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Belmont Happenings

June 9… Ron Turcotte and a Big Red horse at Belmont Park… a Triple Crown on the line… It’s 45 years later and here we go again! Meet Secretariat’s Hall of Fame jockey during the 150th Belmont Stakes festivities and watch Justify continue his own quest for racing’s pinnacle prize.

Beginning Friday, June 8 at 11:00 am and continuing on Saturday, June 9 at 10:00 am, Ron will be available to meet fans and sign autographs at the Secretariat wall mural booth adjacent to the grandstand colonnade entrance. On Belmont Stakes Day, Ron will be joined by additional racing celebrities including fellow Triple Crown riders Jean Cruguet and Victor Espinoza. Other special guests scheduled to appear throughout the day are Hall of Fame rider Julie Krone and journalist/photographer/handicapper Steve Haskin. Stop by and say hello to these legendary racing luminaries. Click Here for Event Schedule.

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Belmont Stakes Winner Touch Gold Retired to Old Friends

Touch Gold at Old Friends (Photo by Rick Capone)

GEORGETOWN, KY – DECEMBER 21, 2015 – Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold, the horse famous for denying Silver Charm the Triple Crown in 1997, has been retired to Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY.

Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends, made the announcement today.

The 21-year-old stallion comes to Old Friends from Adena Springs in Paris, KY., and has been generously donated by Adena owner Frank Stronach along with an endowment. In October, Old Friends also accepted the Stronach-owned Alphabet Soup.

Sired by Deputy Minister out of the Buckpasser mare Passing Mood, Touch Gold began his career in Canada with trainer Daniel J. Vella. He came to United States as a 3-year-old and was campaigned by David Hofmans. In the U.S., Touch Gold won the GR2 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland. Not entered in the Kentucky Derby, he ran fourth in Preakness Stakes after a troubled trip and a suffering a hoof injury.

In the Belmont, Touch Gold laid Derby and Preakness winner Silver Charm’s Triple Crown bid to rest when he went wide and surged ahead to catch the favorite in the closing yards.

Silver Charm was repatriated from Japan in 2014 and is also now pensioned at Old Friends.

Touch Gold went on the capture the GR1 Haskell Invitational before retiring with 15 starts, 6 wins and career earnings of $1,679,907.

As a sire, Touch Gold is well represented by four Grade I winners, including Royal Challenger, who won the Breeders’ Stakes, the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, and Seek Gold, who won the GR1 Stephen Foster Handicap and is now also retired at Old Friends. His son Medalist is also a multiple-graded-stakes winner.

“It’s amazing to reunite these two great rivals,” said Blowen of Touch Gold and Silver Charm. “We also now have War Emblem and the horse who ended his Triple Crown Bid, Sarava. It’s a great to revisit and recount these wonderful racing stories.

“Our thanks again to Mr Stronach and everyone at Adena Springs for entrusting us with this amazing horse,” Blowen continued. “We hope all of Touch Gold’s fans will come visit him.”

Old Friends is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that cares for more than 155 retired racehorses. Its Dream Chase Farm, located in Georgetown, KY, is open to tourists daily by appointment. Old Friends also has a satellite facility in Greenfield Center, New York, Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division, which is also open to visitors. For more information on tours or to make a donation, contact the main farm at (502) 863-1775 or see their website at www.oldfriendsequine.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Cynthia Grisolia, (347) 423-7322, cindy@oldfriendsequine.org; Michael Blowen, (502) 863-1775, michael@oldfriendsequine.org

“Secret Lives of the Super Rich: The Triple Crown” at 10p ET/PT June 4, 2015

CNBC has been documenting American Pharoah’s journey as he races towards the Triple Crown this Saturday at the Belmont Stakes. We will take viewers behind the scenes with “Secret Lives of the Super Rich: The Triple Crown” at 10p ET/PT.

This special presents thoroughbred racing like you’ve never seen it before, with unprecedented access on and off the track, including thrill-filled moments inside the VIP winner’s circle. It’s an exclusive and up close look inside the unforgettable journey of the father and son team who own American Pharoah as they win the most prestigious races in America, take home millions in prize money, and race against history for the most elusive title in all of sports: The Triple Crown.

Below are a few clips from the special:

Triple Crown All-Access Pass
CNBC gives you an inside look into American Pharoah’s race against history.

Air Horse One
American Pharoah doesn’t fly coach — his ticket is first-class on a custom Boeing 727 that’s been transformed into the ultimate stable in the sky!

American Pharoah’s Owner Runs for the Roses
Get up close and personal with the 23-year-old owner of American Pharoah, Justin Zayat, as he experiences the gut-wrenching thrill of winning the Kentucky Derby.

AmericanPharoah3“Secret Lives of the Super Rich: The Triple Crown” Promo
A look inside the unforgettable journey of the father and son team who own American Pharoah as they race against history for the most elusive title in all of sports: The Triple Crown.

Tune-in Details: “Secret Lives of the Super Rich: The Triple Crown” premieres Thursday 10p ET/PT on CNBC.

Join the conversation on Twitter with #SuperRich and @CNBCSuperRich or on Facebook at facebook.com/CNBCPrime. Go to cnbcprime.com/super-rich/ for more details.

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NY State Gaming Commission and NYRA Choose StallWatch for All Horses at Belmont Stakes

Kentucky Derby winner and favorite for the Belmont Stakes, Orb, at Belmont Park.

Wellington, FL – June 7, 2013 – The owners and trainers of the 14 horses set to race in the Belmont Stakes will all rest a little easier leading up to the big race on Saturday, June 8. The New York State Gaming Commission and The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) have opted to use StallWatch, the portable surveillance system for extra security and safety at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY.

The hotly-contested race includes the Kentucky Derby winner and favorite, Orb, and the Preakness Stakes frontrunner and winner, Oxbow. Legendary trainers such as Shug McGaughey, D. Wayne Lukas, Todd Pletcher and others will all have the opportunity to look in on their horses 24/7 via their mobile phones, tablets or laptops, along with the New York State Gaming Commission and NYRA.

“StallWatch provides an important added layer of security that gives everyone, including trainers, valuable peace of mind,” said Eric Wing, Director of Communications and Media Relations for NYRA.

Post time for the Belmont Stakes is set for 6:36 p.m. ET. The race will be televised nationally on NBC.

The StallWatch mobile phone view of Oxbow, winner of the Preakness Stakes, having a bite to eat at Belmont Park
The StallWatch mobile phone view of Oxbow, winner of the Preakness Stakes, having a bite to eat at Belmont Park

About StallWatch

StallWatch is a portable video surveillance service for remotely viewing and recording horses in their stalls at the show, competition or at the home barn. StallWatch uses network enabled wireless cameras to provide customers with round-the-clock viewing and recording from their personal computers and mobile devices through the 3G cellular connection.

StallWatch clients read like a “who’s who” of the horse world. Riders and trainers like McLain Ward, Margie Engle, Debbie Stephens, Michael Matz, Ivan Rakowsky, top reiner Josh Lyons and organizations like the Kentucky Racing Commission have discovered the benefits of StallWatch. The system is both practical and affordable and available now for the average horse enthusiast.

To find out more about the StallWatch portable surveillance system, go to: http://www.stallwatch.com.

Contact StallWatch at:
855 99WATCH

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Belmont Stakes Champion Sarava to Old Friends

Sarava at Old Friends. Photo: Rick Capone

GEORGETOWN, KY — SEPTEMBER 29, 2012 — Sarava, winner of the 2002 Belmont Stakes, has been retired to Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, KY.

Co-owners Gary Drake of Louisville and Paul and Susan Roy of Great Britain donated the 13-year-old stallion to the organization.

Sarava arrived at Old Friends early this morning from the Appleton family’s Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, FL, where he has stood stud since 2010.

Bred in Kentucky by Bill Entenmann’s Timber Bay Farms, Sarava was sired by 1984 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Wild Again and is out of the Deputy Minister mare Rhythm of Life. He career boasted three wins from 17 starts and earnings of $773,832.

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