Two of the country's top female sprinters are slated to square off in Saturday's grade II Princess Rooney.
Saturday's ninth race at Calder, the $400,000 Smile Sprint Handicap, sets off a four-race $1.3 million windfall for some of the nation's top sprinters.
Godolphin Racing's Sakhee, runner-up in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic, turned in a strong workout Tuesday at England's Sandown Park Racecourse in preparation for the July 27 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot.
Xtra Heat and Willa On The Move each worked a half-mile at Laurel Park Monday morning in preparation for 'Summit of Speed' stakes at Calder Race Course on Saturday.
New Phoenix Stable's Sarava, who upset War Emblem's Triple Crown bid in the Belmont Stakes, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.80 Saturday at Churchill Downs
An abscess caused by a stone bruise has knocked Key Lory out of Saturday's $500,000 United Nation's Handicap (gr. IT) at Monmouth Park, trainer Dennis Manning reported Friday.
Lazy Lane Farm's Blues In Seattle is the early line favorite in Saturday's $100,000-added Debutante Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
Megahertz, the English-bred 3-year-old filly who has developed into a budding superstar for Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, faces an international cast in Saturday's inaugural running of the $500,000 American Oaks at Hollywood Park.
Belterra is being taken out of training and will miss the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. Wagering on the Unbridled filly in the Breeders' Cup Future Wager has been suspended.
Sprint king Kona Gold is the heavy 3-5 favorite in a field of 10 heading toward Saturday's grade II, $300,000 Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Street Cry, Azeri, and Officer and Swept Overboard were the favorites for their respective races after the first day of betting for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Future Wager.
Grade I stakes winner Cetewayo, who races in the colors of John A. Chandler, will carry highweight of 118 pounds when he heads a field of nine marathoners in Saturday's $200,000-added, 1 1/2- mile Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. III) at Arlington Park.
Shibboleth, winner of the Jaipur Handicap (gr. IIIT) in his last out, is the highweight for Friday's Poker.
Cetewayo, is scheduled to be at Arlington Park Saturday to contest the Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IIIT).
Magic Smoke, Little Bit a Swiss, and Solo Singer among 10 entered for Thursday's race.
Despite a dismal beginning to his 4-year-old season, the D. Wayne Lukas-trained Yonaguska leads the eight-horse field for Saturday's $200,000 Philadelphia Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Philadelphia Park.
Two years ago, trainer Bob Baffert sent Mike Pegram's Captain Steve to the Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows to "make a man of him." While he doesn't have quite the credentials of Captain Steve, Baffert has entered Pegram's Danthebluegrassman for the $250,000 Iowa Derby at 1 1/16 miles on July 5.
Keeneland officials announced Wednesday the track's fall meeting will feature 19 stakes races, including an opening weekend featuring six graded stakes races. The 19 stakes races--11 of which are graded--will be worth a total of $4,425,000. Racing begins Friday, Oct. 4 and continues through Saturday, Oct. 26.
James and Dennis Richard's Bonapaw, who finished sixth behind Caller One in the Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I), makes his stateside return in a command performance in the $150,000 Iowa Sprint Handicap July 4 as the Iowa Festival of Racing rolls into day two at Prairie Meadows.
The late nominations of Orchard Park, Flying Dash, and Van Minister has increased the potential quality of the $500,000 Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs. The 1 1/4-mile turf race will be contested July 13.
As Churchill Downs prepares to close out its 2002 Spring Meet on July 7, several top juveniles were on the track preparing for weekend stakes events. The Louisville track will host the Debutante Stakes (gr. III) on Saturday and Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) on Sunday.
Pin Oak Stable's undefeated See How She Runs will return to action July 3 as the short-priced favorite for the $150,000 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has set the fields for this weekend's inaugural Breeders' Cup Future Bet. Street Cry, winner of the Dubai World Cup, has been listed as the morning line favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic at 6-1 odds.
Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III) winner Congaree, third in the 2001 Kentucky Derby, will not make his turf debut in Churchill Downs' Firecracker Breeders' Cup (gr. II) on July 4 as previously planned.
Churchill Downs has changed its first race post time and added a race to the track's racing program on Friday, July 5.
Caller One, the earner of more than $3-million who defected from the Golden Jubilee Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot, England, and champion Xtra Heat are among the nominees to Calder's 'Summit of Speed' day program on July 13. The race card that day includes four six-furlong stakes with $1.3 million in purses.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Sarava turned in a solid half-mile breeze the morning of June 29 at Churchill Downs as the Kenny McPeek-trained colt continues his preparation for a late summer/fall campaign.
WinStar Farm and Tom VanMeter's Mr. Mellon scored his second career stakes victory June 29 with a stout finish in the Arlington Classic (gr. IIT) at Arlington Park.
Astra takes her place in history with a repeat victory in the Beverly Hills Handicap.
Michael Tabor's Zavata, a $575,000 sale 2-year-old in February, cruised to a 6 1/4-length victory in the Tremont Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park on the Mother Goose undercard.
Trainer Shug McGaughey, recovering from bypass surgery, records fifth career Molly Pitcher score with Atelier.
Surviving a battle of attrition, Nonsuch Bay wins the Mother Goose over just three rivals.
Macho Uno, Evening Attire, and Seeking Daylight, three of the leading contenders for the July 6 Suburban Handicap all were on the work tab at Belmont Park Saturday morning.
Cyclorama, a leading turf filly in the East, was scheduled to be flown from New York on June 28 to join the cast for the inaugural $500,000 American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 1 14-miles on the turf. The race will be run at Hollywood Park on July 6.
Recently retired Hall of Fame rider Chris McCarron will be signing memorabilia at Hollywood Park on July 6 as part of a "Jockeys Across America" fundraiser for the Don McBeth Memorial Jockey Fund.
European horses invited to the inaugural $500,000 American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/4 miles on turf July 6 at Hollywood Park are expected to arrive Monday, according to Hollywood Park racing secretary Martin Panza.
Jockey Eibar Coa won five of seven races on Wednesday's card at Monmouth Park, including the $35,000 allowance feature aboard H.M.S. Jackson.
A field of six, headed by top weight Spain, is shaping up for Saturday's $300,000 Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at 1 1/8-miles at Monmouth Park. The Molly Pitcher will air live on CBS as part of the "NTRA Summer Racing Tour" beginning at 5 p.m.
Saturday's $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park might be missing such notables names as You, Take Charge Lady, and Bella Bellucci, but the race isn't lacking a quality field.
Alternate will try to turn it up a notch when she faces six rivals in the $175,000 Susan's Girl Stakes at Delaware Park on Saturday. The 1 1/16-mile race is the final local prep for the Delaware Oaks (gr. III), which will be contested on July 20.
Burning Roma will look to rebound to his winning ways when he meets eight rivals in the $100,000 Brandywine Stakes at Delaware Park on Saturday.
Stronach Stable's Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II) winner Macho Uno breezed five furlongs Saturday at Belmont Park as he prepared for an anticipated start against Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) winner Street Cry in the July 6 Suburban Handicap (gr. II).
Chris McCarron, whose mounts have earned more money than any jockey in history, seems destined to expand that figure on Sunday when he takes his last ride on Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) champion Came Home in Hollywood Park's $100,000 Affirmed Handicap (gr. III).
James Routsong's Megan's Bluff, a 5-year-old mare who has won stakes races at Churchill Downs in each of the past three years, faces eight rivals in Saturday's $150,000-added Locust Grove Handicap (gr. III) for older fillies and mares on the turf.
Saturday, two months to the day that the great sportsman Ogden Phipps passed away at the age of 93, the feature race at Belmont will be run in his honor.
Johannesburg, last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner and Eclipse Award recipient, heads a field of 16 to run Saturday in the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Fourteen horses are expected to compete in Sunday's Queen's Plate at Woodbine. Some of the runners had their final workouts Wednesday, including Shaws Creek.
Churchill Downs Inc., through its simulcasting network, has created a pick 4 linking four races at four of the tracks under the Churchill ownership umbrella, starting on June 22.
Among the probables for Saturday's grade I Ogden Phipps Handicaps are two grade I winners, Critical Eye and Raging Fever.
Trainer Michael Petro has added Fuzzy Star to the list of starters for Sunday's $1 million Queen's Plate at Woodbine. The addition of Fuzzy Star increases the field to 14 for Canada's most prestigious race.
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