Articles posted May 2, 2003

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Halo Homewrecker Heads Withers Field

While the best three-year-olds in the country are running in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, several up-and-comers in the one-mile Withers Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct could join the Visa Triple Crown trail later down the road.

Lopez Gets first Hollywood Victory

Jockey agent Ray Kravagna, reloading after the recent retirement of Hall of Famer Eddie Delahoussaye, had reason to celebrate when veteran journeyman C.C. Lopez had his first winner and 16-year-old apprentice M.C. Baze got his first mount at Hollywood Park.

Sadler Pair to Run in Hollywood Stakes

Trainer John Sadler confirmed Friday that he planned to run track record-holder Hombre Rapido in the $200,000 Los Angeles Times Handicap (gr. III) and Palmeiro in the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II), both on May 10 at Hollywood Park.

Bird Town Overcomes Stumble to Win Oaks

Before a crowd of 100,523, Marylou Whitney's homebred Bird Town stumbled out of the gate but recovered to pull an upset at 18-1 in the $573,800 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). Bird Town drew away in the stretch to win by 3 ¼ lengths in a stakes-record time of 1:48.64.

Magna to Introduce Patron-Friendly Betting Machines

Magna Entertainment Corp. has plans for new pari-mutuel wagering machines designed to make betting easier for first-timers, officials said May 1 during a press conference after the company's annual meeting.

Advance Wagering: Ten Most Wanted the Favorite

Wagering on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) opened Friday at Churchill Downs, and while it's still early, and there is only about $265,000 in the pool as of 4:30 p.m., Ten Most Wanted is the early 4-1 favorite. Empire Maker, the 6-5 morning line favorite, is 9-1.

Forest Shadows Takes Edgewood

Ridden by Larry Melancon, Forest Shadows charged through the stretch to win the $113,500 Edgewood Stakes, the first stake on Friday's Kentucky Oaks card at Churchill Downs. The 3-year-old Woodman filly defeated Unbridled Femme and Ebony Breeze as she stopped the timer in 1:35.35 for the one mile on turf.

Trebizond Catches 'Prince in Hard Scuffle

William C. Lickle's Trebizond collared Naughty Prince inside the final 30 yards to post a half-length victory in the fifth running of the $106,200 Hard Scuffle (NSA gr. I) before a record Thursday crowd of 24,312 at Churchill Downs.

Mock Trial: Horse Owners Win Damages From MRLS

In a mock trial held May 2 as part of the National Equine Law Conference in Lexington, a large majority of "jurors" ruled in favor of plaintiffs who filed civil action lawsuits against a farm for damages related to mare reproductive loss syndrome.

Gill Files Another Lawsuit, This Time In Delaware

Attorneys for Michael Gill, one of the leading Thoroughbred owners in the country, filed a federal lawsuit in Delaware May 1. They claim Delaware Park officials unlawfully conspired to prevent Gill from racing his horses at the track, which opened April 26.

Frankel, Bailey A True Dynamic Duo

It's like combining a Rolls Royce and a Mercedes when the rest of the world is represented by Dodge Darts. Bobby Frankel and Jerry Bailey have dominated their respective professions in the new century, and the dynamic duo hook up again Saturday with--and this is no surprise--the overwhelming favorite to win the Kentucky Derby.

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