Parx cracks down on medication violations, hidden ownership

To improve public perception of its racing product, Parx Racing will institute several house rules to discourage medication violations and hidden ownership of horses, according to Sam Elliott, the track's director of racing.

Beginning June 1, any trainers who within a 365-day period accumulate three medication violations that result in a fine or suspension, or two medication violations that result in a suspension, will have their stalls revoked and must immediately remove their horses from Parx property.

Champion Quarter Horse Imperial Eagle in trials for Ruidoso Derby

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Champion Quarter Horse Imperial Eagle in trials for Ruidoso Derby

Imperial Eagle, the champion who won last year’s $3 million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs, will launch his season Sunday in trial races at the New Mexico track. He is set to start in the fourth race, which is one of 12 trials being held for the Grade 1 Ruidoso Derby.

Imperial Eagle has won stakes in his last two starts, taking the Grade 1 Southwest Juvenile Championship at Zia and the Sunland Winter Juvenile at Sunland Park. Both stakes were in December.

Through the DRF archives: Met Mile has long history of quality

Since its first running 126 years ago, the Metropolitan Handicap, or Met Mile, as it is popularly known, has tested the mettle of the country’s top handicap horses.

It was firmly established as a top event in 1905, when it was run as the feature on the first day of racing at the new Belmont Park. The race was declared a dead heat when Race King and the brilliant Sysonby could not be separated at the wire.

Belmont Doings: Local knowledge lands Irad Ortiz mount on Lookin At Lee

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Lookin At Lee had Corey Lanerie aboard for the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, but will be ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. in the Belmont Stakes.

ELMONT, N.Y. – The band is getting back together.

Last year, trainer Steve Asmussen tabbed Irad Ortiz Jr. to ride Creator in the Belmont Stakes, and the locally based rider gave the horse a flawless ride to beat Destin by a nose. On Friday, Asmussen confirmed that Ortiz will ride Kentucky Derby runner-up Lookin At Lee in the 149th Belmont Stakes on June 10.

Ortiz replaces Corey Lanerie, who rode Lookin At Lee in the Derby and to a fourth-place finish in the Preakness.

N.J. congressman drafts bill seeking end to sports-betting prohibition

A U.S. congressman from New Jersey has released a draft of a bill that would repeal a federal prohibition covering most types of sports betting and allow states to decide whether to allow gambling on sports within their borders.

DRF's Privman, Newsday's McNamara win Hirsch writing awards

Jay Privman, national correspondent for Daily Racing Form, and Ed McNamara of Newsday were named the winners of the Joe Hirsch Memorial Writing Award, recognizing the best in print and Internet coverage of the 2016 Belmont Stakes, the New York Racing Association announced Thursday.

Ohio Derby probable next start for Girvin

Girvin, the Louisiana Derby winner who finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby, most likely will make his next start in the Grade 3, $500,000 Ohio Derby on June 24 at Thistledown, trainer Joe Sharp said Thursday.

Trials for Ruidoso Futurity, Ruidoso Derby on opening weekend

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Trials for Ruidoso Futurity, Ruidoso Derby on opening weekend

Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico opens on Friday for a full weekend of trials for two of its major stakes for Quarter Horses. The 52-date season will run through Sept. 4. The meet, which also features Thoroughbreds, builds to the closing-day running of the $3 million All American Futurity for Quarter Horses.

The first step to the classic is the Grade 1, $1 million Ruidoso Futurity on June 11. There will be 26 trials for the finale, with 13 on Friday and another 13 on Saturday. The horses with the five fastest times from each card will advance to the Ruidoso Futurity.

Belmont Doings: Classic Empire, Japanese invader Epicharis likely to run

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Epicharis (right), finishing second to Thunder Snow in the UAE Derby at Meydan, will come from Japan for the Belmont Stakes.

There will be no Triple Crown bid in the Belmont Stakes, and it’s likely that the race won’t have the Kentucky Derby or Preakness winner. But what it will have is the unluckiest horse in this year’s Triple Crown, Classic Empire, as well as international intrigue with the Japanese invader Epicharis, as part of a card whose Breeders’ Cup-style quality will serve Belmont Park well this year without the marquee attraction of having a Triple Crown on the line.

No day off for busy Brown following Preakness win

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Chad brown was back at his Belmont Park barn the day after Cloud Computing won the Preakness.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Chad Brown did not rest on his laurels following Cloud Computing’s upset victory in Saturday’s 142 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. In fact, there was little rest at all for Brown, who drove back from Baltimore late Saturday night, arriving on Long Island about 1:30 a.m.

There was plenty of work to be done Sunday morning at Belmont Park, what with Grade 1 stars such as Lady Eli, Connect, Time Test, and Sea Calisi needing breezes for upcoming stakes engagements.

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