Some of the most stirring near-misses in Triple Crown history will be chronicled on ESPN Classic this week on "Thoroughbred Classics Presented by the NTRA."
John T.L. Jones Jr.'s Walmac International has bought an interest in graded stakes-winning 2-year-old Leelanau.
About five hours before Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), England will know the results of its Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I). Fourteen horses are entered for the 12-furlong race, and four trainers have multiple entries, including a foursome scheduled to run for Barry Hills.
- By Ray Paulick
Satish and Anne Sanan's Padua Stables of Summerfield, Fla., announced June 2 it is taking over the financial operations of the training center developed in 1998 on what was formerly Silverleaf Farm. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who moved his training operation from Westerly Training Center in California's Santa Ynez Valley to coincide with the development of Padua, had served as general manager for the Sanans and based his D. Wayne Lukas Racing Stables at the farm.
- By Tom LaMarra
Breeders' Cup and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association are expected to make a joint announcement in New York the last week in June regarding the repackaging of national stakes for racing, marketing, and sponsorship purposes.
The Northern California fair meets will offer more than 30 fewer Thoroughbred races this season because of a horse shortage in the state, officials said during the California Horse Racing Board meeting June 1. The board approved the fair meets during the meeting.
A Kentucky veterinarian who specializes in mare reproduction, fetal ultrasound, and fetal sexing has studied pregnancy videos 1996 and 1998 and foal production the following years and has found that some degree of cloudiness in chorionic or amnionic fluid did not necessarily mean the mare would lose her foal or she would have an abnormal foal.
Preakness (gr. I) winner Point Given had his final major workout before Saturday's mile and a half Belmont Stakes (gr. I), going five furlongs on a sloppy track at Churchill Downs in company with another 3-year-old from trainer Bob Baffert's stable. The son of Thunder Gulch covered the distance in :59 3/5, according to Baffert.
- By Tom Precious
An industry-funded study concludes that video lottery terminals in New York will not only save racetracks, but pump at least $1 billion into the state's coffers to support education.
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