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Steeplechasing: Surprising Soul Wins Nat'l Hunt Cup At Radnor

May 21, 2018

MALVERN, Pa. — Making his first start of the year at a National Steeplechase Association  sanctioned meeting, Wendy Hendriks' Surprising Soul sat back off the pace until the field turned into the home stretch the final time.

That was the point where jockey Ross Geraghty pushed the “Go” button. From there on, the six-year-old gelding made steady progress over the 12th ...

Two Down: Justify Wins Preakness, Belmont Ticket Sales Likely To Boom

BALTIMORE, Md. — Ka-Ching! Ka-Ching!

That's the sound of the New York Racing Association's cash register ringing up ticket sales for the June 9 running of the Belmont Stakes that is sure to attract a sell-out crowd.

Racing fans and just plain wannabes will turn out to see Justify, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Saturday's $1.5 million, Grade 1 ...

Jockey 'Jersey Joe' Bravo To Receive Venezia Award

ELMONT, N.Y. — Long Branch, New Jersey's Joe Bravo has been voted the recipient of the Mike Venezia Memorial Award that is presented to jockeys who exemplify extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship — on and off the track.

Bravo, who is known to his legion of fans as “Jersey Joe,” will receive the award at ceremonies after the third race at Belmont Park on ...

The Meadowlands' Jeff Gural To Talk Sports Betting On May 18 Broadcast

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Meadowlands chairman Jeff Gural will talk about what lies ahead for Garden State bettors Friday night, May 18 as the Big M prepares to take action on professional and college sports in the coming weeks.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with New Jersey and ruled that sports betting is now legal across the country.

Gural will be interviewed by ...

Gingras, Other Local Drivers Will Be ‘Trotting 4 Charity’ May 18 to 20

HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. — When driver Yannick Gingras heard about the upcoming Trotting 4 Charity event, he knew immediately he wanted to participate. Gingras’ brother-in-law, Brian Michonski, lost a battle with pancreatic cancer in 2014 and Gingras will drive in Brian’s memory to raise money for the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.

Trotting 4 Charity, organized by ...

Jockey Edgar Prado Wins His 7,000th Race

BENSALEM, Pa. — Jockey Edgar Prado won the 7,000th race of his Hall of Fame career when he piloted Anthony Merlino's The Fundsarelow to victory in the' sixth race at Parx on May 15.

With that total, the Peruvian-born rider now stands in eighth place on the all-time jockey winning list.

When a regular on the Maryland circuit, Prado came into the national spotlight in 1997 when ...

Preakness The Horse, & William Lakeland Elected To Racing Hall of Fame

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The racehorse Preakness, a 19th century standout and the namesake of the second race in the Triple Crown series, and the accomplished trainer William Lakeland have been elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame by the Museum’s Historic Review Committee.

Preakness and Lakeland join Eclipse Award-winning filly Heavenly Prize in the class ...

Jim Morrill Jr. Drives To 7,000th Win

WILKES BARRE, Pa. — Jim Morrill drove his 7,000th winner on May 13 with Indy Ingot to in the 13th race at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.

Indy Ingot, trained by Joe Pavia Jr., won by one length in 1:54.3.

He now ranks No. 21 in harness racing history for purses, with $101.3 million.

Morrill, 53 set his career high for wins with 404 in 2012 and career high for purses with $8.21 ...

Supreme Court Opens Gate To Sports Betting, Monmouth Park Is Ready To Run

OCEANPORT, N.J.— Monmouth Park is ready to open a sports book.

That is not news. Track management has been working on a sports book area in a no longer used cafeteria area in the rear of the grandstand for months.

The news is: On May 14, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) struck down a federal ban on race tracks and casinos operating sports book-making operations such as ...

Steeplechasing: Zanjabeel Wins $200,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The 3-mile, $200,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois turned into a three horse race with a quarter mile to run before Zanjabeel came from fourth place to win the storied Grade 1 race by five lengths with the sun-baked crowd of 25,000 roaring its approval.

The win was the third from six starts in North America since the five-year-old gelding was acquired from the British ...

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