Wednesday, May 22 2013


“Homegrown” Hessonite Facing International Field in Sheepshead Bay


ELMONT, N.Y. – New York-bred Hessonite, who became a graded stakes winner last time out, takes on an internationally flavored field of seven other turf fillies and mares for Saturday’s 55th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Sheepshead Bay at Belmont Park.





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“New Owners Luncheon” Set for June 2 at Belmont Park


ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Bruce Levine and Jena Antonucci will be among the industry speakers participating in The New York Racing Association, Inc.’s (NYRA) next “New Owners Luncheon” at Belmont Park on Sunday, June 2.





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OBVIOUSLY STRETCHES OUT IN AMERICAN HANDICAP


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 22, 2013)—A double Grade II winner in 2012, Obviously will seek his first victory of 2013 in the $150,000 American Handicap Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

A Grade II for older horses at one mile on turf, the American Handicap is the third of nine races. Post time Saturday is 1 p.m. Gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.





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Churchill Downs Stakes Advance


DARK COVE TOPS FIELD OF NINE ENTERED FOR SATURDAY’S LOUISVILLE HANDICAP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, May 22, 2013) – Dark Cove, 4 ¼-length winner of the Elkhorn (Grade II) in his most recent start, tops a field of nine 3-year-olds and up entered for Saturday’s 76th running of the $100,000-added Louisville Handicap (GIII) at 1 ½ miles on the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Downs.





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GRADED TRIPLEHEADER KICKS OFF LUCRATIVE 2013 ARLINGTON STAKES SLATE


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 22, 2013) – A trio of Grade III stakes races on Saturday will not only kick off the Memorial Day holiday weekend at Arlington International Racecourse, but will also serve as the curtain raisers on the track’s 25-event $5.5 million stakes slate. Two of Saturday’s main events will be run over the Polytrack while the third will be contested over Arlington’s grass course.





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CSABA, DUCDUC SET FOR CALDER REMATCH IN MEMORIAL HANDICAP


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (May 22, 2013) – Bruce Hollander and Cary Shapoff’s Csaba and Shivananda Racing’s Ducduc have a score to settle with each other in Saturday’s $75,000 Memorial Handicap at Calder Casino and Race Course.





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NYRA Announces Modified Security Policies for 2013 Belmont Stakes


ELMONT, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has revised its security policies and procedures for the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 8.

The changes, a result of heightened public security concerns in recent weeks, were developed in concert with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials, as well as racing and security officials in Kentucky and Maryland.





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Tuesday, May 21 2013


SUFFOLK DOWNS’ 2013 LIVE RACING SEASON BEGINS SATURDAY, JUNE 1


All patrons making a $10 donation to The One Fund Boston on Opening Day to receive a specially designed “Boston Strong” t-shirt or hat and track program

EAST BOSTON, MA - The 2013 live racing season at Suffolk Downs will begin Saturday, June 1 and continue through November 2, the track announced today as it introduced its initial racing schedule and other plans for the upcoming season.





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Former NYRA Chairman, CEO Kenny Noe, Jr. Dies at 84


ELMONT, N.Y. – Kenneth “Kenny” Noe, Jr., former president, chief executive officer and chairman of The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) board died Sunday at the age of 84.





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Sunday, May 19 2013


Churchill Downs Race Day Notes: Sunday,


ALL SMILES AT BARN 44 ON SUNDAY AFTER PREAKNESS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, May 19, 2013) – There were nothing but smiles on the faces of those working in D. Wayne Lukas’ barn at Churchill Downs on the Sunday morning following Oxbow’s upset victory in the Preakness (Grade I).





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Barn Notes:  Sunday, May 19, 2013


• Top Four from Dixie Stakes All Million Nominated
• Baird Wins Three on Saturday – Joins Leaders


TOP FOUR FROM DIXIE STAKES ALL MILLION NOMINATED

Calumet Farm’s Skyring impressed many with a wire-to-wire victory at Pimlico Race Course in its signature turf event, the Dixie Stakes one race prior to the Preakness. Under a heady ride by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, the D. Wayne Lukas trainee won his second stakes over the Baltimore oval, while leaving multiple graded stakes winners in his wake.





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Belmont Park Notes


• Orb returns to Belmont Park following Preakness loss; Preakness winner Oxbow ships to Churchill, is expected for G1 Belmont Stakes
• After skipping Preakness, Pletcher has deep lineup for Belmont Stakes, Memorial Day stakes
• Clement to run Mystical Star in G2 Sheepshead Bay, either Bella Castani or Discreet Marq in G2 Sands Point
• California invaders Fed Biz, Jimmy Creed, and Sahara Sky slated to face Pletcher’s duo and others in G1 Met Mile; Fields coming together for additional Memorial Day weekend stakes
• Jockey Luzzi to miss 12-18 weeks with shoulder injury





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