Headlines for Saturday, June 9, 2012

  • Union Rags flies the flag in Belmont

    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 extends win streak to six with third straight Whittingham

    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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/whittingham12.pdf"> Charles Whittingham</a>. 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.

  • 2012 Belmont Stakes Wrap

    Lenny Shulman recaps the exciting 2012 Belmont Stakes won by Union Rags. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm.

  • 2012 Belmont Stakes Wrap

    Lenny Shulman recaps the exciting 2012 Belmont Stakes won by Union Rags. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm.

  • Fort Loudon lives up to 3-5 favoritism on Summit Preview Day

    Fort Loudon drew closer to a half-million in earnings while continuing his winning ways Saturday in the $75,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/unbridled12.pdf">Unbridled Stakes</a> 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.

  • Desert Blanc takes Manhattan

    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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/manhattan12.pdf"> Manhattan Handicap</a>. 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.

  • Tapitsfly lives up to her name in Just a Game

    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, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/justagame12.pdf">Just a Game Stakes</a> -- 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.

  • Caixa Eletronica goes last to first in True North

    Repole Stable's Caixa Eletronica left himself plenty to do entering the stretch of Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/truenorth12.pdf">True North Handicap </a>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 takes the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap for the third consecutive year.

    No Rust for Acclamation in Whittingham Return

    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.

  • Trinniberg wires field in Woody Stephens

    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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/woodystephens12.pdf"> Woody Stephens</a> at Belmont Park.

  • My Gi Gi prevails in Honeymoon photo

    Staying in the clear with an outside trip in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/honeymoon12.pdf">Honeymoon Handicap</a> 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.

  • Hollywood cuts purses

    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 holds off Lady of Shamrock to win the Honeymoon Handicap.

    My Gi Gi Nips Lady of Shamrock in Honeymoon

    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.

  • First winner for Sightseeing airs at Parx

    Maggi Moss' So Many Ways drew off in her debut in Saturday's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/sightseeingfirst.pdf"> 1ST</a> 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 :52 2/5.

  • Dullahan works at Belmont Park 6/1/2012

    Haskin's Belmont Report: Leftovers

    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.

  • Richard&#39;s Kid cruises in the Prove It Stakes at Hollywood Park.

    Richard's Kid Posts Smart Win in U.S. Return

    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.

  • Equine Ration Balancer Pellets Explained

    As research has advanced our understanding of equine nutrition, we now know more about how best to meet our horse&#39;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&#39;s diet, so let&#39;s explain how it is used.