In a work her trainer said she can set her stopwatch by, Horse of the Year Azeri clicked off a half-mile in 47 2/5 seconds Monday morning at San Luis Rey Downs in her final serious work for Sunday's grade II, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap at Del Mar.
Cees Stable's Tizbud, a full brother to 2000 Horse of the Year Tiznow, worked three furlongs in :38 over Del Mar's fast main track on Monday in what was his first work in six months. Shortly after Tizbud finished his three-furlong breeze, little sister Tizdubai was put through her final drill for her added-money debut in Saturday's Sorrento Stakes (gr. II), logging five furlongs in :59 3/5.
Funny Cide came out of his third-place finish in Sunday's $1 million Haskell (gr. I) with a slight temperature, leaving his status for the Aug. 23 Travers in doubt.
It was a stroll in the park for Stroll as he easily won the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. II) Monday at Saratoga.
J.P. Reddam's multiple grade 1 winner Elloluv, unraced since finishing fourth in the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, worked three furlongs in :36 1/5 at Del Mar on Monday.
Jack Hoover, owner of Circle H Ranch near Murrieta, Calif., died Aug. 1
Chris McCarron and Kent Desormeaux became household names when riding in Maryland, but turned into national stars after moving to the Southern California circuit. Ryan Fogelsonger will try to add his name to the Hall of Fame list when he leaves Maryland after the Laurel Park summer meet ends on August 22 for points west.
A respectful foursome joined racing's Hall of Fame Aug. 4 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., just blocks from the historic racetrack. In the cool of Fasig-Tipton's air-conditioned Humphrey S. Finney sale pavilion, the tears and raw emotion of the entrants were as thick as the unseasonable humidity outside.
Trainer Bobby Frankel confirmed Monday that $1-million Haskell Invitational winner Peace Rules will make his next start in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 24.
With one day remaining until the start of the Saratoga select yearling sale, the Fasig-Tipton barn area was full of familiar faces. Buyers looking at horses Monday included Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas; John Ferguson, Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock manager; and Satish Sanan of Padua Stables.
The bidding could get hot early during the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale, which opens Tuesday night in New York.
The story of Dance Smartly, inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame on Aug. 4, epitomizes the powerful breeding empire first developed by Ernie Samuel more than three decades ago.
Jockey Mike Smith's career is like a football game with two phenomenal halves and a halftime from hell. But with the final gun nowhere in sight, Smith has managed to march the ball straight down the field and into the Hall of Fame.
Precisionist, who ran in four of the first five Breeders' Cup race days, is the latest contemporary horse to be inducted in the Hall of Fame at National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin Racing is on the verge of a landmark 100th grade or group I winner worldwide - in its 10th anniversary year.
If the halls of the National Museum of Racing seem a little brighter after Aug. 4, it is because of the presence of Hubert H. "Sonny" Hine, the latest trainer to be inducted into racing's Hall of Fame.
- By Victor Ryan
Stallion seasons and an intriguing list of "life experiences" will be auctioned at the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club Monday night as a fundraiser for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.
Will the top of the yearling market rebound from last year's major adjustment downward or will it suffer more setbacks? We'll start getting some answers Tuesday when the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale opens its three-night run in New York.
Danehill is officially Australia's champion sire on General Australian earnings for the 2002-03 season.
As the grand sweep of Seabiscuit's story reaches many more generations in movie theaters, the career has closed on one of Australia's wonderful underdog Thoroughbreds. Northerly departs far from the applause which accompanied his recently conferred Horse of the Year title.
Trainer Christophe Clement confirmed that Dynever, winner of the Aventura Stakes at Gulfstream Park in April and the Lone Star Derby (gr. III) at Lone Star Park in May, will run in the $600,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) at Mountaineer Park Saturday.
Ecurie Wildenstein's tenacious Irish invader Bright Sky got the lead from favored Six Perfections close to home and held on for a neck victory in the Prix d'Astarte (Fr-II) for fillies and mares Sunday at Deauville.
Godolphin's Highdown found nothing but trouble in the final furlong of Sunday's Grosser Dallmayr-Preis (Bayerisches Zuchtrennen) (Ger-I) at Munich, settling for a piece of second behind American-bred Ransom O'War.
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