Friend Or Foe

Aqueduct: Friend Or Foe returns to races, up against Saginaw

Barbara D. Livingston
Friend Or Foe (left) returned to trainer John Kimmel in late summer.

Friend Or Foe, the 2010 Empire Classic winner who has been sidelined since a fourth-place finish in the 2011 Whitney Handicap, returns to the races against the win machine Saginaw at Aqueduct in Sunday’s $80,000 Fourstars Allstar for New York-breds.

Friend Or Foe, a 5-year-old by Friends Lake whose only losses from nine career starts have come in Grade 1 or Grade 2 stakes, will break from the outside post against five rivals in the one-mile overnight stakes, which is carded as race 3 at 1:18 p.m. Eastern.

Saratoga: Friend Or Foe returning to Kimmel

Friend Or Foe, unraced since finishing fourth in the 2011 Whitney, is expected to rejoin trainer John Kimmel’s barn in Saratoga as he continues to attempt a comeback to the races.

Friend Or Foe, a dominant winner of the 2010 Empire Classic at Belmont Park, has been plagued by suspensory ligament issues and, more recently, foot issues, that have forced Kimmel to start and stop in his training.

Aqueduct: Strong group at top of N.Y.-bred handicap division

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Stormy’s Majesty scores a front-running victory in Sunday’s Mr. G.J.G. Stakes for statebreds at Aqueduct.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – It appears as if there will be plenty of depth in the New York-bred handicap division this year.

Stormy’s Majesty ended a 10-month drought – absent for most of it due to foot issues – with a front-running victory over favored Inherit the Gold in Sunday’s Mr. G.J.G. Stakes at Aqueduct.

Belmont: Friend or Foe ready to resume training in Florida

Friend or Foe, last year’s Empire Classic winner who was sidelined in the summer due to an ankle injury, will resume training next week in Ocala, Fla., trainer John Kimmel said Wednesday.

Friend or Foe has been walking under tack and will start full training next week before joining Kimmel’s south Florida barn at Palm Meadows in mid-November.

Kimmel hopes to have Friend or Foe back to the races sometime during the Gulfstream Park meet.

Castro released from hospital

Saratoga: Friend Or Foe done for the year

Tom Keyser
Friend Or Foe, fourth in the Whitney, developed ankle trouble.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer John Kimmel said that Friend Or Foe, the fourth-place finisher in the Whitney Handicap, is done racing for the year because of an ankle issue that will likely require two months of inactivity.

Saratoga: Friend Or Foe works for Whitney

Barbara D. Livingston
Friend Or Foe works five furlongs in 1:00.36 on Wednesday morning at Saratoga.

The rain that compelled John Kimmel to scratch Friend Or Foe from Monday’s Evan Shipman Stakes also forced the veteran horseman to go back to the drawing board to map out a new training schedule to get the New York-bred to his new objective, the Grade 1 Whitney on Aug. 6. Friend Or Foe’s new schedule included a five-furlong workout shortly after the renovation break Wednesday.

Belmont Park: Friend Or Foe impresses in comeback

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Friend Or Foe, with Alex Solis up, outfinishes Rail Trip, to win Sunday’s Easy Goer. Friend Or Foe is pointing to the Suburban Handicap.

ELMONT, N.Y. – John Kimmel came to work Monday morning and found a pleasant note from his night watchman as it pertained to the trainer’s 4-year-old colt Friend Or Foe.

“The chart from the night watchman said ‘He ate everything,’ ” Kimmel said Monday morning. “I don’t know if I believe him, but that’s what it said.”

Belmont Park: Friend Or Foe returns as part of deep Easy Goer field

Barbara D. Livingston
Friend Or Foe will make his first start as a 4-year-old in Sunday's Easy Goer at Belmont Park.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Sunday’s $60,000 Easy Goer overnight stakes is so tough that Convocation, coming off a second straight runner-up finish in the Westchester, may be fifth choice in the betting behind Friend Or Foe, Mission Impazible, Rail Trip, and Tahitian Warrior.

“There should be a ‘G2’ next to that 60 thousand,” quipped John Kimmel, who has Friend Or Foe set to launch his 4-year-old season in the 1 1/16-mile race.

New York Showcase offers classic opportunities

Barbara D. Livingston
Friend Or Foe goes into the Empire Classic 2 for 2 against New York-breds.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Grade 1 stakes winners Haynesfield and Rightly So are being prepared for Breeders’ Cup races. The multiple Grade 3 winning turf horse Get Serious is getting a vacation, pointing to a 2011 campaign. Bug Juice, leader of the state-bred juvenile division, is awaiting the $1 million Delta Jackpot

Despite the lack of participation by the cream of this year’s state-bred crop in Saturday’s New York Showcase Day program at Belmont Park, the 10-race card still has plenty to offer horsemen and horseplayers alike.

Seven horses work for the Travers

Barbara D. Livingston
A Little Warm works an easy five furlongs at Saratoga on Saturday.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – There are 14 horses still under consideration for next Saturday’s $1 million Travers Stakes. Half the prospective field put in their final workouts for the Mid-Summer Derby on Saturday morning.

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