Articles posted May 19, 2003

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Belmont Stakes Reserved Seats Hot Item on eBay

With all reserved seats sold out for Belmont Stakes Day, two seats in the clubhouse, originally worth $80, are currently for sale on eBay for $530 and climbing. There are still four days left before the bidding closes. That will just be the tip of the iceberg as New York's "Funny Frenzy" builds to a feverish pitch.

Grade I Winner Booklet Retired

John C. Oxley announced the retirement of his grade I winner and Florida champion Booklet from racing because of an injured right front leg. The 4-year-old son of Notebook won half his 14 races and earned $989,460.

Jose Santos: Derby-Preakness Winning Jockey

Jose Santos is one of the masters of big-time race riding. In 1999, he denied Charismatic the Triple Crown when he booted Lemon Drop Kid home in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Last October, he guided Volponi to a 43-1 upset victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and on the first Saturday in May, the Chilean-born jockey won his first Kentucky Derby (gr. I) in seven attempts.

What a Year for a Triple Crown Assault

They have come in all sizes and colors, with vastly different personalities, and every conceivable advantage. Yet the thing each has been remembered for, finally, was failing to get the job done.

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