Headlines for Thursday, May 17, 2001

  • National City, Stonerside Make Research Donations

    National City Bank of Kentucky donated $25,000 specifically to support research into the cause and prevention of the equine loss syndrome seen in Central Kentucky and several other states since late April. Also, Robert and Janice McNaris' Stonerside Stable announced that 1% of the purses earned by Congaree in any remaining Triple Crown races and in this year's Breeders' Cup will go to the same research.

  • Seven Strong Sprinters for Maryland BCH

    Six of the seven horses headed postward for the grade III Maryland Breeders' Cup Handicap are already stakes winners, so the race should prove a compelling appetizer for the main course to follow: the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). The $200,000 Maryland BCH has drawn 3-year-old Flame Thrower and 4-year-old Explicit from California, 5-year-old Istintaj from New York, and 6-year-old Crucible from Canada, plus a group of New England runners.

  • Canadian Horse of the Year Quiet Resolve, winning last year's Dixie Handicap.

    Defending Champ Dukes it Out in Dixie

    Quiet Resolve won last year's Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT) by a nose last year over Haami and Holditholditholdit. The 2001 edition of Pimlico's grade II turf event doesn't look to be any easier. Holditholditholdit is back, and joining the fight for Saturday's $200,000 race is North East Bound, who in his last start defeated Quiet Resolve and six other horses in Keeneland's Maker's Mark Mile Stakes (gr. IIT).

  • Nine to go in Nine-Furlong Schaefer

    A couple promising stakes-placed horses hope to become stakes winners after the $100,000 William Donald Schaefer Handicap (gr. III) at Pimlico Saturday. Notably Frosty, second in Pimlico's Lexington Park Claiming Stakes on April 29, and Perfect Cat, second in Keeneland's Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) on April 27 are among the nine colts, horses, and geldings contesting the nine-furlong Schaefer.

  • Jostle, Mike Smith up, winning the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga.

    Evenly Matched Field of Seven in Pimlico Distaff

    Jostle will headline what appears to be an evenly matched field in Saturday's $200,000 Pimlico Distaff Handicap (gr. III). Odds-wise, the top three picks are closely bunched with Jostle at 5-2, Strolling Belle at 3-1, and Serra Lake at 7-2.

  • Dr. Johanna Reimer drains fluid from the sac around a yearling's heart.

    More of the Same, With Something New

    Dr. Doug Byars, head of the medicine unit at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee in Lexington, Ky., said his clinic alone has seen about 40 cases of pericarditis (fluid in the sac around the heart) in the past two weeks.

  • Point Given, shown during a morning exercise session.

    Haskin's Updated Preakness Analysis

    Don't let anyone fool you. The 126th Preakness Stakes is so riddled with questions, it's all but impossible to truly feel strongly about one horse. You can guess or deduce or surmise or assume, but there is no way you state with any authority you know what's going to happen. We have a different scenario from the Derby, and it's anyone's guess if we'll have a fast or slow pace; if Monarchos can come back in two weeks after becoming only the second horse besides Secretariat to break 2:00 in the Derby; if the lightly raced Congaree is going to "bounce" after turning in a sensational effort in the Derby; if Point Given's Derby was a fluke; or if A P Valentine and Dollar Bill can rebound after encountering nightmare trips in the Derby.

  • Chavez and Pincay Head Prairie Meadows All-Star Line-Up

    Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winning rider, Jorge Chavez, will be one of eight leading jockeys coming to Prairie Meadows May 21 to compete in Riding Cup IV, a charity fundraising event. Jockey Chavez won the May 5 Derby aboard the John Oxley-owned Monarchos, trained by John Ward.

  • Oxley Extends Research Pledge Through Preakness and Belmont

    John Oxley, the owner of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) favorite Monarchos, announced today that he has extended his pledge of one per cent of purse earnings to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation if his three-year-old colt wins Saturday's Preakness Stakes and/or the Belmont Stakes June 9. The total purses for the Preakness and Belmont Stakes are each $1,000,000.