Articles posted June 11, 2002

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Brooklyn Tops Busy Weekend at Belmont

The grade I Belmont Stakes might be over, but the racing isn't slowing down at the Elmont, N.Y. oval, with three graded stakes scheduled for this weekend, including the $250,000 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II), the $100,000 Hill Prince Stakes (gr. IIIT), and the $100,000 Sands Point (gr. IIIT).

Belmont Winning Trainer: Highest Peak

He didn't have to eat rats, sleep in the rain, or spend 39 days on a remote island. But Kenny McPeek is a true survivor. Reality television's best known host, Jeff Probst, wasn't in the winner's circle to congratulate the Kentucky trainer after his 70-1 longshot, Sarava, outlasted 10 rivals to score the biggest upset in Belmont Stakes (gr. I) history.

Belmont Winning Jockey: Professional Grade

It was a professional ride from a professional rider. After classic setbacks--a disappointing seventh aboard Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite Harlan's Holiday, and fourth aboard him again in the Preakness (gr. I)--Edgar Prado finally landed the big one aboard Sarava. While he's always been on the stage, this is Prado's first moment under the heat of the spotlight.

Penn National Opposes Card Tables in W. Va.

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The owner of the Charles Town Races & Slots doesn't like the idea of adding table games to West Virginia's four racetracks, and Gov. Bob Wise isn't ready to embrace the idea either.

Phoenix Rising: Sarava's Owner Savors Victory

In the 1970s, when he attended the University of Kentucky, Gary Drake would forgo class and head out to Keeneland "with $4 in my pocket trying to make my fortune." It's unlikely Drake made a score equal to the one he enjoyed when his New Phoenix Stable's Sarava shocked both him and the rest of the racing world by capturing the June 8 Belmont Stakes.

Alive and Kicking

By Ray Paulick -- The attendance, wagering, and television audience numbers posted for this year's Triple Crown series do not support the notion that this is a dying industry.

City of Hope

By Lenny Shulman -- Belmont Stakes Day was about War Emblem, Bob Baffert, and Sarava. It was also about a place called New York.

Full Day of Racing Planned on Stephen Foster Saturday

Spain, the all-time leading female money earner, headlines Saturday's $300,000 Fleur De Lis Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. The Fleur De Lis, along with the Regret (gr. II), and Northern Dancer Stakes, are part of the Stephen Foster Super Saturday. Post Time Saturday is 1:10 p.m., with the first stakes race, the Northern Dancer, scheduled to go off at 4:42 p.m., and the Stephen Foster (gr. I) post time at 4:42 p.m.

Congaree Will Run in Stephen Foster

Trainer Bob Baffert confirmed that Stonerside Stable's Congaree would run in Saturday's $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs despite his top weight assignment of 121 pounds, where he'll concede from one to 11 pounds to the other probable starters.

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