Friday, May 23 2014


Gulfstream Park Statement on Agreement with FHBPA


We appreciate the support and hard work of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA) and all its members these last few months. We also appreciate the confidence they have shown in Gulfstream Park and The Stronach Group's goal to continue building the sport of Thoroughbred racing.

We now look forward to working with the horsemen at both facilities, the management of Calder Race Course and the state of Florida to complete this agreement in a timely manner.



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Thursday, May 22 2014


Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome has first gallop at Belmont Park


ELMONT, N.Y. - Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome had his first gallop around Belmont Park's 1 ½-mile oval this morning, going out on a sloppy track shortly after 6 a.m. with exercise rider Willie Delgado aboard.

California Chrome, who will attempt to become the first horse in 36 years to add the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7 to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, galloped an easy 1 ¾ miles over the wet main track.





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Fitful Skies ready to run in G2 Sheepshead Bay


ELMONT, N.Y. - Fitful Skies will go in search of her first North American victory on Saturday at Belmont Park when she contests the Grade 2, $200,000 Sheepshead Bay run at 1 3/8 miles for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up.





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Gulfstream: Mandatory Rainbow 6 Payout


Potential to Set North American Record on Memorial Day

Total Pool Could Swell to $16 Million if Betting Reaches Estimated $10 Million

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - If there is no single winning ticket on the Rainbow 6 at Gulfstream Park Saturday and Sunday, the total pool of the 20-cent wager is expected to set a North American Pick 6 record on Monday, May 26.





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Wednesday, May 21 2014


California Chrome jogs on Belmont Park main track


ELMONT, N.Y. - Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome set foot on the Belmont Park main track for the first time on Wednesday, leisurely jogging once around the 1 ½-mile course with exercise rider Willie Delgado aboard.





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Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome arrives at Belmont Park


ELMONT, N.Y. - California Chrome, who on June 7 will attempt to become thoroughbred racing's 12th Triple Crown winner when he competes in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, arrived at Belmont Park at approximately 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday.





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Monday, May 19 2014


Preakness News


CHUCKAS ADDRESSES POTENTIAL OF MOVING PREAKNESS DATE

BALTIMORE, 05-19-14---At his annual post-Preakness media session this morning in the Pimlico winners’ circle, Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas addressed the potential of moving the date of the Preakness Stakes (G1). Last week, Chuckas told print reporters he wanted to change the spacing of the Triple Crown.





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JOINT STATEMENT REGARDING THE USE OF NASAL STRIPS


JOINT STATEMENT FROM THE NEW YORK STATE GAMING COMMISSION, NYRA AND THE JOCKEY CLUB REGARDING THE USE OF NASAL STRIPS

The three Stewards at Belmont Park today unanimously agreed to allow the use of equine nasal strips for all horses running at racetracks of The New York Racing Association, Inc (NYRA), effective immediately.





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CHRIS McCARRON JOINS WHOA IN SUPPORT OF FEDERAL LEGISLATION


Chris McCarron, two-time Eclipse Award winning jockey and member of the National Racing Hall of Fame, has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance in support of federal legislation to ban race day medication. He becomes the first jockey to join the organization as a supporter calling for drug reform and uniformity.





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Sunday, May 18 2014


Preakness News-May 18 Notes


CALIFORNIA CHROME READY FOR TRIPLE CROWN CHALLENGE/
PREAKNESS STAKES WINNER TO SHIP TO NEW YORK TUESDAY
RIDE ON CURLIN READY TO CARRY ON IN THE BELMONT STAKES

CALIFORNIA CHROME – Trainer Art Sherman widened his smile and nodded at the question of the morning Sunday after California Chrome added Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (G1) to his win in the Kentucky Derby : Have you been thinking about the Triple Crown?





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Saturday, May 17 2014


California Chrome Dazzles Record Crowd With Preakness Win


Derby Winner Continues Quest to Become 12th Triple Crown Champion

BALTIMORE, 05-17-14 – California Chrome continued on his quest for a Triple Crown sweep Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, scoring a dominating victory in the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (G1) to the enthusiastic approval of a record crowd of 123,469.





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Preakness Stakes Post Race News Conference Transcript


VICTOR ESPINOZA
ART SHERMAN
STEVE COBURN

THE MODERATOR: We have Victor Espinoza, and we'll have Steve Coburn and Art Sherman coming in as well. Victor, congratulations. Well done.
VICTOR ESPINOZA: Thank you, sir.

Q. Did you start him earlier than in the past? If so, is there any reason you did that?
VICTOR ESPINOZA: I had to because the outside horse, he was pushing me. He made me move at the half mile post. I really don't want to. I want to wait as soon as possible. I thought I was in a perfect position, and I just wanted to wait as long as I can.
But when the outside horse attacked me, and I had to just let it go, slowly. I don't want to make a strong move at that point. But turning for home, he really got after me, and I had to just open it up at that point.





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