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Twelve Fillies Vie For A Million Bucks in Belmont Oaks

July 7, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom At Belmont Park on Saturday, Eclipse Award winner Chad Brown will tighten the girths on a quartet of talented fillies for the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational (GIT), a 1 ¼-mile test for sophomore fillies that drew a field of contenders from around the globe. Brown is seeking his third win in four […]

A Closer Look at Arlington Million Preview Day

July 7, 2017 |

By Matt Hess Summer is starting to heat up here in Chicagoland, and so is the racing at Arlington International Racecourse. The biggest race day of the year is, of course, the Grade I Arlington Million.  But this weekend’s Million Preview Day will feature some racing that may be just as compelling. For the fifth […]

Belmont Derby Stars in Stars and Stripes Festival at Belmont

July 7, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Saturday’s talent-filled Stars and Stripes Racing Festival at Belmont Park, which offers an amazing five graded stakes worth purses of $3.7 million, takes the thoroughbred racing spotlight on Saturday. The internationally popular event is led by the featured $1.2 million Belmont Derby (GIT) and $1 million Belmont Oaks (GIT) and is supported […]

Queen’s Plate Kicks of Canadian Triple Crown

July 2, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Today marks the 158th running of the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine, the most prestigious race for sophomores contested north of the border and also the race with the longest consecutively run streak in North America. Named for the sitting monarch in Britain (currently a queen, will revert to the King’s Plate when […]

Diamond Jubilee Stakes Highlights Royal Ascot Closing Day

June 24, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Saturday marks the final day of the prestigious annual Royal Ascot meeting at Ascot Racecourse outside London and after a week of fallen records, both in temperatures and course records, only one Group 1 race remains on the six-race closing day card. The weather has returned to more typical London-type conditions and […]

Dartmouth Seeks to Defend Title in Hardwicke

June 23, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom A field of 14 will go postward in the third race on closing day at Royal Ascot — the 1 ½-mile Hardwicke Stakes (GII) for 4-year-olds and upward. The Queen’s Dartmouth, who won this event last year, is back to defend his title off a win in the Yorkshire Cup (GII) at […]

Breeders’ Cup Champs Take Spotlight in Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot

June 20, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom The heat and firm course conditions continue at Royal Ascot for Wednesday’s six-race card, which features four group events and the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (GI) as the main event of the day. The 1 ¼-mile affair, named in 1892 for the Prince of Wales and now run in honor of the […]

Gun Runner, Bird Song Lead Foster Field

June 16, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Saturday’s $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) at Churchill Downs marks the last grade 1 of the rich spring meet at the Louisville oval, but it also represents one of the last true handicaps left in North America. This year a field of eight will race the nine furlongs, with all of them […]

Twelve Take On Last Triple Crown Jewel in Belmont Stakes

June 9, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom This year marks the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes, the final jewel of the Triple Crown and the oldest of the three races. This race is known for a lot of things — from being the crowning glory of a grueling five-week race series to being a crushing spoiler for runners […]

Ten Set for Racing’s Second Triple Crown Jewel

May 20, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Today, a field of ten 3-year-olds, including the reigning Kentucky Derby (GI) winner, will race 1 3/16 miles in the 142ndrunning of the Preakness Stakes (GI), well known as the second jewel to the coveted Triple Crown. Always Dreaming shipped to Maryland to prepare for Pimlico’s most historic and prestigious race two […]