1. Saturday's Grade III Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Preview

    Learning this would be two-year-old champion Shanghai Bobby's first test as a three-year-old, race fans have been anticipating the Grade III Holy Bull for weeks...

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  2. Kentucky Derby 2013: Ranking the Latest Derby Contenders

    The Derby trail is heating up as we start to see some three-year-old debuts and some two-year-old carryovers in the middle of winter...

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  3. Ranking the Latest 2013 Kentucky Derby Contenders

    The end of 2012 means one thing to American racing fans: Triple Crown season is officially underway. Whether these two-year-olds are resting after testing the waters in the fall of ...

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  4. Endorsement: A Racehorse in the Purest Sense (And a Whitney Handicap Contender)

    Endorsement is a stallion's stallion. He's one of those horses that want every eye in the paddock focused on him. Rearing and roaring, stomping and strutting, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred has a lot to proud of, and he'll make sure you know it...

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  5. Union Rags Retired

    It was announced today that the 2012 Belmont Stakes winner, Union Rags, is to be retired from racing. Dick Jerardi first reported that owner Phyllis Wyeth made the decision to ...

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  6. Del Mar Opening Day: Oceanside Stakes Division 2 Handicapping Guide

    Your stakes hangover won't last long after Race 6 at Del Mar is over. As a follow-up to my previous Oceanside Stakes preview, here's the second half. The division two race appears ninth on the card and features an interesting field of colts...

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  7. Del Mar Opening Day: Oceanside Stakes Div. 1 Handicapping Guide

    Today marks the start of a special season for California racing fans. Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will open today for its summer meet. The premier race on the card look to be the two-division ungraded Oceanside Stakes...

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  8. Report: I'll Have Another's Injury Was Preexisting

    New developments in the ongoing story involving I'll Have Another were unearthed today. In a recent report written by Joe Drape and Walt Bogdanich of The New York Times , it was ...

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  9. Breeder's Cup Prep: Complete Hollywood Gold Cup Preview

    The Hollywood Gold Cup is the second "Win and You're In" race in the Breeder's Cup Challenge, Classic Division...

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  10. Horse Racing Dominance Is Measured by Wins and Wins Only

    Frankel is a name that means two things to most Americans. To tried-and-true horse-racing fans, it is the name of one of the most famous and well respected trainers American racing has ever known...

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  11. Salix to Be Phased out in Kentucky Beginning in 2014

    The controversial medication Salix (also referred to as Lasix) will begin to be phased out in Kentucky stakes races as early as 2014. The plan comes after a 7-5 vote by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Wednesday...

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  12. Union Rags' Victory Was the Best Outcome for Fans

    Union Rags took first place in this year's Belmont Stakes, finally living up to his expectations. In a dazzling finish, the Michael Matz -trained colt ran down the Baffert trainee Paynter in the final yards...

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  13. Why Fans Should Still Care Despite I'll Have Another's Absence

    The absence of I'll Have Another probably drops the Belmont Stakes' television rating down a few points. It probably curbs merchandise sales at the track and wagers on the race...

    Zach Tirpak Written by Zach Tirpak about over 2 years ago 1,493 reads 15 comments

  14. Belmont Stakes 2012: Long-Term Effects of I'll Have Another Failing to Compete

    The devastating and disappointing retirement of I'll Have Another shocked the racing world yesterday. It was only the third time (and the first since 1936) that a horse had been ...

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  15. Belmont Stakes 2012: Predicting Which Horse Will Captivate Fans

    The Triple Crown of horse racing is a showcase of some of the most magnificent athletes in the country. Each year, fans are able to root for a horse, trainer, jockey or owner throughout the one-month series...

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  16. Updated Predictions for the I'll Have Another-Less Belmont Stakes Field

    With the absence of I'll Have Another from the Belmont field, the race becomes wide open. The Doug O'Neill-trained colt reportedly has the beginning of tendinitis in his left front ...

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  17. I'll Have Another's Status in Doubt

    HRTV's Scott Hazleton reported there are rumors of a tendon injury to I'll Have Another that have put his Belmont status in doubt. Doug O'Neill was reported as confirming the news on this morning's Dan Patrick Show on ESPN...

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  18. Belmont Stakes 2012: Your Complete Wagering Guide

    Handicapping and wagering can make watching a horse race exponentially more fun. Analyzing the field, identifying your favorite, and winning some cash is most fans' favorite part of the sport...

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  19. Belmont Stakes 2012: Will I'll Have Another Become a Racing Legend?

    I'll Have Another will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest racehorses of all time should he win the Belmont Stakes on June 9th. He'll be a member of a select group of animals that have accomplished, perhaps, the greatest feat in sport...

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  20. Blemont Stakes 2012: A Triple Crown Winner Will Save American Horse Racing

    Taboo. Dirty. Foreign. These are words that explain the attitude of most of today's America toward horse racing. What was once regarded as the sport of kings has been relegated to the ranks of the obscure...

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  21. Belmont Stakes Winners Since 1978: By the Numbers

    As even the most casual of horse racing fans know, the Belmont Stakes has not allowed a Triple Crown winner since 1978. 34 years have come and gone, and 11 Triple Crown chances have been decimated...

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  22. Belmont Stakes 2012: 5 Bold Predictions

    Predictions and opinions are to the Triple Crown's Belmont Stakes 2012 as "that's what she said" is to Michael Scott; you can't watch it without hearing a few...

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  23. 'Sexy' Belmont Stakes Bets to Stear Clear of

    Before every major horse race, there are handicappers, analysts, and casual fans who will give their "expert" opinions on the best bets...

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  24. Top Contender Alpha Scratched from the 2012 Belmont Stakes

    Alpha, a top contender to unseat I'll Have Another from Triple Crown royalty, was scratched this morning due to fitness issues . The Godolphin Racing 3 year-old ran a fever of 103 degrees last night...

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  25. Nasal Strips, Stakes Barns and Trying to Keep the 2012 Belmont Stakes Clean

    Horse racing has had a bad rap for years now. Lasix, 'Bute' and steroids are all widely used and, in most cases, accepted. The use of such performance-enhancing tools is rationalized by trainers as a way to help their horses stay healthy and safe...

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