Articles posted March 14, 2004

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Day, Ender's Sister Win Florida Oaks

Ender's Sister, with Hall of Fame rider Pat Day in the irons, won the $150,000 Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs on Sunday with an explosive move at the sixteenth pole that swept her to a ¾-length win.

Halfbridled Tops Pool 2 of Oaks Future Wager

Despite suffering her first career loss in Saturday's Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I), 2-year-old filly champion Halfbridled ended up as the 7-2 favorite at the close of four days of betting in the second pool of the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager ("KOFW").

Upsets Keep 'Field' Favored in Derby Wager

Following a weekend of Kentucky Derby prep races in which several leading Kentucky Derby contenders suffered defeats, the field of "all other 3-year-olds" emerged as the favorite when the second of three pools in Churchill Downs' 2004 Kentucky Derby Future Wager ended its four-day run Sunday.

Adoration Catches Star Parade in 'Margarita

Amerman Racing's Adoration finally caught the Argentine mare Star Parade in the $300,000 Santa Margarita Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita Sunday, returning to the Santa Anita Park winner's circle for the first time since her 40-1 upset in last year's Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).

Hillenbrand, Actor Gary Sinise Launch Operation Iraqi Children

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Author Laura Hillenbrand (Seabiscuit: An American Legend) and actor Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump, Apollo 13) have announced the launch of Operation Iraqi Children, a program that will enable Americans to send school supplies and Arabic translations of Seabiscuit to Iraqi children.

Wild San Felipe Worth Preachin' About

Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert is on top of the game again after Preachinatthebar narrowly won the $250,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Sunday, Baffert's second major Derby prep win in the past week.

Wide Trip Can't Slow Smok'n Frolic

A wide trip wasn't enough to keep Smok'n Frolic from a romping 6 1/2-length repeat victory in the $108,400 Next Move Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares Sunday at Aqueduct.

Upsets Shake Up Derby, Oaks Future Pools

A string of major upsets in Saturday's preps for the 130th running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) May 1 helped solidify the mutuel field's grip on the favorite's role heading into the final day of Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' 2004 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

Bertrando Suffering From Liver Disease

Leading California stallion Bertrando, whose maternal granddaughter Silent Sighs beat champion Halfbridled in winning the March 13 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I), is suffering from a liver disease and might be pensioned from stallion duty at the end of the season.

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