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TVG Reports Record Handle

TVG posted the highest quarterly handle in company history for the quarter that ended June 30, Ryan O'Hara, TVG president announced Friday. Keys to the second quarter figures were record wagering of $5.2 million on Kentucky Derby day (May 1) and $3.2 million on Belmont Stakes day (June 5).

Smarty Jones Crew Returns to Churchill Saturday

Six weeks after the thrilling victory by Smarty Jones in the 130th running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), owners Pat and Roy Chapman and trainer John Servis make a triumphant return to Churchill Downs on Saturday to be honored for their Derby win and their exciting run at the Visa Triple Crown.

Building Blocks

Building Blocks

By Ray Paulick -- Somewhere at the Aurora, Canada, corporate headquarters where Frank Stronach sits atop his Magna International and Magna Entertainment Corp. empire, there is a warehouse filled with architectural drawings and miniature models for changes to the racetracks Magna now owns.

Ominous Clouds

By Dan Liebman -- Fletcher was very polished in congratulating Smarty Jones' owners, trainer, and jockey. But his ears had to be ringing from Churchill CEO Tom Meeker's comment that, "The sun wasn't shining too bright in Kentucky today but I have a slight feeling it was shining in Pennsylvania."

Kentucky Derby on NBC Draws 7.4 Rating

Kentucky Derby on NBC Draws 7.4 Rating

NBC Sports' broadcast of Smarty Jones' win in the 130th Kentucky Derby was watched by 17 million -the second-biggest Derby audience since 1992 and an increase of 17% over last year's total audience of 14.5 million viewers, according to NBC Sports Research estimates.

Bonus Round

Bonus Round

By Ray Paulick -- Smarty Jones' win in the Derby will feed the dreams of thousands who own or breed on a modest scale...

Philly Faithful

By Tom LaMarra -- "The Chapmans are people with great hearts, the kind of people that really make the business go. If we didn't have people like them, we wouldn't have a Derby."

Lone Star Records Top Wagering Day

Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie had its single greatest on-track wagering day Saturday when 17,878 customers wagered a track record $3,412,562 on 12 live races and simulcasts across the country, including the 130th Kentucky Derby (gr. I) won by Smarty Jones.

Initial Ratings Show Derby TV Audience Increased

NBC Sports' broadcast of Smarty Jones' win at the 130th Kentucky Derby on Saturday (5-6:45 p.m. ET) delivered an 8.3 overnight rating and an 18 share -- tying the numbers for NBC's 2001 and 2002 Derby telecasts as the highest-rated since 1992 (9.5/26 on ABC) and giving NBC the three best Kentucky Derby overnight ratings of the past 12 years, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Kentucky Derby Wagering Sets North American Record

Kentucky Derby Wagering Sets North American Record

Total wagering on the 130th Kentucky Derby and the Derby Day racing card at Churchill Downs smashed North American records for total betting on an individual event and a single day of races that had been established in the 2003 renewal of the famed "Run for the Roses."

Brother Looks to Clear Name of Prince Ahmed Salman

Prince Faisal bin Salman issued a statement April 30 that said he wants to clear the name of his late brother, Prince Ahmed bin Salman, who in a book was tied to al-Qaeda and said to have knowledge of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

Pollard's Vision Team Doesn't Lack Heart

Pollard's Vision Team Doesn't Lack Heart

In David Moore's family, horse racing becomes a hobby at an early age. Moore was introduced to the sport by his grandfather, Charles (Crip) Moore, at age six. His 7-year-old daughter, Charlotte, is already a fan--she names his horses, including Kentucky Derby contender Pollard's Vision.

An Unlikely Life with Horses for Frank Lyons

An Unlikely Life with Horses for Frank Lyons

For as far back as he can remember, Frank Lyons wanted to spend his life with horses. The 40-year-old native of Ireland used his entire youth to prepare for a career as a horse trainer. He's now putting that preparation to use as a TVG analyst and as a co-owner of Castledale.

Kristin Mulhall, Racing's Newest Media Darling

Kristin Mulhall, Racing's Newest Media Darling

She's been profiled on NBC's national "Nightly News" program, appeared on the front page of several major metropolitan newspapers, and is even getting recognized by complete strangers at the mall. Kristin Mulhall, the 21-year-old trainer of Imperialism, seems to be everywhere.

Steve Haskin's Derby Report: A Morning at the Gate

Steve Haskin's Derby Report: A Morning at the Gate

With the serious works out of the way, it was time to get a different perspective on things. The starting gate is a hotbed of activity, as you get to see many of the Derby horses close up and observe how they're acting, how they're looking, and how they handle the gate. It's also a great vantage point to watch the gallops.

Two Becerras Side-by-Side with St Averil

Two Becerras Side-by-Side with St Averil

Rafael Becerra Jr. never wanted to be a horse trainer. Despite spending much of his youth going to the races and visiting the backside often with his trainer father, the 22-year-old was more interested in a career in finance, not furlongs. Until, that is, a horse named St Averil came along.

Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Smart Bomb Ready to Drop

Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Smart Bomb Ready to Drop

After beginning his gallop aggressively, but controllable, Smarty Jones put it into high gear, and up from the saddle shot 170-pound exercise rider Pete Van Trump, whose broad shoulders make him look like Dick Butkus compared to other exercise riders. But to Smarty Jones, he was a mere rag doll.

Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Smart Bomb Ready to Drop

Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Smart Bomb Ready to Drop

After beginning his gallop aggressively, but controllable, Smarty Jones put it into high gear, and up from the saddle shot 170-pound exercise rider Pete Van Trump, whose broad shoulders make him look like Dick Butkus compared to other exercise riders. But to Smarty Jones, he was a mere rag doll.

Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Smart Bomb Ready to Drop

Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Smart Bomb Ready to Drop

After beginning his gallop aggressively, but controllable, Smarty Jones put it into high gear, and up from the saddle shot 170-pound exercise rider Pete Van Trump, whose broad shoulders make him look like Dick Butkus compared to other exercise riders. But to Smarty Jones, he was a mere rag doll.

Action This Day, Imperialism Turn in Final Works

Action This Day, Imperialism Turn in Final Works

B. Wayne Hughes' Action This Day zipped three furlongs in :35 1/5 and galloped out a half-mile in :48 2/5 Wednesday in his final preparation for Saturday's $1-million Kentucky Derby (gr. I) at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Day of Reckoning Draws Near

Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Day of Reckoning Draws Near

The works have all but wound down, there's one more day of anxiety left for Bob Baffert before he and Jerry Bailey are officially united, and only Tapit remains of those missing in action. Starting tomorrow, the focus will be on gallops, as well as a pair of blowouts, to see just who's looking super out there.

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