Italian group I winner Sumati invades Churchill Downs Saturday from his Southern California base for a run in the $100,000-added Louisville Handicap (gr. III).
Herbert and Carol Schwartz's Critical Eye is entered in the $150,000 1 3/8-mile Sheepshead Bay Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Belmont Park inner turf course Saturday. The 5-year-old Dynaformer mare won last year's renewal of the race, which was switched off the turf and run on a muddy main track.
Joe Bravo, leading rider of the Monmouth Park meet, suffered a broken left wrist Thursday after being thrown from his mount, Oh My Pretty Halo, in the seventh race. He was taken to Monmouth Medical Center, where he'll undergo further examination.
Stonerside Stable's Congaree will be nominated to both the $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs and the $500,000 Californian (gr. II) at Hollywood Park, according to trainer Bob Baffert. Both races are slated for June 15.
Pat Day will ride Columbine Stable's Like A Hero in the June 8 Belmont Stakes.
Bob Baffert, trainer of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem, said on a national teleconference Thursday he is going to try to enjoy his third attempt at a Triple Crown sweep, and advised Magic Weisner's trainer Nancy Alberts to do the same.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has announced it will distribute $350,000 from the NTRA Charities--New York Heroes Fund on Belmont Stakes day, June 8.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will disburse an additional $350,000 from the NTRA Charities-New York Heroes Fund, including $250,000 to the Silver Shield Foundation on Belmont Stakes Day June 8.
- By Tom LaMarra
Racetrack casinos in five states generated $2.1 billion in revenue and $577.9 million for state and local governments, according to the American Gaming Association's "State of the States" survey of casino entertainment.
The price that WinStar Farms and Taylor Made Farm paid for Our Emblem, the sire of Triple Crown hopeful War Emblem, was $10.1-million, according to WinStar president Doug Cauthen.
In the sixth of 11 installments on previous Triple Crown winners, here is an excerpt from The Blood-Horse of Issue of June 12, 1943 on Count Fleet winning the Belmont Stakes to complete the Triple Crown.
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