Articles posted August 16, 2003

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Play The King Ace Keeps Soaring Free Sky High

Sam-Son Farm's Soaring Free capped a perfect stakes day for his owner, trainer Mark Frostad and jockey Todd Kabel with a convincing one and one-half length score in the $165,000 Play The King Stakes (Can-III) Saturday at Woodbine.

Breakdown Causes 3-Horse Spill at Del Mar

Three-year-old Naskra Nick was euthanized after sustaining an injury to his left front leg during the running of the 10th race, a maiden $25,000 claimer at Del Mar Saturday, starting a three-horse spill during the running of the 6 1/2-furlong heat.

Singletary Hits Hard in La Jolla

Little Red Feather Racing's Singletary, who flopped when heavily favored in each of his three starts, put it all together Saturday in winning the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds on the Del Mar turf course.

Arlington Racing Fest Handle Tops $15 Million

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The total handle during Arlington Park's 12-race card on Saturday's International Festival of Racing was $15,257,859, the second highest on a non-Breeders' Cup day in Illinois history.

Jockey Club Issues 2004 Foal Projection

The Jockey Club is projecting a 2004 North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop of 37,200, a marginal increase over 2003 and an indication that the foal crop size has stabilized following the decline in 2002 due to Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS).

Top Florida Trainer Melvin Calvert Dies at 93

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Veteran horseman Melvin (Sunshine) Calvert died Wednesday at age 93. Until just a few years ago when his health began to fail, Calvert visited Calder on occasion, particularly around Florida Stallion Stakes time to present trophies.

Rene Douglas' Time to Shine

Rene Douglas, who rides Owsley (10-1) in the $700,000 Beverly D., Kaieteur (20-1) in the Arlington Million and Lismore Knight (6-1), also from the rail, in the $400,000 Secretariat, hopes to break down some doors at Arlington Park Saturday.

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