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.
- By Tom LaMarra
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.
The Los Angeles County Fair's desire to move its September racing meet to Santa Anita Park has become a referendum on Magna Entertainment Corp.'s control of California racing dates.
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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