Articles posted June 3, 2012

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Irish Mission takes Woodbine Oaks; River Rush sets track record

Robert S. Evans' Irish Mission and Stronach Stables' River Rush barged into the Queen's Plate picture by upsetting their respective stakes at Woodbine on Sunday. Stakes debutante Irish Mission handed trainer Mark Frostad his fourth Woodbine Oaks, dealing a blow to Dixie Strike's Queen Plate ambitions. In the Plate Trial, the 21-1 maiden River Rush vaulted from last to first in a track-record romp for trainer Reade Baker.

Rothko bound for Iowa Sprint

Connections of the top performers in Saturday night's "Downs After Dark" Grade 3 tripleheader of the Aristides, Winning Colors and Mint Julep Handicap at Churchill Downs confirmed Sunday that their horses came out of those races well.

Nonios outkicks Liaison in Affirmed

The legacy of Affirmed, the last horse to sweep the Triple Crown, is very much in the spotlight these days, as I'll Have Another seeks to follow in his hoofsteps and end the 34-year drought. So it was an appropriate kickoff to Belmont Stakes Week that Hollywood Park hosted the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap in his honor on Sunday, and even more poignant that a descendant of Affirmed, Green B. Smith Jr.'s Nonios, scored a smart win in his stakes debut.

I'll Have Another schools in paddock

Triple Crown contender I'll Have Another visited the paddock at Belmont Park Sunday morning, standing briefly in the saddling enclosure and walking several times around the paddock before heading to the track for his customary energetic morning gallop. Click here to view the video.

Horse Owners Urged to Prepare for Active Wildfire Season

While firefighters work to contain a massive wildfire in New Mexico, the blaze has forced few horse evacuations, according to agricultural authorities in that state. But national authorities believe 2012 could see an increase in wildfire frequency and have cautioned horse owners to prepare for fires before they occur.

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