Churchill Downs is setting up its simulcasting operations as a separate operating unit within the corporation.
- By Tom LaMarra
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.
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.
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.
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.
An agreement reached Monday will allow The Racing Network International (TRNI) to broadcast the Kentucky Derby live in the United Kingdom. According to a Sporting Life report, TRNI will also broadcast Friday's Kentucky Oaks.
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.
The Aidan O'Brien-trained duo of Johannesburg and Castle Gandola will arrive in Lexington, Ky. around 5:10 p.m. (ET) Tuesday and will undergo quarantine for 48 hours at Keeneland Racecourse.
- By Ben Baugh
Marion County continues to show its infectious enthusiasm for Horse
Fever, the joint venture between the Marion Cultural Alliance and the Florida
Breeders and Owners' Association.
Take Charge Lady is one of the Kentucky Oaks' most formidable forces. She has won all three of her races in 2002, cruising by margins ranging from 4 1/4 lengths to 8 1/2 lengths.
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.
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.
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, 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.
Kentucky Oaks developments took a tragic turn Monday when it was revealed that Godolphin Racing's Tempera had been euthanized late Sunday night.
Godolphin Stables' Tempera, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2001, was euthanized the evening of April 28, said Tom Albertrani, assistant to trainer Saeed bin Suroor.
"She's ready," declared trainer Carl Nafzger after Take the Cake worked five-furlongs in 1:01 3/5 at Churchill Downs Monday in preparation for the Kentucky Oaks.
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.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas was honored after the races April 28 by the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. The event was held at the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs.
Five-year-old Traditionally, one of three grade I winners produced from champion Personal Ensign (by Private Account), has been purchased by Ballylinch Stud in Ireland.
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