Articles posted May 21, 2003

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Mister Acpen Defeats Sarafan, Chiselling

Mister Acpen went wire-to-wire against several Grade I and Group I winners to win Wednesday's Hollywood Park feature, a $62,000 allowance for 4-year-olds and up over 1 1/8 miles on turf.

Another Thrill for Santos in Hollywood's Gamely

Jose Santos, who rode Funny Cide to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, can cap a dream month Monday when he flies west from New York to ride Dress To Thrill in the $350,000-added Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on the Hollywood Park turf.

Manning Seeks Second Consecutive Red Bank Victory

Trainer Dennis Manning plans to enter Just Le Facts in Saturday's Red Bank Handicap (gr. III) on Monmouth Park's opening day, but he's hoping for rain. Also in his barn is last year's winner of the race, Key Lory, who has returned from retirement.

Former Prairie Chairman Turns in Owner's License

Former Prairie Meadows chairman Jim Rasmussen turned in his horse owner's license and his River Ridge Ranch stable was legally dissolved May 20. The move looms as a preemptive strike to avert a June hearing at which the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission would have considered action against Rasmussen for making illegal football bets with alleged bookmaker Robert Derryberry.

Preakness Day Handle Down 9.5% From Last Year

Total handle on the May 17 Preakness Stakes Day program at Pimlico Race Course topped $60 million for the third consecutive year, but it was down 9.5% from last year, according to figures released May 21 by the Maryland Jockey Club.

Here and There

Barclay Tagg to judge Grand Champion Maryland yearling show... Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship to visit River Downs Saturday.

Celebrating the Belmont Nearly Every Day

From May 23 until June 7, when Belmont Park will host the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the race will be celebrated almost daily in greater New York City. There is a Belmont Festival at Chinatown; a hot dog eating contest, a street festival, and a hat contest.

Magna Offers Additional $100 Million in Notes

Magna Entertainment Corp. will sell an additional $100 million worth of convertible notes at an annual interest rate of 8.55% through June 2 in hopes of gaining additional capital.

Congaree Tops Churchill Work Tab

Atswhatimtalknbout, a fast-closing fourth to Visa Triple Crown hopeful Funny Cide in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), turned in a six-furlong workout on Tuesday at Churchill Downs as he continued to train toward an expected rematch with the Derby winner in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

Funny Cide is Toast of New York

Move over Derek Jeter, there's another New York-based athlete stealing the hearts of sports fans in the Big Apple. Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Funny Cide, along with his connections, owner Sackatoga Stable, trainer Barclay Tagg, and jockey Jose Santos, were honored during a luncheon Tuesday at Gallagher's Steak House.

Outta Here May Join Belmont Field

Trainer Bill Currin said on Tuesday that his and Al Eisman's stakes winner Outta Here, the seventh-place finisher in the May 3 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), is possible for the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), but a final decision won't likely come until later this week.

Milluna Stud Disperses Breeding Stock

After 40 years as a leading breeding operation, Jim O'Connor's Milluna Stud yesterday dispersed it stock at One Tree Hill in South Australia. The auction was conducted by William Inglis & Son.

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