Headlines for Friday, May 11, 2001

  • Dollar Bill Added to Preakness Field

    Dollar Bill, this year's hard-luck horse, will run in the Preakness Stakes if he works well at Churchill Downs Sunday or Monday, trainer Dallas Stewart said Friday. The son of Peaks and Valleys, who has gained fame this spring by having his own website, will ship to Baltimore on Wednesday. Pat Day again will ride.

  • Australians Want Foot-and-Mouth Ban Lifted

    Hunter Valley Thoroughbred breeders are increasingly concerned regarding a continuing ban on Thoroughbred imports from Europe imposed by the Australian quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) as a result of the foot-and-mouth outbreak in Europe.

  • With Bryan Beccia aboard, Monarchos gallops at Pimlico.

    Distilled Injured in Gallop; Out of Preakness

    Dogwood Stable's Distilled, winner of the Illinois Derby, will not run in the 126th Preakness Stakes after suffering a small tear in the suspensory ligament in his left front ankle while galloping at Belmont Park Friday morning. In other news, Monarchos' stablemate Hero's Tribute, who was pointing for the Sir Barton Stakes on the Preakness undercard, popped a quarter crack during a jog at Pimlico this morning, and will now wait for the Peter Pan Stakes.

  • TRF Tabbed as NTRA Charities Affiliate

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has named the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) a horseracing affiliate of its nonprofit branch, NTRA Charities. The TRF provides aftercare and adoptive services for retired racehorses in several states, and is the largest and oldest organization of its kind in the U.S.

  • TVG to Air Singapore Cup

    TVG has announced that it will televise the $1.65 million Singapore Airlines International Cup from Kranji Racecourse beginning at 11 a.m. eastern standard time Saturday, May 12. The race will be shown on a tape-delayed basis, and there will be no TVG account wagering on the contest.

  • Stevens: Track Compromised Point Given

    Jockey Gary Stevens, readying for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) aboard Point Given, said he thought the unusually hard Churchill Downs racing surface hurt the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite more than some of the lighter horses in the race.

  • Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos, with Bryan Beccia aboard, gallops at Pimlico on Thursday.

    Monarchos Keeps Training Regimen

    If it isn't broke, why fix it? Trainer John Ward indicated that Monarchos, who won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) off a light work tab, would likely repeat that winning formula in the week leading up to the second jewel of the Triple Crow, the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • A mare and her healthy foal in a paddock on a Lexington farm. May 9, 2001

Photo by anne M. Eberhardt

    Kentucky's Fields of Dreams Now Nightmares

    The old-timers say Kentucky is horse country because of its soil. What's now growing on that soil could be the cause of a rash of late-term losses in foals, early embryonic death, pericarditis (fluid surrounding the heart), reduced growth rates in young horses, and other problems that might not yet have been recognized.