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Mor Spirit Can Become Top Miler With Met Mile Score

Thu, 2017-06-08 10:57
Michael Lund Petersen, a co-owner of the successful worldwide Pandora Jewelry company, hopes his Mor Spirit will become an unforgettable keepsake by continuing to win mid-distance races at the highest level.

Irish War Cry Takes First Spin Around Belmont Park

Thu, 2017-06-08 10:27
Newly minted Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) favorite Irish War Cry got his first look at the massive Belmont Park oval the morning of June 8, when he hit the main track for a 1 1/2-mile gallop with trainer Graham Motion keeping tabs.

Songbird Set to Make 2017 Debut in Ogden Phipps

Thu, 2017-06-08 09:36
Two-time champion filly Songbird is the 1-2 morning-line favorite for her 2017 debut in the $750,000 Ogden Phipps Stakes (G1) June 10 at Belmont Park.

Believe in Bertie Looks to Rebound in Mint Julep

Thu, 2017-06-08 09:29
Klein Racing's homebred Believe in Bertie, first or second in 10 of 12 starts, tops the field of seven fillies and mares entered in the $100,000 Old Forester Mint Julep Handicap (G3T) June 10 at Churchill Downs.

Epicharis Does Not Train After Lameness Treatment

Thu, 2017-06-08 07:57
The status of Japanese contender Epicharis is in question for the June 10 Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) after the colt was treated with bute June 7 and did not go out to train June 8 at Belmont Park.

Look Back: Tom Fool All Business in 1953 Met Mile

Thu, 2017-06-08 06:00
This week is a column that included the headline, "A Low Curtsy for Tom Fool," written by George F. T. Ryall followed by a stakes report of the 1953 Metropolitan Handicap won by Tom Fool. Both stories ran in the May 30, 1953 issue of The Blood-Horse.

One Year Later, Lynch Having A Better Belmont Week

Wed, 2017-06-07 19:00
Brian Lynch, back from temporarily surrendering his trainer's license a year ago, has Meantime in the June 10 Belmont Stakes after scoring June 3 with Oscar Performance in the Pennine Ridge Stakes.

New England Horsemen Fight for Funding

Wed, 2017-06-07 18:29
With the Race Horse Development Fund, which was created to give the struggling Massachusetts horse racing and breeding industry a lifeline, now in serious peril, Thoroughbred horsemen traveled to the state capitol in Boston to lobby lawmakers June 7.

Tale of the Cat, Malibu Moon Colts Fastest in OBS Works

Wed, 2017-06-07 17:35
The under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales 2-year-olds and horses of racing age sale got a fast start out of the gate June 7, with some of the day's best workout times recorded during the first set.

Mor Spirit Steps Up in Wide Open Metropolitan Handicap

Wed, 2017-06-07 13:50
Mor Spirit and Mohaymen, on the Triple Crown trail a year ago, look to establish a new specialty as milers when they contest the Metropolitan Handicap against Sharp Azteca and Awesome Slew

Elite Sales to Offer Happy Mesa at Fasig-Tipton Sale

Wed, 2017-06-07 13:39
Bradley Weisbord and Liz Crow's newly formed sales agency Elite Sales will offer multiple stakes winner Happy Mesa in their upcoming consignment at Fasig-Tipton's July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale on July 10 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Kentucky Oaks Winner Abel Tasman Cuts Back in Acorn

Wed, 2017-06-07 13:35
Abel Tasman will cut back in distance when the daughter of Quality Road tries the one-turn mile of the Acorn Stakes (G1) June 10 at Belmont Park.

Irish War Cry 7-2 Morning-Line Pick for Belmont Stakes

Wed, 2017-06-07 13:21
With champion Classic Empire out of the June 10 Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) with a hoof abscess, Irish War Cry inherited the position of favoritism for the 1 1/2-mile race, and was installed as the 7-2 morning-line choice.

Belmont Scenario Shifts With Classic Empire's Absence

Wed, 2017-06-07 12:52
A foot abscess knocked Classic Empire out of the June 10 Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1), and left the rest of the entrants' connections to wonder how the race will play out in his absence.

Mack Hopes Phipps Award Inspires Future Racing Leaders

Wed, 2017-06-07 12:32
Earle Mack envisions a new award that honors his late friend Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps as both an honor and a challenge.

American Patriot Confirmed for Royal Ascot

Wed, 2017-06-07 11:52
The War Front colt will travel to England June 13 for trainer Todd Pletcher, who confirmed Frankie Dettori will have the mount in the one-mile June 20 test.

Bobby Flay Buys Into Belmont Contender J Boys Echo

Wed, 2017-06-07 11:33
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay has purchased a 25% interest in Belmont Stakes (G1) contender J Boys Echo, Jason Loutsch of owner Albaugh Family Stable announced June 7.

J Boys Echo Bought With Classics in Mind

Wed, 2017-06-07 11:31
In search of a yearling with classic potential, Albaugh Family Stable stepped up to acquire J Boys Echo for $485,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale.

West Coast Invades Easy Goer for Baffert

Wed, 2017-06-07 10:41
Two starts back, the 3-year-old son of Flatter missed by a neck to Belmont Stakes (G1) contender Senior Investment in the April 15 Stonestreet Lexington Stakes (G3) after drawing clear in the stretch.

Federal Legislation Still Best Route to True Uniformity

Wed, 2017-06-07 10:30
I found it more than a bit ironic that a slew of damaging headlines preceded and followed the May 25 announcement of the reintroduction of Reps. Barr and Tonko's sponsored federal bill, the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017.

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