Freshman sire Partner's Hero was represented by his first winner as a sire when Joanie's Smile won a maiden special weight race at Belmont Park Wednesday.
A two-day pick six carryover of $364,152 at Churchill Downs resulted in a $1,220,772 pick six pool for Wednesday's pick six and 92 winning tickets worth $10,894.40 each.
A day after Texas Ranger Rafael Palmeiro homered for the second straight game, Palmeiro snapped a six-race losing streak Wednesday, winning the $55,000 feature race at Hollywood Park by two lengths over Mysterious Cat. Palmeiro's victory followed a series of longshot winners on Wednesday's Hollywood Park card, resulting in a pick six carryover of $102,812 heading into Thursday's program.
Gotham Stakes (gr. III) winner Mayakovsky will not start in the inaugural running of the Matt Winn Handicap at Churchill Downs Saturday, but will instead be pointed toward the seven-furlong Riva Ridge Stakes (gr. II) on the Belmont Stakes undercard.
Anthony Aprilante and Ralph M. Evans' Free of Love earned a 1 1/4-length victory Wednesday in the $112,500 Westchester Handicap (gr. III), Belmont Park's opening day feature for horses three and older.
The future racing career of Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) runner-up Milan remains uncertain after the 4-year-old suffered a fractured cannon bone during Monday's Peintre Celebre E.B.F. Mooresbridge Stakes at The Curragh.
The first start of the year for Godolphin's Dubai Destination has been pushed back again. The Champagne Stakes (Eng-II) winner is now unlikely to make next week's Dante Stakes at York following a workout at Newmarket Wednesday morning.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Giving credit to assistant trainers; changing the entry and graded stakes money rules; and a call to increase the Kentucky Derby purse.
By Brereton C. Jones -- It was with great sadness that I watched the industry I love unintentionally embarrass itself and many of us involved by the way it approached the Kentucky General Assembly in an effort to get slot machines at the horse tracks.
Interstate simulcasting and telephone and Internet wagering on horse races will come under attack again if U.S. Rep. Chris Cannon, a Republican from Utah, introduces an amendment that would remove horse racing provisions from an Internet gambling bill sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia.
In honor of the recent passing of Ogden Phipps, the New York Racing Association decided Wednesday to rename the grade I Hempstead Handicap the Ogden Phipps Handicap.
The first three finishers in the Kentucky Derby returned to the track for the first time on Wednesday.
Two planeloads of horses are scheduled to arrive in Baltimore next Wednesday, and then the 127th Preakness Stakes can officially begin. Until then, the Pimlico backstretch will remain relatively quiet.
The TV Games Network is enjoying record growth due to the opening of Hollywood Park, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), and an increasing popularity in Quarter Horse racing at Los Alamitos.
Logan Bailey, who has been with Daily Racing Form more than 30 years, has been named vice president, Kentucky general manager...Nancy Kelly named vice president for Grayson...2-year-old filly breaks Prairie Meadows record in first start...
Higher insurance costs and a lack of live racing caused Churchill Downs' first quarter losses to deepen.
Kris S., a leading sire and sire of four different Breeders' Cup winners, was euthanized May 7 due to complications from an earlier injury, it was announced by WinStar Farm.
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