Headlines for Saturday, April 28, 2001

  • Meetyouathebrig rolls to victory in Saturday's Derby Trial Stakes at Churchill Downs.

    Meetyouathebrig Romps in Derby Trial

    Meetyouathebrig stalked the early leaders from mid-pack and blew by the field in the stretch to win Saturday's $100,000 Derby Trial Stakes (gr. III) by 6 1/4 lengths on opening day of the Churchill Downs meet. Under Robby Albarado, the Elliott Walden-trained winner completed the mile in 1:36.44 on a fast track.

  • Cat's At Home Edges Top Official in Excelsior

    Edward Evans' homebred Cat's At Home earned his second consecutive graded stakes victory at Aqueduct Saturday, edging pacesetting longshot Top Official in the stretch to earn a half-length win in the $190,000 Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III). Boston Party came home third, 5 1/4 lengths behind Top Official.

  • Express Tour, waiting to on the track at Churchill Downs, worked Saturday in preparation for the Kentucky Derby.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Express Train Roars Through Churchill

    We've seen some great works over the past week, but this morning we saw a super work; the best move by a Derby horse so far. Express Tour obviously has several questions surrounding him, such as having only one start this year, having missed several days training with a bruised foot, and a less than classic pedigree. But freaks have a way of overcoming such mundane obstacles, and everyone who was around this horse at Calder last year is convinced he indeed is a freak. After watching today's work, and the past few day's gallops, we're not about to argue with them.

  • Oaks Update: Flute In, Others Work

    While it appeared earlier this week that Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) runner-up Flute might be excluded from the crowded field in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), the situation changed Saturday and the filly is apparently in after the defection of Serena's Tune.

  • Keeneland Posts Records for Attendance, Betting

    A number of factors contributed to record average attendance at Keeneland Racecourse during the 15-day meet that ended Friday. Keeneland reported average attendance for 15 days of racing of 14,649, highest ever for a Keeneland meeting, topping the previous record of 14,521 set during a 16-day meeting in 1988.

  • Express Tour, waiting to on the track at Churchill Downs, worked Saturday in preparation for the Kentucky Derby.

    Express Tour in 'Excellent' Workout; Sunday Tab Getting Crowded

    Godolphin Racing's Express Tour worked seven furlongs in 1:29 on Saturday as he prepared for the May 5 Kentucky Derby. In the only other work Saturday by a Derby hopeful, the maiden Tincin went a half-mile in :48 2/5. Derby horses scheduled to work Sunday include Balto Star, Invisible Ink, Dollar Bill, and Thunder Blitz.