Julian DeMarco and Richard Disano's North East Bound won a duel with Strategic Mission and then held off the closing drive of favored Brahms to win the Maker's Mark Mile (gr. IIT) on Keeneland's Good Friday card. The winner, ridden by Jose Velez Jr. for trainer William Perry, equaled the stakes record of 1:34 2/5 and was just 1 1/5 seconds off the course standard of 1:33 3/5. A 5-year-old gelding by D'Accord, North East Bound paid $13.80, $4.80, and $4.00. Brahms paid $3.20 and $2.80 and Strategic Mission held on for third, returning $3.80. Quiet Resolve, Exchange Rate, Northcote Road, Inkatha (FR), and Morava completed the order of finish.
Julian DeMarco and Richard Disano's North East Bound won a duel with Strategic Mission and then held off the closing drive of favored Brahms to win the Maker's Mark Mile (gr. IIT) on Keeneland's Good Friday card. The winner, ridden by Jose Velez Jr. for trainer William Perry, equaled the stakes record of 1:34 2/5 and was just 1 1/5 seconds off the course standard of 1:33 3/5. A 5-year-old gelding by D'Accord, North East Bound paid $13.80, $4.80, and $4.00. Brahms paid $3.20 and $2.80 and Strategic Mission held on for third, returning $3.80.
Taylor's Queen, a Louisiana-bred filly owned by Eugene Chisum of Beaumont, Texas, is the 4-5 morning-line favorite for Friday night's Jean Lafitte Futurity, the first major stakes of the season for 2-year-old Thoroughbreds. A field of 10 -- one colt, four geldings, and five fillies -- will square off in the four-furlong test at Delta Downs in Vinton, La.
- By Tom LaMarra
More than 700 samples have been reviewed through the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's "super testing" program, with another 1,100 on the way before an Aug. 1 deadline. But in the absence of national equine medication rules, the "calling of positives" will depend upon the jurisdiction.
Millionaire Dahlia, who earned an Eclipse Award and twice was England's Horse of the Year, was euthanized April 6 at age 31 at Gerald Ford's Diamond A Farm near Versailles, Ky. The daughter of Vaguely Noble had been pensioned since 1996 and was buried at the farm. "She was a grand mare with great presence," said farm manager Ted Carr.
Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien, who almost pulled off the Breeders' Cup Classic last year with Giant's Causeway, is considering running Michael Tabor's Mozart in the Kentucky Derby. O'Brien said in The Racing Post if any of his 3-year-olds will be sent to Churchill Downs it will be the son of Danehill.
American invader Campanile will face 10 foes in the third running of the Hakayama Grand Jump steeplechase at Japan's Nakayama Racecourse Saturday.
Bonapaw went to the lead and never looked back Thursday, capturing the grade III Count Fleet Sprint H. in convincing fashion by 4 3/4 lengths at Oaklawn.
The flurry of recent stakes sponsorships continued Thursday with the announcement that the $100,000 Bassinet Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at River Downs will be supported by Pepsi-Cola for at least three years. Last year's Bassinet was won by Caressing, who eventually was named champion 2-year-old filly of 2000.
Travis Dunkelberger, who has won seven races on a card twice in his riding career, captured five wins Thursday at Pimlico, including four of the final five races.
- By Tom Keyser
Laurel Park and Pimlico reported a combined profit of more than $670,000 last year, but the figure is way down from the $2.4-million profit recorded in 1999.
Horse trainer John Tammaro's death was an accident, officials said Thursday. Tammaro had been missing since late February, and his body was found in his car at the bottom of a roadside canal drowned.
- By Tom Keyser
In financial statements delivered this week to the Maryland Racing
Commission, the owners of Pimlico and Laurel Park reported a profit of
$670,955 in 2000. That is down significantly from 1999, when the companies showed a profit of $2,458,723.
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