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  • 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.

  • Nates Mineshaft cruises as lone speed in Lone Star Park

    After getting away with slow fractions of :25 and :49 1/5 on an uncontested lead, Nates Mineshaft rolled home in Monday's Grade 3, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/lonestarparkcap12.pdf"> Lone Star Park Handicap</a>, scoring by a 7 1/4-length margin.

  • Shackleford noses out Caleb's Posse in Met Mile

    Shackleford sought revenge against arch rival Caleb's Posse on Memorial Day and succeeded when keeping his nose in front of that one on the wire of Monday's Grade 1, $750,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/metmile12.pdf"> Metropolitan Handicap</a> at Belmont Park. The chestnut son of Forestry led all the way around Big Sandy and had just enough left to withstand the furious late rush of Caleb's Posse, stopping the clock in 1:33 1/5 over the fast track.

  • Filly un-Contested in wiring Acorn

    Jill Baffert's Contested found no real opposition during Monday's Grade 1, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/acorn12.pdf"> Acorn Stakes</a> at Belmont Park, posting fractions of :22 3/5, :45 and 1:09 1/5 before easily pulling off in the lane to be five lengths clear on the wire. Trained by the owner's Hall of Fame husband, Bob Baffert, the even-money favorite completed a mile on the fast dirt in 1:34 3/5 to run her mark to 4-1-0 from five career starts.

  • It's Tricky grinds out Ogden Phipps score

    As she's done in her two prior races this season, It's Tricky had to dig deep to take Monday's Grade 1, $392,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/ogdenphipps12.pdf">Ogden Phipps Handicap</a> by three parts of a length over pacesetter Cash for Clunkers. The Mineshaft miss is now three-for-three on the year following victories in the Top Flight and Distaff Handicaps, both Grade 2 contests at Aqueduct, and returned $6.20, $3.80 and $2.10 to her backers on Monday as the 2-1 second choice.

  • Better Lucky gets the nod in Sands Point photo

    Better Lucky, the 8-1 fourth choice, lived up to her name with a fortuitous trip. The daughter of Ghostzapper sat behind Preach Tome Daddy through slow fractions of :25 3/5, :49 3/5 and 1:13 1/5 on the firm inner turf. Zultanite, a 23-1 longshot, was well placed in second, while Firehouse Red raced outside of the tracking Better Lucky. Regalo Mia advanced into the picture wider out on the far turn, but Somali Lemonade was making little impression from farther back.

  • Power looks electric in Irish 2000 Guineas

    Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John Magnier's Power was sapped in the boggy ground in his seasonal reappearance in Newmarket's Group 1 Two Thousand Guineas on May 5, but rebounded in slashing style in Saturday's Group 1 Irish equivalent at the Curragh. Able to produce his electric turn of foot in the quicker conditions, the Aidan O'Brien trainee flashed home late to give the master of Ballydoyle his eighth victory in this classic.

  • O'Neill: I'll Have Another 'looks fantastic'; Dullahan arrives at Belmont

    Triple Crown hopeful <a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OnqoIyTges">I'll Have Another</a> put in a fourth solid gallop over Belmont Park's main track Monday morning as Team O'Neill began planning some extracurricular activities during the lead up to the $1 million Belmont Stakes on June 9.

  • Favorites Gitchee Goomie, Compliance Officer don't disappoint in Belmont stakes

    Favorites ruled in Sunday afternoon's New York-bred stakes at Belmont Park, with Gitchee Goomie scoring a repeat victory in the $125,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/mountvernon12.pdf">Mount Vernon</a> for fillies and mares and Compliance Officer victorious in his 2012 debut, the $125,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/kingston12.pdf">Kingston</a>.

  • Paynter, Alpha breeze five-eighths at Belmont

    Belmont Stakes hopeful Paynter drilled five furlongs over the fast Belmont Park training track Sunday morning, covering the distance under exercise rider Simon Harris in :59 1/5, the fastest of 38 recorded works at the distance.

  • I'll Have Another continues routine exercise at Belmont

    With trainer <a target="_blank" href="http://www.belmontstakes.com/multimedia/youtubevideo.aspx?VideoId=43"> Doug O'Neill</a> looking on, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner <a target="_blank" href="http://www.belmontstakes.com/multimedia/youtubevideo.aspx?VideoId=44"> I'll Have Another</a> had another routine morning at Belmont Park, jogging four furlongs and galloping seven furlongs over a wet main track under exercise rider Humberto Gomez as he continued preparations for the $1 million Belmont Stakes on June 9.

  • Samitar surprises in Irish 1000 Guineas, eyes America

    One day after Power rebounded in the Group 1 Irish Two Thousand Guineas, another smart two-year-old of 2011, Samitar, regained her top form in Sunday's Group 1 Irish One Thousand Guineas for fillies. Unlike that Aidan O'Brien colt, however, Samitar's success came as a bigger surprise. Dispatched at 12-1 on the heels of two unplaced efforts this season, the daughter of Rock of Gibraltar cruised past 11-8 favorite Homecoming Queen to hand trainer Mick Channon and young jockey Martin Harley their first-ever classic wins.

  • St. John's River breezes for Fleur de Lis

    Dede McGehee's St. John's River, runner-up to Juanita in the Grade 2 La Troienne on Kentucky Oaks Day, breezed five furlongs at Churchill Downs in 1:01 for trainer Andy Leggio Jr. in preparation for the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Stakes on June 16. The 37th running of the Fleur de Lis, sending distaffers 1 1/8 miles on the main track at Churchill Downs, will be run on the Stephen Foster Handicap Day undercard.

  • Wilkinson upsets American; Mr. Commons second

    In his first California start for new trainer Jeff Mullins, Wilkinson scored a 44-1 upset in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/american12.pdf">American Handicap </a>at Hollywood Park. The four-year-old colt stalked a couple of lengths off the early leaders, advanced to challenge on the far turn and then surged to a clear lead in midstretch. Mr. Commons, the overwhelming 3-5 favorite, came charging late from far off the pace in the final furlongs to grab second while never seriously threatening the winner, who cruised to a comfortable 1 1/4-length decision under the wire.

  • Cauthen, Velazquez revisit 1978 Triple Crown with fans

    The unforgettable rivalry between 1978 Triple Crown winner Affirmed and archrival Alydar came alive again at Belmont Park on Saturday afternoon as hundreds of fans lined up for a special autograph session with Hall of Fame jockeys <a target="_blank" href="http://youtu.be/sHcmsjGbQFs">Steve Cauthen and Jorge Velasquez</a>.

  • Silver Max leads throughout in Arlington Classic

    Much like his recent wins in the Grade 3 Transylvania and Grade 2 American Turf, Mark Bacon and Dana Wells' Silver Max proved too difficult to beat on the front end in Saturday's $125,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/apclassic12.pdf">Arlington Classic</a>, the first leg of Arlington Park's Mid-America Triple for three-year-olds on the turf.

  • Upperline scores in Arlington Matron

    Stone Farm, John H. Adger, Oakcrest Farm and trainer Michael Stidham's Upperline was content to stalk the early pace set by Hooh Why in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/arlingtonmatron12.pdf"> Arlington Matron</a> over the Polytrack at Arlington Park, but asserted her authority in the lane to take over and draw off for a four-length win. Jockey James Graham had piloting duties aboard the Maria's Mon mare, and the duo completed 1 1/8 miles in 1:51 3/5 to return $5.80, $3.80 and $2.60.

  • Simmard shows class in Louisville 'Cap

    Mowed down after taking a lead in his prior two starts, the seven-year-old Simmard hit the front three furlongs from home in Saturday's Grade 3, $115,200 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/louisvillecap12.pdf">Louisville Handicap</a> on the Churchill Downs turf, but did not relinquish control this time. Under Gabriel Saez, the veteran held off a late charge from Joinem to win by 1 1/4 lengths in a time of 2:27, the fastest edition of the Louisville Handicap since the race was extended to 1 1/2 miles in 2007.

  • Aruna takes eventful Sheepshead Bay

    Flaxman Holdings' homebred Aruna made an impressive move on the far turn en route to victory in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/sheepsheadbay12.pdf"> Sheepshead Bay Stakes</a>, but the Belmont Park race will be better remembered for a wild start that derailed the chances of two horses.

  • Grit and Grace has big shoes to fill

    Trainer Gary Hartlage knew On Fire Baby was special from the moment last spring when she walked off the van into his Churchill Downs barn. The gray daughter of Smoke Glacken validated that early opinion later in the year with wins in the Pocahontas and Golden Rod, both Grade 2s, at Churchill Downs and a victory this spring in the Grade 3 Honeybee at Oaklawn Park.

  • I'll Have Another posts 'fantastic' gallop under sunny skies at Belmont

    Under bright and sunny skies, Triple Crown hopeful <a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxYmYvsP02g&feature=youtu.be"> I'll Have Another</a> had a second energetic gallop over Belmont Park's main track Saturday morning as he continues preparations for the June 9 Belmont Stakes.

  • Homecoming Queen looking for second Guineas crown

    She may not have been an obvious leading lady a few weeks ago, but Homecoming Queen put herself firmly in the spotlight with a sensational victory at Newmarket in the Group 1 English One Thousand Guineas and is poised to complete the double in Sunday's Group 1 Irish One Thousand Guineas at The Curragh.

  • Rapid Redux retired to Old Friends

    <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/rapidredux5044.pdf">Rapid Redux</a>, the extraordinary racehorse who holds the modern North American record of 22 consecutive wins, will be permanently pensioned at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.oldfriendsequine.org">Old Friends</a>, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center near Georgetown, Kentucky.

  • Kailani supplemented to Oaks

    The Mahmood al Zarooni-trained Kailani was supplemented to the Group 1 Oaks at a cost of £20,000, making 14 three-year-old fillies still eligible to contest Friday's classic at Epsom Downs. Kailani is out of the 2002 Oaks heroine Kazzia and like her dam is owned by Godolphin, which has also enjoyed Oaks success with Balanchine (1994) and Moonshell (1995).

  • Eight line up in Gamely; Rail Trip returns in LA 'Cap

    Up-and-coming turf distaffers Quiet Oasis and Capital Plan will clash in pursuit of Grade 1 laurels in Monday's $250,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/gamely12.htm">Gamely Stakes</a> at Hollywood Park. The Memorial Day card also features the return of Grade 1 veteran Rail Trip, who meets a field of sprint specialists in his tightener, the $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/losangeles12.htm">Los Angeles Handicap</a>.

  • Bolger seeks first Irish 2000 Guineas against top-class field

    Jim Bolger has one omission from his list of big-race successes and will be hoping that Parish Hall can put it right by providing a belated first victory in Saturday's Group 1 Irish Two Thousand Guineas at The Curragh. New Approach appeared poised to bring the trophy home to Coolcullen four years ago only to be denied by Henrythenavigator, while Parish Hall's sire, Teofilo, would have been a leading player had he the chance to flaunt his wares at three.

  • Short, but competitive, field set for Met Mile

    Only six were entered for Monday's Memorial Day feature of the Grade 1, $750,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/metmile12.html"> Metropolitan Handicap</a> at Belmont Park, but the short field is comprised of some of the best older runners currently in training.

  • Churchill raises overnight purses by 10 percent

    Effective Monday, Churchill Downs Racetrack will raise overnight race purses 10 percent because of higher than expected all-sources wagering levels during Kentucky Derby Week.

  • NTRA adds 'best bet' feature to NHC

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Friday that the the 14th annual <i>Daily Racing Form</i>/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) will again be contested over a two-day period and consist of 15 race selections each day -- eight from mandatory races and seven from races of the player's choosing among available contest tracks.

  • I'll Have Another 'hard to pull up'

    It was the first gallop over Belmont's 1 1/2-mile track for I'll Have Another, who jogged the previous two days after arriving in New York Sunday. The Flower Alley colt, who is bidding to become the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years, was accompanied by his stable pony, Lava Man, as he made his way to the track shortly after the renovation break.

  • CHRB hands down 45-day suspension to O'Neill

    The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) met in closed session Thursday to consider the recommended decision of the Hearing Officer in the case involving Doug O'Neill, the trainer of Argenta, a filly that finished eighth in the 6TH race at Del Mar on August 25, 2010.

  • I'll Have Another jogs ahead of Belmont

    Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes hero I'll Have Another, who on June 9 will attempt to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner in the $1 million Belmont Stakes, had a second tour of Belmont Park's main track Thursday morning, jogging 1 1/2 miles in company with a pony.

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  • Balding hopes to join Epsom Derby honor roll

    Breakfast with the Stars, hosted by Clare Balding and Nick Luck, took place early Thursday morning at Epsom Downs Racecourse, eight days ahead of the start of the Derby Festival.

  • Gosden discusses Epsom team

    John Gosden, who won the Group 1 Derby with Benny the Dip (1997), worked three horses during Thursday morning's Breakfast with the Stars at Epsom. Last year's Group 1 St Leger winner Masked Marvel (William Buick) goes for the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup June 2, while Joviality (Robert Havlin) targets the Group 3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes on the Derby Festival's opening day, June 1. There was also a lead horse, partnered by Saleem Golam. Masked Marvel finished ahead of the lead horse with Joviality in third after none was pushed hard.

  • The Black Lillies featured in Paddock Concert Series

    A Paddock Concert Series performance by The Black Lillies on Friday evening kicks off a festive four-day holiday weekend at Churchill Downs that includes a special Memorial Day racing program on Monday, infield fun Saturday-through-Monday with the first Bluegrass Art Experience, and another &quot;Family Fun&quot; Sunday Presented by Kroger.

  • Romans hoping to spoil Triple Crown bid with Dullahan

    While Grade 1 winner Dullahan has never competed at Belmont Park and has yet to win on dirt, trainer Dale Romans believes the colt will deliver a top performance in the Belmont Stakes on June 9. If, in the process, the Even the Score colt manages to spoil I'll Have Another's Triple Crown bid, Romans won't feel any remorse.

  • I'll Have Another jogs at Big Sandy

    Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another returned to the track for the first time since Saturday's Preakness Stakes victory, jogging around Belmont Park's 1 1/2-mile oval Wednesday morning shortly after the renovation break with exercise rider Hector Ramos aboard.

  • Mr. Commons tops American

    After producing convincing wins this winter in the Grade 2 Arcadia and Grade 2 Sir Beaufort, Mr. Commons was upset at odds-on in the Grade 1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on March 3, finishing second by a neck. The John Shirreffs-trained colt will look to rebound when he squares off against 10 rivals in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/american12"> American Handicap</a> at Hollywood Park.

  • Aruna faces distance specialists in Sheepshead Bay

    A dull last of six in her season debut in the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley last month, the five-year-old Aruna will attempt to rebound Saturday in the Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/sheepsheadbay12">Sheepshead Bay</a> at Belmont Park. The 1 3/8-mile test is scheduled for the grass, but the threat of persistent rain through the weekend has enticed four main-track-only entrants into the field in addition to the 10 fillies and mares in the main body of the race.

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