Tusayan was anything but green when it came to his first taste of turf and stakes racing, winning the $139,000 Bold Ruckus Stakes for 3-year-olds in style Wednesday night at Woodbine.
Select Stable's Take Charge Lady, a narrow loser to reigning "Horse of the Year" Azeri in her only start of 2003, and a trio of major stakes winners from the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel head the list of 28 fillies and mares nominated to the $300,000-added Fleur De Lis (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer confirmed Wednesday that the $100,000-added Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) on June 22 is the next goal for Eye of the Tiger after the 3-year-old colt worked seven furlongs in a bullet 1:24.80 here in company with Yougottawanna.
Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, who rode Sunny's Halo to victory in the 1983 Kentucky Derby, mourned the loss of the horse, who was euthanized Tuesday.
Madame Pietra, a 6-year-old mare who has quietly developed into one of the better female sprinters in the nation, seeks her fourth straight stakes victory in the $100,000-added Desert Stormer Handicap for fillies and mares at six furlongs on Saturday.
William S. Farish's homebred Mineshaft, winner of the Pimlico Special (gr. I), and Flaxman Holdings' Aldebaran, winner of the Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II) and Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) in his last two races, top the list of likely starters from a star-studded group of 32 horses nominated for Churchill Downs' $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I).
Belmont jockeys visit Ronald McDonald House Thursday, Cauthen to close New York Stock Exchange Friday.
Scrimshaw, trainer D. Wayne Lukas' entrant for Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), arrived at Belmont Park at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
The New York Racing Association will allow fans to bring in coolers to specified areas of the grandstand at Belmont on Belmont Stakes Day, June 7, as Funny Cide races for Thoroughbred racing history and the Visa Triple Crown.
Seattle Slew, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown in 1977 and racing's only unbeaten Triple Crown champion, will be featured in Churchill Downs' next bobblehead giveaway on Sunday, June 8 as the latest offering in the track's "Triple Crown Heroes of the 1970's" collectible series.
With Funny Cide's run for the Triple Crown in Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the following numbers come into play:
After Wednesday's Belmont post position draw, all the combatants can now start planning their strategies. When Funny Cide drew post 4 and Empire Maker post 1, the wheels immediately started turning as to how the early battle will unfold.
Only a few days after researchers announced the cloning of a full sibling to the 9-year-old racing mule Taz, he upset 11-year-old Black Ruby in a $900 open event at the Humboldt County Fair in Winnemucca, Nev.
Funny Cide, who will attempt to become Thoroughbred racing's 12th winner of the Triple Crown Saturday in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), will do so from post 4. The Sackatoga Stable star will face five challengers in the 1 ½-mile "Test of a Champion" and was installed the even-money favorite for the race.
Horizon Farms near Barrington, Ill., will cease operating as a breeding and boarding operation on Sept. 1. Currently the farm stands three of Illinois' top five stallions, including the state's leading sire, Unreal Zeal.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Funny Cide was made the even-money morning line favorite when six horses were entered Wednesday for Saturday's Belmont Stakes. The 3-year-old gelding will break from post position 4 as Derby runner-up Empire Maker breaks from the inside post.
The Belmont Stakes was dealt a serious blow Wednesday when Phillips Racing Partnership's Best Minister was diagnosed with a lung infection and was taken out of consideration for Saturday's classic.
Trainer Todd Pletcher won the Flash Stakes in 1999 with More Than Ready. He appears to hold a strong hand in this year's running with a two-horse entry of Chapel Royal and Korsakoff in Friday's running of the five-furlong dash for 2-year-olds.
Legislation that would place the issue of racetrack video lottery terminals on the November ballot was introduced in the Ohio Senate June 3. Opponents are already predicting defeat.
Storm Flag Flying, seeking to get back to her championship form from a year ago, will break from post 1 for Friday's Acorn Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. The Ogden Mills Phipps' homebred daughter of Storm Cat out of My Flag will face six 3-year-old fillies in the one-turn mile contest.
Veteran Philadelphia Park trainer Robert Scetta, 63, died June 1
The New York area is under a flood watch from the National Weather Service as heavy rains have soaked the area since Tuesday night. Local forecasters have used words like "ugly" and "miserable" to describe Wednesday's forecast.
A plan is in the works to allow the state of Maryland, not racetrack owners, own slot-machine operations and hire members of the private sector to operate them.
AmericaTab reported a record month for total handle in May and broke a single-day handle record on Kentucky Derby Day (May 3).
Sunny's Halo, the 1983 Kentucky Derby winner, was euthanized Tuesday at Double S Thoroughbred Farm in Tyler, Texas due to the infirmities of age. He was 23.
The Thoroughbred Championship Tour, a proposed series of stakes that would bridge the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, will rely heavily on incentives to get owners to commit their horses, officials said June 3.
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