Headlines for Sunday, June 3, 2012

  • Irish Mission takes Woodbine Oaks; River Rush sets track record

    Robert S. Evans' Irish Mission and Stronach Stables' River Rush barged into the Queen's Plate picture by upsetting their respective stakes at Woodbine on Sunday. Stakes debutante Irish Mission handed trainer Mark Frostad his fourth <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/woodbineoaks12.pdf"> Woodbine Oaks</a>, dealing a blow to Dixie Strike's Queen Plate ambitions. In the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/platetrial12.pdf"> Plate Trial</a>, the 21-1 maiden River Rush vaulted from last to first in a track-record romp for trainer Reade Baker.

  • Rothko bound for Iowa Sprint

    Connections of the top performers in Saturday night's &quot;Downs After Dark&quot; Grade 3 tripleheader of the Aristides, Winning Colors and Mint Julep Handicap at Churchill Downs confirmed Sunday that their horses came out of those races well.

  • Nonios outkicks Liaison in Affirmed

    The legacy of Affirmed, the last horse to sweep the Triple Crown, is very much in the spotlight these days, as I'll Have Another seeks to follow in his hoofsteps and end the 34-year drought. So it was an appropriate kickoff to Belmont Stakes Week that Hollywood Park hosted the $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/affirmed12.pdf">Affirmed Handicap</a> in his honor on Sunday, and even more poignant that a descendant of Affirmed, Green B. Smith Jr.'s Nonios, scored a smart win in his stakes debut.

  • After the Wire - 6/3/2012

    Evan Hammonds recaps the Californian Stakes, Early Times Mint Julep Handicap, and Aristides Stakes. Evan also looks towards the Belmont Stakes.

  • Nonios wins the Affirmed Handicap.

    Nonios Knocks Off Liaison in Stakes Debut

    Nonios, making his stakes debut for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, overcame some early trouble to post a 15-1 upset by a half-length over Liaison in the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park June 3.

  • I'll Have Another schools in paddock

    Triple Crown contender I'll Have Another visited the paddock at Belmont Park Sunday morning, standing briefly in the saddling enclosure and walking several times around the paddock before heading to the track for his customary energetic morning gallop. Click here to view the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.belmontstakes.com/multimedia/youtubevideo.aspx?VideoId=62"> video</a>.

  • Manoel Cruz

    Manny Cruz Returning to Calder June 7

    Following his three mounts at Churchill Downs June 3, jockey Manny Cruz will return to Calder Casino & Race Course, where he is the all-time leading rider with 1,956 victories at the Miami track.

  • Dullahan worked four furlongs in :45.97 at Belmont Park on June 3.&lt;br&gt;
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    Dullahan Leads Belmont Workers on June 3

    With the rain having moved out of the New York area, the June 3 work tab at Belmont Park was busy, with five contenders for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) putting in their final workouts.

  • Horse Owners Urged to Prepare for Active Wildfire Season

    While firefighters work to contain a massive wildfire in New Mexico, the blaze has forced few horse evacuations, according to agricultural authorities in that state. But national authorities believe 2012 could see an increase in wildfire frequency and have cautioned horse owners to prepare for fires before they occur.