Irving and Marjorie Cowan's Triple Crown hopeful Ministers Wild Cat worked seven furlongs in 1:27 1/5 with new jockey Victor Espinoza in the irons at Hollywood Park Friday morning.
Trainer Neil Drysdale said that Victor Espinoza, just removed as the rider of Kafwain, would ride Ministers Wild Cat in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on April 5.
Ministers Wild Cat can validate his status as a Kentucky Derby contender with a victory Saturday in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields.
A Deputy Minister colt named Dean of Students skimmed over the slop at Calder Sunday to post the fastest eighth-mile work during the final under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training.
The Japanese owner-trainer team that attempted to win the 1999 Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) with El Condor Pasa announced their intention to target the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) with Sushi Train, a Deputy Minister colt who has won his only two starts in Japan by a combined 19 lengths.
Marjorie and Irving Cowan's Ministers Wild Cat, a 3-year-old colt out of Hollywood Wildcat by Deputy Minister, turned some heads in Saturday's fourth race at Santa Anita, defeating a $48,000 maiden special weight field by 7 1/2 lengths in a time of 1:22.57 for seven furlongs.
Critical Eye, a multiple Grade I winner, is scheduled to make the final start of her career in the $75,000 Montauk, a New York-bred restricted race for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 mile.
The leading Breeders' Cup sire by earnings, Deputy Minister, does not have an entrant this year. That could open the door for another sire to take over that title, the likely candidates being Storm Cat, Seattle Slew, Mr. Prospector, and Sadler's Wells.
Deputy Minister, who rang up $10-million in progeny earnings in both 1997-98, will have a reduction in his 2003 fee
More than 20 stallion seasons will be offered during an online auction to be conducted by Equine Spectrum.
TVG has announced it will offer exclusive live coverage of the Keeneland July Select Yearling Sale.
Keeneland has catalogued 200 horses for its July 15-16 selected yearling sale. The catalogued yearlings were selected from more than 600 entries.
A portion of another historic Thoroughbred farm in central Florida has been sold. Hunter Farm, which spans more than 320 acres near Ocala and features a three-quarter-mile dirt track and one-mile turf course, has been divided up into five parcels by owner Dennis Diaz, who raced champion and 1985 Kentucky Derby winner Spend a Buck.
Forest Camp, a top 2-year-old of 1999, has been retired and will stand in 2002 at Brereton C. Jones' Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky. Forest Camp, by Deputy Minister -- La Paz, by Hold Your Peace, will stand for $10,000.
Renaissance Woman worked four furlongs in :49.40 Wednesday at Hollywood Park to earn a probable start in the $345,000 Hollywood Starlet for 2-year-old fillies on Sunday. Also working at Hollywood Park on Wednesday, was Feverish, the defending champion in the Bayakoa Handicap who breezed four furlongs in :50.20.
Ric Waldman, who manages the Windfields Farm stallions, said Wednesday Deputy Minister's stud fee for 2002 will remain $150,000, and the fee for Silver Deputy will be reduced to $40,000 from $75,000.
Robert and Beverly Lewis have shifted the focus of their breeding program from selling to racing this year. As a result, they recently scratched both of their entries to the Keeneland July select yearling sale: a Deputy Minister--Serena's Song colt and a Gone West--Storm Beauty filly. The Lewises also will retain most of the yearlings that they planned to offer at the Keeneland September sale.
Millionaire Mr Purple, who has suffered from fertility problems since he was retired to stud, was represented by his first stakes winner May 21.
Istintaj, the 4-5 favorite in Sunday's Deputy Minister Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park, took a slim lead just inside the eighth pole to win the 6 1/2-furlong bout by a half-length. Among his rivals were 3-1 second choice Fappie's Notebook, who finished second, and 21-1 longshot Fantastic Finish, who led for most of the race before giving way in the last yards to finish third. The winner paid $3.80, the exacta returned $15.20, and the trifecta was worth $692.00.
Serena’s Song’s first foal -- Serena’s Tune, by Mr. Prospector -- won her debut race Sunday at Del Mar. Under Kent Desormeaux, the Neil Drysdale trainee, owned by James A. and Alice Sapara, led at every call en route to a seven-length victory over three other maiden juvenile fillies, completing the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:05.31.
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