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  • 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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  • Handle, attendance up at Pimlico

    The Maryland Jockey Club concluded its spring meeting at Pimlico last weekend, posting average wagering figures which were 9 percent higher than the 2011 spring meet. The average daily handle went from $4.72 million to $5.17 million. The stand featured 29 live racing dates and 21 simulcast days.

  • Velazquez picks up mount on Union Rags

    John Velazquez will replace Julien Leparoux aboard Union Rags as he seeks to end I'll Have Another's bid for the Triple Crown in the June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr .I).

  • I'll Have Another continues to settle nicely at Belmont

    Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another was a &quot;very happy horse&quot; Tuesday morning as he continued to settle nicely into his new digs at Belmont Park, where on June 9 he will attempt to become the 12th horse to add the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

  • Cuomo, New York leaders announces NYRA reorganization

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and the New York Racing Association (NYRA) on Tuesday announced an agreement to establish the NYRA Reorganization Board that will place NYRA under temporary public control in order to reform the association and transform oversight and management of horse racing in New York State.

  • I'll Have Another looking good at Belmont

    Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another was reported to be doing well the morning after he arrived at Belmont Park by van and will soon begin training on the Belmont main track, according to Jack Sisterson, assistant to trainer Doug O'Neill.

  • Ballydoyle responsible for roughly half of Irish Guineas field

    Aidan O'Brien is going all out for an eighth win in Saturday's Group 1 Irish Two Thousand Guineas at the Curragh. The master of Ballydoyle, who has collected the one-mile classic with the likes of Rock Of Gibraltar (2002), Henrythenavigator (2008) and last year with Roderic O'Connor, is responsible for seven of the 15 confirmations.

  • $575,000 Scat Daddy colt tops F-T Midlantic

    Mercedes Stables went to $575,000 to purchase a Scat Daddy colt, headlining Monday's opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Consigned by Kings Equine, agent, Hip No. 39 hails from the immediate family of juvenile Grade 1 winner and $811,760-earner J P's Gusto (Successful Appeal).

  • Frankel's rating raised to 138

    British Horseracing Authority Handicapper Dominic Gardiner-Hill confirmed Frankel at a new rating of 138 Monday morning, two pounds higher than last year's mark of 136, following his brilliant, five-length victory over Excelebration in Saturday's Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.

  • Homesick Gutierrez almost left California

    Mario Gutierrez's fairytale journey that has carried him to within one victory of the Triple Crown almost never happened. The 25-year-old native of Veracruz, Mexico, who rode regularly at Hastings Park from 2006 to 2011, was so homesick for Vancouver, British Columbia, that he nearly left California despite having just won the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby aboard I'll Have Another.

  • Alpha works for possible Belmont start

    On Saturday morning at Belmont Park, Godolphin Racing's Alpha turned in his first timed workout since a 12th-place finish in the May 5 Kentucky Derby. The son of Bernardini, a two-time stakes winner at Aqueduct this winter, covered four furlongs over the main track in :49.

  • I'll Have Another arrives at Belmont Park

    I'll Have Another, who on June 9 will attempt to become the 12th horse to sweep the Triple Crown when he competes in the $1 million Belmont Stakes, arrived in Barn 9 at Belmont Park at 2:53 p.m. (EDT) Sunday after vanning north from Pimlico Race Course in Maryland.

  • Keertana retired, bred to Arch

    Barbara Hunter's homebred Keertana, who last year became the first filly or mare to win the Grade 3 Louisville Handicap since Our Request in 1951, has been bred and is retired from racing.

  • Chinchon scores poignant win in Singapore

    Two days after trainer Carlos Laffon-Parias had to fly home unexpectedly upon the death of his father, his globetrotting charge Chinchon lifted his spirits with an impressive victory in Sunday's Group 1 Singapore Airlines International Cup at Kranji.

  • Ato pinch-hits a home run in KrisFlyer Sprint

    Trainer Patrick Shaw watched his second-stringer Ato upset Sunday's Group 1 KrisFlyer International Sprint at Kranji. The Royal Academy colt was very much an understudy for his world-class stablemate, Rocket Man, the reigning KrisFlyer champion who was ruled out by injury this week.

  • Stealcase under Belmont Stakes consideration

    The morning after Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another ran down Bodemeister in the Pimlico stretch to capture the Preakness Stakes, trainer Mark Casse said he is considering running John Oxley's Stealcase in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes, the final jewel of the Triple Crown, on June 9 at Belmont Park.

  • I'll Have Another leaves Preakness for Big Apple

    I'll Have Another's connections loaded their Preakness Stakes winner onto a van Sunday morning at Pimlico Race Course to begin their journey to Belmont Park in their continuing quest to sweep racing's Triple Crown.

  • Derby deja vu as I'll Have Another runs downs Bodemeister in Preakness

    Two weeks ago, J. Paul Reddam's I'll Have Another ran down pacesetter Bodemeister to take the Kentucky Derby under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs. On Saturday, I'll Have Another took on that pacesetting rival in the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes and gutted out a neck victory to take the second jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico.

  • Havelock gets up in Hanshin Cup

    Overcoming a wide journey through the opening six furlongs, Silverton Hill's homebred Havelock responded to the urgings of jockey Florent Geroux in the stretch to wear down the favored Lonesome Street by a neck in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/hanshincup12.pdf">Hanshin Cup</a> at Arlington Park. An 8-1 chance, Havelock paid $19.60, $8 and $4.40.

  • Include Me Out makes it three straight in Marjorie Everett

    Include Me Out continued her winning way in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/everett12.pdf">Marjorie L. Everett Handicap</a> at Hollywood Park, notching her third consecutive graded stakes tally in California. The Ron Ellis-trained filly overhauled pacesetter Ellafitz turning for home and scored by about a length beneath regular rider Joe Talamo.

  • Hudson Steele convincing in Dixie

    Roger J. Weiss's Hudson Steele, who captured Pimlico's Henry S. Clark Stakes in his return from a year-long layoff, followed up with another convincing display in Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/dixie12.pdf">Dixie Stakes</a> over the same course. Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellano, the lukewarm 3-1 favorite enjoyed a perfect rail-skimming trip just behind the leader, angled out turning into the stretch, and put the race away by 2 1/2 lengths.

  • Hamazing Destiny garners first stakes win in Maryland Sprint

    Best known for his 23-1 runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs in 2010, Hamazing Destiny was still winless in stakes company heading into the Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/mdsprint12.pdf">Maryland Sprint Handicap</a> at Pimlico on Saturday. However, the D. Wayne Lukas trainee finally got off the duck before one the largest crowds of the year on the Preakness undercard.

  • Awesomemundo guts out Allaire duPont decision

    Despite exchanging a hard bump with Love and Pride in midstretch, Natalie J. Baffert's Awesomemundo got her head in front of that rival on the wire to take Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/allairedupont12.pdf"> Allaire duPont Distaff Stakes</a> at Pimlico. The Bob Baffert trainee ran to her odds as the 7-5 favorite and paid $4.80, $3.20 and $2.60 for completing 1 1/16 miles on the fast dirt in 1:44 3/5.

  • Il Villano, Skyring capture Pimlico stakes; Paynter impresses

    Il Villano returned to the winner's circle Saturday afternoon with a nice 4 3/4-length win in the $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/chicklang12.pdf">Chick Lang Stakes</a> on the Preakness Stakes Day undercard at Pimlico. With Jose Flores in the saddle, the gray sophomore took command turning for home and never looked back as he stopped the clock in 1:10 2/5 for the six-furlong, fast-track contest.

  • Via Villaggio edges Sister Moon in Railbird

    Steve Beneto's Via Villaggio accelerated into contention on the far turn and out-dueled Sister Moon to the wire in Saturday's Grade 3, $98,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/railbird12.pdf">Railbird Stakes </a>at Hollywood Park, notching her first stakes victory with a half-length tally in the seven-furlong test for sophomore fillies. Martin Pedroza was up on the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained winner.

  • On Fire Baby fires bullet at Churchill

    Anita Cauley's On Fire Baby, most recently fifth in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, turned heads at Churchill Downs Saturday during her first work since the big race on the first Friday in May.

  • Frankel scores a perfect 10 in Lockinge

    Neither a seven-month layoff nor a recent injury scare made the slightest dent in Frankel's supremacy, as the undefeated superstar ran away with Saturday's Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. Now a perfect 10-for-10, the world's top-ranked racehorse promises to improve off this stellar comeback ? a truly frightening prospect for his rivals.

  • Dullahan breezes for Belmont

    The Dale Romans trainee posted the second fastest of 26 moves at the distance, with the multiple Grade 2-winning filly On Fire Baby recording the bullet in :59 3/5.

  • Zagora bounces back in Gallorette

    Zagora was returning to her sparkling early-season form, when she captured the Grade 3 Endeavour and Grade 3 Hillsborough at Tampa Bay Downs. The Chad Brown mare never had a chance to shine in the Jenny Wiley, considering that she lagged too far behind a desperately slow pace, and wasn't disgraced in fifth.

  • Alternation noses out Nehro in Pimlico Special

    In a head-bobbing finish to the Grade 3, $300,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/pimspecial12.pdf"> Pimlico Special</a> on Friday, Pin Oak Stable's homebred Alternation just lasted to take the 1 3/16-mile test for his fourth straight stakes score on the year. Guided by Luis Quinonez, the four-year-old son of Distorted Humor overcame a three-wide journey to overtake long-time leader Endorsement inside the final sixteenth and won the nose bob over a determined Nehro. Final time over a fast but slow-playing track was 1:57 3/5.

  • Agave Kiss cruises in Miss Preakness

    Agave Kiss kissed her rivals goodbye in Friday's $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/misspreakness12.pdf"> Miss Preakness Stakes</a> on Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico, easily wiring the six-furlong contest by 5 1/2 lengths.

  • Fiddlers Patriot, Sensible Lady & Bold Affair win Pimlico sprint stakes

    Unraced since a fifth in the Grade 1 Nearctic Stakes last October, Fiddlers Patriot returned Friday with a comfortable 2 1/4-length tally in the $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/jimmckay12.pdf">Jim McKay Turf Sprint</a> Stakes at Pimlico. Jockey John Velazquez was up for trainer George Weaver on the six-year-old gelding, who notched his first stakes victory when completing five furlongs in :56 over the firm course, and the chestnut improved his overall record to 13-6-3-1, $278,446.