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Bernie Houghton wins first time back, Matz and Motion have winners, Ward has 2 seconds at Ascot (2)

WILMINGTON, Del.--For his first race back after racing's three months hiatus, Bernie Houghton saddled Bolt Brotherhood to win in a dramatic fashion at Delaware Park.

Bernie Betsy Thomas HoughtonBernie Houghton, with his mother Betsy and son Thomas, who had just won a Pony race.For quite a long time, though, it looked as though Bolt Brotherhood was going to lose in a dramatic fashion.

Ronald E. Dewolf's homebred Bolt Brotherhood won a $23,000 Starter Allowance at 1 mile on Delaware Park's opening day on June 17.

Going down the backside, Bolt Brotherhood was last, about 12 lengths behind the last horse in a fairly spread out group of nine horses in front of him.

It looked like he was going to be skunked.

Then jockey Julio Hernandez began to make his move, swinging wide on the far turn, flashing past horses into the stretch and drawing off to win by 1 1/2 lengths, last by miles to first by a comfortable margin in no time at all.

"I expected him to run that way," said Houghton. "I really like that horse. I lost him in a $10,000 claiming race last October, but his owner said he'd like to claim him back, which really pleased me. So I claimed him back for $8,000 in late November. He'd won both those races."

"I'll probably run him back in another allowance race," said Houghton. "I'd like to run him at Penn National as he's a Pa-bred."

Bolt Botherhood, a 5-year-old gelding, now has six wins, two seconds and eight thirds from 23 starts and earnings of $137,492.


"FOR THE past three months we haven't been doing anything but training, keeping the horses ready to run," said Houghton. "I lost one or two owners, but not too bad. The tracks messed us up a bit."

"Some of the tracks that were running during that time wouldn't allow ship-ins." said Houghton. "So owners would see a race for their horse at a track like Charlestown, so they'd send the horse to a trainer at that track. If the tracks had worked together to protect the trainers it would have helped. Delaware allows ship-ins."

Houghton's home track of Penn National opens today, June 19, and Houghton has three entered.


GRAHAM MOTION saddled Gary Broad's Ratajkowski to win the $125,000, 1 mile Critical Eye Stakes for NY-bred fillies and mares 3 years old and up at Belmont on June 18.

Ratajkowki led from the start to win by a neck for her second stakes win.

The 6-year-old mare, who didn't start until she was 5, now has five wins, one second and one third from eight starts and earnings of $369,490.

MiICHAEL MATZ saddled Hidden Creek Farm's Lasting Union to win a $46,000, 1 1/16 mile Maiden Special Weight for fillies and mares 3 years old and up at Laurel on June 19.

Lasting Union, by Union Rags,who led from the start, won by 1 length after finishing fourth in her first three starts, all this year.

WESLEY WARD had two second placed horses, including one in he featured stakes, for America at Ascot on June 19.

Ranlo Investments LLC's Golden Pal led from the start just to be caught in the last few strides by The Lir Jet in the $66,500, 5 furlong Norfolk Stakes for 2 year olds.

Ten Boeck Farm, Inc.'s Kimari closed to finish second to Golden Horde (Ire) in the featured $332,500, 6 furlong Commonwealth Cup Stakes for 3-year-old colts and fillies.

Kimari broke a step slow but finished fast over a track that was very deep and holding after it had poured rain during the races the day before.

Soaring, trained by Motion, will run in the Coronation Cup tomorrow, June 20.



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Sammie (big ears) and Annie, 4-month-old Corgi pups, taking a dip. Photo by Sue Davis.


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AKA Phantom of the Opera, Tommy enjoys relaxing in unusual places. He was a feral cat in our neighborhood, but has become very domesticated. Photo by Hall Harsh.

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Two G1 Steeplechase races among 71 stakes at Saratoga (2)

SARATOGA, N.Y.--Two G1 steeplechases, the A.P. Smithwick and the New York Turf Writers, are among 71 stakes worth $14.45 million, encompassing 39 graded stakes and 18 G1 races from Thursday, July 16 through Monday, Sept 7.

Racing SaratogaSaratoga race trackThe $100,000 Smithwick at 2 1/16 miles will be held on Thursday, July 23, and the $100,000 Turf Writers at 2 3/8 miles will be run on Thursday, Aug. 20.

Off the entries and the good racing at the first steeplechase meet of this Covid-19 year, there's plenty of enthusiasm for jump racing and a good number of top horses.

"We're thrilled to be racing at Saratoga this summer, and we thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for his support and the support of horsemen who have worked with us to navigate the many challenges," NYRA President and CEO Dave O'Rourke said. "While this will be anything but a traditional Saratoga season, we hope to provide a semblance of normalcy for both the local community as well as racing fans across the country."

Under current New York state guidelines, Saratoga Race Course will open on July 16 without spectators in attendance.

The 40-day meet will feature at least one stakes race every live racing day, highlighted by the 151st renewal of the G1, $1 million Travers on Aug. 8 and the G1, $750,000 Whitney on Aug. 1, as the anchors of two of the biggest racing days in North America.


AFTER opening weekend, racing will be conducted five days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays.

The Travers, traditionally contested at the end of August, will be held this year on Aug. 8 to properly account for the schedule adjustments and overall calendar for 3-year-olds in training due to the health and safety measures instituted to mitigate risk and combat the spread of COVID-19.

The "Mid-Summer Derby" will still be contested at 1 1/4 miles for the country's most talented 3-year-olds and is one of three G1 races on the day, joining the $300,000 Ballerina for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up going seven furlongs in a "Win and You're In" qualifier for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

The day will also see sophomore fillies compete in the prestigious G1, $300,000 Test at seven furlongs.

The Saratoga meet will commence on Thursday, July 16 with a strong Opening Day card that includes the G3, $100,000 Peter Pan.

The 1 1/8-miles test for sophomores was moved from its traditional home at Belmont Park to the Spa.

Also on tap for the Saratoga opener is the G3, $100,000 Schuylerville for juvenile fillies going six furlongs.



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They joined me on a trail ride yesterday at Book Family Farm in Coatesville .......Both adorable. Sent in by Ginny Jenkins.


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Attached is a photo of our Boxer, Winky, going for a car ride. Sent by Bill Venditta.


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Former steeplechase jockey Barclay Tagg saddled the Belmont winner Tiz the Law (2)

ELMONT, N.Y.--Barclay Tagg, an ex-steeplechase rider who began his career riding jumpers in Chester, County, Pa., saddled Tiz the Law to win the Belmont Stakes on June 20.

Tiz the Law Barclay TagBarclay Tagg, left, with Tiz the Law in the winner's circle after the Belmont.Tagg is one of a number of steeplechase jockeys who have taken the knowledge they earned riding out mornings and later in races to turn their careers into successful flat horse trainers.

Tagg won 47 races over fences from 1966 to 1977 riding for trainers like Jonathan Sheppard, "Pop" Dickson and Burly Cocks.

"Barclay worked for me, riding out in mornings," said Sheppard. "Curiously, he's a couple of years older than me. He was very focused and quite ambitious."

"He was very determined, and he succeeded," said Sheppard. "His riding didn't come easily for him. He rode winners for me. I remember he won on a horse owned by Marshall Jenney at Delaware Park."

Sackatoga Stable's Tiz the Law overtook Tap It to Win coming out of the turn and drew away for a 3 ¾-length triumph in the 152nd running of the G1, $1 million Belmont Stakes, becoming the first state-bred in 138 years to win the American Classic.

"It looked to me like everything just went like clockwork," said Tagg. "That's the way the horse likes to run and that's the position the horse likes to be in. Manny knows the horse very well. We discussed it quickly before I put him up on the horse, and I felt very confident Manny would ride him that way. I felt pretty solid about halfway down the lane. It's a good feeling."

"I was delighted to see him win," said Tagg, who at 82 is still going strong. "I'm glad I lived long enough to have a horse like this."


TAGG SAID he will consider Tiz the Law for the G1, $1 million Travers on Aug. 8 at Saratoga to facilitate what he hopes is a run in the re-ordered Triple Crown series, with the Derby scheduled for the following month and concluding with the Preakness on Oct. 3 at Pimlico.

Tiz the Law B elmont elsa LorieulTiz the Law winning the Belmont Stakes (Photo by Elsa Lorieul, NYRA)"The long-range plan would be the Travers, the Derby and then the Preakness," said Tagg. "After that, they'll probably want me to take him to the Breeders' Cup."

For Tagg, the Belmont Stakes was the only remaining Classic that eluded him.

He teamed with Sackatoga Stable in 2003 to campaign Funny Cide, who won that year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness before running third in that year's Belmont.

Now, the veteran conditioner can claim a career Triple Crown, adding another milestone to an illustrious career that saw him train his first winner in 1972.

"For a lot longer before that I was hoping to win the Belmont," Tagg said. "Funny Cide got us close anyway and we topped it off with Tiz the Law here today."

Tiz the Law's jockey Manny Franco, NYRA's leading rider the last two years, ensured Saturday was a memorable day for him.

The 25-year-old won his first career Triple Crown race and has piloted Tiz the Law to all four of his graded stakes victories, including three in a row starting with the G3 Holy Bully in February at Gulfstream Park.

Tiz the Law Chelsea DurandTiz the Law in front of an eerily empty stands in the Belmont Stakes (Photo by Chelsea Durand)"I was pretty confident by the time we hit the seven-eighths pole. He was so kind and relaxed for me," Franco said. "He was so comfortable and never got keen, so I think that was the key.

"I'm not going to lie I was little bit nervous in the gate, but at the same time I was confident because I know what I have under me. Like I said, I'm in good hands with Barclay," he said.

"It's tremendous to win the Belmont," said Jack Knowlton, Sackatoga Stable's operations manager. "We've been with Barclay Tagg for 25 years and I keep telling everybody, Barclay doesn't get a lot of big horses, big opportunities, but when he does he knows what to do. He's got his and Sackatoga's got theirs. Triple Crown, two different horses, two different years, and not a lot of people can say that."

"Jack does the team thing," said Tagg. "He gets wonderful people. It's a pleasure to work for him."


TIZ THE LAW became just the fourth New York-bred and first since Forester in 1882 to earn a trip to the Belmont Stakes winner circle.

Barclay TaggBarclay TaggThe Constitution colt already has registered three G1 victories, adding scores in the Champagne as a juvenile and a last-out win in the Florida Derby in March at Gulfstream Park and now has five wins in six career starts and is 3-for-3 as a sophomore.

Tiz the Law, the 4-5 mutuel favorite, broke well under Franco and settled in third position as Tap It to Win led the 10-horse field through the opening quarter-mile in 23.11 seconds and the half in 46.16 over the fast main track.

Franco tipped out his charge slightly entering the turn, putting Tiz the Law in prime position to overtake Tap It to Win to his outside at the top of the stretch. Tiz the Law took over from there and pressed strong to the wire, completing the one-turn 1 1/8-mile course in a final time of 1:46.53.

The Belmont Stakes - being contested as the Tripe Crown's first leg for the first time in history and run at a distance other than 1 ½ miles for the first time since 1925 - offered 150-60-30-15 qualifying points to the Kentucky Derby, slated for September 5 at Churchill Downs.

It was held without spectators.

Tiz the Law, bred in the Empire State by Twin Creeks Farm, returned $3.60 on a $2 win wager, increasing his career earnings to more than $1.5 million.

A $110,000 purchase at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred sale in Saratoga, he also improved to 5-for-5 on fast tracks, with his only non-winning effort coming with a third-place effort in the 1 1/16-mile G2 Kentucky Jockey Club in November on a sloppy and sealed Churchill Downs track that capped his 2-year-old year.

Dr Post, trained by three-time Belmont winner Todd Pletcher, beat Max Player by 1 ½ lengths for second in his graded stakes debut.

"He ran great. No excuse," said Dr Post jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. "He got beat by a good horse too. The winner is a nice horse, New York-bred and he ran great. My horse is improving. He's only had three races [going into the Belmont]. He just needs a little more time to figure things out."

Linda Rice, whose Max Player bid to make her the first female to win a Triple Crown race, was 2 ½ lengths the best of Pneumatic for third, marking the fourth time in as many career starts he finished on the board.

"He got shuffled back a little after the break and had a wide trip through the turn, but he was still running on at the end of it," Rice said. "He hasn't run in five months, so it was a pretty good effort."

Tap It to Win, Sole Volante, Modernist, Farmington Road, Fore Left and Jungle Runner completed the order of finish.

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Debra Malinics sent in more photos of riding in Chester County.


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Kodie and her daughter, Big Spot, examine the newly painted door to their indoor catio.ent b y Robin Sgtryker.


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Graham Motion wins a stakes at Belmont a day after Sharing ran a great second at Ascot (2)

ELMONT, N.Y.--Bredenbury, trained by Graham Motion, won the $80,000, 6 furlong Lady Shipman Stakes on the turf at Belmont on June 21, one day after Sharing finished second in the $332,500, Group 1 Coronation Stakes at 1 mile on the turf at Ascot.

Sharing Breeders CupSharing winning the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies turf"Sharing ran very well," said Motion, who wasn't at Ascot due to travel restrictions from Covid-19. "She just came up against a better horse."

Alpine Star (Ire), trained by Mrs. Harrington and ridden by Frankie Dettort, won race on Ascot's last day, but Sharing, ridden Oisun Murphy, beat the favorite, Quadrilateral (GB), trained by Roger Charlton.

It had poured all day a couple of days before Sharing's race, and the ground was deep and holding.

"Sharing had never run on ground like that before, so we didn't know how it affected her, but my jockey said the ground held her back," said Motion.

Motion said Sharing would be back in the Stated on Wednesday, June 24, and that her next race would probably be the $250,000 Del Mar Oaks, for 3-year-olld fillies at 1 1/8 miles on the turf on Aug. 22.

Dettori, the exuberant jockey whose signature movement is his huge leap up in the air from his mount's back in the winner's circle, rode his 70th winner at Ascot on Thursday, 30 years to the day after his first win there, and was presented with a blanket embossed with "70" which he plans to auction off for charity.

On the same day, American trainer Wesley Ward won the second race, the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes, with Stonestreet Stable LLC's 2-year-old filly Campanelle.

Campanelle was also ridden by Dettori, who was Ascot's leading rider.


BREDENBURY, owned by Andrew Stone and ridden by Luis Saez, won the Lady Shipman Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by 1 1/4 lengths after running second, two wide, before taking command at the eighth pole.

 Bradenbury Elsa Lorieul Bradenbury winning the Lady Shipman (Photo by Elsa Lorieul)Bredenburry arrived in this country  late last year after running four times in England where she won a Novice Weight for Age at Brighton in June and finished third in a Handicap at Newmarket in August.

Motion had run her four times prior to her start in the Lady Shipman, with her best finish having been a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming race at Tampa Bay on Feb. 7.

"She ran a really good race at Belmont," said Motion. "I haven't looked for another race for her yet. I didn't expect her to win that way. That opens a lot of doors for us.."


Beautiful morning (2)

I couldn’t resist being up at 5:30am on June 21st to watch the sunrise on the longest day of the year.
Just had to share this beautiful morning on our farm with our horses. A great way to start a day.
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A beautiful lily, sentin by Deb Martin


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Tom O'Mara elected USEF President (2)

LEXINGTON, Ky.--The US Equestrian Board of Directors has unanimously elected Tom O’Mara as the organization’s new president with his term beginning in January 2021.

Tom OMaraTom O’Mara (center) with family (from left) Meg, Casey, Liz, Abby and TJ. (Photo from Tom O’Mara)The election took place as part of the Mid-Year Board of Directors Meeting on June 22 and 23, which was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

O’Mara will take office at the 2021 US Equestrian Annual Meeting, currently scheduled for Jan. 12-17, in Austin, Texas.

O’Mara has been a member of the Board of Directors for four years, and has served as Secretary/Treasurer for the past two years.

He has been an active part of the hunter/jumper community for many years, where his wife, Liz, daughters Meg, Casey, and Abby, and son T.J., are active competitors.

Meg and T.J. are both past winners of the Hunter Seat Medal Final.

With a professional background as a financial services manager and consultant, O’Mara brought his business acumen to his role on the Board of Directors.

He took on the task of heading the Drugs and Medications/Lab Review Task Force, which ultimately led to the transfer of the USEF testing lab to the University of Kentucky.

O’Mara has also been active in elevating varsity equestrian as an intercollegiate sport.


“I AM thrilled that the Board has elected Tom O’Mara as my successor as USEF President,” said current president, Murray Kessler. “Tom is passionate about equestrian sport, is deeply experienced on USEF committees and the board, has unique experience with intercollegiate equestrian sports, and understands the importance of each of our 29 breeds and disciplines. He also brings real-world business experience to the position, which I found incredibly important over the past four years. I look forward to Tom building on the great progress made by the organization over the last four years and taking US Equestrian to the next level.“

"Tom has been an invaluable member of the Board of Directors over the past several years,” said US Equestrian CEO Bill Moroney. “His experience in the organization and equestrian sport at large paired with his willingness to listen to and learn from all segments of the horse show industry position him well for the role of USEF President. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Tom in his new role.”

“It’s truly an honor to have been nominated for, and now elected, President of the United States Equestrian Federation,” said O’Mara. “I was fortunate to have worked with a great Board of Directors over the last four years led by President Murray Kessler, who I commend for having done so much in a relatively short time. Now, with that building block in hand, I see a lot more to come along the path he has set us on.

“I believe in the joy of horse sports and am focused on bringing the joy to as many people as we can,” O’Mara said. “US Equestrian members know the imprint that the horse has made in their lives. I really believe there are so many more with similar passion for the horse who we will connect with through a variety of new and expanded initiatives. Many have already reached out to me with suggestions and solutions and I look forward to a continued dialogue with members and affiliates about the future of equestrian sport.”

O’Mara will remain in his current role as Secretary/Treasurer until officially beginning his presidential term in January 2021.

Kessler will continue to serve as US Equestrian President through the 2021 Annual Meeting.


Mean Mary looks to intimidate competition in G2 New York Stakes (2)

ELMONT, N. Y. --Trainer Graham Motion will saddle a pair of graded stakes winners as part of a seven-horse field of older fillies and mares in the G2, $250,000 New York Stakes at 1 ¼ miles on Belmont Park's inner turf on Saturday.

Mean MaryMean Mary winning the La PrevoyanteAmong Motion's trainees is Alex G. Campbell, Jr.'s Mean Mary, who has started her 4-year-old campaign with consecutive graded stakes wins in front-running fashion.

The Kentucky homebred went gate-to-wire to win the 1 ½-mile G 3 La Prevoyante in January over the Gulfstream Park turf and followed with another winning effort on the course by leading a 12-horse field through every point of call in the 1 3/8-mile G3 Orchid on March 28, registering a personal-best 97 Beyer Speed Figure.

She has won her last three starts overall, ranging from 1 1/8 miles to a mile and a half.

"Her career took off in Florida," Motion said. "We thought from her first race that she was talented and it seems like she's gotten better and better. The first time I ran her in the longer stake, it was more because of the circumstances and lack of options. I just thought it was something she could handle, but clearly it was something she was looking to do."


A DAUGHTER of Scat Daddy, Mean Mary is 4-1-0 in six career starts, with her only off-the-board finish coming in her lone main track start when fifth on debut in September.

Once Motion moved her to grass, she has won four of her last five and finished as the runner-up in the other contest, a one-mile allowance at Aqueduct Racetrack, in November.

"She's a filly who had shown some ability in the morning and handled dirt well enough, but it's probably not a surprise that she improved on the grass."

Luis Saez, aboard for the last three wins, will have the return call from the outside post.

Her stablemate, Andrew Stone's Mrs. Sippy, will be making her first start since running ninth in the G1 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf in November at Santa Anita.

After making her first nine starts in Europe, Mrs. Sippy arrived in the United States last summer, where she promptly won her first appearance for Motion by rallying from last-of-seven to win the 1 3/8-mile G2 Glens Falls by 1 ¾ lengths at Saratoga.

Just five weeks later, Motion ran her back in the G1 Flower Bowl at Belmont, where she ran second to Sistercharlie.

The Breeders' Cup marked her third start in just more than two months, and Motion gave her time off in the Sunshine State to start her 5-year-old year in 2020.

Mrs. Sippy has been training at Fair Hill with Mean Mary, breezing in company on Sunday in going six furlongs in 1:13.00 on the all-weather training track.

"They had their last work together last weekend and she's ready to go," Motion said. "She wintered down in Florida. We had a couple of minor setbacks. She irritated her eye once and missed a couple of works, so it's taken us a little bit longer but quite frankly, she didn't really miss any opportunities with the whole Covid-19 situation. The timing is pretty good."

Motion said the rest could be beneficial for later in the year as they attempt to keep the daughter of Blame firing for the biggest races towards the end of the campaign.

"We want to have her fresh for the fall. Last year, the Breeders' Cup came at the end of a long year," Motion said. "Hopefully, we'll have her fresher for the fall this time around."

Joel Rosario will have the call from post 6.


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More spectacular morning photos.

"I couldn’t resist being up at 5:30am on June 21st to watch the sunrise on the longest day of the year. Just had to share this beautiful morning on our farm with our horses. A great way to start a day," Pam Farrior, Bucks County

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Ginger rules the house. She knew I was planning on sitting on this stool and wasn’t going to give it up without a fight! Photo from

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Kentucky Derby to have spectators (2)

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--Great news for racing enthusiasts as Churchill downs announces that spectators will be allowed at thr Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks.

Racing Churchill DownsChurchill DownsChurchill Downs Racetrack announced June 24 that after consultation with Gov. Andy Beshear and state public health officials the 146th runnings of the Kentucky Derby and Longines Kentucky Oaks will occur with spectators under strict guidelines.

Kentucky Derby Week will be held Sept. 1-5 with the Oaks on Friday, Sept. 4 and the Derby on Saturday, Sept. 5.

“We truly appreciate the leadership of the Governor of Kentucky, Andy Beshear, and all of the hard work, collaboration and guidance that state and local officials and public health experts have provided us to safely and responsibly host Kentucky Derby Week in September with spectators,” said Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery. “Our team is deeply committed to holding the very best Kentucky Derby ever, and we will take all necessary steps to protect the health and safety of all who attend and participate in the Derby. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have established a comprehensive set of operating procedures, which include a multitude of precautionary measures to be followed while fans are in attendance at our facility. We are determined to keep our customers, employees and communities as safe as we responsibly can.”


CHURCHILL DOWN'S plan was developed in conjunction with advice and counsel set forth by the Louisville Metro Health Department and Kentucky’s Healthy at Work guidance. Some of the steps that will be taken to ensure guest and employee safety include:

Venue capacity reductions to limit overall crowd density, including general admission, outdoor reserved seating, premium dining and suites.

More information on ticketing and seating areas will be released in the coming days and also will be sent directly to ticket holders.

Access throughout the facility will be severely limited.
Credentials for employees, media and guests will be reduced.
Barn area access will be restricted to essential personnel. Guests and parties in the barn area for morning workouts and during race days will be eliminated.
Changes in venue operations to limit person-to-person touchpoints.
Team member protocols established to protect employees and guests.
A revised Fan Code of Conduct that establishes expectations for spectators coming to the Derby.

Spectatprs will be consistently and frequently encouraged to wear a mask at all times unless seated in their reserved seat or venue. This includes when:
Riding on a shuttle
Traveling through the venue
Going to the restroom
Placing an in-person wager
Purchasing food or beverages from a concession stand
Spectators will be asked to wash their hands for 20 seconds or sanitize them frequently.
Spectators will be encouraged to socially distance themselves from others when possible.

More detailed and additional information will be provided in the coming days online at www.KentuckyDerby.com/Updates.

“The impact of the Kentucky Derby extends well beyond the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs,” Flanery said. “It is an incredibly important time for the City of Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky both culturally, economically and with respect to our time-honored traditions. Both employees and guests are asked to take an active role in following all guidelines. We must all do our part to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience.”

Tickets purchased for the originally scheduled Kentucky Derby Week dates are automatically valid for the new race dates.

Spectators may arrive on the new dates in September with their printed ticket or mobile ticket to be scanned for entry at the gates.

Spectators that have purchased a ticket and are not able to attend the newly scheduled race dates, can visit www.KentuckyDerby.com/TicketStatus for more information.

Specators who purchased tickets from a vendor or secondary market website other than Churchill Downs, Ticketmaster.com or Derby Experiences must contact those sites directly.

Churchill Downs is unable to process refunds for those tickets.

Houghton's Sylmar Farm has two winners, a second and two thirds in one night at Penn National (2)

GRANTVILLE, Pa.--Bernie Houghton saddled five horses for his mother Betsy's Sylmar Farm at Penn National on June 24 to finish with two wins, a second and two thirds.

Bernie Betsy Thomas HoughtonBernie. left, Betsy and Bernie's son Thomas Houghton"It was a great night," said  Betsy Houghton. "We were really happy with all the horses. It's been a bad last three months, and that really helped."

Sylmar Farm both bred and owned all five horses, although one, Allowance winner Beyond the Bend, was half owned and bred by Bernie Houghton's WMT Stables.

Sylmar and WMT Stables earned a total of $45,767 in prize money and added an additional $18,306.80 in Pa-bred Breeders Awards for a total of $64,073.80.

The Pa-bred awards certainly add greatly to a horse's earnings.

Although all of Sylmar's horses are Pa-breds, none of then were by stallions standing in Pennsylvania.

Pa.-breds by a stallion standing in Pennsylvania earn 50 percent bonus in maiden races and 40 percent in other races, while Pa-breds by out of states stallions earn 20 percent.

If those five horses had been by stallions standing in Pennsylvania, they would have earned over $30,000 in Breeders Awards.

Pocopson Station started of Sylmar's skein of placements with a second by 1/2 length in a $5,000, 6 furlong Claiming race, the first race of the evening.


"HE RAN good, but we'd dropped him way down," said Houghton. "He isn't the horse we thought he'd be."

Beyond the Bend by Jump Start won the fifth race by 1 1/4 lengths, a $31,600, 6 furlong Allowance race for 3-year-olds and up that have never won a race other than maiden, claiming or starter.

Then in the sixth race an open, $30,948 6 furlong Maiden Special Weight, Sylmar's Seeking the Dream by Great Notion won by 1/2 length while Secret Music was another 2 lengths back in third.

"We love the filly that one," said Houghton. "We've loved her all along. They were both first time starters."

"Secret Music was really bad going into the gate," said Houghton of the filly that reared up and lost her jockey while being loaded and finally had to be taken into the stall riderless after delaying the start and upsetting her stablemate, who was waiting to be loaded.

"We do as much as we can to work them in the gate before they start, but they didn't have any geate work at Penn while there was no race, so she probably hadn't been in a gate for four months," said Houghton. "She'll probably run good next time out."

"We do a lot withthe horses here at the farm before they go to the races," said Houghton. "So they're pretty fit when Bernie gets them. We're lucky to have that track here. In fact, we worked some out of the gate here this morning."

"I'm just glad all the hores ran well," said Houghton. "While the traks were closed, Bernie said, `When they open up, my horses are going to be ready to rock and roll.' He was careful with the horses, but he worked them regularly. You could tell they were all fit.

"The second horse in the maiden, Barbara's Bank, is a really nice horse," said Houghton. "I thought in the stretch, she was going to win, but Seeking the Dream really dug in at the end. You could see she was fit."

Sylmar finished the evening with a third by Tribal Princess in a $11,800 5 1/2 Maiden Claiming race.



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Miss Lincoln says the box isn’t heavy, I’m only 7 lbs.
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