Xtra Heat gutted out a neck-length victory over Gold Mover in Sunday's Belmont Park feature, the 52nd running of the $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares 3-years-old and older.
Mary and Gary West's Dollar Bill breezed six furlongs at Churchill Downs Sunday ahead of Saturday's $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I). The Dallas Stewart trainee completed the work in 1:13 4/5 under exercise rider Joanne McNamara.
Gestut Hony-Hof's Salve Regina, a full sister of 2000 German Derby winner Samum, pressed the pace then drew clear in the final furlong to win Sunday's Osterman Preis der Diana -- Deutsches Stuten-Derby (Ger-I) by 2/12 lengths at Mulheim.
Bertram, Elaine, and Richard Klein have retired their grade II winner De Bertie because of a bone chip in her right front ankle.
Proud Citizen, who exited the Belmont Stakes with a crack in his left shin, was resting comfortably in his stall Sunday morning. Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said the colt would likely miss 90-120 days of training.
New Phoenix Stable's Sarava, who paid $142.50 as the longest priced Belmont Stakes winner ever, flew out of New York and back to Kentucky at about 8:30 a.m.Sunday morning.
Overnight ratings for NBC's broadcast of Saturday's 134th Belmont Stakes were strong, with the Belmont telecast earning a 9.2 rating and 21 share. In addition, the 9.2 rating topped this year's Kentucky Derby overnight, which was 8.3.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has formed a "working group" to develop a coordinated industry response for the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.
Skip Away, 1998 Horse of the Year, was represented by his first winner when his daughter Heart Ofa Champion won June 7 at Belmont Park.
A record Belmont Park crowd of 103,222 witnessed the biggest upset in Belmont Stakes history as Sarava, at odds of 70-1, upset War Emblem's Triple Crown bid and returned a record $142.50 to win for every $2 wager. Belmont Park handle records, notwithstanding last year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, were crushed in every category.
That chestnut blur you saw zooming across the Hollywood turf on June 8 was Megahertz. Don't blink or you may miss her. So far, the 3-year-old daughter of Pivotal has been unstoppable since she first set foot on local shores, and her sniper-like triumph in the $164,050 Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) suggests she just might run the stakes table this summer.
Proud Citizen, who was vanned off the track after finishing fifth in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, has a cracked left shin, according to trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
The Belmont Stakes Day undercard and preceding days' stakes were characterized by dominating victories and strong-willed performances.
Steeplechase Farm's Mandy's Gold survived a sustained duel with Cat and the Hat to post a head-length victory in Saturday's $164,440 Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Arlington Park.
Peter Vegso's homebred Orchard Park rallied through the stretch to defeat Mr. Mellon by a length in Saturday's $277,500 Jefferson Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
Apprentice jockey Valerie Nagle was knocked unconscious when the horse she was riding fell during a race at Churchill Downs on Saturday. Nagle, 23, a native of Ireland and former dressage rider, was aboard Derby City Slew in the fourth race.
In the biggest upset in Belmont Stakes history, 70-1 longshot Sarava held off Medaglia d'Oro to win the third classic Saturday as favored War Emblem's chance for a Triple Crown was lost when he stumbled at the start of the 1 1/2-mile race.
Following the stunning upset by Sarava in the Belmont Stakes, bloodhorse.com is reprinting Steve Haskin's story about the winner that was posted after a workout at Churchill Downs.
On The Run Farm's Running Tide remained undefeated Saturday at Delaware Park, winning the $250,900 Leonard Richard Stakes (gr. III) by three-quarters of a length over 13-1 Nothing Flat. Preakness participants Easyfromthegitgo and Menacing Dennis finished fourth and fith, respectively.
Pat Day broke sharply on Gygistar, but was content to let others take the lead. He then came off the rail and went around the leaders to easily win the Riva Ridge Breeders' Cup (gr. II) Saturday at Belmont Park.
Babae, in her second start of the year, sat second behind early leader Penny Marie, then took the lead and held off a late challenge to win the Just a Game Breeders' Cup (gr. III) Saturday at Belmont.
Though Prince Ahmed Salman's War Emblem is going for the Triple Crown at Belmont Park on Saturday, the Saudi owner is not in attendance. A spokesman for the prince's Thoroughbred Corp. confirmed Saturday afternoon that Salman was in Saudi Arabia and not in New York.
The complexion of the True North Handicap (gr. II) changed at the start, when Summer Note, who was unbeaten in four starts and had always showed speed, hopped at the start. Yonaguska and Explicit then were the two left on the lead, and Explicit proved best in the six-furlong race.
John Velazquez, who was involved in a spill on Friday, was involved in another on Saturday at Belmont Park. Velazquez took off his first three mounts Saturday, then in his first mount back, fell aboard Imadeed as the horses hit the three-sixteenths pole in the Belmont Stakes Day fourth race, the WNBC.
Aidan O'Brien first, the rest nowhere. We are getting used to this scenario by now and it has never been better illustrated than in the running of the 2002 Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) on June 8.
Saturday's Belmont Stakes Day under card is a rich and varied assortment of four top quality stakes events.
New York Racing Association chairman and CEO Barry Schwartz said Saturday morning at Belmont Park that he is hoping for one thing -- a crowd of more than 85,818. All indications are he might just get it.
With only $1 million in the pool, War Emblem is even money with those on hand at Belmont Park to complete the Triple Crown. Of course, there is still an hour until the first race on the Belmont Stakes Day card.
The course for Saturday's Vodafone (Epsom) Derby is listed as soft Friday night but with more rain possible, the course may become softer by post time, according to a track official.
Three horses who ran in Triple Crown prep races this spring will experiment with turf racing in Saturday's $250,000 Jefferson Cup (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.
You led every step of the way to easily win the Acorn Stakes (gr. I) Friday at Belmont Park. Under Jerry Bailey, You was under pressure until they turned for home in the one-turn mile race, but she then spurted away and coasted home as much the best.
Whywhywhy won the Flash Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Friday, a race marred by a spill in which Renegade Warrior apparently broke down, and then Windsor Lodge fell over him. Both jockeys, Ramon Dominguez on Renegade Warrior and John Velazquez aboard Windsor Lodge, were conscious and walking after the horrific episode.
A big weekend of racing at Belmont Park will be capped off in grand style Sunday when millionaire sprinter Xtra Heat takes on six challengers in the Vagrancy Handicap (gr. II).
The decision for the wager will be made for Imus' co-host of WFAN's "Mike and the Mad Dog," show, Mike Francesa. A combination of straight and exotic wagers will be made, and while Francesa has not divulged the wagering strategy, he did say Friday that Perfect Drift would be the key horse.
According to Victor Espinoza, the Belmont Stakes is going to be just another race, and that he is not going to be doing anything differently.
Links to selected online articles related to the Belmont Stakes and War Emblem's Triple Crown quest.
Preakness runner-up Magic Weisner arrived at Belmont Park at 1:30 Friday afternoon following an uneventful van ride from his home base at Laurel.
The "Combating Illegal Gambling Reform and Modernization Act" failed to come up for discussion by the House Judiciary Committee June 6 because the committee failed to meet. The measure, sponsored by Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, could be on the table for "mark up" again the week of June 10.
German-bred Kazzia beat Quarter Moon by a half-length Friday to win the Vodafone (English) Oaks (Eng-I) at Epsom. Also on the card, German-bred Boreal, a 4-year-old son of Java Gold, took the Vodafone Coronation Cup (Eng-I) as favored Kutub was eased.
Champion mare Rose Of Kingston, whose Secretariat colt Kingston Rule won the 1990 Melbourne Cup (Aust-I), has died at her birthplace, Kingston Park Stud at Merricks, Victoria, Australia.
Is War Emblem about to write a new chapter in the history books? Or will Wiseman's Ferry prove to be a thorn in the colt's side? Will Mike Smith, aboard Proud Citizen, keep the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner in his sights and dog him the whole way? Will one of the closers have enough class and stamina to kick in late and pull a Touch Gold or a Victory Gallop?
With a persistent light rain falling Friday morning, trainer Niall O'Callaghan found a dry, warm spot to talk to the press -- inside the track kitchen. But the same question kept coming up: Is his Wiseman's Ferry the key to the Belmont Stakes (gr. I)?
Before a huge crowd of onlookers on a windy, wet Friday morning, War Emblem showed one of the reasons why trainer Bob Baffert is so enamored with the colt.
The entire New York area, including Belmont Park where Saturday War Emblem will make a run for history in the Triple Crown, received a considerable amount of rain Thursday evening.
Even before he ran ninth in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Tom Albertrani thought Essence of Dubai would be more suited to the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). On Saturday, he will find out.
This may be the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), but trainer Murray Johnson sees it as just the start for Perfect Drift, who he sends out Saturday to try and deny War Emblem a Triple Crown.
Canterbury Park Holding (Nasdaq: TRAK), which owns Canterbury Park in Minnesota, announced it will pay a dividend to its shareholders.
Hawthorne Race Course's ended its 23-day spring meet with double digit increases in average on-track, full card, and total all-sources handle.
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Champion and classic winner King Of Kings celebrated his first Northern Hemisphere winner when his son Dharkan won at Southwell in England.
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