Articles posted October 19, 2003

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Spice Island Peppers Dowager Field

Spice Island and jockey Cornelio Velasquez stalked patiently, seized the lead with an eighth of a mile remaining and drew away in the closing stages to win the $150,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager Stakes Sunday at Keeneland.

Fires Reaches Keeneland Milestone

Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires, the fourth-leading rider in Keeneland history, won his first race in Lexington since the 1995 spring meeting, when he piloted Glen Hill Farm's Poydras to a 6 1/2-length score Saturday at Keeneland.

Funny Cide, Evening Attire Prep for Classic

Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner Funny Cide breezed six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 over Belmont's fast training track with exercise rider Robin Smullen aboard. It was the gelding's final work before heading out to Santa Anita Wednesday for a run in the Breeders' Cup Classic-Powered by Dodge (gr. I).

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