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  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Fleeting Moments

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - Winners and losers from the 2005 Triple Crown, the last one sponsored by VISA...

  • Measure of Greatness

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - Perspective may be needed to realize something is indeed great. That is why it is commonly written that men are best judged after death. The time to reflect by future generations helps identify and define those who were great.

  • TTA Honors Groves, Palmieri

    Helen Kleberg Groves, whose family owned the world-famous King Ranch, will receive the T. I. "Pops" Harkins Award from the Texas Thoroughbred Association during the TTA's 50th anniversary celebration and annual conference June 23-25 at the Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott in Marble Falls, Texas.

  • Gene Palmieri to Receive TTA Award

    Because of his extensive efforts in mobilizing Texas Thoroughbred Association members in a grassroots campaign to legalize video lottery terminals (VLTs) at Texas racetracks, Gene Palmieri has been selected as the recipient of the 2005 Allen Bogan Memorial Award as TTA member of the year.

  • Helen Groves to Receive Award at TTA Banquet

    Helen Groves, whose family owned King Ranch, will receive the T.I. "Pops" Harkins Award from the Texas Thoroughbred Association at the organizations 50th anniversary celebration and annual conference.

  • &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.exclusivelyequine.com/ee.asp?PI=P50-1006&quot;&gt;Ghostzapper wins the Met Mile in his final start.&lt;/a&gt;

    Ghostzapper Retired With Sesamoid Injury

    Frank Stronach's Ghostzapper, the 2004 Horse of the Year and champion older male, has been retired after the detection of a small hairline fracture of the left front sesamoid. He will stand at Stronach's Adena Springs Farm near Versailles, Ky.

  • Red Clubs Wins Coventry for 2-Year-Olds at Royal Ascot

    Racing at the Royal Ascot at York meet got underway June 14 with the Coventry Stakes (Eng-II) for 2-year-olds, and it was Red Ransom's son, Red Clubs, winning his third consecutive race after an opening loss.

  • Jockey Jeremy Rose says &#39;see ya later&#39; to the competition as Afleet Alex wins the Belmont Stakes by seven lengths.

    Steve Haskin's Belmont Story: Crescendo

    It was a typical lazy afternoon on the Belmont Park backstretch as two figures strolled down the horse path heading to Barn 5. Afleet Alex and trainer Tim Ritchey had already spent five days stabled in Barn 14 preparing for the 137th Belmont Stakes (gr. I), but Ritchey decided he wanted to move to the barn in which he had originally been assigned.

  • Billy Fox Jr. weighs in for first (winning) ride in a decade.

    Fox Strikes First Time Out After 10-Year Rest

    William "Billy" Fox Jr. had not competed in a Thoroughbred race since 1995, but he made his return to racing a winning one when he captured the sixth race at River Downs June 13.

  • KHRA Awaits Official Word on Drug-Policy Request

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority is prepared to provide legislators with information regarding proposed changes in the state's race-day medication policy, but as of June 14 it hadn't received official word of the request.

  • Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale Has 111 Horses

    Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 111 horses for its Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training and older horses on June 28 at Timonium in Maryland. The under tack show is scheduled for June 27.

  • Grade I Winner Balletto Retired

    Balletto, the first Dubai-bred to win a grade I stakes in North America, has been retired from racing after undergoing surgery for an impacted intestine.

  • Alberto-Culver to Sponsor BC Juvenile Fillies

    Albert-Culver Co., which first sponsored a Breeders' Cup race in 1989, has signed on as title sponsor of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and the Juvenile Fillies Division, effective this year. Breeders' Cup, for the first time, now has title sponsors for all eight World Thoroughbred Championships races.

  • Japanese Grade I Winner Seeking the Pearl Dead

    Seeking the Pearl, a Japanese grade I winner who became the first Japanese-trained horse to win a race in Europe, died June 10 at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.

  • Weanling Rock of Gibraltar Colt Establishes National Sale Mark

    Anton Koolman, a bloodstock agent renowned for his purchases of Australian Thoroughbreds that end up racing with distinction in Hong Kong, created a Magic Millions National weanling sale record when he went to Aus$250,000 for a son of unproven sire Rock of Gibraltar Sunday in Australia.

  • Brooke's Halo Golden in Hollywood Oaks

    Left alone on the lead, Brooke's Halo dug in while battling through the lane to hold off Memorette and Cee's Irish, winning the $177,500 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. II) in a surprise.

  • Gold Strike A Nugget in Woodbine Oaks

    Harlequin Ranches' homebred Gold Strike overpowered the field in the $502,000 Labatt Woodbine Oaks Sunday to become the first Manitoba-bred to win Canada's premier event for sophomore fillies since the Oaks began in 1956.

  • 'Alex Lemonade' Donations Top $114,000

    North American racetracks hosting lemonade stands on Belmont Stakes Day collectively raised more than $114,000 to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand For Pediatric Cancer Research, the charity founded by Alexandra "Alex" Scott in 2000.

  • Racetracks Raise $114K for Pediatric Cancer Research

    The North American racetracks hosting lemonade stands on Belmont Stakes Day collectively raised more than $114,000 to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand for Pediatric Cancer Research, the charity founded by Alexandra "Alex" Scott in 2000. The figure is expected to increase as nine tracks are yet to report their figures and others are finalizing exact amounts.

  • NYRA Pursues Video Lottery Revenue Pact

    New York Racing Association officials say they are rushing toward a new video lottery terminal revenue sharing deal with horsemen and breeders that would avoid the need for pending legislation at the state Capitol to reach a VLT agreement.

  • Belmont Stakes Ratings Down in Last Run on NBC

    Without a possible Triple Crown winner on the line, ratings for NBC's June 11 broadcast of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) dropped to an average overnight rating of 5.0 with an 11 share, down from 13.4 with a 27 share from last year when Smarty Jones made his bid for the 2004 Triple Crown.

  • Millionaire Ecton Park's First Winner

    Ecton Park, a grade I winner and millionaire, was represented by his first winner when his son Double Parked won June 9 at Hollywood Park.

  • Desert Bloom Sizzles in Berkeley Handicap

    Desert Bloom, coaxed to the front soon after the start by jockey Roberto Gonzalez, was able to dictate the pace and held on through the drive to post a mild upset in the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

  • Afleet Alex makes it look easy with runaway Belmont win.

    Wow! Afleet Alex Crushes Belmont Field

    Afleet Alex, very, very confidently ridden by Jeremy Rose, made the same move he made in the Preakness (gr. I)...only this time he wasn't bumped. He blew by the field and romped home to win the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in impressive fashion.

  • Belmont Attracts Smallest Crowd Since 1996

    The smallest crowd for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) since 1996, 62,274, turned out on a hot and humid afternoon at the Elmont, N.Y., track to see Afleet Alex dominate the 137th running of the 3-year-old classic by seven lengths Saturday.

  • Sweet Return, right, out runs Red Fort for the win in the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap.

    Sweet Return Back On Top in Whittingham

    Saturday proved to be a good day for the past two winners of the Hollywood Derby (gr. IT). The 2004 winner Good Reward won the Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) on the Belmont Park turf and 2003 hero Sweet Return returned to Hollywood Park's lawn to capture the $350,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT).

  • Saint Liam Assigned 121 for Stephen Foster

    Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren's Saint Liam, winner of the Donn Handicap (gr. I) and Clark Handicap (gr. II), has been assigned high weight of 121 pounds for next Saturday's $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

  • Good Reward in Manhattan win.

    Manhattan Yields Good Reward for Backers

    Good Reward got a great trip and made the most of it, coming through on the rail to take the $400,000 Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) Saturday at Belmont Park.

  • Limehouse wins Brooklyn &#39;Cap.

    Limehouse Rock Solid in Brooklyn Handicap

    New millionaire Limehouse hadn't won a race in nearly 14 months, but he has now won two in a row after taking the $250,000 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park Saturday.

  • Lost in the Fog takes Riva Ridge.

    Could Fans Have Seen Best 3-Year-Old?

    Fans came to Belmont Park Saturday to see who is the best 3-year-old in the land. They might have seen him, and his name is Lost in the Fog.

  • Sand Springs surprises in Just a Game.

    Gritty Sand Springs in Just a Game Upset

    Sand Springs took the lead early and held off the late run by heavy favorite Intercontinental to spring the upset in the $300,000 Emirates Airline Just a Game Breeders' Cup (gr. IIT) Saturday at Belmont Park.