Racecar Rhapsody is looking to earn the first graded stakes victory of his career when he runs in the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s homebred Communique worked rail-skimming magic in deep stretch of the $150,000 Grey Goose Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) and swung out just in time to keep Helen Groves' Tejida from a wire-to-wire win in the April 24 event at Keeneland Race Course.
Breeders' Cup foal and stallion nominators are currently voting to elect 13 individuals to the Breeders' Cup board of members and trustees.
Rey de Cafe, a multiple graded stakes winner, will enter stud in 2007 at Donald Dizney's Double Diamond Farms near Ocala, Fla.
- By Ron Mitchell
As the search for his successor continues, Churchill Downs Inc. president and chief executive officer Tom Meeker presided over his 22nd and final shareholders' meeting Thursday, painting a positive picture of the racetrack operating company's future while also accepting plaudits from fellow directors and company employees.
Like most trainers halfway through this year's Saratoga meet, Todd Pletcher has experienced his fair share of satisfaction and frustration. Still, he again leads the training standings with 14 winners, including three graded stakes winners, heading into Wednesday's card.
Favored Rey de Cafe, who always likes to make it interesting, did so again. He was between horses in a tight finish and just got his nose in front to take the $114,700 Hill Prince Stakes (gr. IIIT) Friday at Belmont Park.
There hadn't been a thrilling stretch duel all day, but the ninth race on the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) undercard featured one. Rush Bay, under Robby Albarado, and Rey de Cafe, with Javier Castellano up, hit the wire together in the $114,700 Crown Royal American Turf (gr. IIIT).
Newfoundland, a multiple graded stakes winner and grade I-placed, has been retired to Fred Seitz' Brookdale Farm near Versailles, Ky., and will stand for $15,000 live foal.
An agreement in principle was reached Wednesday for a joint effort between Breeders' Cup and the Thoroughbred Championship Tour.
Maryland horseman Stuart S. Janney III has been elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Blood-Horse Publications. Janney assumed the post Aug. 4.
Keeneland ended its 15-day spring meeting with slight declines in both total handle and on-track attendance.
G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s Victory Ride was vanned off the Saratoga track Saturday after being pulled up during a morning work. The 3-year-old daughter of Seeking the Gold, who won the July 28 Test Stakes (gr. I) in her most recent start, suffered a condylar fracture of her right front leg.
Victory Ride rebounded from her lone defeat to hand Xtra Heat just her third loss in 17 career starts in Saturday's $250,000 Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.
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