Robert and Beverly Lewis' Senor Swinger, who won the Jefferson Cup Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs by a widening 5 ½ lengths, is the 4-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday's $500,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIIT) at Colonial Downs. The race for 3-year-olds is at 1 1/4 miles on turf.
California stallion Flying Victor will stand the 2004 breeding season at Ellen Jackson's Victory Rose Thoroughbreds
Beau's Town was removed from consideration for the Smile Sprint Handicap that is part of Saturday's "Summit of Speed" program at Calder Race Course. But that defection was partially offset by the addition of Lone Star Sky and Miss Lodi.
Gross revenue reached a record high of ¥3.792 billion ($32,081,218) Monday, the first day of the two-day Japan Racing Horse Association Select Sale held on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido.
Buyers and consignors say they will miss the Keeneland July select yearling sale.
Mogok, an unraced 3-year-old son of Storm Cat, topped the Goffs France summer sale on July 3 , bringing a bid of 135,000 euros ($155,858 in U.S. funds) from the Kern Lillingston bloodstock agency.
With a successful spring meet at Churchill Downs in the books, the Kentucky racing scene shifts to Ellis Park July 9 with a focus on promotions and tie-ins with local communities and businesses.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide had his first work since the Belmont Stakes Monday, breezing an easy half in :51 1/5 on the Belmont Park main track.
A fundraiser to benefit a proposed facility for pensioned Thoroughbred stallions in Central Kentucky will be held at Hopewell Farm near Midway July 23.
- By Victor Ryan
Nassau County police arrested three men at Belmont Park last week for allegedly administering a milkshake June 28 to a horse scheduled to run that day for trainer Gary Sciacca.
A colt from the final crop of North American Horse of the Year and Japan's perennial leading sire Sunday Silence brought the top price of 330 million yen ($2,791,878) Monday during the first session of the Japan Racing Horse Association's foal sale.
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