Headlines for Tuesday, April 22, 2003

  • Irish Colt Evolving Tactics Likely Heading For Derby

    Churchill Downs officials have been notified that Moyglare Stud Farm's Irish-bred Evolving Tactics is scheduled to ship to the United States later this week for a possible run in Kentucky Derby 129.

  • Kentucky Oaks contender My Boston Gal, winning the Stonerside Beaumont Stakes.

    Fillies Continue Oaks Preparations

    While the Kentucky Derby attracts most of the attention on the backside of Churchill Downs this week, 3-year-olds fillies continue to work toward the May 2 Kentucky Oaks.

  • Weld-Trained, Irish-Based Colt Coming to Derby

    Churchill Downs officials have been notified that Moyglare Stud Farm's Irish-bred Evolving Tactics is scheduled to ship to the United States later this week for a possible run in Kentucky Derby 129.

  • Elkhorn Draws Top Field Of Marathon Specialists

    The $150,000 Elkhorn Stakes (gr. IIIT) on Wednesday at Keeneland boasts a field of many of the nation's top turf marathoners set to square off at 12-furlongs on the Central Kentucky oval.

  • Stakes Festivals Highlight of Hollywood Park Meet

    The Southern California Thoroughbred racing scene shifts to Hollywood Park April 23 for the Inglewood track's 65-day spring/summer meet that extends through June 20. A packed stakes schedule includes the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup, a grade I event set for July 13.

  • Brick Campaign Begins at Churchill Downs

    Churchill Downs is offering fans a chance to be a part of its history – and its future. The Churchill Downs Brick Campaign, launched April 22, will allow individuals to engrave their names on the grounds of Churchill Downs to be seen for generations to come. All proceeds will benefit the Churchill Downs Foundation.

  • Empire Maker Was Bred for Greatness

    Dr. John Chandler, president of Juddmonte Farms, said great things have been expected of Empire Maker since he was a young foal. "He was just an outstanding foal, a great physical specimen, and he's progressed like all great horses," Chandler said Tuesday during an NTRA teleconference.

  • Delaware Park Ready for Lucrative Racing Season

    Delaware Park will kick off its more than six-month racing season April 26 with the $75,000 Legal Light Stakes, one of 30 major events on the stakes calendar. The highlight is the $750,000 Delaware Handicap, a grade II race set for July 20.

  • History Maker?

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Has it really been 25 years since Thoroughbred racing had its last Triple Crown winner? It doesn't seem that long ago to us gray-haired types, but a new generation of racing fans has not had a Triple Crown winner in their lifetime.

  • How Not to Lose the Derby

    <i>By Lenny Shulman</i> -- It's the most elusive of longshots: out of some 36,000 Thoroughbred foals born each year, just one gets to win the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Offlee Wild, working at Churchill Downs on Tuesday.

    Offlee Wild on Track for Derby Bid

    With many of the partners of owner Azalea Stables on hand, Holy Bull Stakes winner Offlee Wild worked in company at Churchill Downs on Tuesday and accomplished what trainer T. V. Smith wanted from the workout.

  • Funny Cide Works Over Sloppy Belmont Track

    Sakatoga Stable and Jackson Knowlton's Funny Cide, the New York-bred runner-up in the grade 1 Wood Memorial, breezed a half-mile around the "dogs" in :48 on Belmont Park's sloppy main track Tuesday morning. Robin Smullen, assistant to trainer Barclay Tagg, was aboard for the work.

  • Here and There

    Bits and pieces from around the industry...

  • Medaglia d&#39;Oro, winning the Strub Stakes.

    Medaglia d'Oro Dealt Setback With Minor Injury

    Medaglia d'Oro sustained a minor injury in a stall accident at Hollywood Park last Friday and will miss a scheduled engagement in the May 16 Pimlico Special, according to trainer Bobby Frankel.

  • Lone Star Sky Listed as 'Possible' for Derby

    Trainer Tom Amoss said Tuesday morning that he and owner Buddy New are keeping their options open for Lone Star Sky to be thrown into the Kentucky Derby mix after the colt worked six furlongs at Churchill Downs in 1:12 4/5.

  • Clement Has Two Topweights for Calder Breeders' Cup

    Calder Racing Secretary Bob Umphrey has assigned Moyglare Farm's 4-year-old Irish-bred filly Dress To Thrill topweight of 122 pounds for Saturday's $150,000 Calder Breeders' Cup Handicap for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf.