Articles posted May 2, 2002

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Cashier's Dream Gives Team Valor Derby Week Win in La Troienne

Wednesday, Team Valor's Steve Asmussen trainee Windward Passage was denied a berth in the Kentucky Derby due to the surprise entry of Bob Baffert-trained Danthebluegrassman. Team Valor and Asmussen turned the tables on Baffert Thursday when their Cashier's Dream outdueled Baffert-trained Shameful to win the La Troienne Stakes at Churchill Downs.

Nasty Storm Headlines Humana Distaff Field

A field of 13 will take the gate for Saturday's $200,000 Humana Distaff Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. Topping the list is the Dallas Stewart co-owned and trained filly Nasty Storm. Last fall, she cruised wire to wire in winning the Churchill Downs Distaff Handicap (gr. II). Her seasonal return resulted in a disappointing fifth-place finish April 10 in the Madison Stakes (gr. III)at Keeneland, beaten 2 3/4 lengths by top sprinter Victory Ride.

Smith: A Brand For Racing Is 'Permission to Believe'

Brand equity will give Thoroughbred racing a legitimate shot at winning the interest of the public and sponsors, National Thoroughbred Racing Association commissioner Tim Smith said May 2 during the Warner L. Jones Distinguished Lecture sponsored by the University of Louisville.

Red-Hot LaRecherche Headlines Citgo Turf Mile

A compact field for middle-distance turf mares are assembling for Saturday's $100,000 Citgo Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIIT). Trainer Tom Amoss has the red-hot La Recherche among the possible starters off her three wins in her last four starts. La Recherche exits a 2 3/4-length victory in Lone Star Park's Irving Distaff. She was an allowance winner over the Churchill lawn last winter.

Bramlage Heads On-Call Team at Derby

The American Association of Equine Practitioners created the On-Call program 11 years ago to assist media in understanding injuries and treatment of horses before, during, and after upper-echelon equine events. For this year's Kentucky Derby, the team is headed by Dr. Larry Bramlage.

Isolated Cases Consistent with MRLS Identified

A few isolated cases consistent with a diagnosis of Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome have been identified in the last seven days, said the Kentucky Association of Equine Practitioners at a meeting May 1. The numbers are significantly less than reported for the corresponding period in 2001.

One For Tradition

By John T. Ward Jr. -- To reflect over the past 51 weeks since winning the 127th Kentucky Derby, I can only echo the words Bob Baffert said to me as we were making our way to the winner's circle to meet Monarchos: "Hold on, you're in for the ride of your life!" And so it has been.

Karma Classic

By Ray Paulick -- Handicapping 101 teaches things like pace, trips, and class, but does not cover what the late oddsmaker Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder used to refer to as the "intangibles." When it comes to handicapping the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), the intangibles sometimes seem just as important as the measurable factors.

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