Halfbridled, the 2-year-old filly champion of 2003, was scratched from the April 30 Kentucky Oaks (gr. 1) the morning of the race after having tied up. She was scratched from the April 3 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland for the same reason.
Trainer Richard Mandella is sending both champion Halfbridled and Minister Eric to compete at Keeneland. Halfbridled is pointed toward the April 2 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) and Minister Eric is scheduled to run in the April 10 Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I).
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Limited, in conjunction with the Thoroughbred Club of America, will honor the victorious breeders of the 2003 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at the 10th annual Breeders' Cup Ltd./Thoroughbred Club of America dinner on Sunday, Jan. 11, 6:00 p.m., at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky.
Jockey Julie Krone became the first female winner of a non-steeplechase Breeders' Cup race when she booted home favored Halfbridled to a 2 1/22-length victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Santa Anita on Saturday.
Wertheimer Farm's unbeaten Halfbridled, the likely favorite for next month's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), showed her versatility in winning Sunday's $250,000 Oak Leaf States (gr. II) for jockey Julie Krone at Santa Anita.
In spite of coming out in the stretch, Wertheimer Farm's front-running Spring Star held on gamely between Magic Mission and Garden in the Rain to register a neck score in the $191,000 Palomar Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares on the Del Mar grass.
Wertheimer Farm's Halfbridled showed why she's likely to be heard from later this year when she recorded a scintillating five-length victory in the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies at Del Mar Saturday.
Wertheimer Farm's Indy Dancer, who is scheduled to face off with current Kentucky Derby favorite Empire Maker in Saturday's $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I), worked five furlongs over Belmont Park's main track in :59 2/5 handily.
Wertheimer Farm's Indy Dancer, one of three possible prospects for the $1 million Florida Derby from the barn of Todd Pletcher, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 at Palm Meadows Tuesday.
The field remained the solid favorite at 6-5 over each of the 23 named betting interests at the conclusion of the second day of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager's opening pool Friday.
Donald Dizney's homebred Apalachian Thunder defeated a promising field of 3-year-olds that included Atswhatimtalknbout and Listen Indy in Friday's $56,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita.
Wertheimer Farms' Olmodovar and Cee's Stable's Tizbud were both confirmed to run in next Saturday's $200,000 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) after working over Santa Anita's main track Sunday morning. Both lightly raced colts will be making their stakes debuts in the 1 1/16-mile main track affair.
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