Broadway Stables' Go Go Baby Go eclipsed a Pimlico Race Course track record for five furlongs on the turf that was set only five races previously, leading every step to win the $75,000 The Very One Stakes Friday.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Breeders' Cup board of directors, given shifts in the number of mares bred, is considering a change in stallion nomination fees and could take action at its meeting in June.
Pin Oak Stable's Intrinsic Worth overcame a bad start to come from last at the top of the stretch to win the $38,000 Shecky Greene Handicap by three-quarters of a length on opening day at Arlington Park Friday.
Smarty Jones, the Kentucky Derby winner is now the prohibitive 2-5 favorite to win Saturday's 129th running of the $1 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
The Michael Machowsky-trained Southern Image took his third grade I event of the year when he scored a convincing win over Midway Road in the $500,000 Pimlico Special (gr. I) Friday at Pimlico Race Course.
Drew Mollica, agent for jockey Richard Migliore, said he was "cautiously optimistic" his rider would be able to ride Saturday at Pimlico after he was hurt in the Belmont Park starting gate Friday afternoon.
A memorial service will be held for the late trainer Wally Dunn at Santa Anita Park on Monday at 1 p.m. It will be held at Clockers' Corner, a site he visited frequently until his death in late April. The Arcadia resident was 93.
Trainer Brian Lynch is giving up his public stable at Hollywood Park to work as an assistant in the powerful Bobby Frankel stable at Saratoga, Lynch said on Friday.
Golden Eagle Farm's Yearly Report rated just off a very soft pace, made her move on the far turn and drew away to win the $200,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II), the co-featured event May 14 at Pimlico Race Course.
King of Happiness, an impressive winner of the $62,000 allowance feature on the Hollywood Park turf Thursday is headed for bigger things. But the victory was bittersweet for trainer Neil Drysdale, who was out of the country due to the death of his mother.
Returning to the races for the first time since December, Forest Music got a head in front of Stephan's Angel at the wire in the May 14 $100,000 The Adena Stallions' Miss Preakness Stakes (gr. III) at Pimlico Race Course. Fall Fashion was 4 1/4 lengths back for third.
Ten Most Wanted, winner of the 2003 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, has been retired because of a leg injury, trainer and part owner Wally Dollase announced Friday at Hollywood Park.
Philadelphia Park-based Friel's For Real was the real deal in winning the $100,000 Pimlico Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Pimlico Race Course Friday by 2 ¼ lengths over Saintly Action.
A new gambling package rose from the ashes of several rejected plans Thursday in the Minnesota Senate Tax Committee, but it was unlikely the bill would get far in the final days of session. One of the rejected plans was a proposal to add slot machines at Canterbury Park.
Canterbury Park Holding Corp's financial results for the first quarter of the year included records for quarterly earnings and earnings per share.
Jockey Stewart Elliott is ready to stop answering questions about his past and is anxious to take the gate aboard 6-5 favorite Smarty Jones in Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course.
It's not easy to bet against Smarty Jones in Saturday's Preakness Stakes. You're trying to beat perfection, as well as forces that may very well be guiding the colt into a special place in history. Can anyone hope to derail one of the greatest feel-good stories ever? As sacrilegious as it may seem, let's at least give it a try.
Robert LaPenta's The Cliff's Edge has been scratched from Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I). The official word came from trainer Nick Zito Friday morning on the backside at Pimlico Racecourse.
Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith's Lion Heart walked the shedrow for an hour the morning of May 14 before he headed to the racetrack for a gallop, and then was schooled in the indoor paddock at Pimlico Race Course. Lion Heart is the second choice in the morning line for the May 15 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Stakes producer Brilliant Melody was euthanized May 13 because of complications from the infirmities of old age
- By Jack Shinar
A Magna Entertainment Corp. official, conceding the company's control of Bay Meadows Racetrack will soon end after five years of operation, said the Toronto-based racing giant wasn't given the opportunity to negotiate a lease extension for 2005 with the track's owner.
Trainer John Servis said that he's seeing a side of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones this week that he hasn't seen since before the Arkansas Derby (gr. II) and he likes it. "He's getting a little bit of an attitude and I like him that," Servis said Friday morning on the backside of Pimlico Race Course.
Funny Cide, winner of the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness (both gr. I), was scratched Thursday from today's Pimlico Special (gr. I).
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