Articles posted June 12, 2012

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Belmont ratings up with 7.67 million viewers

NBC's broadcast of the Belmont Stakes, which was won by Union Rags, drew 7.67 million viewers, a gain of 12 percent from last year's race (6.84 million on NBC), and up 62 percent from the 2010 race (4.74 million on ABC). Saturday's Belmont was the most-watched in a non-Triple Crown year since 2005 on NBC, less than one percent lower than the 7.71 million that year, according to official national data provided Tuesday by The Nielsen Company.

Alternation works; Nates Mineshaft confirmed for Foster

Pin Oak Stable's homebred Alternation, the top-ranked horse in the latest NTRA Poll, completed his major training preparations for Saturday's Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs with an easy five-furlong breeze in 1:05 2/5 on the fast main track beneath the Twin Spires on Tuesday morning.

Breeders' Cup announces 16 Members

The Breeders' Cup announced Tuesday that 16 individuals have won election to serve as Breeders' Cup Members.  Election voting by Breeders' Cup foal and stallion nominators was concluded at 5 p.m. (EDT) on June 8. The election results are expected to be ratified by the current Breeders' Cup Members at the annual meeting on July 11.

Maryland Racing Commission to review Secretariat's Preakness time

Penny Chenery, the owner of Secretariat, and Maryland Jockey Club President Thomas Chuckas have requested that the Maryland Racing Commission conduct a hearing to consider "compelling" evidence, based upon advances in modern video technology, regarding the long-standing controversy surrounding Secretariat's winning time in the 1973 Preakness Stakes. The Commission has agreed to do so and it will consider the request at its upcoming meeting on June 19th at Laurel Park.

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