Headlines for Monday, June 1, 2009

  • Belmont Park

    Haskin's Belmont Report: The Belmont Breeze

    "Between :49 and :50." That has become your standard instructions by a trainer to his rider prior to a horse's final work for the Belmont Stakes. Gone are the days when trainers would work their horse at least seven furlongs, more likely a mile or even a mile and an eighth for the grueling "Test of the Champion."

  • Gary Stevens

    Gary Stevens Starts Training Operation

    Gary Stevens, the Hall of Fame jockey who hung up his tack in 2005 with over 5,000 wins and earnings exceeding $221 million, opened a California-based training operation June 1.

  • Colonial Downs begins its 2009 meet June 5.

    Colonial Downs Ready to Launch 2009 Season

    Opening day at Colonial Downs comes a week earlier this year when live racing returns June 5. The following day, Colonial Downs will be open for the first time ever on the same day as a Triple Crown race, the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Summer Bird

    Ice Confident in Belmont-Bound Summer Bird

    Trainer Tim Ice will scale new heights, literally, when he visits the Empire State Building for the first time June 2. Figuratively, Ice, the conditioner of Summer Bird, hopes to reach the zenith of his burgeoning training career in the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 6.

  • Breeders' Cup to Raise Funds for V Foundation

    The Breeders' Cup announced June 1 it has selected The V Foundation for Cancer Research as its primary non-profit beneficiary for the 26th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be held Nov. 6-7 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.

  • More Than Ready Colt Stands Out in Australia

    A More Than Ready colt brought Aust$240,000 (approximately $192,422 in U.S. funds) to top the second session of the Magic Millions national weanling sale on the Gold Coast of Australia June 1. Perth horseman Joe Byrne bought the colt on behalf of his Singapore-based client Ong Tiong Seng.

  • Calvin Borel works Mine That Bird on Monday, 6/1 at Churchill Downs.

    Borel: 'We're Going to Win' Belmont Stakes

    An exuberant Calvin Borel expressed confidence that Mine That Bird will win the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) after working the diminutive gelding a half-mile in :50 on a warm, sunny June 1 morning at Churchill Downs.