Headlines for Saturday, June 11, 2005

  • Desert Bloom Sizzles in Berkeley Handicap

    Desert Bloom, coaxed to the front soon after the start by jockey Roberto Gonzalez, was able to dictate the pace and held on through the drive to post a mild upset in the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

  • Afleet Alex makes it look easy with runaway Belmont win.

    Wow! Afleet Alex Crushes Belmont Field

    Afleet Alex, very, very confidently ridden by Jeremy Rose, made the same move he made in the Preakness (gr. I)...only this time he wasn't bumped. He blew by the field and romped home to win the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in impressive fashion.

  • Belmont Attracts Smallest Crowd Since 1996

    The smallest crowd for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) since 1996, 62,274, turned out on a hot and humid afternoon at the Elmont, N.Y., track to see Afleet Alex dominate the 137th running of the 3-year-old classic by seven lengths Saturday.

  • Sweet Return, right, out runs Red Fort for the win in the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap.

    Sweet Return Back On Top in Whittingham

    Saturday proved to be a good day for the past two winners of the Hollywood Derby (gr. IT). The 2004 winner Good Reward won the Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) on the Belmont Park turf and 2003 hero Sweet Return returned to Hollywood Park's lawn to capture the $350,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT).

  • Saint Liam Assigned 121 for Stephen Foster

    Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren's Saint Liam, winner of the Donn Handicap (gr. I) and Clark Handicap (gr. II), has been assigned high weight of 121 pounds for next Saturday's $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

  • Good Reward in Manhattan win.

    Manhattan Yields Good Reward for Backers

    Good Reward got a great trip and made the most of it, coming through on the rail to take the $400,000 Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) Saturday at Belmont Park.

  • Limehouse wins Brooklyn 'Cap.

    Limehouse Rock Solid in Brooklyn Handicap

    New millionaire Limehouse hadn't won a race in nearly 14 months, but he has now won two in a row after taking the $250,000 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park Saturday.

  • Lost in the Fog takes Riva Ridge.

    Could Fans Have Seen Best 3-Year-Old?

    Fans came to Belmont Park Saturday to see who is the best 3-year-old in the land. They might have seen him, and his name is Lost in the Fog.

  • Sand Springs surprises in Just a Game.

    Gritty Sand Springs in Just a Game Upset

    Sand Springs took the lead early and held off the late run by heavy favorite Intercontinental to spring the upset in the $300,000 Emirates Airline Just a Game Breeders' Cup (gr. IIT) Saturday at Belmont Park.

  • Woke Up Dreamin wakes up a winner in the True North.

    Mike Smith, Holy Bull Connection Scores Again

    Mike Smith won a stakes race at Belmont Park Saturday aboard a son of Holy Bull. No, not the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) with Giacomo, though he certainly hopes that happens later on the card.

  • Early arrivals on a sunny morning at Belmont Park.

    All Quiet on Belmont Morning

    Compared to the last few years, things are much calmer at Belmont Park the morning of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).