Articles posted May 16, 2003

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Mineshaft Wins Pimlico Special

Mineshaft Wins Pimlico Special

Neil Howard may saddle a longshot Saturday in the Preakness (gr. I), but he sent out a favorite to win the $600,000 Pimlico Special (gr. I) Friday. Mineshaft and Robby Albarado won the Pimlico Special over Western Pride and longshot Judge's Case.

Roar Emotion Takes Black-Eyed Susan

Roar Emotion Takes Black-Eyed Susan

Roar Emotion led every step of the way, and held off a late charge from Fircroft, to take the $200,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) by a half-length Friday at Pimlico. Favored Santa Catarina ran third.

Azeri Records Bullet Work at San Luis Rey

Azeri, reigning Horse of the Year, worked five furlongs in :57 3/5 Friday at San Luis Rey Downs in her final drill before defense of her victory last year in the $200,000-added Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap for fillies and mares May 24 at Hollywood Park.

Forest Heiress Easy Winner of The Very One

Forest Heiress romped home Friday at Pimlico in The Very One Stakes, a race decimated by scratches after heavy rains forced its movement from the turf to the main track. Under Pat Day, Forest Heiress sat third in the early going, then as they straightened away for home, came through a wide spot on the rail and eased home.

Mandy's Gold Just Gets Up in Pimlico BC Distaff

It was scratched down to a four-horse field, but there was still plenty of drama Friday in the Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. III). Summer Colony took the lead in the stretch and looked like she would win the race for the second straight year, but Jerry Bailey drove favored Mandy's Gold by in the final yards to take the $150,000 race by a neck.

Senorita Stakes Features Major Idea

Major Idea, whose three-race winning streak ended when favored in Santa Anita's Providencia Stakes last month, will be out to make amends Saturday in Hollywood Park's $100,000 Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf.

NYRA Opts for Pre-Race Tests Over Retention Barn

The New York Racing Association has backed away from its plan to have a mandatory stakes barn for the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), but it will instead take pre-race samples from all horses in the third leg of the Triple Crown.

My Boston Gal Recovering from Throat Surgery

My Boston Gal Recovering from Throat Surgery

My Boston Gal, one of last year's top 2-year-old fillies and the winner of the Stonerside Beaumont (gr. II) at Keeneland this spring, is getting some rest in trainer Carl Nafzger's Churchill Downs barn after throat surgery late last week to correct a breathing problem.

Future Uncertain for Awesome Humor After First Career Loss

The return to competition by WinStar Farm's previously unbeaten Awesome Humor on Wednesday at Churchill Downs did not turn out as well as hoped, so trainer Elliott Walden will take a "wait and see" approach on a game plan that had been pointing the filly toward the $250,000 Acorn (gr. I) at Belmont Park on June 6.

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