Tecmo has sent word that just in time for Triple Crown season, Gallop Racer 2006 is now in stores for the PlayStation 2.

“Gallop Racer 2006 is the most realistic and exciting horse racing title to date and we are thrilled to be launching during the peak of the horse racing season,” says Michael Domaguing, Tecmo’s Marketing Manager. “This chapter in the series allows the users to fully customize their horse racing experience and the game allows for a richer and deeper horse racing encounter. If you love horses, this is the game for you. If you love horse racing, this is the game for you. If you love racing but hate horses, then you’ll enjoy using the whip to urge your horse to the finish line!”

The Japanese are crazy for the horse racing games, but they're not so big over here. If you're curious though, you can pick up a copy for $40.