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Belmont Notes: on eve of Triple Crown finale, no drama for Animal Kingdom

BELMONT PARK NOTES One day out from a start in the 143rd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes, trainer Graham Motion was looking for virtually nothing to happen with his Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness runner-up, Animal Kingdom.   Driving back to his barn after Animal Kingdom turned in an easy gallop […]

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Hyrdration key for Belmont contenders

On a day when Belmont Park’s meet was shutdown due to excessive heat, trainers do their best to keep their Belmont contenders hydrated and cooled off in preparation for tomorrow’s big race. Fortunately, the weather is supposed to cool into the 70’s for tomorrow’s Belmont Stakes and should prove to be ideal for the “Test […]

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Animal Kingdom, Nehro breeze at Belmont

The 1-2 finishers in the Kentucky Derby both worked four furlongs over the Belmont dirt Monday morning in preparation for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.  Animal Kingdom recorded the fastest of 32 works at the distance, going 47.76 under jockey John Velazquez.  Nehro went in 50.88 with exercise rider Cesar Garcia on board.  Video of Animal Kingdom’s […]

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PPI #6 Nehro breezes well, still a “tough decision”

Kentucky Derby runner-up Nehro breezed a half-mile in 50.80 seconds over a sloppy Churchill Downs track Monday, looking good enough for owner Ahmed Zayat to tell the Daily Racing Form he has a “tough decision” about whether to run his colt in the Preakness Saturday. “I know what I saw,” Zayat said.  “I saw a […]

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Decision on PPI #6 Nehro likely tomorrow

Edited Press Release A decision on whether to start Kentucky Derby runner-up Nehro in Saturday’s Preakness or await the 143rd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes on June 11 will most likely be made Monday morning, said owner Ahmad Zayat. “I am leaving for Louisville in a few hours and I will […]

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Regally Ready makes it four straight in Twinspires Turf Sprint

Steve Asmussen’s Regally Ready continued his winning ways Saturday, surging to victory in the Grade 3, $100,000 Twinspires Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs. With Corey Nakatani on board, Regally Ready caught Bridgetown late to win by two lengths in 56.57 for five furlongs.  Chamberlain Bridge finished third.  Regally Ready is owned by Vinery Stables and […]

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Asmussen: Get off the bandwagon, please

Trainer Steve Asmussen wants no part of having this year’s Derby “buzz” horse.  But he just might have the one in Nehro, who has gained quite a following in recent weeks after finishing second by a neck in both the Louisiana and Arkansas derbies. “I don’t want any ‘Mushes’ on the bandwagon,” Asmussen said slyly. […]

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Silver Medallion not headed to Derby

Trainer Steve Asmussen and co-owner Mike Ryan said they will freshen Silver Medallion after two races in 14 days and not point to next week’s Derby. The defection makes Anthony’s Cross the next horse to get into the field.

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Thiskyhasnolimit gets up in Texas Mile

Thiskyhasnolimit outdueled game rival Gladding to take the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile Stakes at Lone Star Park Saturday. With Justin Shepherd riding, Thiskyhasnolimit angled outside at the top of the stretch and came after Gladding, who helped set the pace.  The two horses separated from their three rivals and surged to the wire neck-and-neck.  […]

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Silver Medallion has eyes on graded cash in Lexington Stakes

Connections for El Camino Real Derby winner Silver Medallion find themselves short of the necessary cash to make the Kentucky Derby field with only $184,334 in graded earnings. One of seven three-year-olds considering the Lexington Stakes, trainer Steve Asmussen seems to be leaning towards running the colt this weekend at Keeneland.

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