Racing

IS THAT OPTIMISM ON THE HORIZON?

After a year in which NYRA was publicly concerned about their financial ability to pull of this year’s Belmont Stakes much less the historic Saratoga summer meet, it seems their luck may have turned for the better going into 2011. VLTs at Aqueduct are expected to come on line early next spring and NYC OTB […]

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MI DEVELOPMENTS BOOSTS PREAKNESS 5.5 PROGRAM WITH ADDITION OF $100,000 AMTOTE JOCKEY BONUS

PRESS RELEASE MI Developments Inc. MI Developments Inc., in conjunction with MID’s premier racing properties, Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields, Pimlico Race Course and XpressBet Inc. expanded the lucrative PREAKNESS 5.5 bonus program which could award an additional $5.5 million in bonuses to the winner of the 2011 Preakness Stakes, to […]

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RACHEL’S ENCORE

The headline in the Albany Times-Union reads “Rachel As Popular As Ever,” and the Horse of the Year’s trainer, Steve Asmussen, confirms that, saying “little girls still love her.” Her jockey, Calvin Borel, says Rachel Alexandra can run all day long, but horsemen like Marty Wolfson question whether she is as good this year as […]

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MI DEVELOPMENTS ANNOUNCES CREATION OF PREAKNESS $5.5 MILLION BONUS PROGRAM

PRESS RELEASE MI Developments Inc. in conjunction with MID’s premier racing properties, Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields, Pimlico Race Course and XpressBet Inc., announced today the introduction of the all new PREAKNESS 5.5., a historic and unique bonus program which could award an additional $5.5 million in bonuses to the winner […]

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SCOTT ON Z, RACHEL, QR, BLAME AND LAL: IN A PERFECT WORLD, WE WOULDN’T HAVE TO WAIT 11 1/2 WEEKS TO SEE THESE HORSES RACE AGAINST EACH OTHER

With just under three months until the Breeders’ Cup, the five most sought after horses in training Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra, Quality Road, Blame and Lookin At Lucky all look pointed to the Classic at Churchill Downs in early November. But as Jeff Scott of The Saratogian points out in his column ‘In a Perfect World’, […]

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CLASH OF THE FILLIES

Much has been made of the rivalry between Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra, fueled by Rachel winning Horse of the Year in 2009 despite not running in the Breeders’ Cup. As of yet, the two have not met although they seem to be headed towards a matchup in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. […]

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THE SARATOGIAN: POINT GIVEN TO ENTER HALL OF FAME

As Nicole Russo leads in her column in The Saratogian, the Big Red Train is rolling into the Hall of Fame. Point Given won the last two legs of the Triple Crown and was later named the 2001 Horse of the Year. His career cut short by a strained tendon found the week after […]

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WEST: RACE FOR HORSE OF THE YEAR LED BY BLAME

Gary West in his West Points blog says that this year’s race for Horse of the Year will go down to the wire at Churchill Downs during this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. Few doubt that to be the case. However, some may take exception to his claim that Whitney winner Blame leads the field as […]

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COLUMNIST: WHILE ZENYATTA IS TERRIFIC, I’M NOT SO SURE SHE’S EVEN THE BEST FILLY OR MARE

In this morning’s San Diego Union-Tribune, Nick Canepa wants us to stop for a minute and think things through before proclaiming Zenyatta as the greatest of all time as jockey Mike Smith did after last weekend’s Hirsch. He’s not even convinced that Z is the best filly or mare in history. “I refuse to say […]

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RACHEL ALEXANDRA TO RUN IN PERSONAL ENSIGN AT SARATOGA

The following press release from Stonestsreet Farms was distributed early Friday afternoon, confirming that reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra will be pointed to the Personal Ensign Stakes Aug. 29 at Saratoga. The question on the minds of racing fans is whether unbeaten, two-time champion Zenyatta will leave her California base to meet Rachel […]

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