Articles posted May 7, 2003

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Shacane Works for Mervyn LeRoy at Hollywood

British Columbia import Shacane worked three furlongs in :37 under Jose Valdivia, Jr. at Hollywood Park Wednesday for his United States debut Saturday in the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II).

Black Ruby, Taz to Renew Rivalry

Black Ruby, the "Secretariat of Mules," will square off with her archrival Taz in the first pari-mutuel mule race ever held at Los Alamitos Race Course on May 23. The two popular mules will compete in a $10,000 Battle of the Titans match race at 300 yards.

Funny Cide Makes Pimlico Plans; 6 Confirmed

It appears that Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide will van down to Pimlico from New York on May 14, a day after the New York-bred puts in his final Preakness work. Owner Jack Knowlton informed Maryland Jockey Club officials of his horse's plans for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) Wednesday afternoon.

My Boston Gal to Undergo Throat Surgery

My Boston Gal, winner of the Golden Rod (gr. II) and Stonerside Beaumont (gr. II), is scheduled to undergo throat surgery later this week after the 3-year-old filly suffered a breathing problem in her fifth-place finish in last week's 129th running of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

Roxelana Retired for Second Time

Three years after William Landes III's Roxelana scored the most important victory of her racing career in a dazzling 11 3/4-length romp in the $100,000 La Troienne (gr. III), the 6-year-old mare was sent home May 1.

Najran Shatters Mile Record at Belmont

Buckram Oak Farm's Najran shattered the one-mile track record at Belmont Park on the opening day card with an impressive victory in the Westchester Handicap (gr. III). His time for the one-turn mile was a blistering 1:32.24.

Nine Probable for Pimlico Special

Even though the weights won't be released until Friday, a field of nine is probable for the Pimlico Special (gr. I). Returning after a year's hiatus, Maryland's premier race for older horses will be run on Friday, May 16, the day before the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

Xtra Heat Going to Gone West

Champion Xtra Heat has been booked to Gone West and will be bred Saturday, said John Freston, racing manager for David Plummer and partners ClassicStar Farm.

Breeds See Breeding Splits Differently in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association has put its support behind legislation that would give horsemen 25% of gross revenue from racetrack slot machines. Meanwhile, a prominent Standardbred breeder told members of a Senate Finance Committee May 6 breeders won't receive enough revenue under splits contained in two slots bills that have been introduced.

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