Mr. Commons returns from a layoff of nearly three months to face 10 opponents in the $150,000 American Handicap (gr. II) on the Betfair Hollywood Park turf May 26.
With affidavits from a whistleblower and a veterinarian, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is pushing ahead with efforts to oust the board of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.
While Grade 1 winner Dullahan has never competed at Belmont Park and has yet to win on dirt, trainer Dale Romans believes the colt will deliver a top performance in the Belmont Stakes on June 9. If, in the process, the Even the Score colt manages to spoil I'll Have Another's Triple Crown bid, Romans won't feel any remorse.
Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another returned to the track for the first time since Saturday's Preakness Stakes victory, jogging around Belmont Park's 1 1/2-mile oval Wednesday morning shortly after the renovation break with exercise rider Hector Ramos aboard.
Simmard was assigned high weight in the Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs at 1 1/2 miles May 26, and it's easy to see why.
No factor in her only start this year, Aruna looks to get back on the beam for trainer Graham Motion in the $200,000 Sheepshead Bay Stakes (gr. IIT), scheduled for the inner turf course at Belmont Park May 26.
After producing convincing wins this winter in the Grade 2 Arcadia and Grade 2 Sir Beaufort, Mr. Commons was upset at odds-on in the Grade 1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on March 3, finishing second by a neck. The John Shirreffs-trained colt will look to rebound when he squares off against 10 rivals in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 American Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Woodbine Polytrack specialist Stunning Stag makes his third attempt at winning the $150,000 Eclipse Stakes (Can-III) in the seasonal debut for Janice and Sid Attard's 8-year-old May 26.
A dull last of six in her season debut in the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley last month, the five-year-old Aruna will attempt to rebound Saturday in the Grade 2, $200,000 Sheepshead Bay at Belmont Park. The 1 3/8-mile test is scheduled for the grass, but the threat of persistent rain through the weekend has enticed four main-track-only entrants into the field in addition to the 10 fillies and mares in the main body of the race.
Mario Gutierrez has risen from obscurity to the threshold of the Triple Crown.
Among the list of current Acorn probables is Anita Ebert-Cauley's homebred filly On Fire Baby, who is looking to redeem a lackluster fifth-place effort in the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Bustin Stones, an unbeaten grade I winner, got out to a hot start as a sire when his first starter won a maiden special weight race at Belmont Park May 23.
The Maryland Jockey Club concluded its spring meeting at Pimlico, posting average wagering figures which were 9% higher than the 2011 spring meet. The average daily handle went from $4.72 million to $5.17 million.
A simulcast marketplace has been added to this year's Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming in Tucson, Ariz.
The Maryland Jockey Club concluded its spring meeting at Pimlico last weekend, posting average wagering figures which were 9 percent higher than the 2011 spring meet. The average daily handle went from $4.72 million to $5.17 million. The stand featured 29 live racing dates and 21 simulcast days.
Hall of Famers Steve Cauthen, who 34 years ago piloted Affirmed to become the 11th and most recent Triple Crown winner, and Jorge Velasquez, who rode runner-up Alydar, will autograph postcards May 26 at Belmont Park.
The cheers that accompany his star pupil, I'll Have Another, are always within ear shot, and Lava Man has no reason to believe they are not meant for him. read blog
Anne's Beauty, a three-time Canadian stakes winner, has been retired from racing after injuring a tendon while finishing sixth in the Hendrie Stakes (Can-II) at Woodbine May 19.
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