Iowa Festival of Racing Begins Thursday Night at Prairie Meadows

Priarie Meadows host the 3-day Iowa Racing Festival beginning Thursday night

Priarie Meadows host the 3-day Iowa Festival of Racing beginning Thursday night. Photo from www.prairiemeadows.com

Altoona, IA / June 23, 2016 –

The 2016 Iowa Festival of Racing, which extends over three days this year, begins Thursday night at Prairie Meadows with the $100,000 Saylorville, for fillies and mares three-year-olds and up at six furlongs, and the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (Grade III), for three-year-old fillies at one mile and one-sixteenth.

The Saylorville attracted Dr. Fager’s Gal, a California-based four-year-old filly from

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Gulfstream Park to Host Summit of Speed Saturday

Gulfstream Park hosts the always exciting, Summit of Speed Saturday

Gulfstream Park hosts the always exciting, Summit of Speed Saturday. Photo from @GulfstreamPark

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

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Warrant Issued For Maria Borell’s Arrest in Kentucky Horse Neglect Case

Chuck Borell, father of trainer Maria Borell was arrested Wednesday after arriving at the farm he reportedly abandoned

Chuck Borell, father of trainer Maria Borell, was arrested after arriving at the farm Wednesday

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.

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Lightstream to Face Rachel’s Valentina, Lewis Bay in G1 Mother Goose

Lightstream gets tested for class Saturday in the G1 Mother Goose at Belmont Park

Lightstream gets tested for class Saturday in the G1 Mother Goose at Belmont Park

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.”

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13 entered in 157th Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Sunday

Gamble's Ghost will take on the boys in the Queen's Plate at Woodbine Sunday

Gamble’s Ghost will take on the boys in the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Sunday

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,

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Kentucky Horse Neglect Case Centers on Trainer Maria Borell

Silver Cliff is one of the many emaciated horses discovered at a farm in Kentucky

Silver Cliff is one of the many emaciated horses discovered at a farm in Kentucky

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

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Catch A Glimpse to Make Belmont Park Debut in Belmont Oaks July 9th

Catch A Glimpse rolling home in the G3 Edgewood on Kentucky Oaks Day. @CoadyPhoto

Catch A Glimpse and jockey Florent Geroux roll home in the G3 Edgewood on Kentucky Oaks Day. @CoadyPhoto

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

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Shaman Ghost May Run In G2 Suburban July 9th at Belmont Park

Nearly year after winning the prestigious Queen's Plate, Shaman Ghost is set to run in the G2 Suburban July 9th. Photo from www.nyra.com

Nearly year after winning the prestigious Queen’s Plate, Shaman Ghost is set to run in the G2 Suburban July 9th. Photo from www.nyra.com

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

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Art Sherman Looking Forward to Running California Chrome in San Diego

Art Sherman pride and joy, California Chrome runs next in the San Diego on July 23rd. Photo from @losalracing

Art Sherman pride and joy, California Chrome runs next in the San Diego on July 23rd. Photo from @losalracing

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.

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Broberg Fined $1K For Profanity Laced Tirade at Prairie Meadows

Trainer Karl Broberg

Karl Broberg

By Jim Charvat

Karl Broberg has apologized, calling his profanity laced tirade at Prairie Meadows earlier this month, “inexcusable.” Nevertheless, the stewards have fined the trainer $1000 for violating Iowa Rules of Racing #491.

Broberg went off after losing an inquiry into one of his horses, M B Prize, in the 7th race on June 5th. The top trainer in wins both in 2014 and ’15, and still atop the list in 2016, Broberg was seen punching his briefcase, kicking a garbage can and hurling his sunglasses after M B Prize was disqualified from

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Chad Brown Report: Lewis Bay Set For G1 Mother Goose Saturday

Lewis Bay is primed for another top notch performance like the one she ran in the Gazelle last out. Photo by Chelsea Durand

Lewis Bay is primed for another top notch performance like the one she ran in the Gazelle last out. Photo by Chelsea Durand

Alpha Delta Stables’ multiple graded stakes winner Lewis Bay hit the Belmont main track in preparation for a start in the Grade 1 $300,000 Mother Goose on Saturday, July 2.

Lewis Bay, who last out finished third in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks on May 6, worked four furlongs in 48.21 seconds on the main track. Trainer Chad Brown was impressed with how the 3-year-old daughter of Benardini looked in her final work before the race.

“She breezed fantastic today,” said Brown. “Her workouts are now completed, so we’re looking forward in returning her back to the races.”

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