Headlines for Saturday, April 12, 2003

  • Jockey Edgar Prado guides Peace Rules to victory over Brancusi in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

    Peace Rules Edges Brancusi in Slow Blue Grass Renewal

    When Harlan's Holiday won last year's Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) in a time of 1:51.51, it was the slowest winning time in the 1 1/8-mile race since Granacus (1:52) beat Intensive Command by three lengths in 1988. On Saturday, Peace Rules creeped home slower than Harlan's Holiday, finishing the key Kentucky Derby prep race in 1:51.73 on the fast track.

  • Cassidy, Steelaninch Earn La Puente Nod

    Trainer James Cassidy had his patience rewarded Saturday when British import Steelaninch, under jockey Victor Espinoza, won the $150,000 La Puente Stakes on the Santa Anita turf by a nose over 11-10 favorite Singletary, who was ridden by David Flores.

  • Roll Hennessy Roll Headed for Laz Barrera

    Stan Fulton's Roll Hennessy Roll, runner-up in the April 6 Lafayette Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland, returned to trainer Rafael Becerra's Santa Anita base this past week and will begin preparations for his next start in the $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park May 26.

  • Congaree Displays Versatility With Carter Win

    Congaree remained perfect from three starts at Aqueduct -- all graded stakes -- winning Saturday's $350,000 Carter Handicap (gr. I) by 3 1/2 lengths over Aldebaran. The win in the seven-furlong race also marks his first in a sprint.

  • Jockey Jerry Bailey rides Empire Maker to victory past Funny Cide in the 79th Wood Memorial.

    Empire Maker Proves He's Crown Worthy

    Juddmonte Farms' Empire Maker confirmed his credentials as this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) consensus choice with a calculated half-length victory in Saturday's $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I) in the mud at Aqueduct Park.

  • Claim Pays Off: No Jacket Required Takes Shakertown

    No Jacket Required, claimed by trainer Tom Amoss for $40,000 in his last start, returned to the track Saturday to earn a neck-length win in the $113,700 Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland. Under jockey Brice Blanc, the 6-year-old gelded son of Jolie's Halo completed the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.25 on firm turf.

  • Halo Homewrecker Breaks Up Bay Shore

    Edward P. Evans' homebred Halo Homewrecker edged past pacesetting Don Six in mid-stretch and held on for a one-length victory in the $150,000 Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at muddy Aqueduct Park.

  • Keeneland Drops Early Wager Cutoff

    Effective April 12, Keeneland will return to its former policy of closing wagering when the gates open at the start of a race.