Lewis Lakin's Island Echo, with Mark Guidry aboard, set a Churchill Downs record by covering five furlongs in 55.91 seconds to win Friday's $60,395 allowance turf race by 2 1/2 lengths over Petite Diablo.
A day after his 1 1/2-length win in Thursday's $75,000 Alydar Stakes at Hollywood Park the connections of Like a Hero say the son of Pleasant Colony is a probable entrant for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Hollywood Park's first race Monday is the $150,000 Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. II), the first of three graded stakes on the track's holiday card.
A Texas judge reaffirmed on May 16 his earlier decision that an American Quarter Horse Association rule restricting the number of registered foals produced through embryo transfer violates the state's antitrust law.
- By Tom LaMarra
The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association said May 24 that, though it is "in complete support" of protection of live racing, a proposed amendment to the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978 raises "some serious questions."
Coppertree Farm's Quel Senor, who won the 2001 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase, headlines a six-horse field in the $30,000 Miles Valentine Memorial Stakes at the Fair Hill Races on May 27 in Fair Hill, Md.
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Four riders have been caught up in the whirlwind called War Emblem, but only one was destined to ride to glory aboard the son of Our Emblem.
- By Ron Mitchell
Author Laura Hillenbrand and her best-selling book "Seabiscuit: An American Legend" continue their winning ways. In recent weeks, the book was named "Non-Fiction Book of the Year," by BookSense; hit No. 1 on the New York Times paperback non-fiction bestseller list for May 18; and was selected as this month's selection by the "USA Today Book Club."
Fight Your Corner, winner of the Chester Vase, will run in the Vodafone Epsom Derby. Sheikh Mohammed, who bought the colt to race in the colors of his son, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al Maktoum, made the decision to pay a £90,000 supplementary fee after consulting with Sheikh Hamdan and trainer Mark Johnston.
Trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Pat Day will try capturing the marquee event on Texas' richest day of racing Monday with grade I winner Congaree.
Take Charge Lady is the 4-5 morning line favorite in the 1 1/16-mile $100,000 Dogwood Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
French champion and stallion Epervier Bleu died May 20 of a heart attack while covering a mare at Haras du Pin in France,
Fairplex Park and the Los Angeles Turf Club have reached an agreement to move the county fair's annual 17-day end-of-summer meet to Santa Anita Park beginning this September, and have requested a change of venue from the California Horse Racing Board to be heard at its June 6 meeting.
- By Jack Shinar
Fairplex Park and the Los Angeles Turf Club have reached an agreement to move the county fair's annual 17-day end-of- summer meeting to Santa Anita Park beginning this September and have requested a change of venue from the California Horse Racing Board to be heard at its June 6 meeting.
Graded stakes winner Acceptable's first winner came out May 23 when his daughter Cheryl's Miracle won at 4 1/2 furlongs at Hollywood Park.
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