After six days in which there were no perfect tickets in Churchill Downs' Pick Six wager and a frenzied seventh day of betting boosted the betting pool to more than $1.3 million, the Pick Six excitement ended on Monday as there were nine tickets that correctly selected the winners of six consecutive races.
WinStar Farm's Awesome Humor, a multiple stakes winner who suffered the first loss of her career in a recent allowance race at Churchill Downs, rebounded from that setback with a sizzling half-mile work on Sunday.
Congaree, who can join an elite group to win both the Carter and Metropolitan handicaps in the same year, is hard to ignore in Monday's Memorial Day feature at Belmont Park.
Bien Nicole, the locally-based winner of the Oaklawn Breeders' Cup, will defend the home turf in the $200,000 WinStar Distaff (gr. IIIT) at one mile on the Lone Star Park grass course.
Bluesthestandard, the slight 9-5 morning line favorite for Monday's $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III), will start from the outside post position in the field of eight.
Ladies Din, an 8-year-old gelding whose legacy will be closely linked to the Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), will seek a repeat victory in the grass stake at Hollywood Park on Monday. A small but talented field of a half dozen fillies will look to the Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) as their turf showcase.
Winchell Thoroughbreds' Cuvee, a dazzling 6 1/2-length winner in his career debut at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks Day, heads a field of six in the 5 1/2-furlong Kentucky Breeders' Cup (gr. III) Monday, the first graded stakes race of the year for American 2-year-olds.
Judith Brodkin's 5-year-old High Ideal made a furious deep-stretch bid to catch favored Best Of The Rest in last year's $100,000 Memorial Day Handicap (gr. III) at Calder, but his rally fell a half-length short.
Singletary, the probable favorite in the $100,000-added Will Rogers Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds goint one mile on turf Sunday, is named after Mike Singletary, Hall of Fame linebacker for the Chicago Bears.
Letithappencaptain, who already has one stakes win at the Lone Star meeting, was installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite for Saturday's $150,000 Stonerside Stakes at Lone Star Park.
Jockey Constant Montpellier will have his first opportunity to test the Woodbine turf course in 2003 aboard Stage Classic in the $173,550 Connaught Cup Stakes (Can-III) Saturday.
Atswhatimtalknbout, who closed fastest of all to finish fourth in the Kentucky Derby, is being treated for a bruised foot that could jeopardize his chances of making the 135th Belmont Stakes
Expected rain along the Jersey Shore this weekend has forced Monmouth Park to switch its scheduled turf races to the main track for Saturday's opening day card as well as for Sunday's races. A decision has yet to be made regarding Monday's holiday card, which includes the grade III Jersey Derby at 1 1/16 miles on turf.
Out of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) with a low blood count, Alysweep bounces back for Saturday's $200,000 Peter Pan (gr. II) at 1 1/8 mile for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park.
While the forecast for Saturday still calls for rain at Monmouth Park, that didn't dampen the deluge of entries that flooded the entry box for the opening-day card.
Ministers Wild Cat, once considered a threat for Triple Crown races, seeks to regroup for the summer with a return in the $150,000 Laz Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs at Hollywood Park Monday.
Five fillies and mares have dared to challenge reigning Horse of the Year Azeri on Saturday when the brilliant 5-year-old mare returns to Hollywood Park for the $200,000-added Milady Breeder's Cup Hanidicap (gr. IT).
A classy field of eight, headed by Santa Ana Handicap (gr. IIT) winner Noches de Rosa, is entered for the $150,000 Yerba Buena Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares on the Bay Meadows turf Saturday.
The favorites for Saturday's $150,000-added Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs should have no problem in finding each other during the running of the 1 1/16-mile grass test.
Bluesthestandard, winner of five in a row including last month's Texas Mile (gr. III), is working like he's ready for a return to Grand Prairie in Monday's $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III), the feature race on Lone Star Million Day.
Trainer Frank Monteleone said that Ladies Din, a venerable 8-year-old gelding, is on edge to defend honors in the $350,000-added Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) on the Hollywood Park turf Monday.
Jose Santos, who rode Funny Cide to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, can cap a dream month Monday when he flies west from New York to ride Dress To Thrill in the $350,000-added Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on the Hollywood Park turf.
Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally has deferentially called Horse of the Year Azeri a "monster." After finishing behind the superstar mare with Affluent in all five previous meetings, McAnally knows what he's talking about.
After winning the Preakness (gr. I) Saturday in Maryland, jockey Jose Santos was back to work at Belmont early Sunday morning, breezing Breeders' Cup Classic winner Volponi shortly after the track renovation break. The son of Cryptoclearance was credited with a four-furlong move in :48 3/5.
Trainer Robert Tiller's Winter Garden is the morning line favorite for Monday's $277,750 Selene Stakes (Can-I) at Woodbine, a 1 1/16-mile event for 3-year-old fillies.
All of the stakes races Saturday at Pimlico will offer head-to-head wagering. The Preakness pits Peace Rules against Funny Cide.
Century City will be supplemented for $10,000 to the $350,000-added Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) May 26, according to trainer Beau Greely.
Major Idea, whose three-race winning streak ended when favored in Santa Anita's Providencia Stakes last month, will be out to make amends Saturday in Hollywood Park's $100,000 Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf.
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Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer sent John D. Gunther's Eye of the Tiger, a strong fifth in the May 3 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), out for a half-mile work in :48 2/5 handily at Hollywood Park Thursday morning.
The possibility of heavy rain and a wet track at Belmont Park Saturday has swayed Bobby Frankel to enter You in place of Sightseek in the Shuvee Handicap. A solid field of six fillies and mares has been entered.
The spring has been far from a flawless season for Carl Pollard's My Trusty Cat, but trainer David Vance hopes to get the daughter of Tale of the Cat back on track in Saturday's $100,000-added Dogwood Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
Makeup Artist worked three furlongs in a bullet :34.80 Wednesday at Hollywood Park and will be supplemented to the $100,000-added Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) on Saturday, trainer John Shirreffs confirmed.
Pimlico will offer a number of wagers this weekend beyond its usual win, place, show, and exacta bets. The Maryland Jockey Club will offer guaranteed minimum gross pools on its Pick 4 on Friday and Saturday, and will also offer head-to-head wagers both days.
Pimlico will kick off a stretch of four added-money events on Friday with the 8 1/2-furlong Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff Handicap (gr. III). The field is seven strong and includes grade I winner Summer Colony, who has not started since last year's Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), and Smok'n Frolic, who ranks ninth in earnings among all North American-based horses.
Kentucky-based Morluc is among the 79 entries for the July 10 Darley July Cup (Eng-I) at Newmarket. The son of Housebuster is no stranger to travel--he finished second in the 2000 and 2001 runnings of the Hong Kong Sprint and has competed in Dubai.
American-based millionaire Morluc is among 79 entries for the group I Darley July Cup at England's Newmarket Racecourse on July 10. The 2003 Darley July Cup, supported by Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud since 1996, has gone up in value to £250,000, a £30,000 increase over the 2002 figure, when there were 57 entries.
When a draw was conducted Wednesday morning to determine the order in which post positions will be selected for Saturday's Preakness Stakes, the luck of the draw did not favor the connections of Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide.
A case of colic has knocked Champali out of Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I). Lloyd Madison Farms, IV's son of Glitterman was to ship to Pimlico in Baltimore from his base at Churchill Downs Wednesday morning.
Headley, Molasky and Molasky's Kona Gold, 2000's Eclipse Award-winning sprinter, worked Tuesday for the first time since getting a brief vacation and logged three furlongs in :36 1/5 handily over Santa Anita's fast main track.
A well-matched bunch of 10 3-year-old fillies has passed the entry-box for Friday's Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) at Pimlico. The nationally-televised contest (ESPN, 5-6 p.m. EDT) will be run at its traditional distance of 1 1/8 miles.
Trainer Barclay Tagg said Monday that Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide will likely remain at Belmont Park in New York until Saturday, when he will be shipped to Pimlico Racecourse to compete in that day's Preakness Stakes.
Gary Tanaka's Golden Apples had her first recorded work since being crowned last year's filly and mare turf champion, logging three furlongs in :37 2/5 breezing Sunday over Hollywood Park's firm turf course.
William S. Farish's Mineshaft, winner of the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) at the Fair Grounds and the Ben Ali (gr. III) at Keeneland, tuned up for a run in Friday's $600,000 Pimlico Special (gr. I) with a sharp six-furlong breeze on Sunday at Churchill Downs.
Unbeaten Awesome Humor, a finalist for the Eclipse Award for champion 2-year-old filly of 2002, will make her anticipated return to competition in Wednesday's featured eighth race at Churchill Downs.
The post Ginger Gold drew for Sunday's $172,950 George C. Hendrie Stakes at Woodbine doesn't suggest it, but trainer Sid Attard is hoping for a little luck when the champion grey makes her return to racing.
Multiple graded stakes winner Carson Hollow will carry highweight in the $150,000 Genuine Risk Handicap (gr. II) Sunday at Belmont Park
Trainer Neil Drysdale is anxious to tighten the girth on Storming Home for his United States debut in the $400,000 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap at 1 1/2 miles on turf Saturday at Hollywood Park.
Chilean-bred Piensa Sonando, winner of the Native Diver Handicap here in December, worked four furlongs in :50 on the Hollywood Park main track Thursday for the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) Saturday.
Men's Exclusive seeks to become the first 10-year-old to win a stakes race at Hollywood Park Saturday in the $200,000 Los Angeles Times Handicap (gr. III) at six furlongs.
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