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  • Alumni Hall One to Watch in Meadowlands Breeders' Cup

    Alumni Hall figures to be ready for one of the toughest challenges of his racing career Friday night, when he takes on eight rivals under 121 pounds of high weight in the $500,000 Meadowlands Breeders' Cup (gr. I).

  • Suave makes it look easy in Spa Cup win.

    Confident Suave Pulls Away in Spa Cup

    Jay Em Ess Stable's homebred Suave overcame a stumbling start to give trainer Paul McGee his first Saratoga graded stakes victory, carrying jockey John Velazquez to a 2 ¾-length victory in the $245,000 Saratoga Breeders' Cup (gr. II) at 10 furlongs before a crowd of 55,503.

  • Pass 'Hall' to Win Schaefer

    In the race immediately preceding the Preakness (gr. I) at Pimlico Saturday, eight older horses will contest the $100,000 William Donald Schaefer Handicap (gr. III) over nine furlongs.

  • Big Chance for Rousing Victory in Realization

    Hilly Fields Stable's Rousing Victory, an improving colt since trainer Phil Serpe added blinkers this summer, will take a crack at the $100,000-added Lawrence Realization Handicap (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds Saturday on the Belmont Park turf.

  • Wood Memorial winner Tapit among probables for Monday's Pennsylvania Derby.

    Big Field Expected for Pennsylvania Derby

    The $750,000 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sep. 6 may draw as many as 12 to 13 starters, in what promises to be a competitive race. Although the absence of Smarty Jones will be felt by the expected large holiday crowd, the 1 1/8-mile race is expected to draw some of the top 3-year-olds in the country.

  • Lion Heart, tops field for Haskell Invitational.

    Lion Heart Leads the List of Seven Expected for Haskell

    Lion Heart leads a field of seven expected for the $1-million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I), going 1 1/8-miles on Aug. 8 at Monmouth Park. The Patrick Biancone-trained Lion Heart will carry a top weight of 121 pounds.

  • Lion Heart, left, leads My Snookie's Boy, center, en route to winning the  Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes.

    Lion Heart Claws to Long Branch Triumph

    Lion Heart seemed ideally placed for his first win of 2004 in Saturday's $100,000 Long Branch Breeders' Cup (gr. III), but the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) runner-up needed everything he had to prevail as the 3-10 choice by a head over stubborn My Snookie's Boy at Monmouth Park.

  • Lion Heart, Royal Assault Meet in Long Branch

    Two veterans of the Triple Crown trail whose paths have yet to cross will finally meet as the favorites in Saturday's $100,000 Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.

  • Nick Zito

    Zito Gearing Up For Second-Half Assault

    Nick Zito has been busy recently trying to come up with a schedule for his talented arsenal of 3-year-olds. Even with the loss of Eurosilver, Zito is loaded as he sets his sights on a number of major stakes, beginning with the July 11 Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park.

  • Friday Notes: Hennig Says Eddington Ready to Go

    Eddington, the third-place finisher in the Preakness (gr. I) and 10-1 on the morning line for Saturday's 136th running of the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-olds, galloped a mile and three furlongs over Belmont's main track Friday. "He's ready," trainer Mark Hennig said. "He's doing as well as can be expected."

  • Smarty Jones Will Eat Up the Competition

    According to Bob Baffert, the toll of the Triple Crown Trail usually manifests itself about a week after the Preakness. There is no sign that the Trail has taken a toll on Smarty Jones.

  • Smarty Jones, with exercise rider Pete Van Trump aboard, on the track at Philadelphia Park Monday.

    With the Flyers Gone, It's All Smarty; Eddington Sharp in Work

    John Servis is a longtime Philadelphia Flyers fan, and he "wasn't happy" to see his hockey team eliminated in the Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday night. Although he now has Philly's number one sports franchise in Smarty Jones, and the almost-fanatical support of the city and all of Pennsylvania, Servis said he's still not feeling any added pressure.

  • Smarty Jones, in his stall at Philadelphia Park one day after his record romp in the Preakness Stakes.

    Smarty May Be Early Arrival at Belmont

    Although trainer John Servis said Sunday morning he had not yet decided when Smarty Jones would ship to Belmont Park, barn foreman Bill Foster said they wanted to get the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner acclimated to the 1 /2-mile track and may van up as early as 10 days out.

  • Zito Pair May Join The Cliff's Edge in Preakness

    Trainer Nick Zito, who saddled two horses in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), could have two or even three in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). Zito said owner Tracy Farmer and racing manager Lincoln Collins are seriously considering the second leg of the Triple Crown for Sir Shackleton and/or Royal Assault.