Handicapping

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  • Union Rags arrives; all Belmont runners in stakes barn

    Union Rags, the 6-1 third choice on the morning line behind Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another (4-5) and Dullahan (5-1) for Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes, arrived at Belmont Park shortly after 11 a.m. (EDT) and was quickly settled into to the stakes barn.

  • Giant Ryan, Trinniberg headline Belmont sprint stakes

    Giant Ryan is currently 2-0-1 from three starts at Belmont Park and on Saturday will seek to improve that mark when starting as the 120-pound highweight in the Grade 2, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/truenorth12.html">True North Handicap</a>. The six-furlong contest will be accompanied on the Belmont Stakes undercard by a pair of stakes restricted to sophomores -- the Grade 2, $400,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/woodystephens12.html"> Woody Stephens Stakes</a> going seven furlongs and the $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/easygoer12.html">Easy Goer Stakes</a> at 1 1/16 miles.

  • Manhattan, Just a Game highlight Belmont undercard

    A handy winner of the Grade 2 Dixie on May 19, Hudson Steele could continue his ascent into the upper ranks of leading turf runners Saturday in the Grade 1, $500,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/manhattan12">Manhattan Handicap</a>. The 1 1/4-mile heat will take its usual position on the 13-race Belmont Stakes day program as the race immediately preceding the third leg of the Triple Crown.

  • Belmont Notebook

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

  • My Adonis to join Belmont field

    I'll Have Another will have an additional rival in Saturday's 144th running of the Belmont Stakes as he tries to become the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years.

  • Lukas receives medical care after being kicked at barn

    Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who will saddle Optimizer in Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes, was taken to Winthrop University Hospital in nearby Mineola, New York, Tuesday afternoon after one of his horses reared up and struck him on top of his head.

  • Belmont longshots begin arriving in New York

    Following a 23-hour van ride from Calder Race Course in Florida, Ravelo's Boy arrived at Belmont Park shortly after 7 a.m. on Tuesday and became the first horse to take up residence in the track's designated Belmont Stakes barn.

  • I'll Have Another to enter stakes barn Wednesday

    Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another's move to the Belmont Stakes barn will now take place Wednesday, trainer Doug O'Neill said after the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner had another energetic gallop at Belmont Park Tuesday morning.

  • Brown, McPeek hoping to pull Belmont upset

    No horse was traveling faster through the Belmont Park stretch in the Grade 2 Peter Pan on May 12 than Street Life. After trailing in the field of 10 through a half-mile in a scorching :45 1/5, Street Life swung to the outside under jockey Jose Lezcano and turned it on to pass most of the field and wind up third, beaten just 1 3/4 lengths by winner Mark Valeski.

  • Hollywood Notebook

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

  • TwinSpires.com credits players for incorrect takeout by NYRA

    TwinSpires.com, the official advance-deposit wagering service for Churchill Downs Incorporated, on Monday, June 4, 2012, credited wagering accounts of players impacted by the New York Racing Association's incorrect takeout rates.

  • NBC Sports Group offers 11 hours of Belmont Week coverage

    NBC Sports Group's 11 hours of Belmont Week coverage begins Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) with &quot;I'll Have Another -- Charging Toward History&quot; on NBC Sports Network and culminates with the 144th Belmont Stakes on NBC, Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

  • Tracks plan special events for Belmont Day

    Tracks around the country are gearing up for a potentially historic day's racing on Saturday, in honor of I'll Have Another's Triple Crown bid in the Belmont Stakes.

  • O'Neill glad that Belmont horses will be in 'same locker room'

    I'll Have Another, who on Saturday will bid to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner in the $1 million Belmont Stakes, had his usual 1 1/2-mile tour of Belmont Park's oval Monday morning, walking and jogging alongside stable pony Lava Man before galloping through the lane.

  • Guyana Star Dweej definite for Belmont

    After watching Guyana Star Dweej put in a half-mile work on Belmont Park's fast main track Monday morning, owner-trainer Doodnauth Shivmangal confirmed the Eddington colt will make his next start in Saturday's Belmont Stakes.

  • Hansen to miss Woody Stephens

    A depleted&nbsp;red blood cell count will keep 2011 juvenile champion Hansen from making an anticipated start in Saturday's Grade 2 Woody Stephens at Belmont Park.

  • Redeemed, Birdrun top Brooklyn

    There was a lot separating Redeemed and Birdrun -- 9 3/4 lengths, in fact -- when the pair met in the 1 1/8-mile Milesius over a sloppy Belmont Park strip on May 3. That gap might narrow a bit in Friday's Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/brooklyn12">Brooklyn Handicap</a> over 1 1/2 miles, a race Birdun won in wire-to-wire fashion by 3 3/4 lengths a year ago.

  • BC tickets now on sale to general public

    The Breeders' Cup and Santa Anita Park Monday announced that tickets are now on sale to the general public for this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships, Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3.

  • Irish Mission takes Woodbine Oaks; River Rush sets track record

    Robert S. Evans' Irish Mission and Stronach Stables' River Rush barged into the Queen's Plate picture by upsetting their respective stakes at Woodbine on Sunday. Stakes debutante Irish Mission handed trainer Mark Frostad his fourth <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/woodbineoaks12.pdf"> Woodbine Oaks</a>, dealing a blow to Dixie Strike's Queen Plate ambitions. In the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/platetrial12.pdf"> Plate Trial</a>, the 21-1 maiden River Rush vaulted from last to first in a track-record romp for trainer Reade Baker.

  • Rothko bound for Iowa Sprint

    Connections of the top performers in Saturday night's &quot;Downs After Dark&quot; Grade 3 tripleheader of the Aristides, Winning Colors and Mint Julep Handicap at Churchill Downs confirmed Sunday that their horses came out of those races well.

  • Nonios outkicks Liaison in Affirmed

    The legacy of Affirmed, the last horse to sweep the Triple Crown, is very much in the spotlight these days, as I'll Have Another seeks to follow in his hoofsteps and end the 34-year drought. So it was an appropriate kickoff to Belmont Stakes Week that Hollywood Park hosted the $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/affirmed12.pdf">Affirmed Handicap</a> in his honor on Sunday, and even more poignant that a descendant of Affirmed, Green B. Smith Jr.'s Nonios, scored a smart win in his stakes debut.

  • After the Wire - 6/3/2012

    Evan Hammonds recaps the Californian Stakes, Early Times Mint Julep Handicap, and Aristides Stakes. Evan also looks towards the Belmont Stakes.

  • I'll Have Another schools in paddock

    Triple Crown contender I'll Have Another visited the paddock at Belmont Park Sunday morning, standing briefly in the saddling enclosure and walking several times around the paddock before heading to the track for his customary energetic morning gallop. Click here to view the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.belmontstakes.com/multimedia/youtubevideo.aspx?VideoId=62"> video</a>.

  • Bizzy Caroline along in time in Mint Julep

    Catesby W. Clay's homebred Bizzy Caroline was a horse for the course at Churchill Downs last year, and the Ken McPeek trainee needed to call on all of her local savvy to catch the front-running Heavenly Landing in Saturday night's Grade 3, $111,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/mintjulep12.pdf">Mint Julep Handicap</a>. Galvanized at last by Manny Cruz, the 9-5 favorite surged late to thwart the wire-to-wire bid by a neck.

  • Rothko rolls in Aristides

    Padua Stables' homebred Rothko easily proved best under the lights in Saturday's Grade 3, $109,400 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/aristides12.pdf"> Aristides</a>, registering his first stakes win with a 2 1/2-length victory at Churchill Downs. The Steve Asmussen-trained colt scored as the even-money favorite beneath Corey Nakatani.

  • Island Bound mows them down in Winning Colors

    Robert T. Manfuso's Island Bound relished the pace meltdown up front in Saturday night's Grade 3, $110,100 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/winningcolors12.pdf"> Winning Colors Stakes</a> at Churchill Downs, rallying best of all late to record her first career stakes victory. With new rider Leandro Goncalves aboard, the Ian Wilkes trainee outkicked Beat the Blues and Speedacious to spring a 9-1 upset, paying $21.40, $6.40 and $4.40.

  • Game on Dude does it easily in Californian

    Rebounding from a poor showing in the Group 1 Dubai World Cup, Game on Dude scored an emphatic victory in Saturday's Grade 2, $147,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/californian12.pdf"> Californian</a> at Hollywood Park. Under Chantel Sutherland, the five-year-old Bob Baffert pupil set a moderate pace of :24, :48 1/5 and 1:12, shook loose from closest pursuer Morning Line around the far turn, and drew away to win by 7 1/4 lengths. He completed nine furlongs on the Cushion Track in 1:48.

  • Kesampour favored over 20 in Prix du Jockey-Club

    Sunday's Group 1 Prix du Jockey-Club (French Derby) at Chantilly will see a maximum field of 20, with His Highness The Aga Khan looking for an eighth renewal courtesy of the unbeaten Mikel Delzangles-trained Kesampour. Drawn in a favorable post in five down towards the all-important inner rail, the homebred will be joined by the same owner/breeder's Lunayir, who will break from 15 as he bids to provide Alain de Royer-Dupre with a sixth edition.

  • Belmont contenders gallop in the slop

    First on the track at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) during the special time slot set aside for Belmont Stakes contenders, Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another had an easy gallop around the dogs over a sloppy, sealed Belmont Park oval Saturday morning.

  • Marketing Mix back in form in Nassau

    A disappointing fourth in the Grade 2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile last time out, Glen Hill Farm's Marketing Mix rebounded with a 1 1/4-length victory in Saturday's Grade 2, $344,628 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/nassau12.pdf">Nassau Stakes</a> at Woodbine. The Tom Proctor filly has now won both of her turf clashes with Inglorious, who wound up fourth after being caught in a pocket.

  • C C's Pal re-rallies to take Vagrancy

    The attempt by Eric Fein's C C's Pal to lull her opposition to sleep in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/vagrancy12.pdf">Vagrancy Handicap</a> at Belmont Park looked in the stretch as if was going to backfire. After posting splits of :23 2/5 and :47, slow fractions for a 6 1/2-furlong dash, C C's Pal gave up a short lead to 8-5 favorite Nicole H with yards to go. However, jockey Ramon Dominguez's attempt to handride Nicole H to the finish line itself backfired as C C's Pal re-rallied under the urgings of Junior Alvarado to score by a neck in a time of 1:16 over a fast track. C C's Pal returned $5.70, $2.90 and $2.30 as the 9-5 second choice.

  • Camelot conquers Derby, boosts Triple Crown hopes

    The undefeated Camelot swept to a majestic victory in Saturday's Group 1 Derby at Epsom, giving further substance to dreams of a rare English Triple Crown. Under a coolly confident ride by 19-year-old Joseph O'Brien, son of trainer Aidan O'Brien, the odds-on favorite closed from near the tail of the small field to romp by five lengths.

  • Belmont announces major stakes probables

    Other stakes for Belmont Stakes weekend are beginning to take shape, with the Grade 2, $200,000 Brooklyn Handicap headlining Friday's card. The Brooklyn is expected to serve as a Belmont Stakes tryout of sorts for jockey Mario Gutierrez, who is slated to ride Doug O'Neill trainee Boxeur de Rues in the 1 1/2-mile race. Last year's Brooklyn winner, Birdrun is likely to mount a title defense, and is expected to face Arthur's Tale, Balladry, Eldaafer, Eye On Jacob, Golden Gulch, Hailstone, Kentucky Reign, Not Abroad, Praetereo, and Redeemed.

  • Brothers Wise Dan, Successful Dan might meet in Foster

    One would be hard-pressed to find a duo of older males in better form than Morton Fink's homebreds Wise Dan and Successful Dan and it's possible the talented half-brothers could battle for barn bragging rights in the Grade 1, $400,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 16.

  • Old Friends welcomes Rapid Redux

    On Friday, Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement facility in Georgetown, Kentucky, hosted a welcome reception and press conference for media and fans to meet new retiree Rapid Redux.

  • O'Neill happy with I'll Have Another's exercise; Five Sixteen works

    With Belmont Park's vast oval practically to himself, Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another had his customary 1 1/2-mile jog and gallop Friday morning as trainer Doug O'Neill continued to express pleasure with the way the colt is coming into the $1 million Belmont Stakes on June 9.

  • There Was an upset in the Oaks

    Trainer Aidan O'Brien sought to surround Friday's Group 1 Oaks at Epsom with a five-pronged attack, and the strength in numbers approach paid dividends. His lightly-raced 20-1 shot Was made the most of an astute ride by Seamie Heffernan to spring an upset in a messy renewal, continuing Ballydoyle's hot streak in this season's classics.

  • Spawr pleased that Amazombie's form was boosted on Memorial Day

    When it comes to discussing Amazombie, last year's champion sprinter, Bill Spawr starts slowly, but the tempo quickly increases and he finds it difficult to rein in his exuberance. If all goes as planned, the six-year-old California bred will take the exact same path as last year when he captured the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs, using the Grade 1 Triple Bend, Grade 1 Bing Crosby and Grade 1 Ancient Title as springboards.