Starting Thursday, May 28, Long Island Rail Road train service from Penn Station directly into Belmont Park will be restored, pending Metropolitan Transit Authority board approval on May 27. The "Belmont Special" had been eliminated as part of a series of budget cuts and proposed fare hikes by the MTA, parent agency of the LIRR.
Broad Brush, the leading sire of 1994 in North America who was pensioned from stallion duty at Gainesway Farm in June of 2004, was euthanized May 15 at the Lexington farm. He was 26.
NBC's ratings for the May 16 BlackBerry Preakness Stakes (gr. I) rose substantially, scoring the highest numbers for the program's race portion in the past five years.
After two days off and a 9 1/2-hour van ride from Baltimore, Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Mine That Bird returned to the track at Churchill Downs for a light jog Tuesday, May 19. Meanwhile, Rachel Alexandra walked under Asmussen's shedrow on her second day back at Churchill.
Barathea, the 1994 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner, was euthanized May 14 at Liam Cashman's Rathbarry Stud in Fermoy, Ireland, because of complications from laminitis.
The two-day weanling portion of the William Inglis & Son Melbourne Great Southern sale ended in Australia May 19 with a gross of $2,127,100 (approximately $1,605,684 in U.S. funds) for the 243 horses sold. The average price was $8,753 ($6,607), and the clearance rate was 91%.
Prairie Meadows is considering changing to a racing format that completely splits its Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing while eliminating harness racing.
Rarely do we see our horses lapping up sand like it's some rare commodity.
- By Ryan Conley
Thomas Allen Pauly's love for painting subjects of Thoroughbred racing was developed somewhat like the intricate portraits he produces from his Chicago-area studio: layer by layer.
Grade I winner Southern Image, whose first winner won in Mexico, was represented by his initial winner in the United States May 14 at Hollywood Park.
The run-up distance at the start of each race and the location of the temporary rail in turf races are now available in Equibase past performances, it was announced May 19 by Equibase, the Thoroughbred industry's official database for racing information
Emeritus sired his first winner when his son Empire of the Sun won May 15 at Golden Gate Fields.
Air Crew became the first winner for millionaire and grade II winner Pollard's Vision when he won May 17 in Italy.
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