Altoona, IA / June 23, 2016 –
Hallandale Beach, Fl –
The late racing secretary Bobby Umphrey was once asked what his reaction was in the late 1990s when Calder management told him they wanted to run an afternoon of sprint stakes in the middle of the summer worth more than $1 million.
“I thought they had three heads,” he responded with a wry smile.
Sixteen years later, that afternoon of sprint stakes called the Summit of Speed has become
By Jim Charvat
Wednesday morning officials with the Kentucky Dept of Agriculture announced the arrest of Chuck Borell, who has been charged with 43-counts of animal cruelty.
In addition, his daughter, trainer Maria Borell was also charged with the neglect and abandonment of 43 horses on the 121-acre farm in Mercer County, Kentucky. They are, at this time, trying to find her whereabouts so she can be taken into custody.
By Heather Pettinger
Up Hill Stable and Head of Plains Partner’s undefeated Lightstream will put her three-race win streak on the line Saturday, getting back on the main track and stretching out in distance for the Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles at Belmont Park.
“This will be a good test for her,” said trainer Brian Lynch. “[To see] whether she fits with these sorts of horses in a Grade 1 and if she handles the distance, which I’m confident she will.”
Toronto, June 29—
Amis Gizmo and Shakhimat, the top two finishers from the June 12 Plate Trial, will renew their rivalry on Sunday in the $1-million Queen’s Plate.
The 157th running of the Queen’s Plate, the oldest annually-run stakes race in North America, attracted a field of 13 Canadian-bred three-year-olds. Post time set for 5:36 p.m. (ET). All starters in the Queen’s Plate will carry 126 pounds except the filly Gamble’s Ghost,
By Jim Charvat
Last November Maria Borell was the darling of horse racing, having just saddled Runhappy to a win the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. When she was fired the very next day by owner Jim McIngvale, a majority of people sided with Borell. You won’t find many people siding with her these days.
Borell is at the center of one of the most egregious horse neglect cases ever in the state of Kentucky and authorities there want to sit down with her to ask her a few questions. If they can find her.
It started with an article by Margaret Ransom last month in US Racing, documenting the horrid conditions on a farm in Mercer
Trainer Mark Casse plans to send Canadian Horse of the Year, Catch a Glimpse to Belmont Park where she’ll run in the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational (GI) on July 9th.
Catch a Glimpse put in a five-furlong work over the Keeneland main track Saturday in :59.
“She’s been preparing over at Keeneland,” Casse said of Catch a Glimpse. “We have her over there since she really likes it there and it’s a little more quiet and laid back.”
Catch A Glimpse will be making her Belmont debut in the Oaks coming off her solid win
Stronach Stable’s Shaman Ghost has trained well following his Grade 2 Brooklyn Invitational win on June 11, trainer Jimmy Jerkens says they are on target for a possible start in the Grade 2, $500,000 Suburban on July 9 at Belmont Park.
“We’re not 100% sure we’re going to run but we’re nominated,” said Jerkens. “I think it’s a good spot for him and there really isn’t anything else around. It seems like the logical spot. We’re leaning towards running as opposed to not running, let’s put it that way.”
Shaman Ghost returned from a nearly ten-month
Less than a month until California Chrome’s return to the races at Del Mar in the G2 San Diego Handicap.
Art & Alan Sherman have been giving great feedback on Chrome’s training regimen and have been very pleased with ‘Chrome.’ Frank Taylor, Vice President of Boarding at Taylor Made said, “Chrome is training great – he’s doing everything Art & Alan have asked of him. Chrome is happy and so are we!”
In a recent interview with TVG, Sherman said he loved what he saw of California Chrome in the champ’s work Saturday (6-25) at Los Alamitos.
By Jim Charvat