Headlines for Sunday, March 23, 2003

  • Smok'n Frolic cruises to an easy victory Next Move, Sunday at Aqueduct.

    Smok'n Frolic Burns Rivals in Next Move

    Smok'n Frolic and John Velazquez went to the lead from the starting gate and never looked back to win the $108,000 Next Move Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct on Sunday.

  • Buffy Gives Mel Stute Win Over Brother Warren

    In a battle of longtime training brothers, Mel Stute, 75, defeated Warren Stute, 81, when Buffythecenterfold edged favored Watching You by a nose Sunday in the $79,425 Santa Paula Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Park.

  • Deadline Gives Wilson Nice Dubai Sendoff

    Jockey Rick Wilson, who is flying to Dubai on Monday afternoon to ride sprinting sensation Xtra Heat in the $2 million Golden Shaheen on Saturday, got a nice sendoff with a rousing victory aboard John Newell's Deadline in the $60,000 Horatius Stakes for 3-year-olds at Laurel Park.

  • Crackup Undergoes Ankle Surgery

    Stan E. Fulton's Crackup, who finished sixth in the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) on March 8 at Golden Gate Fields, underwent surgery last week to remove bone chips from both front ankles. He will be turned out for several months, trainer Rafael Becerra said.

  • Joe Steiner Plans Hollywood Park Comeback

    Joe Steiner, the popular 38-year-old jockey who suffered multiple injuries in a spill at Santa Anita on Feb. 26, s expected to make a full recovery and plans to resume riding during the Hollywood Park meet that begins April 23.

  • Logician Considered for Santa Anita Derby

    Trainer Craig Dollase said he is "strongly considering" the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) for Logician, the $520,000 son of Tabasco Cat that prompted the pace and held well to finish a surprising fourth in the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II).

  • Tweedside wins the Orchid Handicap, Sunday at Gulfstream Park.

    Tweedside Splashes to Orchid Victory

    Eugene and Laura Melnyk's favored Tweedside disposed of pace-setting Amelia and danced away from San Dare and Hi Tech Honeycomb in the stretch to score a 5 1/2-length victory in Sunday's $200,000 Orchid Handicap (gr. II), switched from the turf to a sloppy Gulfstream Park main track.

  • Irish-bred Tomahawk Wins, Doubtful for Derby

    Tomahawk, Ireland's top-rated 2-year-old of last year, got his 2003 season underway for trainer Aidan O'Brien with a comfortable win in the Oak Lodge Sires Loughbrown Stakes at seven furlongs at The Curraugh on Sunday.

  • Nayef gallops brilliantly under the lights in prepartion for Saturday's Dubai World Cup.

    Harlan's Holiday in Superb Dubai Work

    Harlan's Holiday and Nayef, two of the leading contenders for Saturday's $6 million Dubai World Cup, had important works at Nad Al Sheba on Saturday and Sunday.

  • No Fuss for Krz Ruckus in Woodbine Opener

    Last year, jockey Dino Luciani wondered aloud if Krz Ruckus was getting enough respect. After his performance in Saturday's $108,000 Briartic Stakes at Woodbine, that shouldn't be an issue.

  • New York Hero outlasts Eugene's Third Son (8) to win the Lane's End Stakes, Saturday at Turfway Park.

    Tenacious New York Hero Wins Lane's End

    Paraneck Stable's New York Hero's valiant win in the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds highlighted a five-stakes day at Turfway Park Saturday.