Articles posted May 28, 2003

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NY Trainer Laboccetta Fined, Suspended

For the second time in less than 20 months, trainer Frank Laboccetta Jr. has been given a 15-day suspension and $2,000 fine after one of his runners tested positive for clenbuterol.

All Eyes on Lilac Queen in Sheepshead Bay

Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, often paired with some of racing's leading female turf horses in recent years, finds himself aboard another immensely talented grass runner in Lilac Queen for Saturday's $150,000 Sheepshead Bay Handicap (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park.

Queen's Plate Hope Rock Again Runs in Trial

Stronach Stables' 3-year-old Rock Again, by champion Awesome Again, the 1997 Queen's Plate and 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic winner out of the mare Track Gal, who competed in two Breeders' Cup Sprints, has some large shoes shoes to fill. On Saturday, trainer Malcolm Pierce should find out whether the homebred colt is ready to try those shoes on when he goes postward in the $162,600 Plate Trial Stakes at Woodbine.

Stephen Foster Field Taking Shape

As Saturday's deadline for nominations to the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) draws closer, the possible field for the $750,000 race is becoming clearer. Among the horses who could start next in the June 14 race are Aldebaran, Full Mandate, Proud Citizen, and Tenpins.

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By Ray Paulick -- Whether he wins or loses in New York, Funny Cide has helped give racing new exposure.

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By Bud Lamoreaux -- Funny Cide can give racing an ingredient that has been lacking for 25 years.

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