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Secretariat credited with stakes-record Preakness time

The Maryland Racing Commission voted Tuesday afternoon in a special hearing at Laurel Park that 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, who set records that still stand at the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont States, also set the record in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course 39 years ago.

Velazquez released from hospital

Jockeys' Guild Chairman John Velazquez was released by his doctors at Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, Tuesday afternoon. Velazquez was transported to the hospital on Saturday after the horse he was riding in the ninth race at Churchill Downs broke down.

Frankel highlights Queen Anne in Royal Ascot opener

Frankel goes for his 11th straight victory as he bids to get Royal Ascot off to the best possible start in Tuesday's Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes. Sir Henry Cecil's superstar colt has carried all before him so far and heads into the first race of five glorious days as the long odds-on favorite.

Le Bernardin returns to winner's circle in Pegasus

Darley Stable's Le Bernardin faltered while making his stakes bow in the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes on May 12, but returned Sunday at Monmouth Park to gut out a neck victory in the Grade 3, $103,000 Pegasus Stakes with jockey Mike Luzzi aboard. The Kiaran McLaughlin pupil ran 1 1/16 miles on the fast dirt in 1:44 2/5 as the 5-1 fourth pick and returned $12, $5.40 and $3.40.

Ron the Greek rallies to edge Wise Dan in Stephen Foster

Ron the Greek confirmed his championship credentials with a thrilling victory over Wise Dan in the Grade 1, $437,200 Stephen Foster Handicap, rallying up the inside to edge the favorite by a head on the wire. The five-year-old horse capped a big night for trainer Bill Mott, who also saddled champion Royal Delta to an eight-length score in the Grade 2 Fleur des Lis one race earlier on Saturday's Downs after Dark program.

Royal Delta asserts class in Fleur de Lis

Besilu Stables' Royal Delta dropped her initial two starts of 2012 but on Saturday returned to the form that saw her earn an Eclipse Award as champion three-year-old filly last year when drawing off under a hand ride to score by eight lengths in the Grade 2, $179,700 Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs.

Centre Court justifies 3-2 favoritism in Regret

Louise I. and G. Watts Humphrey Jr. Revocable Trust's homebred Centre Court was sent off the 3-2 favorite in Saturday's Grade 3, $114,200 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs following a 4 3/4-length maiden victory on May 19 under the Twin Spires, and rewarded her many backers with a one-length win. The Smart Strike filly paid $5, $3.40 and $3 for completing nine furlongs on the firm turf 1:48 1/5 for trainer Rusty Arnold and jockey Javier Castellano.

Love Theway Youare upsets Vanity

Myung Kwan Cho's Love Theway Youare pulled off a stunning upset of Saturday's Grade 1, $250,000 Vanity Handicap, wearing down the heavily favored Include Me Out in the final sixteenth and drawing away to win by 2 1/2 lengths under Garrett Gomez. The fifth-longest price in the field of six at 18-1, Love Theway Youare returned $38, $6.20 and $4.20 after completing 1 1/8 miles on the Cushion Track in 1:51.

Snow Top Mountain gets up along the rail in All Along

Barbara Hunter's homebred Snow Top Mountain enjoyed a ground-saving ride throughout by Paco Lopez in Saturday evening's Grade 3, $100,000 All Along Stakes, and that might have been the key to her victory. Running while in foal to champion Blame, the Tom Proctor mare drove through the gap left open by longtime leader Speak Easy Gal, then held on by a neck from the wide-rallying Clare Skies Ahead.

Neck 'N Neck rolls to convincing tally in Matt Winn

Neck 'N Neck proved much the best in Saturday's Grade 3, $107,100 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs, registering his first stakes success with a 7 1/4-length decision. The Flower Alley colt has now recorded all three of his career wins under the Twin Spires, entering the 1 1/16-mile test for three-year-olds off a dominant 6 1/2-length score over entry-level allowance rivals on May 10.

Summer Front overcomes traffic, wins Hill Prince

Extricated from behind a wall of horses in the stretch by jockey Ramon Dominguez, Waterford Stable's Summer Front found racing room inside the final sixteenth and under hand encouragement wore down Howe Great to win Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Hill Prince at Belmont Park. The 6-5 favorite paid $4.70, $2.90 and $2.70.

Love and Pride scores in Obeah

Green Hills Farm Inc.'s Love and Pride added a first graded victory to her resume on Saturday with a 1 3/4-length wire job in the Grade 3, $150,000 Obeah Handicap at Delaware Park. The four-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy used her rail post to good advantage, grabbing command out of the gate and setting splits of :23 2/5, :47 3/5, 1:11 3/5 and 1:37 1/5 before finishing 1 1/8 miles on the fast dirt in 1:49 4/5.

Gorham saddles 1,000th career winner

Trainer Robert Gorham, 57, saddled his 1,000th career winner Friday, sending out Banning to a 6 1/2-length win under Jeffrey Skerrett in Thistledown's 4TH race. The gelded son of Stephen Got Even is owned by Gorham's sister, Marion Gorham.

Canterbury adds new $150,000 stakes

Canterbury Park's purses have increased by approximately 35 percent following Wednesday's approval by the Minnesota Racing Commission of a cooperative marketing and purse enhancement agreement between Canterbury Park and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC). The purse structure will be enhanced by $2.6 million this season and approximately $75 million total over the next 10 years according to the terms of the agreement. The agreement also provides $8.5 million in joint marketing funds that will be used to cross-promote Canterbury Park and SMSC's Mystic Lake Casino, located less than four miles from the Shakopee, Minnesota, racetrack.

Believe You Can to ship by van for Mother Goose

The Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose at Belmont Park on June 23 is shaping up to be a rematch between the top two finishers of the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, with the winner, Believe You Can, and the runner-up, Broadway's Alibi, aiming for the 1 1/16-mile race.

Presious Passion calls it a career

The career of multiple Grade 1 winner and grass specialist Presious Passion, who finished second in the 2009 Breeders' Cup Turf and has been a longtime favorite at Monmouth Park, has come to an end.

Giant Ryan euthanized

Grade 1 winner and reigning New York-bred Horse of the Year Giant Ryan was euthanized at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center due to the onset of laminitis, Shivananda Parbhoo confirmed late Thursday afternoon. The 6-year-old son of Freud broke both sesamoid bones in his left front fetlock during the running of Saturday's Grade 2 True North Handicap at Belmont Park.

Lopresti reports Wise Dan 'full of himself' ahead of Foster

Wise Dan, an easy winner of last fall's Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs who recently broke a track record at Keeneland in his 10 1/2-length romp in the Grade 3 Ben Ali, was reported to be full of himself Thursday morning and trainer Charlie Lopresti said his star is ready for Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000 Stephen Foster Handicap under the Twin Spires.

NYRA, NBC Sports Group announce 'Summer at Saratoga' schedule

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) and the NBC Sports Group have announced the schedule for this year's "Summer at Saratoga" series, with five live broadcasts from Saratoga, starting on August 11 and running through September 1, and including such marquee races as the Alabama, Travers and Woodward.

McPeek takes a chance with Rogue Romance in Foster

Rogue Romance could be one of the longest shots on the board for the Grade 1, $400,000 Stephen Foster Handicap on Saturday evening at Churchill Downs, but trainer Ken McPeek hopes for a top effort from his four-year-old son of Smarty Jones when he faces a group of some of the best older horses in training.

All Along, Colonial Turf Cup feature competitive fields

Snow Top Mountain will attempt to get back to her winning form on Saturday while taking on 10 rivals in the Grade 3, $100,000 All Along Stakes at Colonial Downs. The gray mare scored a half-length victory in the Grade 3 Suwannee River at the beginning of the year, but has been unable to find the board in two starts since then.

Silver Max coasts in Oliver

Dana Wells and Marc Bacon's Silver Max rolled to his fifth consecutive win Wednesday in the $211,100 Oliver Stakes at Indiana Downs. The Badge of Silver colt showed his customary speed from the start under Victor Lebron, was left untouched through splits of :23 4/5, :47 and 1:10 3/5, and drew off in the stretch to win by a lopsided margin of 6 3/4 lengths in track-record time of 1:33 4/5 for one mile on the firm turf.

Belmont ratings up with 7.67 million viewers

NBC's broadcast of the Belmont Stakes, which was won by Union Rags, drew 7.67 million viewers, a gain of 12 percent from last year's race (6.84 million on NBC), and up 62 percent from the 2010 race (4.74 million on ABC). Saturday's Belmont was the most-watched in a non-Triple Crown year since 2005 on NBC, less than one percent lower than the 7.71 million that year, according to official national data provided Tuesday by The Nielsen Company.

Alternation works; Nates Mineshaft confirmed for Foster

Pin Oak Stable's homebred Alternation, the top-ranked horse in the latest NTRA Poll, completed his major training preparations for Saturday's Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs with an easy five-furlong breeze in 1:05 2/5 on the fast main track beneath the Twin Spires on Tuesday morning.

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