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  • Afleet Alex, breezing at Pimlico Wednesday.

    Afleet Alex Works at Pimlico; Ships to Belmont Saturday

    Cash is King Stable's Afleet Alex, winner of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), breezed five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 at Pimlico Wednesday in preparation for the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). At this point, the colt is expected to arrive in New York on Saturday.

  • Alex's Scheduled Arrival at Belmont Delayed

    A suspected case of strangles will prevent Preakness (gr. I) winner Afleet Alex, the leader of the 3-year-old division and likely favorite for the 137th Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 11, from arriving at Belmont Park on Saturday as was previously scheduled.

  • Alex's Lemonade Stand Collects $18,000 on Preakness Day

    The largest Preakness Stakes (gr. I) crowd in history helped Alex's Lemonade Stand raise $18,000 in donations at its two locations at Pimlico Race Course last Saturday. The Pennsylvania-based charity collected almost $11,000 earlier this month at the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Preakness Field Starting to Shape Up

    Fourteen horses, the absolute limit, have not started in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) since 1992, but as events continue to unfold, it appears the starting gate could be filled to capacity for the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.

  • Trainer Tim Ritchey walks Afleet Alex around a field after arriving at Pimlico Race Course Wednesday.

    Giacomo Hits Track; Alex Arrives at Pimlico

    After three days of mild exercise in the barn, Jerry and Ann Moss' Giacomo, the surprise winner of the 131st Kentucky Derby (gr. I), returned to the Churchill Downs track Wednesday for the first time since his stunning victory.

  • Preakness Field Continues to Grow

    The field for the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) continues to grow, as one horse was reported to be on his way to Baltimore, a second became a surprise supplement to the race, and trainer Nick Zito gave some indication as to which of his horses may still be in play.

  • Post positions for Kentucky Derby 131.

    Bellamy Road the 5-2 Choice in Kentucky Derby

    Middle to outside places were in vogue Wednesday when the connections of 20 starters selected post positions for Saturday's $2-million Kentucky Derby (gr. I), for which Bellamy Road was installed as the 5-2 favorite.

  • Trainers Trade Barn for Night Out

    Nearly 500 guests crowded into the Hyatt Regency Ballroom in Louisville Tuesday night to celebrate this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contenders, and honor the trainers who have propelled them to their spots in Saturday's Run for the Roses.

  • Afleet Alex, in his final Kentucky Derby workout Tuesday.

    Afleet Alex Looks Good in Final Derby Prep

    Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Afleet Alex was the only contender for Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) to put in his final workout Tuesday, and the son of Northern Afleet again showed his fitness by breezing a half-mile in :48 2/5 at Churchill Downs.

  • By all accounts, Afleet Alex feels right at home at Churchill Downs.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Afleet Heat

    Tuesday's activity can be pretty much summed up in two words: Afleet Alex -- with the emphasis on Afleet. Working over a loose track that was playing on the slow side, Alex blazed his five furlongs in :59, with several others getting him in :58 3/5.

  • Afleet Alex, impressive in Tuesday workout at Churchill Downs.

    'Alex' Impresses in Morning Workout

    Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Afleet Alex displayed his affinity for the track at Churchill Downs when he zipped five furlongs in :59 Tuesday morning in preparation for the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Trainer Tim Ritchey, on horses: "You cannot baby them."

    Trainer Uses Unorthodox Methods With Afleet Alex

    As a budding athlete in grade school, Tim Ritchey recalls, he did "two-a-day" drills as a member of the football team. Now, Ritchey is applying those lessons learned at a young age, along with lessons learned as a trainer of show horses and a healthy dose of what he calls "common sense," in his training of Afleet Alex, one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Afleet Alex and Jeremy Rose remain a team for run at roses.

    Jeremy Rose Keeps Mount on Afleet Alex for Ky. Derby

    Trainer Tim Ritchey announced Tuesday that Jeremy Rose will ride Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Afleet Alex in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) May 7. Rose has ridden Afleet Alex in every race but one, winning six of his eight starts aboard the colt.

  • Afleet Alex back on track with runaway Arkansas Derby win.

    Afleet Alex A-OK in Arkansas Derby

    Favored Afleet Alex bounced back from the worst race of his career, a last-place finish in the Rebel (gr. III) a month ago, to win the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. II) as much the best Saturday before 71,010 at Oaklawn Park.

  • Afleet Alex expected to recover in time for Arkansas Derby rematch.

    Afleet Alex Has Lung Infection, Still in Hunt

    Afleet Alex, who finished last as the 3-5 favorite in Saturday's Rebel (gr. III), was scoped following the race and found to be suffering from a lung infection. Trainer Tim Ritchey said the colt is still being pointed for the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. II).

  • Juvenile favorite Roman Ruler breezed at Santa Anita last Sunday.

    Roman Ruler Morning-Line Pick vs. Seven in Juvenile

    Fog City Stable's Roman Ruler, who is only a neck away from being four-for-four in his career, was installed as the 8-5 morning-line favorite in a field of eight for the $1.5-million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park.

  • Champagne winner Proud Accolade will go in BC Juvenile.

    Proud Accolade Confirmed for BC Juvenile

    Trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed that Champagne (gr. I) winner Proud Accolade would make his next start in the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Lone Star Park.

  • Afleet Alex continues unbeaten 2YO season with win in the Hopeful Stakes.

    Afleet Alex Stays Unbeaten With Hopeful Win

    Afleet Alex had to work harder than in his previous three starts, be he remained unbeaten Saturday with a victory in the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.

  • Afleet Alex Solid Favorite in Hopeful Stakes

    Afleet Alex, who has won his three lifetime starts by a combined 28 1/2 lengths, heads a field of seven juveniles in Saturday's Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. It is the 100th running of the historic stakes.

  • Bullet Work for Hopeful Choice Afleet Alex

    The unbeaten Afleet Alex, who demolished a deep field in Saratoga's Sanford (gr. II) on the second day of the meet, breezed a 'bullet' half-mile over a muddy track at Delaware Park this morning in :46 2/5.

  • Separato's Late Kick Wins Presidents Cup

    Separato swept from last to first with a dazzling closing kick to post a convincing five-length win Saturday in the $100,000 Larry Riviello Presidents Cup, Philadelphia Park's major prep for the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II).

  • Crafty Shaw, seeks second Essex Handicap victory.

    Crafty Shaw, Docent Expected for Saturday's Essex

    The Essex Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park Saturday is expected to feature two previous winners of the 1 1/16-mile contest -- Crafty Shaw and Maysville Slew -- as well as 2002 Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Private Emblem, who is undefeated at Oaklawn Park.

  • Almuhathir Could Provide Value in Stuyvesant

    Shadwell Stable's Almuhathir, who missed time over the summer because of nagging foot problems, figures to be a fair price Tuesday on Aqueduct's special Veterans' Day card when he starts in the $100,000 Stuyvesant (gr. III) at 1 1/8 mile.

  • Docent, left, finishes first in the Maryland Million Classic, Saturday at Laurel Park.

    Docent Shows Way in Maryland Million Classic

    The photo finish camera became the final arbiter of the $200,000 Maryland Million Classic at Laurel Park and last year's winner, Mrs. Bernard J Daney's Docent, emerged on top once again – this time by a nose.

  • Docent Tries For Repeat in Maryland Million Classic

    In Saturday's $200,000 Maryland Million Classic at Laurel Park, 2002 winner Docent will try to join Timely Warning (1990 & 1991) and Algar (1997 & 1998) as back-to-back winners of the race. The Classic is the headline event of a day featuring 11 stakes races and purses of $1,025,000.

  • Burning Roma Among 11 in Stuyvesant

    Burning Roma, who has beaten Breeders' Cup Classic winner Volponi, is among 11 colts and geldings entered In Tuesday's $100,000-added Stuyvesant Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct.