Headlines for Friday, October 24, 2003

  • Runaway Dancer (38-1) Skips Home in Burke

    RL Stables' Runaway Dancer closed from far back to score a 38-1 stunner by a neck over European invader Labirinto in Friday's $139,250 Carleton F. Burke Handicap (gr. IIIT) at 1 1/2 mile on the Santa Anita turf course.

  • Formidable Pass Rush Heads Churchill Opener

    The 27-day "Fall Festival of Racing" kicks off at historic Churchill Downs Sunday with a battle of middle distance stars in the $150,000-added Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III).

  • Commendation Wins Bourbon County Handily

    Commendation took charge with an eighth of a mile remaining and drew away to a decisive victory in the $112,800 Bourbon County Stakes Friday at Keeneland.

  • Jockey Nelson Faces Ankle Surgery After Fall

    Jockeys Diane Nelson and Javier Castellano both spent Friday recovering from a Thursday spill at Belmont Park that sent them both to North Shore Hospital. Nelson is to undergo surgery to repair two bone fractures in her left ankle and expects to be sidelined for at least three months. Castellano may ride Saturday.

  • Aqueduct to Open Amid Flurry of Changes

    Fans at Aqueduct for opening day Wednesday of the Big A's 44-day fall meeting will notice that New York City's track is undergoing changes. But while these changes are being made, the racing will continue, capped by HolidayFest (Nov. 27-30) and the $350,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I) on Nov. 29.

  • Evening Attire, among Haskin's longshots to watch.

    Steve Haskin's Longshot Specials

    As in past Breeders' Cups, there are longshots galore in this year's World Thoroughbred Championships. Finding them, however, is another matter. This year, the task will be more challenging than usual.

  • Once Ordinary, Storming Home Now a Turf Star

    He was considered ordinary as a young horse, but Storming Home now ranks among racing's elite. The 5-year-old son of Machiavellian is the probable favorite for Saturday's John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita.

  • VanMeter Has Favorable Count in Juvenile Fillies

    Tom VanMeter II hopes he has the bases covered in Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). A principal in Eaton Sales along with Reiley McDonald, VanMeter has sold many "home run" runners, but he has two of his own on deck for the $1-million race for 2-year-old fillies: Be Gentle and Victory U.S.A.

  • Manning Will Take Luck Every Time

    All the time, trainers map out a schedule for a horse. Sometimes it works out. Other times it doesn't. And when it does work out, there is always one very important thing at work.

  • Captain Bodgit to Mill Creek in New York

    Millionaire and grade I winner Captain Bodgit is scheduled to be relocated to Tim Little and Anne Morgan's Mill Creek Farm near Stillwater, N.Y., where he will stand for $5,000.

  • Graded Stakes Winner Tap the Admiral Dead

    Tap the Admiral, a grade II winner for Pont Street Stable, was euthanized Oct. 19 because of colitus X, a bacterial infection of the intestinal tract.

  • CHRB Gets Stable Surveillance System Report

    A company specializing in surveillance systems reported Thursday to the California Horse Racing Board on the success of an experimental program that included two digital cameras monitoring activities in the stable area at Del Mar last summer.

  • Heiligbrodt Hopes for Better Memories

    The first horse Bill Heiligbrodt owned ran in the 1989 Breeders' Cup. It was a memorable experience, but not a good memory. On Saturday, Heiligbrodt and his wife, Corrine, hope for better memories.

  • Farm Manager Mark Rhodus Dead

    Mark Rhodus, former farm manager of Craig and Holly Bandoroff's Denali Stud near Paris, Ky., died Sept. 26 in Lexington.

  • Distorted Humor's Fee Goes to $50,000

    Distorted Humor, sire of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Funny Cide, will stand in 2004 for $50,000 at Kenny Troutt and Bill Casner's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.