For the second time in less than 20 months, trainer Frank Laboccetta Jr. has been given a 15-day suspension and $2,000 fine after one of his runners tested positive for clenbuterol.
Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, often paired with some of racing's leading female turf horses in recent years, finds himself aboard another immensely talented grass runner in Lilac Queen for Saturday's $150,000 Sheepshead Bay Handicap (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park.
With jockey Jose Santos aboard, Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Volponi breezed six furlongs over Belmont's main track in 1:13 2/5 Wednesday morning.
Stronach Stables' 3-year-old Rock Again, by champion Awesome Again, the 1997 Queen's Plate and 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic winner out of the mare Track Gal, who competed in two Breeders' Cup Sprints, has some large shoes shoes to fill. On Saturday, trainer Malcolm Pierce should find out whether the homebred colt is ready to try those shoes on when he goes postward in the $162,600 Plate Trial Stakes at Woodbine.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will send one winner and their guest to the July premiere of "Seabiscuit: An American Legend."
This weekend in Omaha, Neb., grandstand seats, the jocks' room scale, and images of Triple Crown winner Omaha will be available when items from AKsarben racetrack are sold at auction.
HipodromoEnLinea.com, designed to bring online pari-mutuel wagering to Spanish-speaking people in the United States, has joined the list of affiliates in the AmericaTab program.
Carson City, a member of the Overbrook Farm stallion corps that includes the incomparable Storm Cat, has bettered his illustrious stallion mate.
Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide turned in another sharp drill Wednesday morning, working 5 furlongs in :59 2/5 over a muddy track in preparation for the Belmont Stakes, in which he will attempt to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner.
As Saturday's deadline for nominations to the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) draws closer, the possible field for the $750,000 race is becoming clearer. Among the horses who could start next in the June 14 race are Aldebaran, Full Mandate, Proud Citizen, and Tenpins.
B. Wayne Hughes' and Biscuit Stable's Atswhatimtalknbout worked a mile in 1:46 4/5 over a fast track at Churchill Downs Wednesday morning, which was five to six seconds slower than trainer Ron Ellis was looking for.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Whether he wins or loses in New York, Funny Cide has helped give racing new exposure.
By Bud Lamoreaux -- Funny Cide can give racing an ingredient that has been lacking for 25 years.
With the buzz growing ever louder over another potential Triple Crown winner, the racing industry is marshalling its marketing forces to make sure the public at large becomes aware of what's at stake at Belmont Park June 7.
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