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  • United Tote Partners With Kentucky Technology Firm

    United Tote, the gaming technology and tote provider, has signed Kentucky-based Exchange Unlimited as the exclusive sales contractor for a rapidly developing area of the world in the gaming and pari-mutuel sector.

  • Haskin: Reverberate "...has all Darby Dan blood in his female family..."

    Steve Haskin's Belmont Analysis: A New Hero on the Horizon

    Yes, it's time to look for a value horse again. It doesn't take a genius to figure out Afleet Alex and Giacomo are the class of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), and if both run their "A" race, they should finish one-two. But, this is the Belmont, and Andromeda's Hero and Reverberate look like two horses who will love the mile and a half distance.

  • NTRA Board Takes No Action on 'Tour' Contract

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association took no action June 9 on a proposed contract with the Thoroughbred Championship Tour, a proposed series of big-event racing days scheduled to commence in 2006.

  • Sal Russo, with Belmont entry Reverberate.

    Sal Russo After 'Third' Belmont

    Trainer Sal Russo will be sending out his first Belmont Stakes (gr. I) starter tomorrow, but the 44-year-old native of Valley Stream will be looking for his third victory in the "Test of the Champion."

  • Ritchey: Afleet Alex to Play Stalker's Role

    Afleet Alex, the dramatic winner of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) three weeks ago and morning-line favorite for tomorrow's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), will be in a stalking position early in the race according to trainer Tim Ritchey.

  • Red Fort Surrounded in Whittingham 'Cap

    Neil Drysdale, who has trained three of the past seven winners of the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT), saddles the likely favorite Red Fort in Saturday's wide open $350,000 renewal Saturday.

  • Belmont-Leading Prado Rides 'Fog in Riva Ridge

    Edgar Prado, the leading jockey at Belmont Park, will replace injured Russell Baze on undefeated Lost in the Fog in the $200,000 Riva Ridge Breeders' Cup (gr. II) Saturday.

  • Randy Romero Exercises Horses at Churchill

    Retired jockey Randy Romero has returned to the saddle at Churchill Downs, the track where a victory aboard unbeaten Personal Ensign in the 1988 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) became a signature moment of his stellar riding career.

  • Quarantine Keeps Summerly Out of Dogwood

    Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Summerly was a surprise no-show when entries were drawn on Thursday for Saturday's $150,000-added Dogwood Breeders' Cup (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.

  • Anna Napravnik, 17, Gets Win in Maiden Ride

    Seventeen-year-old Anna Rosie Napravnik, a former exercise rider, made her dream a reality June 9 when she guided Ringofdiamonds home at Pimlico Race Course in her first official mount.

  • True North Sprint Shapes Up as a Scramble

    Saturday's six-furlong True North Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park is best described as a scramble, with contenders--or at least horses with the ability to the outcome--positioned in every stall.

  • New York Mutuel Clerks Ratify New Pact

    The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union of New York, division of mutuel employees, Local 3, has overwhelmingly ratified a new contract with the New York Racing Association, averting a possible work stoppage or sickout on Belmont Stakes day June 11.

  • Belmont Starters Face New Security Protocol

    Under the new raceday security protocol in effect at Belmont Park, all starters for the 137th Belmont Stakes (gr. I) must be on the Belmont backstretch no later than noon Friday. At that time, security officers will be in place to watch each entrant.

  • Belmont Park Goes Jumping on Day After Belmont Stakes

    Afleet Alex, Giacomo and the others don't have a monopoly on Triple Crown action at Belmont Park this weekend, as 14 Thoroughbreds will line up for the third leg of the Steeplechase Triple Crown Sunday.

  • Funny Cide, Evening Attire Set to Battle Again

    Funny Cide, the 2003 champion and dual classic winner, and grade I winner Evening Attire head a field of nine in Saturday's Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park. The two multi-millionaires, the only seven-figures earners in the 117th running of the race, competed against each other four times last year.

  • Ramsey, Romans Attempt to Buck Belmont History

    In the 136-year history of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), according to New York Racing Association officials, no maiden has won the "Test of the Champion." Challenging that time-tested theory in the 1 ½-mile classic Saturday are breeder-owner Ken Ramsey and trainer Dale Romans with Nolan's Cat.

  • Horse Caucus Wants Pari-Mutuel Industry Protected

    The Congressional Horse Caucus, now more than 60 members strong, said it supports efforts to stop illegal Internet gambling but said any proposed legislation must be clarified to protect legal pari-mutuel account wagering and simulcasting.

  • Intercontinental to Defend Title in Just a Game

    Juddmonte Farms' homebred Intercontinental will vie for a repeat victory against a strong field of fillies and mares in Saturday's Just a Game Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park.

  • Preakness Stakes winner Afleet Alex, on the move at Belmont Park.

    Backside Moves: Afleet Alex Relocated at Belmont

    Belmont Stakes (gr. I) morning-line favorite Afleet Alex was relocated from Barn 14 to Barn 5 Thursday due to the presence of fellow Belmont starter Nolan's Cat, who is in the same barn.

  • Giant's Causeway Filly Sets Magic Millions Record

    A <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=4297000&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">Giant's Causeway</a> filly broke the record for the Magic Millions National yearling auction when she sold for Aus$400,000 Thursday in Australia during the sale's opening session.

  • Prairie Meadows Lets Horses In, But Not Out

    The quarantine at Prairie Meadows was relaxed slightly June 8 to allow horses to enter the stable area, but no horses will be allowed to leave the grounds until test results for a possible equine herpesvirus case are known.

  • Meteor Storm, Artie Schiller Duel in Manhattan

    Winless since he captured last year's Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) on the Belmont Park turf, Meteor Storm returns to New York Saturday to face a strong group of 10 foes in the latest renewal of the $400,000 event on the Belmont Stakes undercard.

  • Maryland Lifts Ban on Delaware, NY Shippers

    The Maryland Jockey Club announced June 8 that it has lifted the restrictions on horses planning to ship to Pimlico Race Course, Laurel Park or the Bowie Training Center from Belmont Park, Aqueduct and Delaware Park.

  • Argent Mortgage Donation to Benefit Anna House

    Argent Mortgage Company, presenting sponsor of Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), will share the winning spirit throughout the day's 13-race card with a $1,000 donation to the Belmont Child Care Association on behalf of the winner of each of the day's races.

  • Declan's Moon Jogs; October Return Possible

    Jay Em Ess Stable's champion Declan's Moon jogged a mile Wednesday at Santa Anita in his first return to the track after undergoing surgery to remove a bone chip from his left knee in early March. Trainer Ron Ellis said the undefeated son of Malibu Moon is being pointed toward an October return.

  • Master of Disaster Hopes to Remain Unbeaten

    Master of Disaster lived up to his name on May 10 at Delaware Park, demolishing a field of maidens by more than 13 lengths. He'll look to stay undefeated Friday when he starts in the five-furlong Flash Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at Belmont Park.

  • Rey de Cafe Tops Hill Prince Field

    The battle-toughened Rey de Café, a colt who has ascended to the upper echelon of the 3-year-old turf division this spring, returns to Belmont Park as the horse to beat in Friday's grade III, $100,000- added Hill Prince.

  • Mark of Esteem to Shuttle to Brazil

    English champion miler and classic winner Mark of Esteem will be leased by Haras Fazenda Mondesir in Brazil from Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud Management for the 2005-06 breeding season.

  • Study Suggests Jockeys Have Bone Problems

    Preliminary results of an ongoing body-weight study of jockeys in Ireland indicate more than half of the riders studied had osteopenia--the presence of less than normal amount of bone--which if not treated may result in osteoporosis.

  • Farm Managers Discuss Breed Incentive Program

    The Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club debated the pros and cons of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund June 7 and plans to have its recommendations ready for review by July 1.

  • Delaware Park Quarantine Over

    The Delaware Racing Commission Veterinarian's Office advised Tuesday morning that all 35 horses that were previously quarantined have been cleared for the bacterial disease Streptococcus Equi based on two negative tests.