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Lion Tamer Whips Commonwealth Foes

Lion Tamer Whips Commonwealth Foes

Lion Tamer engaged the pacesetters at the top of the stretch and then gradually inched away to a three-quarters of a length win in the $250,250 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup (gr. II) Saturday at Keeneland.

Handle Up, Purses Down During First Quarter

Total North American handle during the first quarter of the year was up slightly from 2003 despite 45 fewer racing days, but once again purses did not keep pace, according to statistics released Friday by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Equibase.

Value a Plus in the Wood

Value a Plus in the Wood

Our choice to win the Grade I Wood Memorial is VALUE PLUS. This strapping, gray colt is versatile, fast and has the breeding to get the 1 1/8 mile distance. In last year's Wood, Funny Cide and Empire Maker were prominent throughout the race. We believe that early prominence will dominate this year's running as well.

Call Me <i>Mister</i> Jones

Call Me <i>Mister</i> Jones

The grade II Arkansas Derby runs this Saturday at Oaklawn. SMARTY JONES will win and up his record to six for six. He will win by multiple lengths. His time for the 1 1/8 mile race will be under 1:49, and he will quiet all doubts as to his status as a serious Derby contender.

Limehouse Right at Home at Keeneland

Limehouse Right at Home at Keeneland

A quick quiz. How many of the starters in the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes won the last time out? The answer: two, Limehouse and California shipper Preachinatthebar. In fact, LIMEHOUSE has won his last two. We pick him to run his streak to three in Saturday's Blue Grass.

Santa Rosa Breaks Ground for Turf Course

Sonoma County Fair broke ground on a $3 million turf course at its Santa Rosa, Calif. racetrack April 8, and officials plan to have the new seven-eighths of a mile oval ready for use at the 2005 summer meeting.

Bay Meadows, Magna Dispute 2005 Dates

Signaling changes to come, the Bay Meadows Land Company submitted a separate proposal for the 2005 racing schedule in the northern half of the state to the California Horse Racing Board dates committee Thursday.

Blue Grass Dinner Quotes and Notes

The Keeneland Association honored its contestants for Saturday's running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) Thursday evening with a special dinner at the Keene Barn entertainment complex on the Keeneland grounds. The connections from most of the eight runners, Marylou Whitney Stable's Birdstone was scratched earlier in the day, were interviewed following the dinner, and following are some of the comments made by them.

Victory U.S.A Draws Away in Stonerside Beaumont

Victory U.S.A Draws Away in Stonerside Beaumont

Victory U.S.A., who in two previous matchups with Halfbridled could finish no better than third, turned the tables on last year's juvenile filly champion with an impressive win in the $250,000 Stonerside Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland Thursday.

Kentucky Derby Trail: Amazing Grays, How Sweet the Sound

Kentucky Derby Trail: Amazing Grays, How Sweet the Sound

Never before has there been a long gray line of 3-year-olds like the one that is heading for Churchill Downs this year. The question is, is there some mysterious force being emitted from the Twin Spires that is drawing all these grays to Louisville? There just might be.

Healthwatch: Research Links Cushing's to Laminitis

Healthwatch: Research Links Cushing's to Laminitis

Cushing's disease (CD) has been identified as the most common cause of laminitis among horses seen at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. Dr. Mark Donaldson, an assistant professor at the university's School of Veterinary Medicine, led the research effort.

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