Articles posted April 26, 2005

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Successful Appeal Mending From Colic Surgery

Successful Appeal, last year's leading freshman stallion and sire of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contender Closing Argument, is recuperating from colic surgery performed April 25 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington.

Wilko Finishes Well in Seven Furlong Work

Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Wilko worked seven furlongs in 1:26 4/5 at Hollywood Park Monday. With jockey Corey Nakatani aboard, the colt finished the final three-eighths of a mile in :34 and change, according to trainer Craig Dollase.

Where Are They Now?

By Ray Paulick - Conglomerate ownership was designed to bring economies of scale to the racetrack segment of the industry. Statistical evidence, along with unconfirmed reports that Hollywood Park may be sold to developers, suggests it hasn't worked very well in Southern California.

Big Numbers

By Evan I. Hammonds - There have been some gaudy numbers put up over the last couple of weekends by horses and humans alike. Some add spice to the coming Kentucky Derby (gr. I); some show a renewed vigor in the sport of Thoroughbred racing.

Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Afleet Heat

Tuesday's activity can be pretty much summed up in two words: Afleet Alex -- with the emphasis on Afleet. Working over a loose track that was playing on the slow side, Alex blazed his five furlongs in :59, with several others getting him in :58 3/5.

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