Headlines for Wednesday, April 16, 2003

  • Route Likely for Crafty C.T., Zucker Says

    Crafty C.T., second by three lengths to Smooth Jazz as the 9-10 favorite in Sunday's Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) at seven furlongs at Keeneland, is likely to stretch out in his next start.

  • General Challenge in Sharp Bullet Move

    General Challenge, prepping for a comeback at age seven, worked six furlongs under Dana Barnes in a bullet 1:11 Wednesday at Santa Anita for trainer Bob Baffert.

  • Comeback Win Sweet for Fernando Valenzuela

    A win's a win, so it made no difference to jockey Fernando Valenzuela that his first victory in nearly 15 months came in a race that was reduced to three horses at Santa Anita due to four scratches, two at the starting gate.

  • Nazirali Rounds Into Form for Julio Canani

    After an absence of some four months, Nazirali won an allowance race at 12 furlongs on the Santa Anita turf in smart fashion on April 2 for trainer Julio Canani, and the jockey who rode the Irish-bred gelding that day says they can do it again in Sunday's $400,000 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) at about 1 ¾ miles on turf.

  • Mandella Charges Work at Santa Anita

    Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) contenders Kudos, Pleasantly Perfect and Olmodavor are pointed toward important early stakes races by trainer Richard Mandella. Argentine-bred mare Palmarola prepares for the Humana Distaff (gr. II) at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby day.

  • Concerto Filly Among Fastest Workers For OBS April Sale

    A filly by Concerto and Easy Swinger, a colt by Minister's Mark, worked quarter miles in :21 1/5 Wednesday to post the fastest times at the distance during the first session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's April sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Zippy Chippy Last, Loses 97th Straight

    Felix Monserrate's 12-year-old maiden Zippy Chippy ran his string of consecutive losses to 97 with a last-place finish in the first race at Thistledown Wednesday, an $8,200 maiden special weight contested at 5 1/2 furlongs that drew eight entrants.

  • Ten Most Wanted, with Brian Beccia up, worked at Keeneland on Wednesday.

    Domestic Dispute Confirmed for Lexington; Ten Most Wanted Works

    Trainer Bob Baffert, speaking from his Santa Anita headquarters, indicated that Gary Garber's Domestic Dispute will start in Saturday's $325,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes. Meanwhile, Illinois Derby winner Ten Most Wanted worked at Keeneland on Wednesday.

  • Atswhatimtalknbout, Scrimshaw Work Wednesday at Churchill

    B. Wayne Hughes and Biscuit Stable's Atswhatimtalknbout breezed four furlongs in his first-ever workout in blinkers and Scrimshaw breezed a sharp half-mile for trainer D. Wayne Lukas shortly after Churchill Downs' track opened for training Wedneday.

  • Storm Flag Flying, winning her last time out.

    Storm Flag Flying to Debut Friday in Comely

    Storm Flag Flying is scheduled to make her first start this year in Friday's Comely Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct. Last year's champion 2-year-old filly has not raced since winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) last October.

  • Rays of Hope Seen in Massachusetts VLT Vote

    Legislation to legalize video lottery terminals at Massachusetts racetracks failed to pass the state House of Representatives April 15, but racing industry officials remain upbeat, according to published reports.