Headlines for Tuesday, April 30, 2002

  • Johannesburg, Castle Gandolfo Arrive in Lexington

    Johannesburg and Castle Gandolfo finally arrived in Kentucky on Tuesday. The horses stepped off a chartered plane and on to a partitioned ramp at Blue Grass Airport about 6:10 p.m. EDT, and were immediately loaded into a horse van for the short drive to a quarantine barn at Keeneland.

  • Harlan's Holiday, in his final workout for the Kentucky Derby.

    Likely Derby Favorite, Others in Final Workouts

    Starlight Stable's Harlan's Holiday, the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) and Florida Derby (gr. I) winner and likely favorite for the Kentucky Derby, underwent his final workout for Saturday's classic when he breezed a half-mile in :49 3/5.

  • Spain Chases Serena's Song's Record in Louisville Handicap

    Three days after it was announced that Serena's Song will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame this summer, Spain will attempt to chip away at her career female earnings record of $3,283,388. The Thoroughbred Corp.'s 5-year-old daughter of Thunder Gulch is one of eight fillies and mares entered in the $300,000 Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) on Kentucky Oaks day at Churchill Downs.

  • High Definition Triple Crown

    The Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Preakness (gr. I), and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) can be seen this year for the first time in the new high definition, digital television format.

  • Hard Scuffle Starter Unalienable Right Has Connection With Saarland

    Unalienable Right, a Green Dancer 5-year-old bred by Phipps Stable, is slated to start Thursday in the $100,000 Hard Scuffle Hurdle Stakes (NSA-I) at Churchill Downs. The Hard Scuffle is the first race in the Steeplechase Triple Crown series for novice hurdlers.

  • Here and There

    Bits and pieces from around the industry...

  • Motion Still Thinking Preakness for Equality

    Trainer H. Graham Motion is will be more than an interested spectator when he watches Saturday's Kentucky Derby. Motion will use what he sees Saturday to gauge whether he should enter Equality in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) two weeks later.

  • Italian Guineas May Shed Light on Castle Gandolfo's Form

    One sign that this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) is a wide-open affair is that an Italian group II race may have some impact on how handicappers decipher the race. Dupont, third to Kentucky Derby hopeful Castle Gandolfo, will make his next start in Wednesday's Premio Parioli--Italian Two Thousand Guineas (Ity-II).

  • Argentine Group II Winner Critikola Retired

    Seven-year-old Critikola, a group II winner in her native Argentine and grade I stakes-placed in the U.S., has been retired from racing and was bred April 28 to champion Lemon Drop Kid.

  • Imperial Gesture, Ms Brookski Work In Preparation For Oaks

    When Kentucky Oaks candidate Imperial Gesture galloped into the Churchill Downs backstretch following her five-furlong work Tuesday, her head was hanging low. Some people might have interpreted the posture as a sign of weariness, but that is just the usual way the Godolphin-owned filly carries herself.

  • Breeders' Cup Placed Spring Oak Entered at Newmarket Friday

    Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) third-place finisher Spring Oak is entered in Friday's Directa Parseal Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket. Should she run, the daughter of Mark of Esteem will be making her 4-year-old debut and her first start for trainer Saeed bin Suroor and Godolphin.