empire showcase day

Empire Classic Winner Mr. Buff Had ‘Plenty In Reserve,’ Will Target G1 Clark Next

Chester and Mary Broman’s 17.2 hands-tall Mr. Buff muscled his way to the lead and showed strength and determination to fend off the late charge of diminutive Dynamax Prime to capture Saturday’s $300,000 Empire Classic by a length on Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park. Mr. Buff, under Junior Alvarado, commanded the lead in the […]

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Jose Ortiz Rides Four Winners On Belmont’s Empire Showcase Day

Jockey Jose Ortiz registered four victories while owner-breeders Chester and Mary Broman connected with three winners to lead the way on Saturday’s annual Empire Showcase Day card at Belmont Park, featuring eight stakes races worth $1.75 million. Jose Ortiz, who won an allowance event in the day’s opener with Southern King, recorded three stakes wins […]

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Coastal Storm, High Winds Prompt NYRA To Cancel Thursday Card At Belmont

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has canceled Thursday’s live racing program at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., due to dangerously high winds forecast to impact Long Island throughout the day. In the wake of a strong coastal storm that made its way through Long Island and the New York Metropolitan area overnight Wednesday, […]

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Career Milestone Earns Castellano Jockey Of The Week Title

After reaching a milestone of 5,000 career victories last week, Javier Castellano was named Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for October 15 – 21, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders […]

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Pat On The Back Turns The Tables In Empire Classic; Castellano Hits 5,000 Wins

Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano notched three wins, including his 5,000th victory in North America aboard Runaway Lute in the $150,000 Hudson Handicap, on Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park to steal the show on Empire Showcase Day, an 11-race all-New York-bred card, including eight stakes races worth a total of $1.75 million in purses. […]

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Hall Of Fame Jockey Castellano Celebrates 5,000th Career Victory

Hall of Fame rider Javier Castellano rode back-to-back winners on Saturday’s Empire Showcase Day card at Belmont Park to notch his 5,000th North American victory. The 41-year-old native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, a four-time Eclipse Award winner for Outstanding Jockey and 12-time leading rider on the New York Racing Association circuit, piloted Offering Plan in Race […]

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NYRA Starter Loyalty Program Big Part Of Empire Showcase Day

The New York Racing Association’s innovative 2018-19 Starter Loyalty Program is off to a fast start this fall with more than $300,000 in purse bonuses distributed following its implementation on April 2, 2018. Through October 18, $347,320.50 has been earned by more than 400 eligible starters in all winners’ races, just over six months since […]

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Brown, Castellano Send Out Back-To-Back Winners On Empire Showcase Day

Trainer Chad Brown and Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano teamed up Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park for back-to-back wins on Empire Showcase Day, a unique 11-race all-New York-bred card, including eight stakes races worth a total of $1.75 million in purses. Peter Brant’s Fifty Five got the duo off to a sharp start in the $200,000 Ticonderoga, […]

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