City Zip turns back to seven furlongs in the grade III $150,000 Bay Shore for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct on the Wood Memorial under card, after running four of his last five races in routes on the Triple Crown trail.
Stronach Stables 2000 Eclipse champion turf mare Perfect Sting will make her first start of the year in the $200,000 Black Helen Handicap (gr. IIT) Saturday at Hialeah Park. A field of 10 fillies and mares will contest the 1 1/16 mile event.
John C. Oxley's Monarchos will break from post two as the 4-5 favorite for the Wood Memorial (gr. II), to be contested April 14 over 1 1/8 miles at Aqueduct.
The partnership that owns the stallion Maria's Mon has pledged contributions to equine research should Monarchos, who's by Maria's Mon, win Saturday's grade I Wood Memorial Stakes and/or the grade I Kentucky Derby May 5. The pledge was announced by Mrs. Josephine Abercrombie's Pin Oak Stud, home of Maria's Mon, the champion 2-year-old of 1995.
A field of 34, including 10 runners from the Godolphin Stable, has entered the Vodafone Coronation Cup, which will be contested at Epsom on Friday, June 8.
Two American runners are among eight extra entries for the 2001 Vodafone Derby, which will be contested at Epsom on Saturday, June 9. Tiger Trap, from Neil Drysdale's California stable, and River God, representing Richard Mandella highlight the additions list.
Serena's Tune was installed as the 9-5 favorite in the $200,000 grade II Fantasy Stakes, to be run Friday, April 13 at Oaklawn Park. Serena's Tune is the daughter of Mr. Prospector and sophomore filly champion Serena's Tune. A field of 10 fillies will contest the Fantasy over 1 1/16 miles.
The focus this weekend may primarily be on 3-year-olds, with the Wood Memorial in New York, Blue Grass Stakes in Kentucky, and Arkansas Derby all on tap, but other horses should not be forgotten. In California, Bienamado heads the lineup in Santa Anita's grade I San Juan Capistrano.
John Bothe, the former Meadowlands track announcer who made national headlines when he filed a discrimination suit against the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority in 1999, has been hired by The Red Mile in Lexington to call the second portion of the harness track's spring meet.
Thoroughbred Classics Presented by the NTRA will feature 17 program this year, with the first segment focused on the Triple Crown. Thoroughbred Classics will debut Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN Classic with a retrospective on this Saturday's Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.
William T. Young's champion Surfside was bred April 11 to major sire Danzig at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky.
A joint statement released Tuesday by Manor Downs, the Texas Racing Commission, horsemen, and breed associations said the 2001 Thoroughbred meet at Manor Downs has been canned because construction that would allow the Austin-area track to hold the April meet couldn't be completed.
Laura Hillenbrand, author of the best-selling book "Seabiscuit: An American Legend," will be the featured guest during a live chat at ntra.com from 7:00-7:30 p.m. (ET) today, April 11. Hillenbrand's book has climbed to the top of The New York Times best-seller list for non-fiction after just three weeks in the nation's bookstores.
Charming Lassie, dam of champion and millionaire Lemon Drop Kid, died March 12, several hours after foaling a Storm Cat filly.
Ogden Phipps' pensioned grade I producer Con Game was euthanized March 30 at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., because of complications from the infirmities of old age.
California stallion Gray Slewpy was euthanized March 29 at John Zamora's JZ Stock Farm near Temecula because of complications from colic.
Central Kentucky stallion Fly So Free moved to the top of the leading sires list once the $3.6 million earned by his son Captain Steve in the March 24 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) was added to his total, and now it appears that he will stay at the top for quite some time.
The New York Off-Track Betting Corp. has made arrangements to carry Hialeah's current meet on its simulcast system. The arrangement was announced Monday.
Sunday Silence, who topped the year-end Japanese sire list the last six years, is right on track for No. 7.
English champion Shaamit, who won the 1996 Epsom Derby (Eng-I) in his seasonal debut, died the night of April 7.
Bay colt, foaled April 30, 1998, Smart Strike--Quack Call, by Quack
Bay colt, foaled April 30, 1998, Smart Strike--Quack Call, by Quack
Gray or roan colt, foaled March 19, 1998, Maria's Mon--Al Nasr Star, by Al Nasr
Gary or roan colt, foaled May 13, 1998, Holy Bull--Rasant, by Assert
Chestnut colt, foaled April 12, 1998, Hennessy--Wood of Binn, by Woodman
Arkansas-based stallion State Dinner, sire of champion and millionaire Family Style, died Sunday of a heart attack at Frazier's Farm near Bonnerdale. "He was watching the mares and babies go by when he collapsed," said Patsy Frazier, who owns the farm with her husband, Dude. "He was 26 years old, but looked like a 10-year-old."
Saturday at Pimlico
Jockey Eddie Delahoussaye completed a sweep of the two stakes races at Santa Anita Sunday when he piloted 9-10 favorite Go Go to a two-length win in the $109,500 Las Cienegas (gr. IIIT). Earlier on the card, the veteran rider guided 3-year-old Trailthefox to a one-length win as the 3-5 favorite in the $105,800 Zany Tactics Stakes.
Gourmet Girl tracked pacesetter Asher through the early going en route to a 4 1/2-length win in Sunday's $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park. Lu Ravi finished second in the race for the second consecutive year, this time finishing a half-length ahead of Lazy Slusan. Last year's winner and this year's 8-5 favorite Heritage of Gold finished in tenth place, with Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Spain fourth.
Simon Bray-trained Startac, who was scratched out of Saturday's Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), worked over Hollywood Park's main track Sunday in preparation for a start in Saturday's $200,000 California Derby at Bay Meadows.
Impressed with his winning performance in Saturday's Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), bettors poured money on Point Given in pool three of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager, with the son of Thunder Gulch the 2-1 favorite as the bet closed at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) Sunday. Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Monarchos was the 6-1 second choice, with both Dollar Bill and A P Valentine at 10-1.
Japanese stallion Chief Bearhart, who was a seven-time champion in North America for Ernie Samuel's Sam-Son Farm, will stand the 2001 Southern Hemisphere season at Glenmorgan Farm in New Zealand.
Churchill Downs officials received word Sunday that an injury will prevent Outofthebox from competing in Kentucky Derby 127 on May 5. The track immedicatley suspended wagering on the colt in Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. According to an announcement from the track, Outofthebox suffered a foot injury in a fifth-place finish in Saturday's Flamingo Stakes (gr. III) at Hialeah Park.
Three major contenders for Kentucky Derby 127 - John C. Oxley's Monarchos and Hero's Tribute and Mary and Gary West's Dollar Bill - turned in strong five furlong works at Churchill Downs Sunday as the colts prepared for their final prep races for the "Run for the Roses" at the Louisville track on May 5. All three horses breezed five furlongs over a "fast" surface on a warm, breezy morning just after the regular break for track maintenance.
Charles-Eric Mimouni's Anabaa Blue led from the start under jockey Christophe Soumillon and drew away to a six-length triumph in the Prix Noailles (FR-II) Sunday at Longchamp.
Lazy Lode dueled with Eagleton through the early going before pulling away to win the $150,000 Arcadia Handicap (gr. IIT) on a yielding turf course. The win marks the second graded stakes win on the Santa Anita card for The Thoroughbred Corporation, which also owns Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Point Given. The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Poetic also won the track's second race, an allowance race on turf, giving the stable three winners on the card.
Sunday at Keeneland
Ogden Phipps' 4-year-old homebred Traditionally earned his first stakes win Saturday, upsetting 6-5 favorite Wooden Phone and Sir Bear in the $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park. The win marks the third in four starts on the year for the regally bred Traditionally, a son of leading sire Mr. Prospector and broodmare of the year and champion Personal Ensign.
The Thoroughbred Corp.'s homebred Point Given tracked pacesetter Crafty C.T. through the early going, went by the leader approaching the second turn, and pulled clear in the stretch to an impressive 5 1/2-length victory in Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I). On a track listed as muddy, Point Given completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.77 under jockey Gary Stevens.
Cat's At Home, at almost 14-1, came from off the pace to win Saturday's 73rd running of the $108,200 Westchester Handicap for horses three and older at Aqueduct. In the co-feature, Dat You Miz Blue scored a front-running 7 1/4 length victory as the odds-on favorite in the 22nd running of the $81,125 Broadway Handicap.
Futural earned his first graded stakes win Saturday, upsetting the field in the $150,000 San Bernardino Handicap (gr. II) on a sloppy track at Santa Anita.
If it were just that Heritage of Gold and Lu Ravi were continuing their rivalry in Sunday's $500,000 Apple Blossom, that would be enough of a story, but this race may very well be the best filly and mare race in the country this year. Heritage of Gold and Lu Ravi have finished one-two, in that order, in all three of their Oaklawn meetings, but this time they will have to face Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Spain, who has to carry the topweight of 122 pounds.
Racing fans across North America responded to a dazzling victory by Point Given in the Santa Anita Derby by making the son of 1995 Kentucky Derby winner Thunder Gulch a strong favorite heading into the final day of betting in the final pool of Churchill Downs' 2001 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
Two sons of Dynaformer battled in the stretch of Keeneland's first spring stakes race, but it was Baptize who prevailed at the wire.
The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority said Friday there is no plan to suspend racing at The Meadowlands and relocate to Monmouth Park should a NASCAR track be built at the East Rutherford facility. The NJSEA issued the statement in response to an article that appeared in the Star-Ledger newspaper April 6.
Gtech, one of the county's largest lottery company and a one-third owner of Turfway Park, reported declines in earnings per share for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ending Feb. 24. Fourth quarter earnings fell 13.8% to 75 cents per diluted share, and earnings for the fiscal year dropped 51.5% to $1.25 per diluted share.
Wooden Phone, who beat Horse of the Year Tiznow in the Strub Stakes (gr. II) and finished second to the champion in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) is the 9-5 favorite in Saturday's Oaklawn Handicap.
A P Valentine, a Nick Zito trainee who is expected to start in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland April 14, was a narrow 5-1 favorite among the 24 wagering interests after the first day of wagering. In his last start, A P Valentine won a Hialeah Park allowance race in track-record time for 1 1/16 miles.
Hoovergetthekeys is the 9-5 morning line favorite in Saturday's $500,000 Lone Star Derby, the richest race in Texas. Eight horses have entered the race that offers a $1 million bonus if the winner goes on to capture any one of the Triple Crown races.
Outofthebox, runner-up in both the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I) and the Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream this winter, will be a short-priced favorite Saturday at Hialeah in the $250,000 Flamingo Stakes (gr. III) at 1 1/8 miles.
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