Articles posted May 17, 2003

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Belmont Prepares for Funny Cide's Homecoming

Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide will seek to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner when he goes to post on Saturday, June 7th in the 135th running of the grade I, $1 million Belmont Stakes - the 1 1/2-mile final leg of the Visa Triple Crown for 3-year-olds.

Wando Wins Key Queen's Plate Prep

After his brilliant performance in near stakes record time in Saturday's $163,800 Marine Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine, there's little doubt who the leading contender for next month's 144th edition of the Queen's Plate is.

Frankel Wins Shuvee with You's Stablemate

Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel is something like those people you see playing several slot machines or bingo cards all at once. He's got so much action going on, he's not always sure exactly what he's got.

Windsor Castle Too Strong in Schaefer

Dogwood Stable's Windsor Castle rallied wide and from off the pace to roar to victory in the William Donald Schaefer Handicap (gr. III) at Pimlico on Saturday. The 5-year-old son of Lord Carson got the 1 1/8 miles over a good track in 1:50.08.

Funny Cide, Peace Rules 3-1 for Preakness

Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide is the 3-1 co-favorite for Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) as of early wagering registered by 4:32 p.m. Peace Rules is also now 3-1. At 7-2 is the Bob and Beverly Lewis entry of Scrimshaw and Senor Swinger. There is $459,714 in the win pool.

War Emblem's Sister Wins Debut at Arlington

My Sweet Heart, a 3-year-old half-sister to 2002 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem, won the first start of her career Friday at Arlington Park when she captured the final event on the twilight racing program by a half-length.

Dr. Brendler Delivers in Citgo Dixie

Longshot Dr. Brendler rallied in mid-stretch, then held off a resurging Perfect Soul to win the $200,000 Citgo Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT) by a half-length at Pimlico on Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile turf race run over soft going, was run in a slow 1:57.78, more than 10 seconds off the course record.

Carib Lady Hot in Gallorette

Splitting horses in deep stretch, Gaillardia Racing's Carib Lady fired past her rivals to score in the $100,000 Gallorette Handicap (gr.IIIT) on Pimlico's yielding turf Saturday.

Wet and Damp Weather For Preakness Stakes

Among those holding a radio, wearing jeans, and helping direct traffic on Preakness morning was Joe De Francis, the president of the Maryland Jockey Club, which operates the track that today will play host to the middle leg of the Triple Crown.

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