Headlines for Friday, April 11, 2003

  • No Pace, No Problem for Major Idea in Providencia

    Major Idea, favored in five of her last six races, will likely be the public choice once again Sunday in the $150,000 Providencia Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

  • Badge of Silver latest victim of the Curse of 2003.

    Badge of Silver Off Triple Crown Trail After Suffering Fracture

    The Kentucky Derby lost another of its major stars Friday when Badge of Silver suffered a fractured cannon bone in his right front leg. The son of Silver Deputy, who had romped in his first three career starts before tasting defeat in the Louisiana Derby, would have been one of the favorites in Saturday's Blue Grass Stakes.

  • Saarland Wins Aqueduct Allowance

    Cynthia Phipps' Saarland, one of last year's leading Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prospects, won his first race since November on Friday at Aqueduct Park, defeating four rivals in an allowance race as the 7-5 favorite.

  • Longshot Sky Soldier May Like Mud in Wood

    With an off track possible for Saturday's Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct, one horse that does have experience over a wet strip is Arthur Vickers' longshot Sky Soldier, who was made 15-1 on the morning line.

  • Royal Spy rolls to victory in the Maker's Mark Mile.

    Royal Spy Daggers Maker's Mark Mile

    Royal Spy went undercover at 11-1 to capture the $200,000 Maker's Mark Mile (gr. IIT) at Keeneland in Friday's feature contest.

  • Owner Displays Patriotism on His Silks

    Thoroughbred owner and former U. S. Congressman Toby Roth has had an American flag sewn onto the shoulder of his stable's racing silks as a display of support for the troops fighting in Iraq.

  • Proposal Would Bring Vegas-Style Gaming to Catskills

    Racing and Las Vegas-style casino betting would go hand-in-hand under the latest high-stakes gambling hall proposal for the Catskills resort area of New York. Back for a second try, this time with a different Indian tribe as partners, Alpha Hospitality on Thursday filed an application with the federal government to build a $500 million casino adjacent to Monticello Raceway.

  • Jenny Wiley Boasts Strong Contenders

    A field full of quality fillies and mares goes postward in Keeneland's $100,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sunday over 8 1/2 grassy furlongs.

  • Crafty C.T. Plots Commonwealth Run

    Often the bridesmaid but rarely the bride, Crafty C.T. looks to headline Sunday's running of the $250,000-added Commonwealth Breeders' Cup (gr. II) at Keeneland.

  • Excessivepleasure Named Sunland Park Horse of the Meet

    Sunland Park officials named Excessivepleasure Horse of the Meet for the 2002-03 live horse racing season. Excessivepleasure won the $500,000 WinStar Derby, the richest race ever run at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, on March 30.

  • Final Plans for Racing Tour Set for Discussion

    With a business plan in place, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association plans to meet with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup the week of April 14 to discuss plans for the Thoroughbred Championship Tour, a proposed for-profit, owner-driven racing series.

  • NYRA Reverts to Former Policy on Closing Wagering

    The New York Racing Association announced Friday it has notified the New York State Racing and Wagering Board that beginning April 12, Wood Memorial day, it will revert to its previous policy of stopping betting when the gates open to start each race.

  • Hancock Looks for Sequel to Original 'Superman'

    In the movie business, sequels usually don't measure up to the originals. But Thoroughbred breeder Arthur B. Hancock III, owner of Stone Farm near Paris, Ky., is hoping a 2003 foal he has nicknamed Superman II is every bit as successful as a 1997 colt Hancock dubbed Superman, later named Fusaichi Pegasus.

  • Rhythm To Shuttle to Australia

    Eclipse Award winner Rhythm, whose daughter Ethereal was Australia's champion stayer, is scheduled to commute on the shuttle again after an absence of four years

  • Comic Strip's First Winner

    Comic Strip's first winner came April 10 at Aqueduct when his son Cash Button won at 4 1/2 furlongs