Articles posted July 29, 2004

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Baffert, Jerkens Fillies Spar in Test

A group of a dozen 3-year-old fillies will vie Saturday in the 79th running of the $250,000 Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course. Headlined by Friendly Michelle and Society Selection, the field will go seven furlongs on a surface that could prove wet -- given a stormy upstate New York forecast for the Spa's opening weekend.

Recovering Von Hemel Supervises Bedanken

Veteran trainer Don Von Hemel has returned to Arlington Park following recent hip replacement surgery and will supervise the day-to-day preparations of Pin Oak Stable LLC's Bedanken as she gets ready for her next engagement in the Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington Park on Aug. 14.

Luzzi Has Surgery on Broken Leg

Jockey Mike Luzzi was resting comfortably at Albany Medical Center Thursday morning, after undergoing surgery Wednesday night for a broken right femur.

Afleet Alex Sets Stakes Record in Sanford

Afleet Alex remained unbeaten in three starts with an impressive 5 1/4-length victory in Thursday's Sanford Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga. The 2-year-old Northern Afleet colt set a stakes record in the process, running the six furlongs in 1:09.32. The previous record, 1:09 2/5, was set by Elocutionist.

Churchill Downs Backdrop for Movie

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His father, the late Jerry Romans was a Thoroughbred trainer and his older brother Dale is one of the leading trainers at Churchill Downs, but Bruce Marshall Romans, never felt pressured to join the family business.

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