Harlan's Holiday, who will be one of the favorites for Saturday's $1 million Florida Derby Derby, tuned up for the 1 1/8-mile race with a sharp 5-furlong work in 1:00 3/5. At Hollywood Park, Sunday Break, breezed 6 furlongs in 1:15 4/5 for Sunday's San Felipe Stakes.
Michael Tabor's Mayakovsky, who will represent the West Coast Triple Crown hopefuls in Sunday's $200,000 Gotham S. (gr. III) at Aqueduct, was put through his final preparations for the one-mile event with a bullet half-mile work in :46, breezing, over Santa Anita's main track on Tuesday.
Mike Pegram's Love At Noon, who set a track record at Churchill Downs, has been retired because of a suspensory problem.
John Oxley, owner of 3-year-old stakes winner Booklet, has pledged a portion of future purses won by the colt to equine research. Booklet is scheduled to race next in the March 16 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park.
This year's Kentucky Oaks could be a humdinger, and on March 12, Churchill Downs announced that the $500,000 race at 1 1/8 miles had lured 146 nominees.
Louisiana Derby winner Repent has been made the slight favorite in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia listed Repent as the 4-1 favorite, and the mutuel field as the 5-1 second choice in his morning line for the 24 betting interests.
- By Steve Haskin
By Steve Haskin -- The Gotham Stakes rekindles memories of the Dr. Fager-Damascus showdown 35 years ago.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- As live foal reports from The Jockey Club confirm the full impact of last spring's Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome, the breeding industry continues to be frustrated by uncertainty over the cause of the problem.
Self-professed huckster and Thoroughbred owner Jim "Mattress Mac" McIngvale is hoping to stamp the name of Gallery Furniture store on Houstonês two-year-old major league baseball field.
Jim Gallagher, executive director of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Racing Integrity and Drug Testing Task Force, will leave the organization March 28 to take the position of vice president of pari-mutuel operations for the New York Racing Association.
Cigar, the two-time Horse of the Year (1995-1996) who won 16 consecutive races, is among the three horses nominated to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in the Contemporary Male Horse category.
A field of up to 10 is expected for the $200,000 Tampa Bay Derby, a grade III event for 3-year-olds set for March 17. Several horses are expected to ship across the state from Gulfstream Park on Florida's eastern coast.
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