Headlines for Tuesday, April 24, 2001

  • Point Given, under regular exercise rider Dana Barnes, worked Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Kentucky Derby.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Point Given, Congaree Pass First Test

    If opposing trainers were looking for any holes in the Baffert Brigade, they sure didn't find them this morning, as Point Given and Congaree both turned in brilliant works over a deep track that trainer Bob Baffert described as demanding. Baffert, always nervous before big works, was looking forward to getting these out of the way. Heavy rains at around 8 p.m. the night before didn't help soothe his nerves any, but morning brought bright blue skies and a drop in the temperature from the previous day.

  • National Licensing Effort to Branch Out

    The National Racing Compact has approved criteria for the licensing of trainers, jockeys, and drivers, and plans an event at Churchill Downs the week of the Kentucky Derby to spread the word. The NRC began licensing owners earlier this year.

  • Herbs and Deworming

    So far, the evidence for effective herbal deworning is next to nonexistent, according to Dr. Tom Klei of Louisiana State University.

  • Game at Its Best

    <i>By John Veitch</i> -- There is not a year that goes by, when the first Saturday in May approaches, that 1978 and Alydar don't come to life in my subconscious.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor in Chief

    Missing in Action?

    The entry box at Churchill Downs doesn't close until 10 a.m. on May 2, but as this is written it appears the 127th Kentucky Derby (gr. I) will be renewed without an entry from the barn of D. Wayne Lukas.

  • West Nile Expected to Hit Again This Year

    West Nile made its Western Hemisphere debut in the summer and fall of 1999, attacking birds, horses, and humans. Twenty-five equine positives were confirmed in 1999 in the Northeast, followed by 59 positives in 2000.

  • Whitney Tower Filly Tops First Session Of OBS Sale

    Stormy Kris, a Whitney Tower filly consigned by Rising Hill Farm, agent, brought $150,000 Monday to top the opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2001 spring sale of 2-year-olds in training. John Dolan and Wesley Ward purchased the session topper, who was produced by the Kris S. mare Surely Kris. The filly worked an eighth-mile in :10 2/5, the fastest work at the distance in the sale's first under tack show on April 18.

  • Dubai Millennium, after winning the 2000 Dubai World Cup.

    Dubai Millennium's Condition Deteriorates; Sheikh Mohammed Arrives

    Godolphin stallion Dubai Millennium remains in intensive care at a Newmarket clinic following surgery. The condition has worsened to such a point that Godolphin's Sheikh Mohammed arrived Wednesday from Dubai to check out the stallion. Dubai Millennium, who is standing his first season at stud, underwent surgery Monday to relieve a blockage of the small intestine and additional surgery Tuesday night. "He remains in intensive care in Newmarket, but the vets are giving him every possible medical treatment to enable his internal system to function normally again," said Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock advisor John Ferguson. "He's being a wonderful patient, and is comfortable, though clearly unwell."