Unrivaled Belle to face Life At Ten again in Ogden Phipps

PRESS RELEASE ELMONT, N.Y. – Unrivaled Belle, second to Life At Ten in last year’s Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap, will face that opponent and four other fillies and mares on Saturday in the 2011 renewal of the Grade 1, $250,000 race at 1 1/16 miles. The 2010 Ogden Phipps was the first of three […]

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Dettori handed nine-day ban for whip use

Writing BBC Sport, Frank Keogh reports that jockey Frankie Dettori has been given a nine-day racing ban for excessive use of his whip while winning on Rewilding in Wednesday’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Ascot. Already set to start a ban on June 17 for failing to ride to a finish in the Epsom Oaks, […]

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Crown of Thorns has first trip over Churchill track

Churchill Downs Barn Notes Wednesday, June 15, 2011 CROWN OF THORNS HAS FIRST TRIP OVER CHURCHILL DOWNS TRACK – It was a long time coming, but Spendthrift Farm LLC’s Crown of Thorns finally had his first gallop over the historic one-mile track at Churchill Downs on Wednesday.                  The […]

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No Maragh: Ten days for Belmont start

PRESS RELEASE STATEMENT OF NEW YORK STATE RACING AND WAGERING BOARD SPOKESMAN JOE MAHONEY The stewards who judged the 2011 Belmont Stakes today viewed replays of the race and decided to issue a 10-day suspension to jockey Rajiv Maragh for careless riding in connection with his handling of the horse Isn’t He Perfect. The penalty […]

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Rewilding defeats So You Think in Prince of Wales’s Stakes

Rewilding defeated Australian superstar So You Think with a relentless stretch drive in Wednesday’s  Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. More to come. Jockey Frankie Dettori rode Rewilding to a stunning victory over the much-touted Australian superstar So You Think in the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot on […]

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Pool Play to get first test on dirt in Stephen Foster

When Pool Play makes his 28th career start in Churchill’s Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap, it will be the 6-year-old’s first start on a true dirt track, write’s Jennie Rees in Normally based at Woodbine, Pool Play has been at Churchill this Spring for trainer Mark Casse. “They have this big race in the […]

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Champion filly Blind Luck takes aim on Havre de Grace

Steve Anderson reports in the Daily Racing Form that trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is pointing his Eclipse-award winning filly, Blind Luck, to a showdown with Havre de Grace. Blind Luck is favored to win Saturday’s Grade 1 Vanita Handicap at Hollywood Park. “I’ll have to meet up with Havre de Grace,” Hollendorfer said over the weekend. […]

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Few sporting events can match the rich history of Royal Ascot

This week Royal Ascot celebrates 300 years as the jewel in the crown of the English summer season. CNN’s Alysen Miller takes a look at the rich history, mystique, and pageantry that make Royal Ascot one of the world’s most important race meetings. “It’s this fantastic pageant: amazing carriages, wonderful colors, the best thoroughbred horses […]

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Shackleford’s connections considering WV Derby

With hefty bonuses being offered by Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, connections of this year’s Triple Crown winners are looking at a potential $650,000 payday for starting in and/or winning the West Virginia Derby August 7, according to Jason Shandler writing in the Blood-Horse “It’s something to think about,” said Shackleford’s trainer Dale Romans. “I […]

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