Articles posted June 9, 2012

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Union Rags flies the flag in Belmont

Chadds Ford Stable's Union Rags encountered trouble in both the Grade 1 Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby, but a jockey switch to John Velazquez and better trip on Saturday saw the Dixie Union colt capture the $1 million Belmont Stakes by a head for trainer Michael Matz. The bay sophomore was sent off the 5-2 second choice in the 1 1/2-mile "Test of the Champion" and stopped the clock in 2:30 2/5 to earn just his second win of the year.

2012 Belmont Stakes Wrap

2012 Belmont Stakes Wrap

Lenny Shulman recaps the exciting 2012 Belmont Stakes won by Union Rags. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm.

Fort Loudon lives up to 3-5 favoritism on Summit Preview Day

Fort Loudon drew closer to a half-million in earnings while continuing his winning ways Saturday in the $75,000 Unbridled Stakes on Calder's Summit Preview Day. The Awesome of Course gelding took command of the six-furlong, fast-track contest at the quarter-pole and drew off under urging from jockey Fernando Jara to post a 3 3/4-length victory as the 3-5 favorite.

Desert Blanc takes Manhattan

Trainer Chad Brown continues to stake his claim as heir apparent to the late Hall of Famer Bobby Frankel. Already successful with ex-Europeans in the filly and mare turf division, Brown notched his first Grade 1 win with a male courtesy of the British-bred Desert Blanc in Saturday's $500,000 Manhattan Handicap. An encouraging second in his U.S. debut in the Grade 3 Fort Marcy on May 5, the 6-1 shot quickened smartly between foes, then just saw off the bold challenge of Papaw Bodie to post a career-best.

Tapitsfly lives up to her name in Just a Game

Frank L. Jones Jr.'s homebred Tapitsfly figured out a way to hand Winter Memories her first defeat on the Belmont Park turf in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Just a Game Stakes -- sprint to the early lead and never look back. Spurting away at the top of the stretch, the Dale Romans trainee sizzled her final quarter in :22 4/5, far too fast for the late-running even-money favorite to make a dent on her. Tapitsfly held a comfortable 2 1/4-length margin at the wire while finishing the mile on the firm Widener turf in a stakes-record 1:32 1/5.

Caixa Eletronica goes last to first in True North

Repole Stable's Caixa Eletronica left himself plenty to do entering the stretch of Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 True North Handicap at Belmont Park, but the seven-year-old flew home to nab top honors, powering past runner-up Justin Phillip in the final yards. The six-furlong event was marred by the breakdown of Grade 1 winner Giant Ryan, who was vanned off and returned to his stall.

Trinniberg wires field in Woody Stephens

About 1 1/2 hours after watching their Grade 1 winner Giant Ryan vanned off the track with life-threatening injuries in the Grade 2 True North Handicap, owner Shivananda Parboo and trainer Bisnath Parboo watched with joy as their three-year-old sprint star Trinniberg went gate-to-wire in the Grade 2, $400,000 Woody Stephens at Belmont Park.

My Gi Gi prevails in Honeymoon photo

Staying in the clear with an outside trip in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 Honeymoon Handicap at Hollywood Park, My Gi Gi got the jump on 1-2 favorite Lady of Shamrock in the stretch of the nine-furlong grass test and narrowly staved off the late charge of the odds-on choice to win by a nose under Rafael Bejarano. The 3-1 second choice in a field of five sophomore fillies, My Gi Gi returned $8.40, $2.80 and $2.20.

Hollywood cuts purses

Due to unanticipated declines in field size and, subsequently, all-sources handle, Hollywood Park announced Saturday reductions in purses will begin Thursday. Entries for those races will take place Sunday.

First winner for Sightseeing airs at Parx

Maggi Moss' So Many Ways drew off in her debut in Saturday's 1ST race at Parx, becoming the first winner sired by Grade 2 hero Sightseeing. The Tony Dutrow filly grabbed the early lead, withstood stiff pace pressure, and kicked clear by a commanding eight lengths. With Frankie Pennington in the saddle, the 2-1 chance covered 4 1/2 fast-track furlongs in :52 2/5.

Equine Ration Balancer Pellets Explained

As research has advanced our understanding of equine nutrition, we now know more about how best to meet our horse's nutritional needs. One feed option that owners may notice on the shelves of their local feed store is a ration balancer. This pelleted feed option might have a place in your horse's diet, so let's explain how it is used.

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