefully he continues to improve. He could have a future. Hunters Bay, the 9-2 fifth choice in the field of six, covered the 1 1/16th-mile distance in a snappy 1:41.08. While Pletcher noted how he thought the track was playing on the quick side, winning Jockey John Velazquez was awed nonetheless. They were cooking out there, said ...

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