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California Backstretch Labor Probed

Following a sweep of the stable areas of four California racetracks Wednesday, inspectors from the state labor commissioner's office and the U.S. Labor Department began pouring over records in search of violations, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Early Pioneer Upset in Californian

Stud Old Dog Stable's Big Ten, making his second start in the country for trainer Richard Mandella, pressed the early pace of Scooter Brown on the way to a 3/4-length win over Early Pioneer in Sunday's $250,000 Californian Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park.

Saoirse Wins Chicago Handicap

Saoirse pressed the early pace of Runaway Venus, took the lead after a 1/2-mile run in :45.14 seconds, was headed in the stretch by the late charging Quanah, and drew clear late to a 1 1/2-length victory in the $170,325 Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr.III) Sunday at Arlington International.

Here and There…

A triple dead-heat for fourth in the night race at Penn National Race Course on Saturday resulted in three separate superfecta payoffs for tickets correctly having the first-fourth place winners.

Overlooked Commendable Upsets Belmont Field

During the days leading up to Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), most of the media attention was focused on Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up Aptitude, the morning-line favorite, as well as Unshaded, who was supplemented at a cost of $100,000, and Impeachment, third in both the Derby and Preakness. Very little consideration was given to D. Wayne Lukas-trained Commendable, who had one win to his credit prior to Saturday's classic.

Unshaded Belmont Bound

A combination of factors—the injury Saturday to Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus and a solid workout Monday—led owner James B. Tafel and trainer Carl Nafzger to conclude that Unshaded should contest the $1-million Belmont Stakes.

No Belmont For Unshaded

Citing the 3-year-old gelding's inexperience, trainer Carl Nafzger announced Wednesday that Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) winner Unshaded will not run in the June 10 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and instead will return to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday.

Working Their Way

In the paddocks of picture-perfect Stonerside Farm near Paris, Ky., the radiant glow from the faces of owners Robert and Janice McNair is powerful enough to warm most of Central Kentucky.

Feeding Racehorses

On several occasions in the past year or two, we’ve discussed in this series the intricacies of feeding young horses for optimum growth. We’ve also walked you through the pertinent points of fueling the high-performance equine athlete, for maximum output with minimum fatigue. But there’s one category of performance horse which combines both of these conce...

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