Articles posted April 29, 2002

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Kentucky HBPA Begins Investigation of Operations

The Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, which has more than 6,000 members, has initiated an investigation that could be connected to a probe under way at the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.

La Troienne Stakes Features Return of Cashier's Dream

Cashier's Dream and Colonial Glitter, the respective 1-2 finishers in the Debutante Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs last July, will again race under the twin spires in Thursday's $100,000 La Troienne Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies.

Steve Haskin's Derby Report (4/29): Morning Madness

If you blinked Monday morning, chances are you missed one of the 10 works turned in by Derby hopefuls. Starting with Proud Citizen's blazing five-furlong work and Sunday Break's six-furlong move in company at about 5:45, and ending with the five rapid-fire works following the renovation break, it was quite a showcase of Kentucky Derby horses.

Derby Runner-Up Invisible Ink Returns to Churchill

Those heading to Louisville early for Kentucky Derby weekend might want to dust off their "Go Inky Go!" caps and bring them along. Last year's Derby runner-up, whose health problems as a 2-year-old touched the hearts of race fans when publicized heading into the big race, is entered to run Thursday at Churchill Downs.

Proud Citizen's Fast Work Tops Among Derby Horses

An ecstatic D. Wayne Lukas jumped off his pony and declared, "We are very much in the Derby." Lukas was referring to Lexington Stakes winner Proud Citizen, who had just worked 5 furlongs in a quick :58 4/5 in the pre-dawn darkness of Churchill Downs in preparation for Saturday's 128th Kentucky Derby.

Injured Sharp Performance Recuperating

The racing career of William Bloom's Sharp Performance, who suffered severe soft tissue damage to both front legs in Saturday's Fort Marcy (gr. IIIT) at Aqueduct, is over. The four-year-old son of Kris S. is stabilized and resting in Donk's Belmont Park barn.

Sir Bear Works Toward Lone Star Park Handicap

Barbara Smollin's Sir Bear worked five furlongs at Calder Monday morning and is likely to contest the $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III) on May 27. The 9-year-old gelding breezed five furlongs in 1:02 2/5.

Cup Reels in Long John Silver's as Sponsor

Long John Silver's, the seafood chain that will be part of Yum! Brands Inc., will serve as title sponsor of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and presenting sponsor of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Summer Racing Series this year.

Futural Looks to Regroup in Hollywood Park Allowance Race

Futural, a disappointing 12th in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) in early March, returns to the races Wednesday in an optional claiming/allowance race at Hollywood Park. The 6-year-old horse looks to regroup for the spring and summer handicaps in the 7 1/2-furlong race.

$683K Pick Six Carryover at Hollywood Park

A victory by longshot Ladylore in the Melair Stakes, the first leg of Sunday's pick six at Hollywood Park, paved the way for a pick six carryover of $683,636 heading into Wednesday's card. Track officials estimate the pot for Wednesday's pick six wager could approach $3 million.

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