Articles posted May 1, 2003

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Argentine Champ Miss Terrible Nears U.S. Debut

Miss Terrible, Argentine 3-year-old filly champion last year, neared her United States debut after working six furlongs on turf in company with Tates Creek at Hollywood Park Thursday. Both were timed in 1:14.20.

Frankel's Blue Stellar Heads Inglewood 'Cap

While Bobby Frankel will be at Churchill Downs on Saturday to saddle favored Empire Maker in the 129th Kentucky Derby, an assistant trainer will tend to likely favorite Blue Steller in Hollywood Park's $100,000 Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT) at 1 1/16 mile on turf.

Heat Haze Faces Full Field in CITGO Distaff

Bobby Frankel will saddle another morning line favorite Saturday for Juddmonte Farm at Churchill Downs when homebred Heat Haze, unbeaten in two U.S. races, takes on a full field in the $100,000-added CITGO Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares.

Sponsors Part of Plan for Great State Challenge

Though a self-imposed deadline has passed, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association continues to look for ways to bring back the Great State Challenge for 2003. Sponsors are being sought in earnest for the event, which debuted last year.

Final Round Sweeps to La Troienne Victory

G. Watts Humphrey, Jr.'s favored Final Round came from off the pace with jockey Jerry Bailey to score a one-length victory Thursday in the the La Troienne Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.

Juddmonte's Sightseek Favored in Humana

Juddmonte Farm's Sightseek, a runner-up to Starrer in the recent Santa Margarita (gr. I) at Santa Anita, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in a field of eight in the $200,000 Humana Distaff at seven furlongs for older fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.

Full Spectrum Wins Mamzelle Stakes

The Phoebe Mueller Trust's Full Spectrum, ridden by Calvin Borel and trained by Tom Amoss, assumed command in the upper stretch and drew off to post a 2 3/4-length victory over Crystal Sea in the seventh running of the $113,500 Mamzelle Stakes at Churchill Downs on Thursday afternoon.

Australian Broodmare Sale Ends

The Australian broodmare sale ended at Newmarket Thursday with a gross of Aus$18,678,650 and an average price of Aus$40,169 for the 465 horses sold.

B.C. Mile Winner Domedriver Second in Return

Making his first start since winning last year's NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I), Flaxman Holdings' homebred Domedriver finished second in the one-mile Prix du Muquet (Fr-II) at Saint-Cloud Thursday while carrying 130 pounds.

Magna Income Decreases in First Quarter of 2003

Magna Entertainment Corp. reported a $6-million decrease in net income for the first quarter of 2003 compared with the same period in 2002, according to a financial statement released April 30.

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