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Thoroughbred Hall of Fame Trainer Jack Van Berg at Hazel Park Raceway

Jack Van Berg book signing Jack Van Berg is headed to Hazel Park Raceway for the return of Thoroughbred racing on June 27th, 2014. Join Jack on opening night, Friday, June 27th, for a signing of his book "Jack, From Grit to Glory," a biography written by popular television horse racing analyst Chris Kotulak. Jack will be in the paddock park behind the clubhouse on Friday night from 7:00–10:30 pm. Jack Van Berg was the first trainer in North America to reach 5,000 wins and currently is ranked 4th in wins with more than 6,420 victories. Van Berg's greatest runner was Alysheba, who won the 1987 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Track announcer Tom Dirkin famously declared Alysheba "America's Horse!" when he won the 1988 Breeder's Cup Classic in near darkness. Alysheba retired as the leading North American money earner of all-time ($6,679,242). Jack Van Berg simultaneously operated many mighty divisions of thoroughbreds across the nation throughout the 1970's and 1980's. Jack and his father Marion H. Van Berg raced in Detroit for decades and were record-breaking leading trainers. Both men became known as task-master trainers, known for their strict work ethic, yet gentle and generous knack to help those in need. The book is filled with many references and photos of Detroit Thoroughbred racing. A living legend and the last of a vanishing breed of horse trainers, Jack Van Berg is known for his gruff voice, John Wayne–like swagger, and benevolent nature. The book signing will take place in the paddock park behind the clubhouse on Friday, June 27th, 2014 from 7:00–10:30 pm.

Fireworks 2014

2014 fireworks banner The Hazel Park Raceway Fireworks Show will be Friday, July 4, 2014 (rain day is Saturday, July 5). Friday night is also Dollar Night at Hazel Park Raceway with $1 hot dogs, soft drinks, popcorn and live programs and $2 16oz draft beer. The fireworks are at about 10:30 pm but come early and check out the races starting at 7:30 pm. Moose & Da Sharks band We will also be having a live band, Moose & Da Sharks.

Belmont Stakes – Saturday, June 7

2014_belmont_stakes Watch and Wager on California Chrome as he goes for the Triple Crown this Saturday at Belmont Park. Doors open at 10:30 am with the 1st Race at Belmont at 11:30 am. The Belmont Stakes is race 11 at 6:52 pm ET. Early wagering on Belmont Stakes is available at noon on Friday.

Track conversion going smoothly

2014_track_conversion The new surface started arriving this week. It is mixed to our specifications off-site and transported here. The inside rail is being repositioned as well and new holes drilled and cement poured for the base for that. Check out the pictures on our Facebook page and feel free to stop out and see the progress for yourself. Click here for more pictures

California Chrome cruises to victory

2014_kentucky_derby THE KENTUCKY DERBY - SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2014: Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). A sun-splashed crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history, watched California Chrome give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002. Read the full story Watch race video here

Derby prep results – Candy Boy sweet in Lewis

2014_road_to_derby_results6 Saturday, February 8, 2014 - Santa Anita: Utilizing a strong finishing kick, C R K Stable's homebred Candy Boy captured the Grade 2, $200,000 Robert Lewis at Santa Anita Saturday. The John Sadler-trained colt won going away under Gary Stevens to enhance his Kentucky Derby credentials. A convincing maiden winner two starts previously, Candy Boy was exiting a runner-up finish to champion two-year-old male Shared Belief in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity December 14. The Lewis marked his first attempt in a "Road to the Kentucky Derby" scoring event and the bay son of Candy Ride netted 10 points for the half-length victory. Read more about it and watch the race Road to the Derby standings

Derby prep results – Samraat perfect in Withers

2014_road_to_derby_results5 Saturday, February 1, 2014 - Aqueduct: My Meadowview Farm's homebred Samratt remained unbeaten and joined the Kentucky Derby trail Saturday, posting a one-length victory over fellow New York-bred rival Uncle Sigh in the Grade 3, $250,000 Withers at Aqueduct. With Jose Ortiz up, the Richard Violette Jr.-trained colt completed the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:46 1/5 on the fast inner track. Read more about the Withers Road to the Derby standings

Derby prep results – Cairo Prince rules

2014_road_to_derby_results4 Saturday, January 25, 2014 - Gulfstream Park: Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes looked like a competitive Kentucky Derby prep on paper, but 2-1 favorite Cairo Prince turned it into a rout with an imperious, 5 3/4-length victory at Gulfstream Park. Last seen missing by a nose to Honor Code in the November 30 Remsen at Aqueduct – his only career loss – the Kiaran McLaughlin trainee was an apropos winner of this race, for he is out of a mare by Holy Bull... Read full story Watch race video Road to the Derby standings