Articles posted June 7, 2012

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Triple Crown Heroes: Omaha

Triple Crown Heroes: Omaha

In the third of 11 installments on previous Triple Crown winners, here is an excerpt from The Blood-Horse of June 15, 1935 on Omaha winning the Belmont Stakes to complete the Triple Crown.

Napravnik cleared to ride following spill

Jockey Rosie Napravnik was cleared to ride by the medical staff at Belmont Park after being unseated at the start of the 7TH race on Thursday, while rider Irad Ortiz Jr. was taken to the hospital complaining of neck and back pain after falling from his mount later in the race. Both horses continued on and appeared unhurt after being caught by outriders.

Reddam, Baffert recall foiled Triple Crown bids

Owner J. Paul Reddam and jockey Mario Gutierrez were on hand at Belmont Park Thursday morning as Triple Crown candidate I'll Have Another galloped around the 1 1/2-mile oval, with the only difference in his routine being that he departed the Belmont Stakes barn for the first time.

Dullahan to test Another's worthiness; 'Rags looks for redemption

Thoroughbred owners can go a lifetime without acquiring a horse who can make an impact on the Triple Crown, but such success has come quickly for Donegal Racing, which on Saturday will attempt to win its first classic when the partnership, headed by Jerry Crawford, sends out Dullahan in the Belmont Stakes.

Breen hopes for deja vu with Adonis; Lukas, McPeek content to be longshots

The first Belmont Stakes horse on Belmont Park's main track Thursday morning was My Adonis, who galloped just over a mile after the gates opened at 5:30 (EDT). New Jersey-based trainer Kelly Breen was on hand to watch My Adonis, who was a late confirmation for the race, coming on the evening before Wednesday's entries were drawn.

Brown gets insight from Frankel's methods

When Chad Brown worked for late Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, the young assistant learned the importance of knowing your horse and its strengths. On Saturday, Brown will attempt to emulate his mentor -- who in 2003 ended Funny Cide's Triple Crown bid by sending out Empire Maker to a victory in the Belmont Stakes -- when he saddles Magnolia Racing Stable and Hidden Brook Farm's Street Life for the "Test of the Champion."

Churchill offers 'I'll Have Another' seating deal on Belmont Stakes Day

Churchill Downs will join its fans in celebrating the Triple Crown bid by I'll Have Another, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, on Saturday as the historic home of the Derby offers a special "I'll Have Another" seating deal, Triple Crown-themed drink specials and giveaways, and the opportunity to wager on the simulcast of the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes, the final jewel of the Triple Crown, from New York's Belmont Park.

Racing to be Featured on NBC June 7

Thoroughbred racing will be featured Thursday, June 7, across the NBC television properties. Racing-related offerings include "CNBC Sports Biz: Game On" and "I'll Have Another-Charging Toward History," on NBC Sports Network.

Wise Dan posts final major move for Stephen Foster

Morton Fink's homebred Wise Dan completed his major training preparations for the Grade 1, $400,000 Stephen Foster Handicap on June 16 at Churchill Downs with a bullet five-furlong work in :59 2/5 for trainer Charlie Lopresti on Thursday over the synthetic Polytrack surface at Keeneland.

Belmont Stakes News Minute 06/07/2012

Belmont Stakes News Minute 06/07/2012

Lenny Shulman reports on the days news, including Union Rags first tour of the Belmont track, I'll Have Another, and the weather. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm.

Belmont Stakes Interview Jerry Crawford

Belmont Stakes Interview Jerry Crawford

Eric Mitchell talks with Jerry Crawford, President of Donegal Racing, who own Belmont Stakes contender Dullahan. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm.

THS: The Belmont Stakes

THS: The Belmont Stakes

Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk handicap the Belmont Stakes. Sponsored by TVG. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Belmont Stakes.

Acclamation returns in pursuit of third straight Whittingham

Unraced since easily winning the Grade 2 Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship in early October, champion older male Acclamation will make his highly-anticipated 2012 bow in a familiar spot when he seeks his third straight victory in the Grade 1, $250,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap on Saturday. The six-year-old horse will square off against five rivals in the 1 1/4-mile turf affair at Hollywood Park.

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