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  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Hall Pass

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - There have been a number of critics (notably in the media) who have said the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame needed a change in election procedures that each year designated inductees in jockey, trainer, male horse, and female horse categories. They wouldn't name names publicly, but these critics charged that the Hall of Fame was electing too many individuals who simply did not belong.

  • Uniform Rules Needed

    <i>By Laura de Seroux</i> - In regard to uniform national medication rules, at this point it looks like Kentucky is leading the way in establishing the tough policies we need to clean up racing.

  • Trainer Nick Zito, tried to purchase Afleet Alex last year.

    Zito to Ritchey: 'Name Your Price' for Afleet Alex

    Trainer Nick Zito has had nine horses finish behind Afleet Alex this year, and will try him again with three more in Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I). That in itself would certainly make the Preakness (gr. I) winner a thorn in Zito's side. But Zito and Alex have a history together that goes back a lot farther than this year's Triple Crown trail.

  • Breeders&#39; Cup president D. G. Van Clief Jr.

    TCT, Breeders' Cup Sign Contract for Series

    The Thoroughbred Championship Tour, a proposed series of big-event racing days leading up to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, appears on track for 2006 now that the TCT and Breeders' Cup have signed a contract.

  • Youbet Shareholders Elect Donn, Liebau as Directors

    Youbet.com shareholders have elected R. Douglas Donn, former CEO of Gulfstream Park Racing Association, and F. Jack Liebau, president of Bay Meadows Racing Association, to serve on the company's board of directors. The two racing executives were elected at the Youbet.com annual shareholders meeting last week.

  • ReRun Celebrates Father's Day with Artwork by Sires

    ReRun announced it will celebrate the coming Father's Day by exhibiting various "Moneighs" created by famous sires and their progeny including; A.P. Indy and sons, Mineshaft and Rock Slide, among others.

  • Texas Industry Still Hoping for Gaming Vote

    The regular session of the Texas legislature concluded without tossing so much as a crumb toward horse racing, but the state's racing industry remains hopeful lawmakers could soon consider video lottery terminals for racetracks.

  • White Horse to Race to Benefit Chaplaincy

    All Glory to God, a rare white Thoroughbred in training at San Luis Rey Downs in Southern California, will race to benefit the Race Track Chaplaincy of America, according to the colt's owners and RTCA officials.

  • Kentucky, Florida Farmland Remains Hot Commodity

    Real estate investors continue to go after farms in Central Kentucky and Ocala, Fla. Many of the properties are remaining agricultural in nature, according to real estate agents.

  • Like Father, Like Son: Belmont Winners Who Sired Belmont Winners

    Of the 136 past winners of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), an even 12 have gone on to sire a Belmont winner (or winners) while at stud. In the 137th edition to be run this Saturday, 1992 winner A.P. Indy could make it an uneven 13 with two sons entered, and Thunder Gulch, sire of 2001 winner Point Given, could have a second son gain Belmont glory.

  • Jockey Castellano to Pilot Ready and Alluring in Canadian Oaks

    Jockey Javier Castellano will ride Ready and Alluring in Sunday's $500,000 Labatt Woodbine Oaks, the premier event for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies at Woodbine. Ready and Alluring could face as many as 10 challengers in the 1 1/8-mile race.

  • Monday Belmont Stakes Notes

    Afleet Alex completes serious training for Belmont Stakes (gr. I)... Chekhov works at Saratoga... Romans searching for jockey to ride Nolan's Cat... Watchmon, likely Belmont starter, to work Tuesday.

  • Unbridled's Song Season Supports Cancer Research

    Touched by the recent stories of the late Alex Scott and her Alex's Lemonade Stand, Ernie Paragallo of North Mass, New York and a part owner of the Kentucky-based stallion Unbridled's Song is contributing $62,500 to Alex's Lemonade Stand and $62,500 to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation based in New Canaan, Connecticut.

  • Afleet Alex, shown arriving at Belmont Park, had a strong three-mile gallop Monday.

    Afleet Alex Motors Through Three-Mile Gallop

    Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Afleet Alex turned in another of his unique feats Monday by jogging a mile and a half at 6:15, then going out at 8:45 and galloping three miles in the sweltering heat and humidity.

  • The White Fox, finishing third in his career debut.

    Rare White Horse Third in Career Debut

    The White Fox, one of only 17 pure white Thoroughbreds that have ever been registered in the 300 years of recorded Thoroughbred breeding, finished third in his career debut as the 9-10 favorite in Sunday's first race at River Downs.

  • Ravens' DQ Gives Three in the Bag Plate Trial

    Castletop Stable's Three in the Bag was awarded victory in Sunday's $164,300 Plate Trial Stakes for 3-year-olds at Woodbine after the apparent winner, Dance with Ravens, was disqualified.

  • Three Degrees (6) overtakes Thatswhatimean (8) to win the Honeymoon Breeders&#39; Cup Handicap.

    Fine Ending to Honeymoon for Three Degrees

    Favored Three Degrees turned in a stakes record effort to win the $163,125 Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old fillies with an impressive late burst on the Hollywood Park turf.

  • Preakness winner and likely Belmont favorite Afleet Alex arrives in New York.

    Afleet Alex Arrives at Belmont Park

    Preakness (gr. I) winner Afleet Alex, the likely favorite for the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 11, arrived without incident at Belmont Park Saturday at approximately 4:30 p.m.

  • Red Fort in Bullet Move for Whittingham 'Cap

    Red Fort worked seven furlongs on turf in a bullet 1:27 4/5 Sunday in his final drill for the $350,000 Charles Whittingham Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) at 1 1/4 miles on the Hollywood Park turf on Saturday.

  • Melhor Ainda captures the Sands Point Stakes.

    Melhor Ainda Passes First Graded Test

    Undefeated Melhor Ainda made her first graded stakes appearance look easy, winning as the prohibitive favorite in the $111,200 Sands Point (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies Sunday on the Belmont Park turf.

  • Stewards' Contracts Not Renewed by CHRB

    A decision announced this week to not renew the contracts of three of California's most senior stewards is part of changes being made to improve racing in the state, according to the executive director of the California Horse Racing Board.

  • Frankie Dettori smiles after riding Shamardal to the win in Sunday&#39;s Prix du Jockey Club.

    Dettori Flies Again, Wins French Derby

    Disappointed at Epsom a day earlier, jockey Frankie Dettori rebounded Sunday when Godolphin's Shamardal tallied in the Prix du Jockey-Club (Fr-I), or French Derby, by a neck over favored Hurricane Run at Chantilly.

  • Silent Witness Beaten Again in Yasuda Kinen

    Silent Witness suffered the second narrow defeat of his career when he finished third in the $2 million Yasuda Kinen (Jpn-I) Sunday at Fuchu Racecourse in Tokyo. Asakusa Den'en won the one-mile event before a crowd of more than 75,000.

  • Andujar runs away from the field in winning the Milady at Hollywood Park.

    O'Neill's New Star Andujar Shakes Up Milady

    There seemed a strong likelihood of a speed duel in Saturday's $205,150 Milady Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park, but outsider Andujar never allowed it to happen, simply running the rest of the field into the ground.

  • Que Puntual Overcomes All in Taking Nassau

    Earle Mack's Que Puntual survived a rough trip and two claims of foul to win the featured $357,200 Nassau Stakes (Can-II) for fillies and mares on the turf Saturday at Woodbine.

  • Delta Princess Steams to Mint Julep Victory

    Late-charging Delta Princess closed from dead last with a sweeping move to capture Saturday's $110,100 Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Churchill Downs grass thanks to a well-timed ride from Robby Albarado.

  • Round Pond (1) outruns Smuggler (6) to capture the Acorn Stakes, Saturday at Belmont.

    Round Pond Pounds Out Acorn Win

    Favored Round Pond pounced on the leaders inside the final furlong and pulled away for her fourth straight win in the $250,000 Acorn (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park Saturday.

  • Zito Adds Indy Storm to Belmont Cast

    Trainer Nick Zito says he'll probably start recent allowance winner Indy Storm in next Saturday's $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I), giving him three contenders for the final jewel of the Triple Crown.

  • Wide Open Field of 13 Contests Honeymoon

    Thirteen 3-year-old fillies are set to square off in Sunday's $175,000 Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park with no apparent standout among the aspiring cast.