Handicapping

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  • Hansen to miss Woody Stephens

    A depleted 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.

  • Blue Ribbon Run, art exhibition among Belmont week festivities

    Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another's training team, including Doug O'Neill, plans to run in the inaugural &quot;Belmont Stakes Blue Ribbon 5K Run for Prostate Cancer&quot; on Sunday. Runners will finish the race on the dirt track at Belmont Park, crossing the finish line where I'll Have Another will vie for the Triple Crown title next weekend.

  • Alpha out of Belmont Stakes

    Godolphin Racing's&nbsp;Alpha&nbsp;will miss the $1 million Belmont Stakes on June 9 after developing a fever, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Thursday.

  • Handicapping Insights

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

  • Camelot has only eight opponents in Derby

    Saturday's Group 1 Derby has nine runners headed by the unbeaten Camelot, after his trainer Aidan O'Brien decided to rely on the hot favorite and Astrology.

  • THS: Belmont Stakes Preview

    Tom and new co-host Pete Denk present an early look at the Belmont Stakes. Sponsored by TVG.

  • Three graded stakes offered on Downs after Dark program at Churchill

    The Bret Calhoun-trained trio of Beat the Blues, Speedacious and Gleaming lead a field of eight fillies and mares entered for the ninth running of the Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/winningcolors12">Winning Colors</a> to be run under the lights on Saturday at Churchill Downs as part of the Downs After Dark program.

  • Belmont Notebook

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

  • Strict protocols installed for Belmont participants

    The New York State Racing and Wagering Board has put forth a comprehensive protocols for horses running in the June 9 Belmont Stakes in order to ensure the safety of horses and riders, and to ensure that the integrity of the sport is upheld.

  • Hollywood Notebook

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

  • Breeders' Cup announces 'The Best is Yet to Come' campaign

    Based on the timeless pop classic of the same name, the Breeders' Cup on Tuesday unveiled its new brand campaign, &quot;The Best is Yet to Come,&quot; set to launch across all Breeders' Cup marketing platforms. The new, world-class brand campaign includes a logo, tagline and creative executions that will be implemented across web and digital channels, as well as out-of-home, event marketing, print, television and radio.

  • Exercise rider reunited with I'll Have Another

    Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another was reunited with his regular exercise rider, Jonny Garcia, Tuesday morning for his <a target="_blank" href="http://www.belmontstakes.com/multimedia/youtubevideo.aspx?VideoId=48"> routine gallop</a> over Belmont Park's main track in preparation for the $1 million Belmont Stakes on June 9.

  • Ruthenia along in time to take Violet

    Virginia Krafty Payson's homebred filly Ruthenia is finally beginning to live up to her blue-blooded roots after registering a 10-1 upset of Monday's Grade 3, $103,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/violet12.pdf">Violet Stakes</a> at Monmouth Park. Saving ground until the stretch, Ruthenia was shifted out for running room by jockey Kendrick Carmouche, split rivals and finished fast to overtake Unbridled Humor in the final yards. She returned $22.60, $9 and $4.60 after completing 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:40 3/5.

  • Belle Royale swoops late to conquer Gamely

    Just as she had done in her U.S. debut in the April 7 American Beauty Stakes at Santa Anita, Michael Tabor's Belle Royale rolled home late to win Monday's Grade 1, $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/gamely12.pdf">Gamely Stakes</a> going away by a half-length at Hollywood Park. The 2-1 second choice blew past the pair of Quiet Oasis and Capital Plan in deep stretch, earning her first graded score while extending her winning streak to five.

  • Camelot among a dozen left in Derby

    Camelot heads the 12 remaining colts engaged in Saturday's Group 1 Derby at Epsom. Trainer Aidan O'Brien issued the bulletin that all wanted to hear during the Irish Guineas meeting at The Curragh, declaring that it was a case of &quot;so far, so good&quot; with the Group 1 Two Thousand Guineas winner as he nears his tilt at immortality.

  • Roman Threat wires Los Angeles for first stakes win

    A half-brother to multiple champion Indian Blessing, Roman Threat continued to make a name for himself when dominating Monday's Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/losangeles12.pdf">Los Angeles Handicap</a> at Hollywood Park. The promising Bob Baffert-trained gelding registered his first stakes victory in only his third career outing, completing six furlongs in 1:08 2/5 with Rafael Bejarano.

  • Awesome Gem elevated to first in Berkeley

    Awesome Gem was not in much position to benefit from a disqualification in the May 5 Grade 2 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap at Hollywood Park, moving from eighth to seventh. The situation was much different in Monday's Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/berkeley12.pdf">Berkeley Handicap</a> at Golden Gate Fields, where the nine-year-old veteran was elevated to the winner's circle following the disqualification of Positive Response.