Monday, April 28 2014


Belmont Park spring/summer meet begins May 1


Host of improvements and special events; $8 million Belmont Stakes Day set for June 7

ELMONT, N.Y. - Anchored by the 146th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7, Belmont Park opens on Thursday, May 1, with world-class racing forming the backbone of the 54-day spring/summer meet and a host of improvements and special events to enhance the guest experience.





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Sunday, April 27 2014


Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Update: Sunday, April 27


KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE

CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) – Quiet and “cold” at the Art Sherman barn Sunday at Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California – and both were just what a trainer would want heading into a role as the Kentucky Derby favorite.

The affable Sherman has met his equine soulmate in “Chrome,” the chestnut Cal-bred whose racetrack exploits have led him to the edge of racing immortality.





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Saturday, April 26 2014


KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – Saturday, April 26


CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) – “Very good. Exactly what I needed for the horse. He doesn’t need much now. He’s ready. I just wanted to put some air into him. He’s happy and fresh. That’s the way I want to keep him for this race.”

Trainer Art Sherman had nothing but good things to say following a four-furlong drill by his likely Kentucky Derby favorite Saturday morning at his training headquarters at Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California. The chestnut California-bred had completed an “easy” half mile in :48.20 with a gallop out in 1:01 under regular rider Victor Espinoza.





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KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – Friday, April 25


CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) – Steven Coburn and Perry Martin’s California Chrome is scheduled to work Saturday morning at 7:30 (Pacific Time) at Los Alamitos.

Trained by Art Sherman, California Chrome is scheduled to ship to Louisville on Monday and be ridden in Kentucky Derby 140 by Victor Espinoza.






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Friday, April 25 2014


Travers Day, enhanced Whitney Day, and new Saratoga Showcase Day


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The 146th Saratoga Race Course meet will feature a record $17.45 million in stakes purses, topped by the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on Saturday, August 23 and the Grade 1, $1.5 million Whitney on Saturday, August 2.

Both the 1 ¼-mile Travers for 3-year-olds and the 1 1/8-mile Whitney for 3-year-olds and up received significant purse increases over their 2013 levels, having been previously worth $1 million and $750,000, respectively.





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Thursday, April 24 2014


Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Update: Thursday, April 24


CALIFORNIA CHROME (No. 1) - Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's California Chrome is scheduled to work Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Trained by Art Sherman, California Chrome is scheduled to ship to Louisville on Monday and be ridden in Kentucky Derby 140 by Victor Espinoza.





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Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Update: Wednesday, April 23


VICAR'S IN TROUBLE (No. 2)/GENERAL A ROD (No. 15)/HARRY'S HOLIDAY (No. 20) - J. Armando Rodriguez's General a Rod recorded his first official work at Churchill Downs in preparation for Kentucky Derby 140, covering five furlongs in 1:03.40 with splits of :13, :26.20, 39 and out six furlongs in 1:17.60 with exercise rider Joel Barrientos up for trainer Mike Maker.





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Tuesday, April 22 2014


Kentucky Derby & Kentucky Oaks Update: Monday, April 21


VICAR'S IN TROUBLE (No. 2) / GENERAL A ROD (No. 15) / HARRY'S HOLIDAY (No. 20) - Trainer Mike Maker reported Monday morning that his trio of Kentucky Derby possibilities "were doing just fine" at the nearby Trackside Training Center.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Vicar's in Trouble galloped at Trackside Monday morning and is scheduled to breeze at Churchill Downs this Saturday along with Harry's Holiday, who is owned by Skychai Racing, Terry Raymond and Jana Wagner.

J. Armando Rodriguez's General a Rod also galloped at Trackside Monday and is scheduled to work at Churchill Downs most likely on Wednesday.





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Sunday, April 20 2014


Charles Town Classic Quotes


"I was wowed in the San Antonio. I was saying the same thing, 'Who is this horse?' He didn't do much running last time [in the Santa Anita Handicap], but I was very confident this is the kind of horse he is. He can do this.





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Saturday, April 19 2014


KID CRUZ CRUISES IN TESIO STAKES, PUNCHES PREAKNESS TICKET


BALTIMORE, 04-19-14---Julian Pimentel rated him off the pace into the far turn, then signaled go and Kid Cruz charged by his rivals and posted an easy victory in $100,000 Federico Tesio Stakes to cap off four stakes this afternoon at Pimlico Race Course.

Kid Cruz is owned by Vina Del Mar Thoroughbreds LLC & Black Swan Stable and trained by Linda Rice. The colt, who is based at Belmont Park, won the Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park in his previous start when he rallied from nearly 20 lengths back to win going away.





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Thursday, April 17 2014


A Message From Frank Stronach


AURORA, ONTARIO - The Stronach Group has always been committed to ensuring that our horse racing businesses operate with integrity and concern for the health and safety of the horses and the people who work with them. Now, more than ever, we as track operators, horsemen and regulators must come together to do everything we can to prevent any abuse of our thoroughbred athletes. We must also work diligently to ban any individuals engaged in fraudulent or harmful activities from participating in our sport. The goal of these efforts is to achieve the highest standards with respect to the integrity of our sport and the safety of our athletes, both equine and human.





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Rafael Bejarano Set for a ‘Wild’ Ride Aboard Gulfstream-Based Colt


Wildcat Red Gets Sixth Different Rider for Triple Crown

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Wildcat Red has been ridden by five different jockeys in his last five races at Gulfstream Park while establishing himself as a prominent Triple Crown contender. Rafael Bejarano is slated to become No. 6.

After watching how things unfolded in last weekend’s major prep races and considering his options, trainer Jose Garoffalo decided to go with Southern California’s most dominant jockey for a run in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3.





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