Headlines for Thursday, June 4, 2009

  • THS: The Belmont Stakes 2009

    Jason, Tom, and the Wizard preview the 2009 Belmont Stakes. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Belmont Stakes.

  • 2008 Santa Anita Oaks winner Ariege makes her 2009 graded stakes debut in the Eatontown.<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%3D3789817%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Ariege Looks Tough in Eatontown

    Ariege, last year's Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) winner, makes her 2009 graded stakes debut when facing seven rivals in the $150,000 Eatontown Handicap (gr. IIIT) June 7 on the Monmouth Park turf.

  • Dan Silver

    Inside Track: NYRA's Silver Lining

    As the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) approaches, discussions often turn to the last Triple Crown winner, Affirmed in 1978, or to Secretariat's 31-length spectacle in 1973. Dan Silver, the new director of communications and media relations for the New York Racing Association, appreciates those historic races, even though he wasn't born when they occurred. Silver is only 29 years old.

  • Mine That Bird
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    Haskin's Belmont Report: Love That Bird

    Ok, I am officially smitten with Mine That Bird. I admit to being one of those misguided souls who paid no attention to him before the Kentucky Derby other than to comment what a beautiful mover he was. After the Preakness and seeing him on the Belmont track Thursday morning, I have to say in simplest of terms this is one cool horse.

  • Jockey Eduardo Nunez became the all-time winning rider of the Calder meet when he guided With Moms Blessing to victory in the fifth race.

    Calder Jockey Nunez Sets Record

    Jockey Eduardo Nunez, a mainstay on the South Florida circuit since 1986, became the all-time winning rider of the Calder meet at Calder Race Course June 4

  • I Want Revenge<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%3D7986488%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Lanzman Claims IEAH Breached Contract

    David J. Lanzman Racing Stable has filed suit against IEAH Stables, claiming breach of contract in connection with IEAH's purchase of half-interest in I Want Revenge, the morning-line favorite for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) who was scratched the day of the classic.

  • Einstein and trainer Helen Pitts-Blasi.

    Einstein Among Probables For Stephen Foster

    Midnight Cry Stable's Einstein, runner-up to Curlin in last year's Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I), topped a list of 20 nominees for this year's renewal, which will be run June 13 at Churchill Downs.

  • Marchfield wins the 2008 Autumn Stakes.

    Marchfield Favored in Eclipse at Woodbine

    Marchfield and Artie Hot, both graded stakes winners a year ago, will look to add another black-type victory to their ledger when they do battle in the $150,000 Eclipse Stakes (Can-III) June 6 on the Woodbine Polytrack.

  • Mine That Bird arriving at Belmont Park.

    Confidence High in Mine That Bird Camp

    After working Mine That Bird June 1 at Churchill Downs, jockey Calvin Borel "guaranteed" that the gelded son of Birdstone would win the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Believe it or not, Borel is now even more confident.

  • Sea The Stars Favored in Investec Derby

    A field of 13 is due to go to post in Saturday's £1.25 million Investec Derby (Eng-I) at Epsom Downs following the final declaration stage June 4.

  • Breeders' Cup General Admission Prices Cut

    The Breeders' Cup and Oak Tree Racing Association announced June 4 that general admission tickets will be $10 on each day of the 2009 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park, Nov. 6-7, in Arcadia, Calif.

  • Belmont Stakes News Minute June 4, 2009

    Lenny Shulman reports on the day's activities including gallops by Dunkirk, Mine That Bird, Miner's Escape, Brave Victory, and Charitable Man.

  • Nassau OTB Responds in NYRA Signal Dispute

    The New York Racing Association removed its televised signal of Belmont Park races from the in-home distribution network of Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. June 3, and the OTB corporation June 4 issued a statement saying it takes offense to being accused of piracy.

  • Hollywood Park racetrack

    Inglewood Clears Way for Hollywood Demolition

    The Inglewood City Council approved a final environmental impact report and a significant land use revision June 3 that would allow the conversion of the 238-acre Hollywood Park racetrack site to a mixed use development.

  • Chocolate Candy

    Hollendorfer Travels East for Classic Shot

    Jerry Hollendorfer has 135 horses in training at Golden Gate Fields in Northern California, but he has been making regular trips east the past month to keep tabs on the "big" horse in the stable, Chocolate Candy.

  • Secretariat Foundation Names Beneficiaries

    Helen "Penny" Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown champion Secretariat and president of the Secretariat Foundation, has announced the Foundation's recipients of charitable grants for 2009.

  • Josephine Abercrombie, owner of Pin Oak Stud near Versailles, Ky.

    Reynolds to Attend Equine Advocates Dinner

    Equine Advocates' Eighth Annual Awards Dinner & Charity Auction, to be held at the Canfield Casino in Sarasota Springs, N.Y. Aug. 6, promises to be a star-studded affair, as actor Burt Reynolds receives the 2009 Safe Home Equine Protection Award.

  • Princess Coup Sets Magic Millions Record

    New Zealand champion Princess Coup brought a Magic Millions record price of Aust$3 million (approximately $2,453,346 in U.S. funds) June 4 during the opening session of the national broodmare sale on Australia's Gold Coast. New South Wales bloodstock agent Tony Bott was the buyer, outlasting a New Zealand-based group.

  • Robert LaPenta

    Twice Would Be Nice For LaPenta

    When considering company that you'd be honored to be associated with, Penny Chenery would make a fine start. Owner Robert LaPenta has two chances to join Chenery and her Meadow Stable as the most recent back-to-back winners of the Triple Crown's third jewel.

  • The undefeated Hull is among nine 3-year-olds entered in the $250,000 Woody Stephens (gr.II) at Belmont Park.

    Hull, Regal Ransom Top Woody Stephens Field

    The undefeated Hull, and Regal Ransom, who turned in a surprising victory over stablemate Desert Party in the UAE Derby (gr.II), are among nine 3-year-olds entered in the $250,000 Woody Stephens (gr.II) at Belmont Park June 6.

  • Hull, Regal Ransom Top Woody Stephens Field

    The undefeated Hull, and Regal Ransom, who turned in a surprising victory over stablemate Desert Party in the UAE Derby (gr.II), are among nine 3-year-olds entered in the $250,000 Woody Stephens (gr.II) at Belmont Park June 6.

  • And They're Off: 2009 Belmont Stakes

    Lenny and Steve take a look at the Belmont Stakes including Calvin Borel's quest for a personal Triple Crown and Picks. Plus, a review of the stories of the first half of 2009.

  • Standardbred Adoption Service Launched for FREE Horses

    <P>TheHorse.com and the U.S. Trotting Association have joined forces to create a Standardbred Adoption Service listing for horses offered free to good homes. This is designed after TheHorse.com's successful Thoroughbred Adoption Service. <P>The Standardbred Adoption Service will provide an Internet-based bulletin board for registered Standardbred raceho...

  • Secretariat Foundation Benefits Laminitis, Thoroughbred Programs

    <P>On the eve of the 141st running of the Belmont Stakes June 6, the legacy of one of the race's most illustrious winners continues to shine throughout the equine community. <P>Helen "Penny" Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown champion Secretariat and president of the Secretariat Foundation, has announced the Foundation's recipients of charitable grants...

  • Keeping Performance Horses Sound, AAEP 2008

    James Gilchrist, Certified Farrier, of the Palm Beach Farriery Service in Florida, offered several strategies he finds useful for his high-performance clients during the &quot;Putting Science into Farriery&quot; session at the 2008 Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. &quot;Not a day goes by that I don&#39;t talk to a veterinari...