The spring has been far from a flawless season for Carl Pollard's My Trusty Cat, but trainer David Vance hopes to get the daughter of Tale of the Cat back on track in Saturday's $100,000-added Dogwood Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
Owner George Krikorian said that Starrer, winner of her last three starts, will be forced to miss the $200,000-added Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I), expected to showcase Horse of the Year Azeri at Hollywood Park on May 24.
Trainer Julio Canani was all smiles on the Hollywood Park backside Wednesday after Special Ring smoked seven furlongs in a bullet 1:23.80 for the $350,000-added Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) on May 26.
Irving and Marjorie Cowan's Ministers Wildcat, knocked off the Triple Crown path with a troubled trip in the April 19 Lexington Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland, worked six furlongs in 1:13 handily over Hollywood Park's fast main track Wednesday morning.
Makeup Artist worked three furlongs in a bullet :34.80 Wednesday at Hollywood Park and will be supplemented to the $100,000-added Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) on Saturday, trainer John Shirreffs confirmed.
Mynameischase lit up the tote board at Arlington Park in Wednesday's seventh race with a $242.80 win mutuel for a $2 wager.
Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide was installed as the 7-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday's $1-million Preakness Stakes (gr. I) when post positions were drawn Wednesday. The son of Distorted Humor will break from post position nine under jockey Jose Santos. Peace Rules, who finished third in the Derby, is the 8-5 second choice.
Veteran Arlington Park jockey Ray Sibille, who joined the 4,000-win club three years ago, has successfully returned to the saddle from a compressed vertebrae injury that sidelined him from Jan. 2 until the closing days of the Hawthorne meeting.
The Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training concluded it's two-day run Tuesday by recording its highest prices ever for a filly and a colt.
The catalogue is bigger for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age.
The number of entries for this year's Keeneland September yearling sale is "comparable" to the total for last year's auction, according to Keeneland's director of sales Geoffrey Russell.
- By Victor Ryan
Horse racing's exemption in a bill that would ban the use of credit cards to pay for gambling over the Internet was removed by the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday.
With Funny Cide and Peace Rules stabled in New York, and not expected to ship out for another day or two, Pimlico finally landed their own big two when Bob Baffert and D. Wayne Lukas arrived from Louisville early Wednesday.
B. Wayne Hughes and Biscuit Stable's Atswhatimtalknbout, a late-running fourth to Funny Cide in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), returned to serious training with a sharp half-mile breeze on Wednesday at Churchill Downs.
Ogden Mills Phipps' Storm Flag Flying, the 2-year-old champion filly of 2002, worked three furlongs in :35 3/5 over Belmont Park's main track Wednesday morning and is gearing up for the $250,000 Acorn (gr. I) on June 6th.
Empire Maker breezed four furlongs in :48 3/5 Wednesday. He will skip Saturday's Preakness and train up to the $1 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 7. On the same day Derby winner Funny Cide walked at Belmont Park.
A new exhibition celebrating the achievements of Affirmed, the last Triple Crown winner, is open at the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs, NY., through December 31.
Grade II winner Lil's Lad was represented by his first winner when First Money got out to a quick start and won going away
Pimlico will offer a number of wagers this weekend beyond its usual win, place, show, and exacta bets. The Maryland Jockey Club will offer guaranteed minimum gross pools on its Pick 4 on Friday and Saturday, and will also offer head-to-head wagers both days.
Pimlico will kick off a stretch of four added-money events on Friday with the 8 1/2-furlong Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff Handicap (gr. III). The field is seven strong and includes grade I winner Summer Colony, who has not started since last year's Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), and Smok'n Frolic, who ranks ninth in earnings among all North American-based horses.
Kentucky-based Morluc is among the 79 entries for the July 10 Darley July Cup (Eng-I) at Newmarket. The son of Housebuster is no stranger to travel--he finished second in the 2000 and 2001 runnings of the Hong Kong Sprint and has competed in Dubai.
American-based millionaire Morluc is among 79 entries for the group I Darley July Cup at England's Newmarket Racecourse on July 10. The 2003 Darley July Cup, supported by Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud since 1996, has gone up in value to £250,000, a £30,000 increase over the 2002 figure, when there were 57 entries.
When a draw was conducted Wednesday morning to determine the order in which post positions will be selected for Saturday's Preakness Stakes, the luck of the draw did not favor the connections of Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide.
Longtime Philadelphia Park jockey agent Jack Servis, 73, died May 10 after a brief illness.
Jackson Knowlton of Sackatoga Stable, which owns Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide, will be a featured speaker May 16 at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association New and Prospective Owners Seminar at Pimlico Race Course.
Longtime Philadelphia Park jockey agent Jack Servis, 73, died May 10
Jockey Stewart Elliott, 38, achieved a career milestone at Philadelphia Park Tuesday when he won his 3,000th race aboard Navesink Enterprises' Navesink Tide for trainer Ned Allard in the day's finale.
Undaunted by his lack of success in the Kentucky Derby, Europe's leading trainer Aidan O'Brien is eyeing a raid on some of American's top second-half season races – with the Travers Stakes at Saratoga on August 23 high on the agenda.
A case of colic has knocked Champali out of Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I). Lloyd Madison Farms, IV's son of Glitterman was to ship to Pimlico in Baltimore from his base at Churchill Downs Wednesday morning.
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