Articles posted May 16, 2003

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Godolphin's Harty to Begin Hollywood Assault

The internationally renowned royal blue silks of Godolphin Stable will be seen on a frequent basis at Hollywood Park beginning next week, trainer Eoin Harty reported Friday from his training base at Santa Anita.

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 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.

'Tour' Plan Details Up For Discussion Again in June

Representatives of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association met for the second time May 15 to discuss the future of the Thoroughbred Championship Tour, a for-profit racing series that would rely on owners for start-up funds.

Foglesonger Injures Hand, Takes Off Friday Mounts

Ryan Foglesonger, the leading rider at Pimlico who is schedule to ride Cherokee's Boy in Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I), took off his mounts Friday after injuring his hand in a starting gate mishap late Thursday.

Rain Forces Cancellation of Steeplechase at Pimlico

Heavy rains forced the cancellation of Friday's Joe Aitcheson Hurdle (NSA-I) at Pimlico Race Course. The rain began Thursday night and intensified Friday morning. The forecast was for the precipitation to continue all day Friday.

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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