Articles posted June 5, 2003

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Trebizond Holds on in Meadow Brook Chase

Tiring Trebizond stumbled after clearing the last two fences, but held on to beat Blasphemous by 3 1/2 lengths in the $106,150 Meadow Brook Steeplechase (NSA-I) for older horses at Belmont Park Thursday.

Lukas Sounds Alarm for Funny Cide

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas sounded a warning to those running in Saturday's 135th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes hoping to derail the Funny Cide Express to the Visa Triple Crown: "That sucker is ready."

Ipi Tombe Impresses Day, Walden in Work

South African champion Ipi Tombe moved another step closer to her American racing debut, turning in a sharp five furlong workout Thursday on Churchill Downs' Matt Winn Turf Course.

Senor Swinger Back to Turf for Jefferson Cup

After an unsuccessful stop on the Visa Triple Crown trail, Robert and Beverly Lewis' Senor Swinger returns to the grass this weekend at Churchill Downs and looms as a strong favorite for Saturday's $200,000-added Jefferson Cup (gr. IIIT).

'Challenge,' Account-Bet Problem Tackled by NTRA

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association continues to examine a vehicle to bring back the Great State Challenge later this year, and also is working with Visa in regard to a policy change that has hindered state-sanctioned account wagering in the United States.

A Pony By Any Other Name

In "Breakfast at Tiffany's," Holly Golightly had a cat by the name of Cat. Well, say hello to Pony, who just happens to be Funny Cide's pony, the one member of the Tagg Team no one pays much attention to.

Funny Cide: Big Man on Campus

Funny Cide, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness (both gr. I) winner who will attempt to become Thoroughbred racing's 12th Triple Crown winner in Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), galloped 1 ½ miles the wrong way around the Belmont Park oval Thursday morning. His demeanor following his exercise has the Funny Cide team brimming with confidence for the "Test of a Champion."

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