Articles posted March 3, 2001

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Cal-Bred Road to Slew Wins Kilroe Mile

Under Laffit Pincay Jr., California-bred Road to Slew edged clear of Hollycombe and held off the late challenge of a slew of horses to win the $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap (gr. IIT) by one length, Saturday at Santa Anita. On a turf track listed as good, Road to Slew completed the distance in 1:35.96.

Crafty C.T. Wins San Rafael by Four Lengths

C.T. Grether Inc.'s Crafty C.T. set the early pace and drew away in the stretch, winning the $200,000 San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) by four lengths over Palmeiro on a fast track at Santa Anita on Saturday. Under jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, Crafty C.T. completed the one-mile race for 3-year-olds in 1:35.79.

Burning Roma Begins Sophomore Season With Sam Davis Win

For the second straight year a prep race for an obscure Kentucky Derby prep may have some impact on the Triple Crown series as Futurity Stakes (gr. I) winner Burning Roma emerged victoriously Saturday from his 2001 debut in the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. In last year's renewal of the Tampa Bay Derby prep race, Impeachment -- who would subsequently finish third in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes -- finished fourth in the 1 1/16-mile event.

Gulfstream Park Report: Sir Bear Back on Top

It had been a trying couple of months for Barbara and Al Smollin and their trainer, Ralph Ziadie. Pointing toward the Feb. 3 Donn Handicap (gr. I) since last summer, Ziadie was forced to scratch Sir Bear when he refused his feed and began acting uncomfortable after workouts leading up to the race. That behavior was a first in the 8-year-old gelding's career that has now encompassed 57 races and 18 wins, including 10 in stakes. Ziadie monitored his condition daily, and refused to speculate on what his next move would be. He even entered Sir Bear in the Feb. 28 $67,575 Cryptoclearance Handicap, ultimately won by Madeleine Paulson and Jenny Craig's Rock and Roll. "I truly don't know," was all the usually gregarious 62-year-old would say when asked when Sir Bear would be ready.

Champion Kona Gold Tops San Carlos Field

A field of eight has entered Sunday's $150,000 San Carlos Handicap for older horses sprinting seven furlongs. The San Carlos has been upgraded to grade I status by the graded stakes committee for 2001. Kona Gold will carry high weight of 125 pounds, spotting the field from 11 to 14 pounds and will break from outside post No. 8 under regular rider Alex Solis.

Part of Hooper Farms Sold; Horse Use Retained

Another historic Marion-County, Fla. Farm has been added to the list of training facilities on the marketplace. A portion of Hooper Farms in Ocala was bought by a group of Ocala-based real estate agents. Greg and Carla Lord and Gary and Catherine Achtenhagen, who work for Glen Miller Realty, purchased 181-acres of the storied operation in January.

Serena's Tune Wins: 'Quite a Future Ahead of Her'

Serena's Tune, the even-money favorite, kicked clear in the stretch for a 1-3/4 length victory Friday in the $115,100 La Habra Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Park. Ridden by Gary Stevens at 116 pounds, Serena's Tune ran about 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:14.81 on a turf course labeled "good." The winner paid $4, $3.20 and $2.80.

Serena's Tune Wins: 'Quite a Future Ahead of Her'

Serena's Tune, the even-money favorite, kicked clear in the stretch for a 1-3/4 length victory Friday in the $115,100 La Habra Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Park. Ridden by Gary Stevens at 116 pounds, Serena's Tune ran about 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:14.81 on a turf course labeled "good." The winner paid $4, $3.20 and $2.80.

Sportsman's Meet Off to Good Start

Full fields, reasonably good weather and a flock of new fan amenities greeted the opening of the Chicago-area racing season Friday at Sportsman's Park. The combination drew on-track attendance of 5,281, up sharply from last year's opening-day crowd of 4,224, a Sportsman's spokesman said.

Derby Contender Startac Featured in TVG Series Debut

TVG will debut its new documentary series, "TVG Insider," with an in-depth look at trainer Simon Bray's decision to train and race Startac, a horse bred for turf-racing, on dirt to see if he is a legitimate contender for the Kentucky Derby. The hour-long show, entitled "The Arizona Experiment," will air Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m., PST).

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