The field for the 137th running of the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 11 continues taking shape.
New York Racing Association's veterinarian team has tested every horse in quarantined barn 60 at Belmont Park after the filly Lady Libby showed signs of contracting the respiratory disease strangles.
Defending Horse of the Year Ghostzapper will make his first start of 2005 Monday when he goes off the favorite in Belmont Park's traditional Memorial Day feature, the $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I).
Donamire Farm's 8-year-old gelding Twilight Road, impressive in winning Calder's Memorial Day Handicap (gr. III) by 5 ¼ lengths last year, is once more the horse to beat in Monday's renewal of the $100,000 stakes race.
With a possible case of strangles in New York, all shippers from Aqueduct and Belmont to Monmouth Park will be isolated in a separate receiving area upon arrival.
Fifty-nine-year-old German Vasquez Sr., riding competitively for the first time in more than 10 years, finished seventh aboard 45-1 shot Simple Man in the 10th race at Churchill Downs Friday.
Trainer Julio Canani, who has dominated the Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) the last six years, seeks his fourth victory in the $350,000 turf test at Hollywood Park on Monday when he saddles veteran Special Ring.
A suspected case of strangles will prevent Preakness (gr. I) winner Afleet Alex, the leader of the 3-year-old division and likely favorite for the 137th Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 11, from arriving at Belmont Park on Saturday as was previously scheduled.
Attendance and handle were both down significantly at the 2005 Aqueduct winter/spring meet, which concluded on May 1.
Stronach Stables' Thunder Touch has been so good on the dirt that trainer Kiaran McLaughlin hasn't been able to try his 4-year-old colt on the lawn. Thunder Touch gets his first chance Sunday in the $100,000-added Jaipur Handicap (gr. IIIT) over seven furlongs on Belmont Park grass.
The New York Racing Association placed the Belmont Park barn of trainer Steve Kappes under quarantine May 27 following discovery of a suspected case of strangles.
Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky. will distribute $10,000 in bonus money among trainers who have the highest number of starts during the track's 2005 racing meet that runs from July 13-Sept. 5.
The parameters of the proposed Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders Incentive Program will again be discussed June 7 at the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club meeting in Lexington.
Sunday's 29th running of the $150,000 Boiling Springs Stakes (gr. IIIT) – just the second running at Monmouth Park – brings together an assortment of 3-year-old fillies who are just beginning their grass careers.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Kitten's Joy, the Eclipse Award winner as America's outstanding turf star in 2004, returned to serious training Thursday with a work over Churchill Downs' Matt Winn Turf Course.
The changing picture of the $350,000 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) may have been summarized Thursday morning in front of Barn 70, where Hall of Fame trainers Bobby Frankel and Ron McAnally operate adjacent stables.
Joe Woodard, leading trainer at River Downs for the last two years and on course for a third if current form holds, tied and then broke Patrick Byrne's Churchill Downs record of eight consecutive wins on the May 26 card at the Louisville track.
Jockey Eddie Zuniga guided Shrewd Maria to a nose victory for his 1,000th career victory in the second race at Indiana Downs May 24.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Monday that Bally's Las Vegas will host the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship for the fourth consecutive year and that the total purse for the NHC will be increased by $100,000 to $500,000.
Sauvage, a French-bred filly making her second start in New York, found room at the rail to rally to an upset Sunday in the $150,000 Sheepshead Bay Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares at 11 furlongs on the turf.
Turf Paradise's 49th season of racing ended Sunday, with the Phoenix, Arizona track reporting a 2% across-the-board increase in wagering during the 160-day stand (seven days of racing were cancelled due to extreme weather).
Always game Grey Swallow, upset winner of the Irish Derby (Ire-I) last year, returned to The Curragh Sunday to surprise again, defeating French star Bago by three-quarters of a length in the Tattersalls Gold Cup (Ire-I).
Trainer Andre Fabre and jockey Christophe Soumillon had reason to celebrate Sunday's memorable results at Longchamp, where they captured three races, including a pair of group I events.
Irish-bred De Sica tagged favored Ramonti in the final strides to win Sunday's Derby Italiano (Ity-I) by a head at Capannelle.
Saoire made trainer Frances Crowley the first licensed woman trainer to win an Irish Classic when she rallied in the final strides to win the Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) at Curragh Sunday with Mick Kinane aboard.
Trainer Tim Ritchey reported Sunday morning that Afleet Alex appeared to have emerged from his eventful 4 3/4-length victory in Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) in fine physical condition.
Horses stabled in a second Churchill Downs barn placed under quarantine by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture because of confirmed cases of equine herpes virus at the track will be allowed to return to limited training on May 23.
The British-bred Pickle notched her second straight graded stakes win since her arrival in the United States when she captured the $80,625 Yerba Buena Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
Flying Circle, ridden by Eddie Castro, rallied through the stretch and seized command in the final eighth to post a 2 ¼-length victory over pacesetting Angel Trumpet in Saturday's $111,000 Open Mind Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the grass at Churchill Downs.
Irvin and Marjorie Cowan's multiple grade I winner Society Selection halted a three-race losing streak Saturday by winning the $196,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at a mile.
Reserved seating at Belmont Park for the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 11 has been sold out.
Beaugay Handicap (gr. IIIT) winner Finery faces an evenly-matched field of eight expected to line up for Sunday's $150,000 Sheepshead Bay Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares on the Belmont Park grass.
Philip and Marcia Cohen have sold an equity interest in the their 3-year old colt Closing Argument to JMJ Racing Stables (Dennis Narlinger) and Sequel Stallions (Becky Thomas and Lewis Lakin), Narlinger announced May 20.
A procedure that could allow a return to limited training for horses housed in three Churchill Downs barns placed under quarantine because of equine herpes virus was announced May 20 by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
The state Assembly approved legislation Thursday to allow the California Horse Racing Board to conduct milkshake testing and allow use of the University of California at Davis as the primary laboratory for all drug analysis for horse racing in the Golden State.
With the wind blowing and rain falling, B. Wayne Hughes' Greeley's Galaxy rolled through a three-furlong workout in :34.87 on a sloppy track at Pimlico Race Course Friday morning in preparation for Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Grade I winner Film Maker makes her first start since a dynamite runner-up showing in last fall's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) when she faces eight rivals in the $100,000 Gallorette Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Pimlico Saturday.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin will be one of perhaps 100,000 people attending Pimlico Racecourse Saturday for the 130th Preakness (gr. I), but sometime around 4:40 p.m., he will sneak away from the festivities to watch his mare Saintliness race in the $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park.
Officials with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture said Thursday that test results have confirmed that horses that have fallen ill in three quarantined barns at Churchill Downs are suffering from equine herpes virus.
Graded stakes winner Maddalena figures to be the one to beat in the $100,000 Adena Stallions' Miss Preakness (gr. III), a 6-furlong test for 3-year-old fillies at Pimlico on Friday.
Churchill Downs and Kentucky veterinary officials are segregating horses because of a possible outbreak of an equine respiratory virus in three barns, but no horses entered in Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) are affected, officials said.
In Tuesday developments leading up to Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I), High Fly joined trainer Nick Zito's contingent of contenders after breezing at Churchill Downs. Also putting in final works at Churchill before shipping to Pimlico were Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Giacomo and Wilko.
Complete daily report on contenders for Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Racecourse.
Although High Fly will have to wait until Tuesday morning to earn his way into the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) field during a scheduled half-mile workout at Churchill Downs, stablemates Noble Causeway and Sun King punched their tickets to Pimlico Race Course after pleasing trainer Nick Zito with their respective five-furlong workouts Monday morning
Going Wild, who finished 18th of 20 in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), had his final Preakness Stakes (gr. I) tune-up at Churchill Downs Monday morning, drilling five furlongs in 1:01.40 for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. The work ranked 11th of 20 times at the distance.
Closing Argument, the Successful Appeal colt, who came within a half-length of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) glory, had trainer Kiaran McLaughlin smiling Monday morning after he breezed a half-mile in :49 flat over the main track at Belmont Park in his final preparation for Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Although she is winless in three starts this year, Naveed Chowhan's Runway Model tops the short field of six 3-year-old fillies entered for Friday's Black-Eyed Susan (gr. II) at Pimlico.
The undefeated French star Divine Proportions ran her winning streak to seven, barely breaking a sweat while easing up at the end for a five-length victory in the Gainsborough Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (Fr-I) Sunday at Longchamp.
Australia's sole representative Mummify denied the proven international performer Phoenix Reach Sunday night to win the $1.8 million Singapore Airlines International Cup (Sng-I) in a thrilling finish. Unfortunately, American challenger Star Over The Bay broke down during the race and was euthanized.
Undefeated 3-year-old Lost in the Fog set a six-furlong track record at Golden Gate Fields while winning the $90,000 Golden Bear Breeders' Cup Handicap Saturday.
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