Headlines for Tuesday, June 5, 2007

  • This sign, created by Tonia Marynell, pays tribute to Exceller, Ferdinand, and Old Friends.

    Old Friends to be Featured on CBS News

    Old Friends, a Thoroughbred retirement facility based near Lexington, will be featured in a segment on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric June 7th. This is the first news piece about Old Friends to appear in a national broadcast.

  • Oaks winner Rags to Riches joins the Belmont cast.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1359368%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Steve Haskin's Belmont Report: Belmont Gets Richer With Addition of 'Rags'

    The suspense was so thick, you could cut it with a...Well, maybe it wasn't quite that thick, but at least there was a some anticipation to see what Todd Pletcher was going to do regarding Rags to Riches' status in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). After putting off his decision as long as possible, he finally made the announcement at 9:30 Tuesday morning.

  • TVG to Offer Weekend Racing at Belmont

    TVG will broadcast live from Belmont Park, including races June 8 and 9, leading up to the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 9. Through its exclusive partnership with the New York Racing Association (NYRA), TVG customers can wager on the $1- million Belmont Stakes.

  • Illinois' Great Western Playboy Dead

    Western Playboy, who won the 1989 Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), died in April at Harvey and Nancy Vanier's Fairberry Farm near Waterloo, Ill.

  • Kentucky Oaks winner Rags to Riches will contest the Belmont.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1126060%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rags to Riches Will Run in Belmont; Velazquez to Ride

    Trainer Todd Pletcher announced Tuesday morning that the filly Rags to Riches will contest the June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and be ridden by John Velazquez. Also, trainer Greg Fox said Rafael Bejarano has been named to ride Slew's Tizzy.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Mother's Day

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - There is a touch of irony that Mom's Command will be inducted into the Hall of Fame the same year as the trainer of Forward Pass, Henry Forrest, who was elected by the Historic Review Committee.

  • Commentary: Distance Dilemma

    <i>By Clay S. Robinson</i> - What the breed needs is a series of big money stakes on dirt over a longer distance of ground.