Articles posted June 10, 2012

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Perrodin dies of cancer

Daily Racing Form reports that veteran rider E.J. Perrodin, who was diagnosed with cancer right after announcing his retirement in early February, died Sunday morning. The Rayne, Louisiana, native was 55.

All Star Heart rockets home in Redondo Beach return

Unraced since taking the Grade 2 Las Palmas last November 6, the Ron McAnally mare was patiently handled by Brice Blanc, and still had a three-length deficit to overcome in midstretch. But All Star Heart went into turbo mode inside the final furlong, inhaling Hard to Resist in the final strides to score by a half-length. She completed the firm-turf mile in 1:35 2/5 and paid $8.60, $5.60 and $3.60 as the 3-1 second choice.

Data Link gets up in course-record time in Monmouth

One day after guiding Union Rags to victory in the Belmont Stakes, jockey John Velazquez capped his memorable weekend by engineering a course record-setting win aboard Stuart S. Janney III's homebred Data Link in Sunday's Grade 2, $200,000 Monmouth Stakes. Velazquez was riding both for the first time in a race, and in both cases, he conjured up a late run to prevail in the final yards.

After the Wire - 6/10/2012

After the Wire - 6/10/2012

Evan Hammonds recaps the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), True North Handicap (gr. II), Just a Game Stakes (gr. I), and Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT).

Arlington's Jackpot High 5 hit for $1.1 million

After going unclaimed for the first 23 racing days of the 2012 Arlington Park meeting, the Jackpot High-5 was finally solved on Sunday when one lucky bettor had the lone winning ticket worth $1,115,184.20, an all-time Arlington Park payout on a single wager.

Velazquez reflects on Belmont score aboard Union Rags

Before leaving for Monmouth Park, where he was scheduled to ride morning-line favorite Data Link for trainer Shug McGaughey in the Grade 3, $200,000 Monmouth Stakes, jockey John Velazquez was on the Belmont Park backstretch reflecting on his thrilling victory aboard Union Rags in Saturday's 144th running of the Belmont Stakes.

Overnight ratings soar for Belmont

Overnight ratings for the Belmont Stakes on NBC soared, despite the scratch of Triple Crown-hopeful I'll Have Another, topping last year's overnight by 13 percent, and the 2010 overnight by 74 percent.

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