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Jockeys Albarado and Perret finalists on Hall of Fame ballot

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Jockeys Robby Albarado and Craig Perret are among the 11 finalists on the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame ballot.

The other finalists are jockeys Javier Castellano, Victor Espinoza and Garrett Gomez; trainers Mark Casse, John Shirreffs and David Whiteley; and thoroughbreds Gio Ponti, Goldikova and Kona Gold.

Albarado, who began riding in 1990, has won 5,026 races, with purse earnings of more than $206 million. Perret won 4,415 races, with purse earnings of more than $113 million in a career that spanned from 1967-2005.

Perret was the Eclipse Award winner for outstanding jockey in 1990, three years after one of his crowning achievements. He won the 1987 Belmont Stakes by 14 lengths aboard Bet Twice, denying Alysheba the Triple Crown.

Results of the voting will be announced April 24. Induction is scheduled for Aug. 4 in Saratoga Springs.

Triple Crown winner Justify under observation at Del Mar

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DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) Triple Crown winner Justify has re-located to Del Mar where trainer Bob Baffert is keeping him under observation after swelling in his left front ankle emerged two weeks ago.

Baffert says Justify will probably just walk around the stable area for the next two weeks at the track north of San Diego. The probable scenario for the colt is a return to racing sometime in the fall with the ultimate goal being the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in November.

“Right now, we’re just looking to get him 100 percent,” Baffert said Monday. “We’re in a holding pattern. I’d love to run him again because he’s so much fun and exciting to watch. We should know more in a couple of weeks.”

Justify has won all six starts in his brief career that began this year. He has won four straight Grade 1 races, including a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont to become horse racing’s 13th Triple Crown champion.

The colt hasn’t had a workout since the Belmont Stakes on June 9.

Funtastic wins Monmouth’s United Nations Stakes in 23-1 upset

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OCEANPORT, N.J. — Funtastic led all the way in a 23-1 upset Saturday in the $300,000 United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Chad Brown, the Eclipse Award winner the last two years as the nation’s leading trainer, got his third victory in the New Jersey’s biggest turf race. He won with Big Blue Kitten in 2013 and 2015.

The U.N. and the $1 million Haskell on July 29 are the two Grade 1 stakes at Monmouth.

Brown saddled four of the nine runners in the U.N. and ran 1-2 as Money Multiplier rallied to finish a half length behind Funtastic and jockey Antonio Gallardo.

The other two Brown horses were Silverwave (fifth) and Kurilov (eighth).

The time was 2:12.36 for 1 3/8 miles over the firm course.

Funtastic paid $48, $15.80 and $8.60. Money Multiplier, the 2-1 favorite, returned $4 and $2.80.

Bigger Picture, last year’s U.N. winner, was third, paying $5.80 to show.