Racing

Courageous Cat returns with winning hand in Poker

Making his first start of the year, Martin and Pam Wygod’s homebred 5-year-old Courageous Cat — a full brother to Grade 1 winner and Lane’s End stallion After Market — ran down front-running Yield Bogey to score an easy win by about three lengths in the G3 Poker at Belmont Park on Friday afternoon. Trained […]

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New York transplant Cassidy hoping for second Honeymoon at Hollywood

Jim Cassidy may still wear his New York roots on his head via a Yankees ball cap, but he’s all Hollywood now, hoping for a repeat in the Honeymoon Handicap at the Inglewood, Calif., racetrack on Saturday. Last year he won the 3-year-old filly turf race with Evening Jewel and comes back with a double-barrel […]

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Lack of speed killing the perception of 2011 three-year-olds

We’d use a Rodney Dangerfield reference here but Ray has set a one “no respect” rule per race day. Instead, we’ll focus on the fact that the speed numbers most use for judging performance on the track indicate this is a bad year for speed in American horse racing. “In Triple Crown races, particularly the […]

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Grade I winner Get Stormy drops in class for Monmouth Stakes

After winning consecutive Grade I turf races this year, Get Stormy will drop in class as he takes a stab at the Grade III Monmouth Stakes on Sunday. However, the $250,000 purse has drawn a stronger field than most would expect at this level with Grade I winner Teaks North, Grade II winner Nownownow and […]

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Heat fries Belmont Thursday card

PRESS RELEASE Due to excessive, potentially record-breaking heat, Belmont Park has canceled live racing on Thursday, June 9. Aqueduct and the air-conditioned Belmont Café will remain open for simulcasting until approximately 11 p.m., and NYRA Rewards telebet and internet wagering will both be available as well.

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Carlton House Epsom Derby shoe to be auctioned for charity

The shoe that came off Epsom Derby favorite Carlton House and perhaps cost him the big win at Epsom Downs will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the charity Racing Welfare. “As you might expect we are doing cartwheels here,” said Racing Welfare spokesman Richard Negus. “And once we have received it we will […]

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Drosselmeyer back at a mile and a half

Returning to the scene of the crime, 2010 Belmont Stakes winner Drosselmeyer will take on four rivals in Friday’s Grade II Brooklyn Handicap. “It looks like it took a couple of races to get back in the swing of things,” trainer Bill Mott said Wednesday morning to the Daily Racing Form. “I think a mile […]

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So You Think to make Royal Ascot debut

Next week, Australian phenom So You Think who was purchased by Coolmore Stud last year will try to extend his winning ways at the Royal Ascot. “So You Think has been challenged in Australia and shown himself to be the Tiger,” partial owner Dato Tan said who sold the controlling interest to Coolmore Stud. “He […]

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Talented turfers set to go in Early Times Mint Julep

Press Release Lael Stable’s Check the Label, winner of last fall’s Grade I Garden City at Belmont Park, will break from the outside post when she faces 11 accomplished rivals in a strong 35th running of the $100,000-added Early Times Mint Julep (III) for fillies and mares on the grass on Saturday at Churchill Downs. […]

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