Articles posted April 16, 2003

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Route Likely for Crafty C.T., Zucker Says

Crafty C.T., second by three lengths to Smooth Jazz as the 9-10 favorite in Sunday's Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) at seven furlongs at Keeneland, is likely to stretch out in his next start.

Comeback Win Sweet for Fernando Valenzuela

A win's a win, so it made no difference to jockey Fernando Valenzuela that his first victory in nearly 15 months came in a race that was reduced to three horses at Santa Anita due to four scratches, two at the starting gate.

Nazirali Rounds Into Form for Julio Canani

After an absence of some four months, Nazirali won an allowance race at 12 furlongs on the Santa Anita turf in smart fashion on April 2 for trainer Julio Canani, and the jockey who rode the Irish-bred gelding that day says they can do it again in Sunday's $400,000 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) at about 1 ¾ miles on turf.

Mandella Charges Work at Santa Anita

Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) contenders Kudos, Pleasantly Perfect and Olmodavor are pointed toward important early stakes races by trainer Richard Mandella. Argentine-bred mare Palmarola prepares for the Humana Distaff (gr. II) at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby day.

Concerto Filly Among Fastest Workers For OBS April Sale

A filly by Concerto and Easy Swinger, a colt by Minister's Mark, worked quarter miles in :21 1/5 Wednesday to post the fastest times at the distance during the first session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's April sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Zippy Chippy Last, Loses 97th Straight

Felix Monserrate's 12-year-old maiden Zippy Chippy ran his string of consecutive losses to 97 with a last-place finish in the first race at Thistledown Wednesday, an $8,200 maiden special weight contested at 5 1/2 furlongs that drew eight entrants.

Rays of Hope Seen in Massachusetts VLT Vote

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Legislation to legalize video lottery terminals at Massachusetts racetracks failed to pass the state House of Representatives April 15, but racing industry officials remain upbeat, according to published reports.

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