Articles posted May 8, 2003

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Queen's Plate Champ T J's Lucky Moon in 2003 Debut

Seven furlongs may not be the ideal distance for him to make his seasonal debut at Woodbine on Saturday, but trainer Ross Armata Jr. reminds that T J's Lucky Moon, 2002 Queen's Plate winner, knows a thing or two about winning against the odds.

Catalano, Douglas to Defend Arlington Titles

Wayne Catalano, Arlington Park's trainer champion for two of the past three seasons, and Rene Douglas, back-to-back riding leader at the Chicago-area track, return to defend their titles at the 108-day meeting, which begins Friday.

Indiana Downs Seeks Betting Parlor Near Churchill

Officials in Clark County, Ind., have scheduled a hearing May 12 to discuss a request by Indiana Downs to operate a satellite wagering facility in Jeffersonville or Clarksville. The OTB parlor would be located just across the Ohio River from Churchill Downs and its Trackside OTB in Louisville, Ky.

Ipi Tombe Breezes at Churchill Downs

South African champion Ipi Tombe, a dazzling winner over males in the Dubai Duty Free on the Dubai World Cup undercard, turned in her second U.S. breeze on Thursday for new trainer Elliott Walden.

Derby Riders May Be Disciplined for Wearing Logo

The Kentucky Racing Commission has summoned 14 of the 16 jockeys that rode in the Kentucky Derby to appear before the Churchill Downs stewards May 16 for wearing a "Jockeys Guild" logo on their pants in apparent violation of the Kentucky rules of racing.

Tagg To Have Whole New Preakness Perspective

During nearly 30 years on the Mid-Atlantic circuit, the closest trainer Barclay Tagg ever got to the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) was a bird's eye view from the Pimlico backstretch. But this year, things figure to be vastly different for the newly-minted Kentucky Derby-winning conditioner.

Shake You Down In Bold Ruler

There is usually little surprise when trainer Scott Lake moves a horse up off a claim. However, the improvement in Shake You Down since he was claimed by Lake for himself on March 12 is astounding.

Repent to Stand at Cloverleaf Farm

Multiple stakes-winning millionaire Repent, who was retired earlier this year because of an injured tendon, has been sold by Jerry and Feye Bach's Select Stable to Cloverleaf Farm in Ocala, Fla.

Magna Unveils Construction Plans for Laurel, Pimlico

Magna Entertainment Corp., majority owner of the Maryland Jockey Club, has unveiled what it says is the first phase of an overall plan to rebuild Pimlico and Laurel Park from the ground up - grandstands, racing surfaces and stable areas. The $46-million first phase of the plan will include new stables and training track at Laurel Park.

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