There are so many possible scenarios in this weekend's big stakes, the Haskell, Whitney, and Jim Dandy, handicappers should be plenty busy over the next few days.
Saratoga Notebook: Lewis' Warhol Injured; Dandy Draws 6 Definites; Hennig Has Mares Ready; First 'Chase Mishaps
Warhol, a $4 million yearling recently purchased privately by Bob and Beverly Lewis from John Magnier and Michael Tabor, was injured Tuesday while leaving the Oklahoma training track.
Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Posse will be chasing his fourth straight stakes victory Saturday when he faces six top 3-year-old sprinters in the $150,000 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga.
Hollywood Gold Cup winner Congaree, a possible starter in Del Mar's Pacific Classic (gr. I) worked a sharp six furlongs Thursday morning at Del Mar.
Dan Borislow's Toccet, with the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe among his targets, had his first turf work Thursday, breezing 6 furlongs in 1:19 at Pimlico. Trainer John Scanlan had to move the work from his Laurel Park base because the turf course was closed for workouts.
Led by multiple graded stakes winners Buffythecenterfold and Atlantic Ocean, a field of nine 3-year-old fillies go to the gate for Saturday's $250,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) at one mile on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.
Toccet, the promising 3-year old who fell off the Visa Triple Crown trail with a right leg injury in February, worked on the grass at Pimlico Race Course, covering six furlongs in 1:19. Trainer John Scanlan had to move the work from his Laurel Park base because the turf course was closed for workouts.
- By Jack Shinar
California Indians will fight any effort to expand gaming at state racetracks, said the executive director of the association that oversees tribal casinos.
- By Tom Precious
In another blow for the New York Racing Association, state regulators have fined NYRA $10,000 for launching a marketing program before getting state government approval.
The Senate Banking Committee unanimously approved the Unlawful Internet Gambling Prohibition Act that contains language exempting horse racing.
Medaglia d'Oro and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Volponi are among a contentious field of eight older horses entered for Saturday's $750,000 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
Saratoga Notebook: Proud Citizen Sharp for Whitney, Says Lukas; Scrimshaw Tries Sprinting; Real Spa Horse Wins
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has a suggestion for people handicapping the Whitney Handicap (gr.I) on Saturday: don't overlook Proud Citizen.
Fan favorite Persian Punch collected the second stakes win of his 10-year-old campaign with a gutsy victory in the two-mile Lady O Goodwood Cup (Eng-II).
Flying Tiger Partnership's 2-year-old colt Majestic Missile earned his first stakes win with a sharp one-length victory in the Betfair Molecomb Stakes (Eng-III) at Goodwood.
Dab Hand Racing's The Tatling rallied from last and overtook the field inside the final furlong to win the King George Stakes (Eng-III) at Goodwood.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Funny Cide drew the number five post position and was installed as the 8-5 morning-line favorite when seven horses were entered for Sunday's $1-million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.
The 33rd annual Eclipse Awards ceremony, honoring divisional champions for the 2003, will be held Monday, January 26, 2004 at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Fla.
- By Tom Precious
A draft audit by New York state comptroller Alan Hevesi found the New York Racing Association has come up short in payments to purses and state franchise fees.
Country music star and Thoroughbred horse owner and breeder Toby Keith gets the same thrill onstage and in the winner's circle.
Eastern equine encephalitis case reports have risen into the hundreds this year, with confirmation of equine cases in at least nine states as the virus seemingly moves northwest from hot spots in the Southeast.
ReRun Maryland at Greener Pastures, located at the former Wear family estate in Cecilton, Maryland, will launch a series of educational programs August 23 with "Evaluating the Ex-Racehorse for a Second Career."
Boyd Gaming announced plans July 30 for a $50-million expansion at Delta Downs in Vinton, La. In a conference call on Boyd's second-quarter earnings, the company said Delta Downs, which has slot machines, has become of its "best performers."
As the Seabiscuit movie began winning over national audiences, two influential Texas racing associations renewed their commitment to the protection of Thoroughbreds.