Chadds Ford Stable's Union Rags encountered trouble in both the Grade 1
Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby, but a jockey switch to John Velazquez and
better trip on Saturday saw the Dixie Union colt capture the $1 million Belmont
Stakes by a head for trainer Michael Matz. The bay sophomore was sent off the
5-2 second choice in the 1 1/2-mile "Test of the Champion" and stopped the clock
in 2:30 2/5 to earn just his second win of the year.
Acclamation, last year's champion older male, looked as classy as ever when
returning from an eight-month layoff Saturday at Hollywood Park, posting a
one-length decision in the Grade 1, $250,000
Charles Whittingham. The six-year-old horse has now captured the last three
editions of 1 1/4-mile turf test and he stretched his current win streak to six,
leading wire to wire under Pat Valenzuela.
Fort Loudon drew closer to a half-million in earnings while continuing his
winning ways Saturday in the $75,000
Unbridled Stakes on Calder's Summit Preview
Day. The Awesome of Course gelding took command of the six-furlong, fast-track
contest at the quarter-pole and drew off under urging from jockey Fernando Jara
to post a 3 3/4-length victory as the 3-5 favorite.
A crowd of 85,811 wagered $13,777,920 on Belmont Stakes Day races Saturday,
the second largest Belmont Stakes Day on-track handle ever, trailing only the
$14,461,402 wagered in 2004 when Birdstone broke the Triple Crown bid of Smarty
Trainer Chad Brown continues to stake his claim as heir apparent to the late
Hall of Famer Bobby Frankel. Already successful with ex-Europeans in the filly
and mare turf division, Brown notched his first Grade 1 win with a male courtesy
of the British-bred Desert Blanc in Saturday's $500,000
Manhattan Handicap. An encouraging second in his U.S. debut in the Grade 3
Fort Marcy on May 5, the 6-1 shot quickened smartly between foes, then just saw
off the bold challenge of Papaw Bodie to post a career-best.
Frank L. Jones Jr.'s homebred Tapitsfly figured out a way to hand Winter
Memories her first defeat on the Belmont Park turf in Saturday's Grade 1,
Game Stakes -- sprint to the early lead and never look back. Spurting away
at the top of the stretch, the Dale Romans trainee sizzled her final quarter in
:22 4/5, far too fast for the late-running even-money favorite to make a dent on
her. Tapitsfly held a comfortable 2 1/4-length margin at the wire while
finishing the mile on the firm Widener turf in a stakes-record 1:32 1/5.
Repole Stable's Caixa Eletronica left himself plenty to do entering the
stretch of Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000
North Handicap at Belmont Park, but the seven-year-old flew home to nab top
honors, powering past runner-up Justin Phillip in the final yards. The
six-furlong event was marred by the breakdown of Grade 1 winner Giant Ryan, who
was vanned off and returned to his stall.
Acclamation, last year's champion old horse, made his long-awaited return to action with a front-running victory in the $250,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT) at Betfair Hollywood Park June 9.
About 1 1/2 hours after watching their Grade 1 winner Giant Ryan vanned off
the track with life-threatening injuries in the Grade 2 True North Handicap,
owner Shivananda Parboo and trainer Bisnath Parboo watched with joy as their
three-year-old sprint star Trinniberg went gate-to-wire in the Grade 2, $400,000
Woody Stephens at Belmont Park.
Staying in the clear with an outside trip in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000
Honeymoon Handicap at Hollywood Park, My Gi Gi got the jump on 1-2 favorite Lady
of Shamrock in the stretch of the nine-furlong grass test and narrowly staved
off the late charge of the odds-on choice to win by a nose under Rafael Bejarano.
The 3-1 second choice in a field of five sophomore fillies, My Gi Gi returned
$8.40, $2.80 and $2.20.
Due to unanticipated declines in field size and, subsequently, all-sources
handle, Hollywood Park announced Saturday reductions in purses will begin
Thursday. Entries for those races will take place Sunday.
My Gi Gi grabbed the lead in the final strides and held off the overwhelming favorite Lady of Shamrock by a nose for her first stakes victory in the $150,00 Honeymoon Handicap (gr. IIT) June 9 on the turf at Hollywood Park.
Maggi Moss' So Many Ways drew off in her debut in Saturday's
1ST race at Parx, becoming the first winner sired by Grade 2 hero
Sightseeing. The Tony Dutrow filly grabbed the early lead, withstood stiff pace
pressure, and kicked clear by a commanding eight lengths. With Frankie
Pennington in the saddle, the 2-1 chance covered 4 1/2 fast-track furlongs in
We won't even begin to express our disappointment and disgust over the scratch of I'll Have Another. All we will do for now is kill the paragraphs already written and leave the leftovers. This is what is left of the Belmont.
Multiple grade I winner Richard's Kid was victorious in his first start in the United States in more than 20 months, romping by 7 1/4 lengths at Betfair Hollywood Park in the $71,650 Prove It Stakes on the night of June 8.
As research has advanced our understanding of equine nutrition, we now know more about how best to meet our horse's nutritional needs. One feed option that owners may notice on the shelves of their local feed store is a ration balancer. This pelleted feed option might have a place in your horse's diet, so let's explain how it is used.