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  • Oaks winner Rags to Riches joins the Belmont cast.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1359368%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Steve Haskin's Belmont Report: Belmont Gets Richer With Addition of 'Rags'

    The suspense was so thick, you could cut it with a...Well, maybe it wasn't quite that thick, but at least there was a some anticipation to see what Todd Pletcher was going to do regarding Rags to Riches' status in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). After putting off his decision as long as possible, he finally made the announcement at 9:30 Tuesday morning.

  • TVG to Offer Weekend Racing at Belmont

    TVG will broadcast live from Belmont Park, including races June 8 and 9, leading up to the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 9. Through its exclusive partnership with the New York Racing Association (NYRA), TVG customers can wager on the $1- million Belmont Stakes.

  • Illinois' Great Western Playboy Dead

    Western Playboy, who won the 1989 Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), died in April at Harvey and Nancy Vanier's Fairberry Farm near Waterloo, Ill.

  • Kentucky Oaks winner Rags to Riches will contest the Belmont.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1126060%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rags to Riches Will Run in Belmont; Velazquez to Ride

    Trainer Todd Pletcher announced Tuesday morning that the filly Rags to Riches will contest the June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and be ridden by John Velazquez. Also, trainer Greg Fox said Rafael Bejarano has been named to ride Slew's Tizzy.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Mother's Day

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - There is a touch of irony that Mom's Command will be inducted into the Hall of Fame the same year as the trainer of Forward Pass, Henry Forrest, who was elected by the Historic Review Committee.

  • Commentary: Distance Dilemma

    <i>By Clay S. Robinson</i> - What the breed needs is a series of big money stakes on dirt over a longer distance of ground.

  • Breeders' Cup Ticket Applications Due June 6

    Ticket applications for the 2007 Breeders' Cup World Championships must be received at Monmouth Park by June 6 to be included in a random drawing that will determine the order in which tickets applications will be processed.

  • Maryland Million Undercard Purses Increase

    The purses of the Maryland Million Lassie and the Maryland Million Nursery â€" both races for two-year-olds formerly valued at $125,000 and run at Laurel Park on Maryland Million Day â€" will be boosted to $150,000 each this year.

  • Nashoba&#39;s Key wins the Milady Breeders&#39; Cup Handicap, Sunday at Hollywood Park.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1335742%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Nashoba's Key Springs Milady BC Surprise

    Undefeated Nashoba's Key stepped into some high caliber company for Sunday's $186,100 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) and came away with a convincing win over grade I winners Hystericalady and Balance on the Hollywood Park all-weather track.

  • Jiggs Coz Dominates Plate Trial for Attard

    It's been 15 years since a winner of the Plate Trial Stakes went on to capture the Queen's Plate, but Jiggs Coz could be the one to buck that trend after he coasted to victory in the CAN$151,200 event for 3-year-olds Sunday at Woodbine.

  • Dr. V&#39;s Magic strides home in the Spectacular Bid Division of the New York Stallion Stakes.

    Desormeaux Takes Belmont's State-Bred Stakes

    Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux powered Majesty Stud's Dr. V's Magic to three-length victory in the $75,000 Spectacular Bid Division of the New York Stallion Stakes for 3-year-olds at a mile to complete a sweep of the Belmont Park stakes races Sunday.

  • Judice Latest Banned Jockey to Return to Saddle

    Joe Judice, one of seven jockeys banned from Tampa Bay Downs this past December because of an investigation into alleged race-fixing, returned to the saddle June 3 at River Downs and promptly won with his first two mounts of the meet.

  • Belmont hopeful Hard Spun soon after his arrival in New York.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1326931%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Belmont Cast Members Put in Final Rehearsals

    Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contenders Hard Spun, Imawildandcrazyguy, and Tiago, as well as Todd Pletcher-trained candidates Rags to Riches and Circular Quay, all hit the Belmont main track for work-outs Sunday morning.

  • Stormello's Full Sister Wins Debut at Hollywood

    Ever So Pretty, a 2-year-old full sister to Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) winner Stormello, made her racing debut a winning one June 2 at Hollywood Park. Under jockey Mike Smith, Ever So Pretty jumped out to an early lead in the five-furlong maiden race, led at one point by 3 1/2 lengths, and held off a closing Tasha's Miracle to score by a neck.

  • Buzzards Bay (inside) fights off Sun Boat to win the Californian, Saturday at Hollywood Park.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1328549%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Buzzards Bay Scratches Out Californian Win

    Favorite Buzzards Bay, under strong urging from jockey Jose Valdivia Jr., gamely held off the late charging 25-1 shot Sun Boat to win the $250,000 Californian (gr. II) by a nose on the Cushion Track Saturday at Hollywood Park.

  • My Creed Creates Believers in Berkeley

    Outsider My Creed circled the field five wide coming off the final turn for jockey Modesto Linares and won Saturday's $100,000 Berkeley Stakes (gr. III) going away by three lengths Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

  • Fabulous Strike in Control of Aristides BC

    Tea Party Stable's heavily favored Fabulous Strike, having posted some impressive speed figures while facing lesser company since last summer, rose to the occasion Saturday with a gate-to-wire victory in the $159,600 Aristides Breeders' Cup (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.

  • Hot Lady Joanne Overcomes Dogwood Dilemmas

    Favored Lady Joanne overcame a sluggish start to collar High Again near the sixteenth pole en route to a one-length victory in the $167,550 Dogwood Breeders' Cup (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs Saturday.

  • 'Anna Gets Confidence Builder in Arlington Turf Win

    Frank C. Calabrese's Dreaming of Anna, Eclipse Award winning 2-year-old filly last year, snapped a three-race losing streak when she returned to her Arlington Park homebase and defeated five rivals in $47,400 Double Delta Stakes on the turf Saturday.

  • Delightful Kiss Plants Ohio Derby Upset

    Hobeau Farm homebred Delightful Kiss, overlooked at odds of nearly 25-1, charged to his first stakes victory from the outside under a patient Jeffrey Sanchez, winning the $300,000 Ohio Derby (gr. II) for 3-year-olds by 3 1/2 lengths Saturday at Thistledown.

  • Coolmore Lexington winner Slew&#39;s Tizzy declared &quot;ready&quot; for Belmont.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1042455%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Slew's Tizzy Breezes; 'He's Ready,' Says Fox

    Slew's Tizzy had his final major pre-Belmont Stakes workout Saturday morning at The Thoroughbred Training Center in Lexington, Ky. The colt breezed a half mile over the facility's conventional dirt track for trainer Gregory Fox.

  • Little Known Digger Now Likely for Belmont

    The Belmont Stakes (gr. I) picked up a likely starter on Friday when owner Larry Roman announced he intends to run his gelding Digger in the third leg of the Triple Crown on June 9.

  • Barbaro Painting Brings $14,400 for Memorial Fund

    Artist Susan Sommer-Luarca's portrait "Barbaro" -- a 5' by 4' tonal acrylic on canvas that was painted at Churchill Downs during Kentucky Derby week -- brought a final price of $14,400 at the conclusion of bidding yesterday on eBay.

  • Radke Breaks Ribs, Collarbone at Emerald Downs

    Jockey Kevin Radke suffered five broken ribs, a fractured collarbone, and a punctured lung at Emerald Downs Friday night when his mount Shady Unlimited threw him into the paddock fence prior to the fifth race.

  • Grim Reaper's First Winner

    Grim Reaper, a stakes-placed son of Clever Trick, was represented by his first winner May 28 at Louisiana Downs.

  • E Z Warrior Penciled for Bing Crosby Handicap

    Zayat Stables' grade III winner E Z Warrior is to make his next start in the July 29 Bing Crosby Handicap (gr. I) at Del Mar, trainer Bob Baffert said after the chestnut son of Exploit worked a half-mile in :47 1/5 over a fast main track at Santa Anita on Friday morning.

  • Light Shift (right) gives Henry Cecil his 8th win in the Oaks.

    Henry Cecil Back in Lime 'Light' with Oaks Victory

    After a seven-year absence, Henry Cecil, the master of Warren Place and one of the greatest trainers in the history of the British turf, roared back into the Classic spotlight when his high class filly, Light Shift captured the Vodafone Oaks (Eng-I) at Epsom on Friday.

  • Illinois Derby winner Cowtown Cat is the morning line favorite for the Ohio Derby.

    Cowtown Cat Expected to Rebound in Ohio Derby

    Cowtown Cat, winner of the Illinois Derby (gr. II) and Gotham Stakes (gr. III) this season, drew the No. 6 post position and has been installed the 5-2 morning line favorite for Saturday's $300,000 Ohio Derby (gr. II) at Thistledown.