Gary Garber's Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) winner Domestic Dispute worked six furlongs in 1:11 2/5, handily, at Santa Anita Monday morning under regular exercise rider Dana Barnes in preparation for Sunday's San Felipe Stakes (gr. II).
A stellar list of 10 stallions, led by Elusive Quality and Street Cry in the U.S., will stand under the Darley banner in the Hunter Valley in 2003.
Colita, whose two victories from four starts were both in New York, will return to the Big Apple on Friday to contest Sunday's Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct as a prep for the Wood Memorial.
The number of reported equine abortions in Kentucky declined for the fourth week in a row, based on figures released by the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) on Monday. The latest decrease caused the total for the year to fall below 2002's pace, reversing an upward trend seen earlier in 2003.
LONE STAR SKY
Dark bay or brown colt, foaled Feb. 24, 2000
Deputy Commander--Wanted Again, by Criminal Type
Stakes-placed Arromanches, a 31-time winner who was nicknamed the "Gray Win Machine" in New York, will stand at Cyndy O'Bannon's Beau Ridge Farm near Bunker Hill, W.Va.
A Maria's Mon colt blazed a quarter mile in :21 2/5 Sunday, turning in the fastest time at that distance during the second session of the inaugural under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March select sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Braun & English's Pippin Stakes winner Red n'Gold and the highly-regarded New York stakes mare Mandy's Gold figure to head the field for Saturday's featured $200,000 Oaklawn Breeders' Cup at Oaklawn Park.
Oaklawn officials have announced that the purse for the Fifth Season Stakes, for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/6 miles on April 9, has been raised to $100,000 guaranteed. The race was originally scheduled at $50,000 guaranteed.
A showdown between four local horses appears likely in Sunday's $100,000 Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The 1 1/16-mile test for 4-year-olds and upward is a prep for the $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap on April 5.
Trainer Todd Pletcher had a pair of his well-regarded 3-year-olds on the Palm Meadows track Monday morning and confirmed that Indy Dancer will contest Saturday's $1-million, grade I Florida Derby.
Her Majesty The Queen will visit Cheltenham Racecourse for the first time in over 50 years on Thursday, Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup Day. The Queen last visited the Racecourse in 1951 when, as Princess Elizabeth, she attended with her mother.
All of a sudden there is a glut of sidelined Hall of Fame jockeys in Southern California. The good news is both Laffit Picay Jr. and Julie Krone are resting comfortably, and the prognosis for both looks good.
Jockey Mike Smith, regular rider for 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, has switched agents, going from Brian Beach to Bob Meldahl.
- By Scott Davis
In a lawsuit filed in federal court, Gulfstream Park alleges Tampa Bay Downs is acting in violation of Gulfstream's exclusive contracts in the redistribution of simulcast signals to outlets in Florida.
The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) issued a statement in early March about its stance regarding genetic defects and their treatment.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Ten Cents a Shine, who finished a disappointing sixth in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I), turned in his first workout for new trainer D. Wayne Lukas at Santa Anita Park on Monday.
What better named horse to follow War Emblem than Peace Rules? Although Peace Rules dominated the Louisiana Derby, there's a lot more to this race. We'll also try to figure out where the Santa Anita Oaks and El Camino Real Derby fit in the Derby picture.
The Hollywood crew that's responsible for the upcoming "Seabiscuit" film apparently got bit by the racing bug in the process and have negotiated a deal to buy part of a Kentucky Derby contender.
California is bracing for an onslaught of West Nile virus in horses this year. To help California horsemen prepare, the U.C. Davis Center for Equine Health (CEH) coordinated a West Nile seminar on March 9 at Santa Anita.
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