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  • Alex's Lemonade Stands Sharing Belmont Stage

    Alex's Lemonade Stand will be raising money for childhood oncology at Thoroughbred Racing Association tracks across the nation June 11, as Afleet Alex seeks to follow up his dramatic Preakness Stakes (gr. I) victory with a win in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the third jewel in the Visa Triple Crown.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Still a Jewel

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - It's hard to believe, but 10 years ago the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) attracted just 37,171 people, a pitiful turnout for what is annually one of American racing's biggest days.

  • Be Like Mikey

    <i>By Roberta Smoodin</i> - If Mike's Thunder could talk, the stories he would tell. About his race career, during which the now 8-year-old gelding earned more than $375,000 and had 15 wins in allowance and claiming races, showing the kind of heart and fortitude that define what is best about the Thoroughbred horse. But the more interesting part of his story remains a mystery: What happened to Mikey in retirement?

  • Afleet Alex, breezing at Pimlico Wednesday.

    Afleet Alex Works at Pimlico; Ships to Belmont Saturday

    Cash is King Stable's Afleet Alex, winner of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), breezed five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 at Pimlico Wednesday in preparation for the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). At this point, the colt is expected to arrive in New York on Saturday.

  • Talk Is Money's First Winner

    Stakes winner Talk Is Money was represented by his first winner when his son Ermengarde won May 29 at Lone Star Park.

  • BC Winner High Chaparral to New Zealand

    John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner High Chaparral will shuttle to Windsor Park Stud near Cambridge, New Zealand, for his first Southern Hemisphere breeding season.

  • A one-third interest in Ghostzapper, shown winning Monday&#39;s Met Mile, has been purchased by Jess Jackson.

    Winery Founder Jackson Buys Interest in Ghostzapper

    Jess Jackson, who, along with his family, founded the famous Kendall-Jackson winery, said shortly after the May 30 Metropolitan Handicap that he has purchased one-third interest in 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, who romped by 6 1/4 lengths in the Met Mile in his 2005 debut.

  • Nine Possible for Belmont Stakes

    The field for the 137th Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 11 is slowly taking shape, with at least nine 3-year-olds pointing for the third leg of the Triple Crown. The 1 1/2-mile "Test of the Champion" will be headed by Preakness (gr. I) winner Afleet Alex and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Giacomo.

  • Buzzards Bay, winning the Santa Anita Derby, will pass on the Belmont Stakes.

    Buzzards Bay to Pass on Belmont Stakes

    Fog City Stables' Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Buzzards Bay will not make his next start in the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) as previously planned, trainer Jeff Mullins revealed Tuesday morning.

  • Kentucky Enforcing Health Rules on Horses

    Kentucky State veterinarian Robert Stout said the state has begun enforcing regulations that require any horse traveling within Kentucky--except farm-to-farm and to approved sales--to have a current Coggins test (within the previous 12 months) and a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection conducted within the previous 150 days.

  • Sod Planted for New Laurel Park Turf Course

    The Maryland Jockey Club said the installation of sod for the Laurel Park turf course began May 31 under the supervision of turf superintendent Robbie Mitten.

  • Tranquility Farm Receives Piedra Grant

    Tranquility Farm, the Harry A. Biszantz Memorial Center for Thoroughbred Retirement, has received a $21,000 grant from assets of the Piedra Foundation, a non-profit program offering equine surgical assistance that dissolved in 2004.

  • Trainer Nick Zito, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.

    Zito Humbled by Hall of Fame Induction

    Trainer Nick Zito, the 57-year-old New York native who has won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) twice, is rarely at a loss for words. But in trying to express his feelings over the announcement he will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame this year, reacted, "I just don't know what to say."

  • Japan Foal Sale Will Have 315 Lots

    The Japan Racing Horse Association (JRHA) has catalogued 315 foals for its select foal sale, which will be held July 11 and 12 at the Northern Horse Park on Hokkaido.

  • Touched by Madness Scores in Jersey Derby

    Gilbert G. Campbell's Touched by Madness broke on top and never looked back, making all the pace in the $100,000 Jersey Derby on the Monmouth Park turf Monday.

  • Mea Domina, right, and Solar Echo finish 1-2 in the Gamely Breeders&#39; Cup Handicap.

    McAnally's Gamely Duo Doubles His Pleasure

    Owner/breeder Janis R. Whitham and Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally doubled their pleasure Monday when their Mea Domina held on to beat entry mate Solar Echo in the $441,500 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) on the Hollywood Park turf.

  • Supah Blitz (black blinkers) wins photo finish in Lone Star Handicap.

    Best of Four Noses Belongs to Supah Blitz

    Races can hardly come any closer than Monday's featured event in the Texas Million series -- the $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III) -- where four noses hit the wire together. After the dust had cleared, Supah Blitz was declared the winner and 11-10 favorite Lion Tamer was off the board.

  • Silverfoot Repeats in Louisville Handicap

    Silverfoot, ridden by Robby Albarado, regained the lead at the top of the stretch and then held off a late rush by Rochester for a three-quarter length Memorial Day win in the $110,400 Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds and up at Churchill Downs.

  • Katdogawn Has Her Day in WinStar Distaff

    Katdogawn, a mare that had lost 10 races in a row in spite of some top efforts against leading Southern California company, closed strongly under left-handed urging from Jerry Bailey to defeat 8-5 favorite Valentine Dancer in Monday's $200,000 WinStar Distaff Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Lone Star Park turf.

  • German Filly Elopa Earns Shot at Ouija Board

    The Andreas Schutz-trained German filly Elopa set up a showdown with the spectacular Ouija Board in Ireland next month with a hard-fought win as the favorite in Monday's Prix Corrida (Fr-II) for fillies and mares at Saint-Cloud.

  • Woodbine Tote Failure Forces Refunds

    Due to a serious tote system failure Saturday night, Woodbine Entertainment refunded all wagers from the final eight live standardbred races from Woodbine and over 60 races from the evening's simulcast menu.

  • Toll Taker (foreground) wins the Boiling Springs Handicap over Pleasant Lyrics, Sunday at Monmouth Park.

    Toll Taker Game Winner in Boiling Springs

    Sea Gull Associates' Toll Taker, the odds-on choice in a field of just three 3-year-old fillies, was all heart on the front end to finish a neck in front of Pleasant Lyrics in the $136,500 Boiling Springs Stakes at Monmouth Park Sunday.

  • Le Cinquieme Essai Wins Connaught Cup

    Le Cinquieme Essai, with Steve Bahen aboard, held off longshot Tusayan down the stretch, to capture the $150,400 Connaught Cup Stakes (Can-III) Sunday at Woodbine.

  • Oratory wins the Peter Pan, Saturday at Belmont.

    Oratory Flies Away in Peter Pan

    Darley Stable's Oratory peeled away from the field in upper stretch for a commanding stakes record victory in the $200,000 Peter Pan (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park Saturday.

  • Rapid Proof Must Answer Distance Question

    Rapid Proof brings the best form into Monday's $100,000-added Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs. But he must answer a major distance question if he is to defeat six rivals in the 1 3/8-mile event on the Matt Winn Turf Course.

  • Osidy, foreground, overtakes Willow O Wisp, right, to win the Will Rogers Stakes, Saturday at Hollywood Park.

    Osidy's Late Surge Lands Will Rogers Stakes

    Osidy, a colt that trainer Richard Mandella has big plans for this year, registered his first victory in the United States with a patient ride by Alex Solis in the $109,100 Will Rogers (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park Saturday.

  • Lord of the Game Takes Fast Hanshin Cup

    Lord of the Game, claimed for $10,000 out of his first start on Dec. 31, earned the biggest tally of his brief career when he rallied from off a quick pace to capture the Hanshin Cup (gr. III) by a half-length on Saturday at Arlington Park.

  • Fogelsonger to Miss Rest of Pimlico Meet

    Jockey Ryan Fogelsonger, the second leading rider at Pimlico, is taking off the remainder of the spring meeting that ends June 12 to rest his lower back after he injured himself in a fall on April 21.

  • American Freedom Sneaks Home in Red Bank

    American Freedom, guided by Jose Velez Jr., drove through along the inside and was up in deep stretch for an upset victory in the $150,000 Red Bank Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the soft Monmouth Park turf Saturday.

  • 'Horse of the World' Ghostzapper Returns

    Defending Horse of the Year Ghostzapper will make his first start of 2005 Monday when he goes off the favorite in Belmont Park's traditional Memorial Day feature, the $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I).

  • Dance Away Capote Cruises in Go For Wand

    Pandora Farms' prohibitive favorite Dance Away Capote returned to racing with an impressive victory in the $100,300 Go For Wand Stakes at Delaware Park Saturday.

  • Calif. Track Slot Revenue Speculation On Rise

    Speculation that a revenue sharing agreement could result in California between racetracks and tribal casinos over slot machines increased this week after a lawsuit on behalf of five tracks filed last year against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was dropped May 25.

  • Twilight Road Seeks Memorial Day Repeat

    Donamire Farm's 8-year-old gelding Twilight Road, impressive in winning Calder's Memorial Day Handicap (gr. III) by 5 ¼ lengths last year, is once more the horse to beat in Monday's renewal of the $100,000 stakes race.

  • Canani Has 'Special' Shoemaker Surprise

    Trainer Julio Canani, who has dominated the Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) the last six years, seeks his fourth victory in the $350,000 turf test at Hollywood Park on Monday when he saddles veteran Special Ring.