Trickey Trevor, a northern California stakes-winning speedster, will enter stud at Ellen Jackson's Victory Rose Thoroughbreds near Vacaville, Calif.
Carl T. Grether, who raced California graded stakes winners Crafty C. T. and Madame Pietra, died July 1 of complications from Parkinson's disease.
Grade II winner Crafty C. T., third in last year's Napa Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) by only a length, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Gus Schoenborn Jr.'s Contemporary Stallions near Coxsackie, N.Y.
Carl Grether's Crafty C. T., who ended 2002 with back-to-back third-place finishes in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) and Cigar Mile (gr. I), is gearing up for his return to action as a 5-year-old and worked five furlongs in :58 4/5, handily, at Santa Anita Tuesday morning.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas extended his leadership in Breeders' Cup victories to 17 when Bob and Beverly Lewis' Orientate wore down Thunderello in the stretch for a half-length victory in the NAPA Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
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.
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.
Swept Overboard overcomes obstacles to win Met Mile as Sunday Break wins Peter Pan and pepares to challenge War Emblem.
Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Val Royal continued working toward his return to the races Thursday at Santa Anita and Ashland (gr. I) and Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) winner Fleet Renee worked five furlongs on fast dirt at Tapeta Farm. Others working Thursday were Printemps; Bella, Bella, Bella; Crafty C. T.; Griffinite; Sarah Lane's Oates; and Silver Charm's half-sister by Deputy Minister, Elrose.
It's rare to see perfection in a young colt prepping for the Kentucky Derby, but that's just about what we saw from Point Given in the Santa Anita Derby. Frankly, we can't think of anything left for this colt to prove. Taking every factor into consideration, other than soundness, we've got a horse who has the right trainer; the right jockey; the right pedigree; is a dual qualifier; is not only bigger and stronger than his opponents, but is also quicker and faster; can come from the clouds, lay in mid-pack, or stalk the leaders; can handle dry and wet tracks; and has already shown he likes Churchill Downs.
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