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  • Delay of Game at Old Friends

    Delay of Game Euthanized at Old Friends

    Graded stakes winner Delay of Game, a resident of Old Friends retirement facility near Georgetown, Ky., since 2010, was euthanized the evening June 6 due to the infirmities of old age, Old Friends president Michael Blowen announced.

  • Lucy's Bob Boy wins 2015 Frank Gall Memorial

    Two Charles Town Stakes Moved to September

    Two stakes that guarantee the winners berths in West Virginia Breeders Classics races at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races have been moved from August to September to avoid a conflict with new stakes at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort.

  • Thoroughbred Charities of America

    McMahon Elected TCA President

    Mike McMahon, co-owner of McMahon and Hill Bloodstock and founder of Bourbon Lane Racing Stable, has been elected president of the Thoroughbred Charities of America, the organization announced June 7.

  • A 1960s View of the Belmont Stakes

    At a mile and a half, the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) has always been considered the true test of stamina and ability among Thoroughbreds, according to leading horsemen from the 1960s.

  • Hip 215, a colt by Gemologist, worked an eighth of a mile in :09 4/5.

    OBS Wins Race Against Weather

    Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s management won its race against Mother Nature June 6, completing the second under tack show workout session for the June 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age sale before heavy rainfall and thunderstorms.

  • NYRA to Offer Incentive at Horse Show

    The New York Racing Association will match all prize money won by registered American Thoroughbreds on opening day of the 41st annual Hampton Classic Horse Show as an incentive to promote the presence of the breed in the show ring.

  • Martini Glass at Delaware Park

    Our Mims at Delaware Attracts Solid Field

    The first stakes of the Delaware Park meet, the Our Mims for 3-year-old fillies, is worth $50,000 but attracted multiple graded-stakes competitors as the local prep for the $300,000 Delaware Oaks (gr. III) July 9.

  • Fabulous Strike wins 2009 True North Stakes

    True North Stakes Has Rich History

    The $250,000 True North Stakes (gr. II), to be run June 11 as part of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) program, has quietly become one of the nation's premier stakes sprints with a rich history of speedy, talented, and memorable winners.

  • Owner Richard Eamer Dies at 88

    Richard Eamer, who owned divisions of Mandysland Farm in California and Kentucky during the 1980s and 1990s, died May 2, it was announced in the June 5 edition of the Los Angeles Times. He was 88.

  • Jockey David Moran guides Dimension to victory in the Connaught Cup

    Dimension Upsets in Connaught Cup

    By far the longest shot on the board June 5 in the $200,000 Connaught Cup (Can-IIT), Riverside Bloodstock's Dimension provided the stunner of the day at Woodbine.

  • The best of two half-mile workers was Hip 130 by Colonel John

    OBS Under Tack Sessions Get Underway

    An Into Mischief colt posted the fastest quarter-mile time of : 20 4/5 when the first of six under tack workout sessions for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age was conducted June 5.

  • Almanzor Surprises in French Derby

    Trainer Jean-Claude Rouget sent out favorite Mekhtaal in the Prix du Jockey Club (Fr-I, French Derby) June 5 but his lightly regarded Almanzor pulled off the victory at 20-1 odds.

  • Middleburg wins the Red Bank Stakes

    Middleburg Victorious in Red Bank

    Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone's homebred Middleburg has shown his best at Monmouth Park and gave another example June 5 in the $100,000 Red Bank Stakes (gr. III).

  • Requite Wins Parrot Key Stakes at Gulfstream

    Requite Returns at Winner at Gulfstream Park

    The 4-year-old Warrior's Reward colt Requite, away since last August at Saratoga Race Course, returned a winner June 5 in the $75,000 Parrot Key Stakes at Gulfstream Park and could make his next start in the $250,000 Smile Sprint (gr. II).

  • Kent Desormeaux after his Preakness win aboard Exaggerator

    Desormeaux Confronting Alcohol Problem

    When Kent Desormeaux gets a leg up June 11 aboard early Belmont Stakes (gr. I) favorite Exaggerator, he will bring with him a new focus on life and a determination to win that exceeds even the intense competition of the racetrack.

  • Exaggerator, classic-winning son of Curlin

    Trainer's Trust in Curlin Yields Exaggerator

    Taking advantage of racing's "What have you done for me lately?" mindset, Keith Desormeaux has found value at sales, an angle he says helped him land classic winner Exaggerator and Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red.

  • Catch a Glimpse wins the 2016 Penn Mile.

    Catch a Glimpse Never Threatened in Penn Mile

    Facing males for the first time proved no problem for Catch a Glimpse, as Canada's 2015 Horse of the Year waltzed to an easy victory in the $500,000 Penn Mile Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 4 on the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course turf.

  • Alsvid wins the 2016 Aristides Stakes.

    Alsvid Repeats in Aristides Stakes

    Black Hawk Stable's Alsvid successfully defended his title in the $100,000 Aristides Stakes (gr. III) June 4 at Churchill Downs and snapped an 11-race winless streak in the process.

  • Romans' Belmont Hopefuls Work in New York

    Dale Romans' Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contenders Cherry Wine and Brody's Cause wrapped up their major preparations for the June 11 final jewel of the Triple Crown, undertaking very different workouts the morning of June 4 at Belmont Park.

  • Epsom Follies

    Steve Haskin recalls his adventures while attending his first Epsom Derby on June 7, 1976, and the 1978 edition of the race, won by Shirley Heights.

  • I'll Have Another at Big Red Farm in Hokkaido Japan

    First Starters for I'll Have Another

    U.S. champion and dual classic winner I'll Have Another will have his highly anticipated first starters June 5 in Japan, where he launched his stallion career in 2013 at Big Red Farm.

  • California Chrome - Video Still, June 4, 2016

    California Chrome Work - June 4, 2016

    California Chrome works in the fog at Los Alamitos on June 4, 2016. Includes footage before and after the work, and comments from Art Sherman. Courtesy Los Alamitos Race Course.

  • Desormeaux to Return to Riding After Rehab

    Hall of Fame jockey and three-time Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Kent Desormeaux issued a brief statement June 4 through his agent J. R. Pegram, stating that he will return to riding June 9 following a brief stay in an alcohol rehabilitation program.

  • Wagering on U.S. Races Falls About 4% in May

    Preakness day registered record handle but with the Kentucky Derby day handle down slightly from last year's record mark, wagering on U.S. races in the month of May fell 3.95% when compared with the same month last year.

  • 1968 Derby results cover of The Blood-Horse

    BH 100: Long and Bumpy Ride

    The official winner of the 1968 Kentucky Derby never wore the blanket of roses. He never stood in the winner’s circle to have his photo taken for posterity.