Headlines for Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Liaison won the CashCall Futurity in December at Hollywood Park.

    Liaison Back in Comfort Zone for Affirmed

    Liaison, sixth in the Kentucky Derby at odds of 56-1, should find the company a little more to his liking when he returns to action in the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) June 3 at Betfair Hollywood Park.

  • Affirmed

    New Website Dedicated to Affirmed Launched

    A new website dedicated to the memory of Affirmed, America's last Triple Crown champion, has been launched by Affirmed Enterprises headed by Patrice Jacobs Wolfson.

  • Spawr pleased that Amazombie's form was boosted on Memorial Day

    When it comes to discussing Amazombie, last year's champion sprinter, Bill Spawr starts slowly, but the tempo quickly increases and he finds it difficult to rein in his exuberance. If all goes as planned, the six-year-old California bred will take the exact same path as last year when he captured the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs, using the Grade 1 Triple Bend, Grade 1 Bing Crosby and Grade 1 Ancient Title as springboards.

  • Blue Ribbon Run, art exhibition among Belmont week festivities

    Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another's training team, including Doug O'Neill, plans to run in the inaugural "Belmont Stakes Blue Ribbon 5K Run for Prostate Cancer" on Sunday. Runners will finish the race on the dirt track at Belmont Park, crossing the finish line where I'll Have Another will vie for the Triple Crown title next weekend.

  • Trainer Mark Casse (right) has Dixie Strike, Northern Passion, and Black Bird Rock in the Woodbine Oaks. Patrick Husbands (left) rides Dixie Strike.

    Casse Pair in Spotlight for Woodbine Oaks

    With the two favorites for the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweister in Dixie Strike and Northern Passion, trainer Mark Casse holds a powerful hand for the June 3 event at Woodbine.

  • Colonial Downs

    Colonial Downs Jockeys Receive Fee Increase

    The Jockeys' Guild and the Virginia Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association have reached an agreement on a new mount fee schedule that will provide an increase in base mount fee for races run at Colonial Downs.

  • Alpha out of Belmont Stakes

    Godolphin Racing's Alpha will miss the $1 million Belmont Stakes on June 9 after developing a fever, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Thursday.

  • Handicapping Insights

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  • Camelot has only eight opponents in Derby

    Saturday's Group 1 Derby has nine runners headed by the unbeaten Camelot, after his trainer Aidan O'Brien decided to rely on the hot favorite and Astrology.

  • Jockey Hamilton, Planet Elected to HOF

    Anthony Hamilton, a prominent jockey during the 19th century, and Planet, a dominant racehorse in the years leading up to the Civil War, have been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame.

  • THS: Belmont Stakes Preview

    Tom and new co-host Pete Denk present an early look at the Belmont Stakes. Sponsored by TVG.

  • THS: Belmont Stakes Preview

    Tom and new co-host Pete Denk present an early look at the Belmont Stakes. Sponsored by TVG.

  • Riley Tucker won the King Cotton Stakes at Oaklawn Park in January.

    Riley Tucker vs. Cash Refund in Aristides

    Riley Tucker and Cash Refund figure to be the top two in the $100,000 Aristides Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. The six-furlong stakes is one of three under the lights under the Twin Spires June 2.