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  • Handicapping Insights

    <i><b><font face="Arial" size="4">HANDICAPPING INSIGHTS</font></b></i>

  • Black Caviar star of the show at media morning

    Black Caviar, the unbeaten Australian sprinting sensation, exercised in Newmarket Thursday, during a Royal Ascot media morning ahead of racing in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes over six furlongs on June 23.

  • 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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/allalong12.html">All Along Stakes</a> 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 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/oliver12.pdf">Oliver Stakes</a> 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.

  • Champion Royal Delta returns in Fleur de Lis

    Royal Delta will face just five rivals when she returns to competition on Saturday in the Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/fleurdelis12.html">Fleur de Lis Handicap</a> at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/8-mile race is one of four stakes that comprise Churchill's Stephen Foster Downs After Dark racing program.

  • Wise Dan, Alternation highlight deep Stephen Foster

    While Game on Dude sits safely atop the West Coast's handicap division, a stellar field will vie for supremacy among those based in the eastern half of the country Saturday night in the Grade 1, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/foster12">Stephen Foster Handicap</a> at Churchill Downs.

  • Judy the Beauty returns to competition under the Twin Spires

    Wesley Ward's Judy the Beauty, who has not raced since finishing second to Grace Hall in the Grade 1 Spinaway at Saratoga last September, will return off a more than nine-month layoff in Thursday afternoon's featured allowance race at Churchill Downs.

  • Belmont Notebook

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  • Jockey Club to introduce system identifying at-risk horses

    The Jockey Club on Wednesday announced plans to develop a statistics-based system that would notify track officials and regulatory veterinarians when a horse that has been entered in a race is facing a heightened risk of injury.

  • 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.

  • Hollywood Notebook

    <i><b><font face="Arial" size="4">HOLLYWOOD PARK NOTEBOOK </font></b></i>

  • Breeders' Cup announces 16 Members

    The Breeders' Cup announced Tuesday that 16 individuals have won election to serve as Breeders' Cup Members.&nbsp; Election voting by Breeders' Cup foal and stallion nominators was concluded at 5 p.m. (EDT) on June 8. The election results are expected to be ratified by the current Breeders' Cup Members at the annual meeting on July 11.

  • Maryland Racing Commission to review Secretariat's Preakness time

    Penny Chenery, the owner of Secretariat, and Maryland Jockey Club President Thomas Chuckas have requested that the Maryland Racing Commission conduct a hearing to consider &quot;compelling&quot; evidence, based upon advances in modern video technology, regarding the long-standing controversy surrounding Secretariat's winning time in the 1973 Preakness Stakes. The Commission has agreed to do so and it will consider the request at its upcoming meeting on June 19th at Laurel Park.

  • Silver Max looks to stay on a roll in Oliver

    The winner of four straight in wire-to-wire fashion, Silver Max has looked a league apart from his rivals. The son of Badge of Silver, who began his streak in a Gulfstream Park allowance/optional claimer in March, has since romped by 5 1/2 lengths in the Grade 3 Transylvania at Keeneland, by 2 3/4 lengths in the Grade 2 American Turf on Kentucky Oaks Day and by two lengths in the May 26 Arlington Classic.

  • Mark Valeski sidelined by knee chip

    One-time Kentucky Derby hopeful Mark Valeski, who scored a breakthrough win in the Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes on May 12, will be out for the rest of the year with a knee chip, trainer Larry Jones announced Monday.

  • Asmussen will start two in Foster; Fort Larned works

    Trainer Steve Asmussen said Monday that he has &quot;mixed emotions&quot; about running the &quot;two best horses&quot; in his stable against an imposing field in the Grade 1, $400,000 Stephen Foster Handicap, but he expects to have a double-barreled threat in the starting gate for Saturday night's race at Churchill Downs.

  • Perrodin dies of cancer

    <i>Daily Racing Form</i> reports that veteran rider E.J. Perrodin, who was diagnosed with cancer right after announcing his retirement in early February, died Sunday morning. The Rayne, Louisiana, native was 55.

  • All Star Heart rockets home in Redondo Beach return

    Unraced since taking the Grade 2 Las Palmas last November 6, the Ron McAnally mare was patiently handled by Brice Blanc, and still had a three-length deficit to overcome in midstretch. But All Star Heart went into turbo mode inside the final furlong, inhaling Hard to Resist in the final strides to score by a half-length. She completed the firm-turf mile in 1:35 2/5 and paid $8.60, $5.60 and $3.60 as the 3-1 second choice.

  • Data Link gets up in course-record time in Monmouth

    One day after guiding Union Rags to victory in the Belmont Stakes, jockey John Velazquez capped his memorable weekend by engineering a course record-setting win aboard Stuart S. Janney III's homebred Data Link in Sunday's Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/monmouth12.pdf">Monmouth Stakes</a>. Velazquez was riding both for the first time in a race, and in both cases, he conjured up a late run to prevail in the final yards.

  • Arlington's Jackpot High 5 hit for $1.1 million

    After going unclaimed for the first 23 racing days of the 2012 Arlington Park meeting, the Jackpot High-5 was finally solved on Sunday when one lucky bettor had the lone winning ticket worth $1,115,184.20, an all-time Arlington Park payout on a single wager.

  • Velazquez reflects on Belmont score aboard Union Rags

    Before leaving for Monmouth Park, where he was scheduled to ride morning-line favorite Data Link for trainer Shug McGaughey in the Grade 3, $200,000 Monmouth Stakes, jockey John Velazquez was on the Belmont Park backstretch reflecting on his thrilling victory aboard Union Rags in Saturday's 144th running of the Belmont Stakes.

  • Union Rags back home at Fair Hill following Belmont win

    Union Rags, winner of Saturday's 144th running of the $1 million Belmont Stakes, was a happy horse Sunday morning in Michael Matz's barn at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Maryland, the trainer reported.

  • Overnight ratings soar for Belmont

    Overnight ratings for the Belmont Stakes on NBC soared, despite the scratch of Triple Crown-hopeful I'll Have Another, topping last year's overnight by 13 percent, and the 2010 overnight by 74 percent.

  • Union Rags flies the flag in Belmont

    Chadds Ford Stable's Union Rags encountered trouble in both the Grade 1 Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby, but a jockey switch to John Velazquez and better trip on Saturday saw the Dixie Union colt capture the $1 million Belmont Stakes by a head for trainer Michael Matz. The bay sophomore was sent off the 5-2 second choice in the 1 1/2-mile &quot;Test of the Champion&quot; and stopped the clock in 2:30 2/5 to earn just his second win of the year.

  • Acclamation extends win streak to six with third straight Whittingham

    Acclamation, last year's champion older male, looked as classy as ever when returning from an eight-month layoff Saturday at Hollywood Park, posting a one-length decision in the Grade 1, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/whittingham12.pdf"> Charles Whittingham</a>. The six-year-old horse has now captured the last three editions of 1 1/4-mile turf test and he stretched his current win streak to six, leading wire to wire under Pat Valenzuela.

  • Fort Loudon lives up to 3-5 favoritism on Summit Preview Day

    Fort Loudon drew closer to a half-million in earnings while continuing his winning ways Saturday in the $75,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/unbridled12.pdf">Unbridled Stakes</a> on Calder's Summit Preview Day. The Awesome of Course gelding took command of the six-furlong, fast-track contest at the quarter-pole and drew off under urging from jockey Fernando Jara to post a 3 3/4-length victory as the 3-5 favorite.

  • Desert Blanc takes Manhattan

    Trainer Chad Brown continues to stake his claim as heir apparent to the late Hall of Famer Bobby Frankel. Already successful with ex-Europeans in the filly and mare turf division, Brown notched his first Grade 1 win with a male courtesy of the British-bred Desert Blanc in Saturday's $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/manhattan12.pdf"> Manhattan Handicap</a>. An encouraging second in his U.S. debut in the Grade 3 Fort Marcy on May 5, the 6-1 shot quickened smartly between foes, then just saw off the bold challenge of Papaw Bodie to post a career-best.

  • Tapitsfly lives up to her name in Just a Game

    Frank L. Jones Jr.'s homebred Tapitsfly figured out a way to hand Winter Memories her first defeat on the Belmont Park turf in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/justagame12.pdf">Just a Game Stakes</a> -- sprint to the early lead and never look back. Spurting away at the top of the stretch, the Dale Romans trainee sizzled her final quarter in :22 4/5, far too fast for the late-running even-money favorite to make a dent on her. Tapitsfly held a comfortable 2 1/4-length margin at the wire while finishing the mile on the firm Widener turf in a stakes-record 1:32 1/5.

  • Caixa Eletronica goes last to first in True North

    Repole Stable's Caixa Eletronica left himself plenty to do entering the stretch of Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/truenorth12.pdf">True North Handicap </a>at Belmont Park, but the seven-year-old flew home to nab top honors, powering past runner-up Justin Phillip in the final yards. The six-furlong event was marred by the breakdown of Grade 1 winner Giant Ryan, who was vanned off and returned to his stall.

  • Trinniberg wires field in Woody Stephens

    About 1 1/2 hours after watching their Grade 1 winner Giant Ryan vanned off the track with life-threatening injuries in the Grade 2 True North Handicap, owner Shivananda Parboo and trainer Bisnath Parboo watched with joy as their three-year-old sprint star Trinniberg went gate-to-wire in the Grade 2, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/woodystephens12.pdf"> Woody Stephens</a> at Belmont Park.

  • My Gi Gi prevails in Honeymoon photo

    Staying in the clear with an outside trip in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/honeymoon12.pdf">Honeymoon Handicap</a> at Hollywood Park, My Gi Gi got the jump on 1-2 favorite Lady of Shamrock in the stretch of the nine-furlong grass test and narrowly staved off the late charge of the odds-on choice to win by a nose under Rafael Bejarano. The 3-1 second choice in a field of five sophomore fillies, My Gi Gi returned $8.40, $2.80 and $2.20.

  • Hollywood cuts purses

    Due to unanticipated declines in field size and, subsequently, all-sources handle, Hollywood Park announced Saturday reductions in purses will begin Thursday. Entries for those races will take place Sunday.

  • First winner for Sightseeing airs at Parx

    Maggi Moss' So Many Ways drew off in her debut in Saturday's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/sightseeingfirst.pdf"> 1ST</a> race at Parx, becoming the first winner sired by Grade 2 hero Sightseeing. The Tony Dutrow filly grabbed the early lead, withstood stiff pace pressure, and kicked clear by a commanding eight lengths. With Frankie Pennington in the saddle, the 2-1 chance covered 4 1/2 fast-track furlongs in :52 2/5.

  • Redeemed wires Brooklyn

    Jay Em Ess Stable's Redeemed took the lead soon after the start of Friday's Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/brooklyn12.pdf">Brooklyn Handicap</a> at Belmont Park and turned back several challenges en route to a dominating 10-length victory under jockey Ramon Dominguez. The four-year-old son of Include was forced to tote the highweight of 121 pounds following a 9 3/4-length romp in the Milesius Stakes on May 3, but that wasn't enough to stop him from completing 1 1/2 miles on the fast dirt in 2:28 4/5.

  • Upgrade makes the grade in Jaipur

    Dennis Narlinger's Upgrade overturned defending champion Right One in Friday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/jaipur12.pdf">Jaipur Stakes</a> at Belmont Park, earning his first career stakes victory. Sent off as the third choice at 5-1, the Michelle Nihei trainee rallied under a well-timed John Velazquez ride, then safely held Right One by three-quarters of a length.