Articles posted March 16, 2003

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Empire Maker, Field Top Derby Future Pool

A record-smashing victory in the Florida Derby (gr. I) by Juddmonte Farm homebred Empire Maker made a strong impression on Kentucky Derby (gr. 1) fans across the nation. The mutuel field still emerged as a narrow favorite as wagering in Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' 2003 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) ended its four-day run on Sunday.

Ninebanks Slugs Way to Golden Gate BC Win

Ninebanks and Surprise Halo turned the $150,000 Golden Gate Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) into their own match race Sunday at Golden Gate Fields, battling from start to finish in the 1 1/8-miles turf race for 4-year-olds and up.

Patience Pays for Snake Mountain in Stymie

It took a L-O-N-G time for spring weather to finally get to Aqueduct Racetrack, and it took Snake Mountain a long time to catch Classic Endeavor. But he got the job done in Sunday's $80,975 Stymie Handicap, his fifth straight win.

Gulfstream to Hike Purses by $2,000

All purses at Gulfstream Park will be increased by $2,000 each, effective March 22 and continuing through April 6, announced David F. Bailey, director of racing and racing secretary.

Valenzuela Suspended for Five Days

Santa Anita stewards suspended leading rider Patrick Valenzuela for five days, Mar. 19-23, "for crossing over without sufficient clearance going into the clubhouse turn" on Que Facil Corazon in Friday's second race.

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