Headlines for Tuesday, May 21, 2002

  • Met Mile Contenders Work

    Left Bank and Affirmed Success, the two highweights for Monday's Memorial Day feature, the $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) for 3-year-olds and up, put in their works this morning at Belmont Park.

  • Delta Slots: $32M in Revenue in Three Months

    Slot machines at Delta Downs have generated more than $32 million in gross revenue in less than three months, according to financial records released by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.

  • Murmur Farm stallion and leading sire Our Emblem.

    Murmur Farm in Position for Financial Windfall

    After War Emblem hit the wire in the May 18 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Audrey Murray cashed a $5 ticket on the speedy colt and got back $19. But any day now, she and her husband, Allen, could be celebrating an even bigger payoff as the result of War Emblem's success in the Triple Crown races.

  • Will third try for Triple Crown be the charm for trainer Bob Baffert?

    Triple Charm: Will Baffert Win It This Time?

    Will the third time be the charm for Bob Baffert? No other Thoroughbred trainer in history has accomplished what Baffert has in a remarkable six-year span--point three different horses to the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) with the Triple Crown on the line.

  • Ashland Stakes winner Take Charge Lady looks to rebound in the Dogwood Stakes.

    Take Charge Lady Eyes Dogwood at Churchill

    Select Stable's Take Charge Lady, who finished second in the Kentucky Oaks and won the grade I Ashland Stakes, is expected to compete at Churchill Downs May 25 in the grade III Dogwood Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.

  • Belmont Park Gears Up For Third Leg of Triple Crown

    With the countdown on for War Emblem's possible date with history in the June 8 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the New York Racing Association has set up a strong stakes schedule that will keep everyone happy with a parade of top-quality racing until the big day arrives. In all, 13 stakes will be run between Saturday and the Belmont Stakes.

  • Five Grade I Winners Pointed Toward Mass Cap

    Defending champion Include and fellow grade I winners Macho Uno, Mongoose, Outofthebox, and Redattore headline the list of 36 nominees for the $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap to be contested June 1 at Suffolk Downs.

  • Lukas Pair Belmont Bound

    Trainer D. Wayne Lukas said the two horses he saddled in the Preakness - Proud Citizen, who finished third, and Table Limit, who crossed the wire 11th- would likely run in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 8.

  • No Belmont for Harlan's Holiday

    Trainer Ken McPeek said Harlan's Holiday, seventh as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby and fourth in the Preakness, will not run in the June 8 Belmont Stakes. But McPeek will still be represented in the third jewel of the Triple Crown by Sarava, an impressive winner of Saturday's Sir Barton Stakes on the Preakness undercard at Pimlico.

  • Summer Squall Getting Low Pregnancy Figures

    Prominent Central Kentucky stallion Summer Squall, who has always experienced some fertility problems, has gotten a very low percentage of mares in foal this season; however there are no plans to remove him from stallion service.

  • New Barns Top Del Mar Improvements

    When the new Del Mar season opens July 24, fans on both the front and backsides will notice some new improvements. The Del Mar season runs through Sept. 11, and racing is conducted every day but Tuesday throughout the summer stand.

  • NTRA Summer Racing Tour to Air on CBS

    The "NTRA Summer Racing Tour," presented by Long John Silver's, will air on CBS in June and July. Featuring races in four Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships divisions (Classic, Distaff, Turf and Mile), the three one-hour shows will air on June 15, June 29 and July 6 from 5-6:00 p.m. (ET).

  • Here and There

    Bits and pieces from the racing world...

  • War Emblem, after winning Preakness Stakes.

    Steve Haskin's Preakness Story: Battle of Baltimore

    It was no longer about buying the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), or Saudi Arabian politics, or lawsuits and bonuses. The 127th Preakness Stakes (gr. I) was about a white-haired man and his free-spirited black horse, and the history they will be attempting to make in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 8.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    The Natural

    <i> By Ray Paulick </i> -- Mike Pegram calls Bob Baffert "an artiste." Bob Lewis says he is "unbelievable." And Prince Ahmed Salman, whose colors have been carried to victory in four consecutive Triple Crown races by the Baffert-trained duo of Point Given and War Emblem, proclaims the conditioner a "genius."

  • Life Changer

    <i> By John Williams </i> -- In the late fall of 1978, the Bee Gees were topping the pop charts with "Stayin' Alive." Sideburns, long hair, and bell bottoms were still cool. Jimmy Carter was in the White House, the Baltimore Colts were still playing football on 33rd St. where they belonged, and the 10th horse to win the Triple Crown arrived to stand at Spendthrift Farm near Lexington.

  • Thompson Sets Prairie Record With Six-Win Day

    Jockey Terry Thompson set a Prairie Meadows record May 20 by winning six races in one day. Thompson had shared the old record of five victories with David Essman, Vicki Warhol, and Cindy Noll.

  • Spain, winning the Louisville Breeders&#39; Cup Handicap.

    Leading Distaff Earner Spain Returned to Training After Breeding

    Spain, who became racing's all-time leading female earner when she won the May 3 Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), was bred May 15 to leading sire Storm Cat at William T. Young's Overbrook Farm near Lexington and returned three days later to trainer D. Wayne Lukas at Churchill Downs.