Horse Racing News

Points of Grace, Canada's champion female turf horse in 2009, is slated to make her first start since last Oct. 31 in Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 Nassau Stakes.
Jim Gaffney Sr., the regular exercise rider of champion Thoroughbreds Secretariat and Riva Ridge, died on Thursday from pneumonia. He was 75.
A thick blanket of fog enveloped Belmont Park on Thursday morning, but as the morning wore on, it lifted, a fitting symbol of what has transpired with the New York Racing Association as its signature event, the Belmont Stakes, neared.
Last year's champion 3-year-old and Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird has been retired due to a hairline fracture, according to his owner and breeder, Dr. Kalarikkal Jayaraman.
Considering how well he ran on the front end when finishing second in the Preakness Stakes three weeks ago after drawing post 11, there is little doubt what the strategy will be for First Dude in the 142nd Belmont Stakes.
There is a scene in the popular movie "Hoosiers" when the players on the underdog Hickory High basketball team walk into Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indiana for the first time and look in awe at the humongous setting on which they will play for the first time.
Texas racing has been losing ground to tracks in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, all of which have varying forms of gaming to supplement purses.
Martin Garcia is the new jockey for St Trinians, the 5-year-old mare expected to provide Zenyatta her main challenge June 13 in the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Favorites are running amok at Hollywood Park, winning at a 41 percent clip and slowing pick-six carryovers to a mere trickle -- the bet carried over only four times the first 28 days of the spring meet.
Mine That Bird had his second workout for trainer D. Wayne Lukas when he breezed a half-mile in 48 seconds over a fast track shortly after the renovation break Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
 
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