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Saturday
Jun072014

California Chrome Comes Up Short in Triple Crown Bid

ABC News(ELMONT, N.Y.) -- On Saturday, California Chrome failed to complete horse racing's Triple Crown, finishing the Belmont Stakes tied for fourth place, behind winner Tonalist.

Commissioner and Medal Count finished in second and third position respectively. The Belmont, the longest of the Triple Crown races at 1.5 miles, proved too much for California Chrome to handle.

Last month, California Chrome won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, becoming the 34th horse to accomplish that feat and putting him in position to make history on Saturday.

Since Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978, California Chrome became the 13th horse to win the first two races of the Triple Crown. None of them however were able to complete the trifecta.

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Tuesday
Jun192012

Did Mexican Drug Cartel Fix Horse Race Result?

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The general manager of a U.S. horseracing track denied allegations Monday that the chief of Mexico's most violent drug cartel had fixed a $1 million race so his own horse would win.

According to two confidential FBI informants, Zetas leader Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, also known as "40," bragged that he had paid the gatekeepers at New Mexico's Ruidoso Downs $10,000 "to hold back the horses" competing against his own horse, Mr. Piloto, in the 2010 All American Futurity Race, which Mr. Piloto won.

Trevino Morales and 13 other defendants were indicted last week for allegedly laundering at least $20 million in cocaine profits through horse racing, breeding and training in the U.S. The informants' claims were part of an affidavit filed in support of a search warrant for an Oklahoma horse ranch allegedly owned by a Zetas front corporation.

Shaun Hubbard, general manager of Ruidoso Downs, adamantly denied the informants' alleged charge.

"We have looked at the videotape of the 2010 All American Futurity from every angle many times in recent days and can see no evidence of any horse being held or denied a fair start," said Hubbard in a statement to ABC News.

"We can find no evidence that there was any wrongdoing by our starting-gate crew," added Hubbard. "We also want to make it clear that we have totally cooperated with the FBI investigation and will continue to offer support for this investigation."

One of the confidential informants also alleged in the affidavit that his horses had competed against horses belonging to Omar Trevino Morales, AKA 42, in Mexico but, that 42's horses "would always win because of CI #1's knowledge that '42' would get upset at a loss and most likely kill his opponent as a result."

A third confidential informant allegedly stated that in 2007, in Monclova, Mexico, an individual named Triana had entered his own rooster in a cockfight against a rooster owned by 42. Triana's rooster won. "Approximately 15 days after the rooster fight, '42' had Triana killed because '42's' rooster had lost the fight," CI #3 allegedly said.

Miguel Angel Trevino and Omar Trevino allegedly laundered their drug profits through a horseracing operation run by a third brother, Jose, and his wife, according to the U.S. indictment handed down in Texas last week. Jose Trevino Morales, his wife and six other defendants were arrested. Miguel Angel and Omar remain at large in Mexico. The Drug Enforcement Administration has offered $5 million apiece for information leading to the capture of Miguel Angel and Omar.

The brothers, whose numeric aliases refer to their alleged rank within the Zetas at the time of the cartel's creation several years ago, are now allegedly top leaders of an organization that controls drug trafficking in the east and south of Mexico. Miguel, or "40," allegedly runs the Zetas along with "3," Heriberto Lazcano.

The Zetas began in 1999 when former members of the Mexican military signed on to work as security for the Gulf drug cartel. The Zetas went into business for themselves and are now at war with the Gulf Cartel. The Zetas are based in Nuevo Laredo, in Tamaulipas state just across the border from Laredo, Texas.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Jun062012

Belmont’s a Go for Triple Crown as Strike Is Scratched

Matthew Stockman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A tentative agreement has been reached between union workers and the New York Racing Association, ending a two year labor dispute that could have disrupted I’ll Have Another’s quest for the Triple Crown on Saturday.

“I don’t know the details of it. I just know a deal has been struck and they’re working it out to sign things and are trying to get it ratified today,” said Vincent McElronen, financial secretary of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3. “We look forward to putting the horses in the gate on Saturday.”

Members of the union were authorized in April to go on strike after they were unable to reach an agreement with the New York Racing Association regarding scheduling and wage disputes. NYRA warned that the union could strike before this weekend, disrupting the prime time race.

The NYRA’s last best offer was a 30 percent reduction in wages and benefits, McElronen told ABC News on Tuesday.

The NYRA has also changed the workweek for union members at its three tracks of Belmont, Aqueduct and Saratoga, he said. The work week had been Monday to Friday, but was changed to Wednesday through Sunday — effectively stripping them of the overtime they used to earn for working weekend events. No races are run at NYRA tracks on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The highly-anticipated Belmont Stakes, called “The Test of Champions” will draw an estimated 100,000 fans. Millions more will be watching on TV as I’ll Have Another tries to become the first thoroughbred to win the Triple Crown since 1978.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Nov072010

Zenyatta Comes Up Short in Breeder's Cup

File photo. Photo Courtesy - Zenyatta [dot] com(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Tall, dark and absolutely gorgeous, Zenyatta is the "It Girl" of America. But the 6-year-old came up a nostril short at the Breeder's Cup Classic Saturday in her bid to go a perfect 20-0.

Finishing her career 19-1, she's accomplished things no other racing horse ever has. She won last year's Breeder's Cup Classic, the first mare ever to do so.

Zenyatta is known for being slow out of the gate, then whipping around the final corner. That's what happened this weekend, but after making her move out of the pack on the stretch, she failed to overtake Blame.

The horse’s star power exploded far beyond the track after last year's win. Zenyatta was featured in W magazine and was even named to O Magazine's 2010 O Power List, for her power of heart. Owners Jerry and Ann Moss were planning to retire Zenyatta after last year's Breeder's Cup, but changed their minds after seeing how popular their thoroughbred had become.

She may not have been able to pull out the race and finish with a perfect record, but she definitely proved that she belonged in the field.

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