Ellis Park was forced to cancel racing on opening day of its summer meet Wednesday after four races due to severe thunderstorms in the Henderson, Ky., region that caused conditions to be unsafe.
Ten Most Wanted, the probable favorite for the $400,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at nine furlongs for 3-year-olds on Sunday, completed his preparation by working four furlongs in :48 3/5 here Wednesday under exercise rider Bruno Delgadillo.
Edward P. Evans' 5-year-old mare Gold Mover, who defeated Eclipse champion favorite Xtra Heat by a half-length in the Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. II) at Summit of Speed at Calder Race Course last year, returns Saturday to defend her title.
Trainer Scott Lake, leading the nation in wins this year with 250 victories but seldom seen in Florida, holds the strongest hand for the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. III) Saturday at Calder Race Course. He starts the team of Robert L. Cole Jr.'s Shake You Down and Richard Englander's My Cousin Matt in the Summit of Speed stakes for horses 3 and up.
Stronach Stable and Brian Allen's 3-year-old filly Buffythecenterfold got a lot of attention last year for her Playboy cover namesake, but the daughter of Capote has earned the respect of horse players for her accomplishments on the racetrack over the last two seasons.
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie's formal request to host a second Thoroughbred meeting in 2004 – in order to accommodate the 21st running of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships – was unanimously approved July 9 by the Texas Racing Commission at its annual date hearing in Austin, Texas.
Stan Fulton's Roll Henessy Roll and Hector Garcia's King Robyn ship in from California and are the favorites among 11 3-year-olds entered in the $300,000 Carry Back Stakes (gr. III), part of the Summit of Speed at Calder Race Course at six furlongs Saturday.
Jockey Luis Chavez was found to have a broken collarbone following Wednedsay's three-horse spill at Belmont Park. As for apprentice jockey Shannon Uske, X-rays were negative but she is likely to miss between three and five days.
Aeneas and Perfect Drift are pointed at the July 19 Washington Park Handicap; Weld to bring Evolving Tactics for American Derby.
Littleton Arwen, who finished second in this year's Betfair.com Eternal Stakes, sold for 110,000 guineas (approximately $179,971) Wednesday to top the second day of the Tattersalls July sale in England.
Sheikh Mohammed's Nevisian Lad appeared to have no running room with two furlongs to go but rebounded under jockey Kieran Fallon to post a length victory over Cape Fear in the TNT July Stakes (Eng-II) at Newmarket, England on Wednesday.
Stakes winner Takin It Deep has been retired from racing because of a suspensory problem
As many as eight 3-year-olds are still possible for Saturday's Long Branch Stakes (gr. III), the last New Jersey prep race before the Aug. 3 Haskell Invitational (gr. I).
During the first two days of the three-day July meet at England's Newmarket Racecourse, attendance was up 11.7% over the 2002 meet. Also, the Newmarket stewards were busy Wednesday, taking disciplinary action against three riders, and the heat has affected riders and horses.
Harriet Heubeck, whose late husband, Elmer, was one of Florida's most prominent horsemen, died July 7
The town of Cicero, Illinois paid $300,000 Tuesday to acquire all of the fixtures, equipment, and other property at Sportsman's Park, the dual purpose car and horse racing track.
The Greatest Game, a program created to encourage more people to join the Thoroughbred industry as owners, held its second matching lottery in Lexington on July 8. The lottery gives individuals who have expressed interest in becoming owners, contact information for three advisors.
Following two fast 5-furlong works – in :58 3/5 and :59 – Juddmonte Farms' Empire Maker had a nice easy half-mile breeze in :51 Wednesday morning.
Grade I winner Dress To Thrill will take on 10 rivals in the $200,000 All Along Breeders' Cup (gr. IIIT) at Colonial Downs on Saturday at Colonial Downs.
Visit Saratoga racetrack for its annual open house on July 20. This year the day starts off with a 5K walk to benefit the Special Olympics, and includes events for all ages from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Colonial Affair, winner of the 1993 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), and prominent stallion Southern Halo will stand the Southern Hemisphere breeding season in Argentina
No action will be taken against the three individuals arrested last week for allegedly administering a milkshake at Belmont Park until their criminal cases are completed, track stewards told the New York Racing and Wagering Board Tuesday.
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