Headlines for Tuesday, April 23, 2002

  • Take the Cake, working out at Churchill Downs on Tuesday.

    Nafzger Pair Work Toward Oaks

    Trainer Carl Nafzger's pair of contenders for the Kentucky Oaks--Robert Manfuso's Belterra and Elizabeth Valando's Take The Cake--each worked five furlongs on Tuesday over a "fast" track at Churchill Downs.

  • A Bewitching Thursday for Fillies and Mares at Keeneland

    A field of nine fillies and mares will take the gate for Thursday's $100,000 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland. The Bewitch is the sister race to Wednesday's Elkhorn Stakes (gr. IIIT), for males. Both the Bewitch and Elkhorn cover 12 furlongs on the turf.

  • Steve Haskin's Daily Derby Reports-Archive

    <i>Editor's Note: Steve Haskin is an award-winning turf writer and senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse. During his 29 years with the Daily Racing Form, Haskin became known for his insightful coverage of the Triple Crown races. Haskin won the Red Smith Award for Kentucky Derby writing in 1997, 1999, and 2000.and received the David Woods Award for best Preakness story in 1997. In 1999, he co-authored "Baffert: Dirt Road to the Derby" with trainer Bob Baffert and wrote the books, "Dr. Fager" and "John Henry" for Eclipse Press'"Thoroughbred Legends" series. In his latest book, "Racing's Holy Grail - The Epic Quest for the Kentucky Derby," Haskin takes readers behind the scenes and into the trenches as he examines what it takes to win the world's most famous horse race. He plumbs the secrets of successful trainers, the common pitfalls that hinder so many others, and the enigmatic nature of the race itself. Below are Haskin's daily reports leading up to this year's Kentucky Derby.

  • Excellent Meeting Foals Storm Cat Colt

    Millionaire Excellent Meeting produced her first foal, a Storm Cat colt, March 22 at Elizabeth Moran's Brushwood Stable near Malvern, Pa.

  • Fast Track to Nowhere

    <i>By Lenny Shulman </i> -- A hard, fast track surface on Kentucky Derby Day takes its toll on horses that race at Churchill Downs that day.

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

    24-Carat Crown

    <i> By Ray Paulick </i> -- Three jewels in the Triple Crown? Not nearly enough, it says here. The series of classic races that ushers in springtime as much as the crack of the bat on opening day has far too much history, far too many heroes, to say there are only three jewels.

  • Personal Ensign Foals Unbridled Filly

    Champion Personal Ensign's eighth foal, a bay filly by Unbridled, is doing well in her second week at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky.

  • Cetewayo Heads Elkhorn Field

    The closing week of Keeneland's 16-day meet gets underway with Wednesday's $100,000 Elkhorn Stakes (gr. IIIT), going 12 furlongs on the turf, showcases a 10-horse field of turf marathoners.

  • Here and There

    Bits and pieces from around the industry...

  • New Thoroughbred Retirement Facility to Open

    Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) is spearheading the development of a new retirement facility for ex-racehorses. The new facility, Greener Pastures Equine Sanctuary, is a 130-acre farm on the Sassafras River near Cecilton, Md., which was donated by Doris Wear and her family.