Headlines for Wednesday, April 23, 2003

  • King Robyn Wins Hollywood's Harry Henson

    Cornejo Racing's 4-5 favorite King Robyn got a perfect stalking trip under jockey Alex Solis and pulled away for a three-length victory in Hollywood Park's opening day feature, the $82,200 Harry Henson Stakes for 3-year-olds on the turf Wednesday.

  • Alexine Returns in Hollywood's Hawthorne

    Alexine, a gray mare who lost by a nose when favored in last year's Hawthorne Handicap (gr. III), will be the high weight and probable favorite in this year's $100,000-added running on Friday night at Hollywood Park.

  • Final Destination After 6th Straight in Wilshire

    Final Destination, a graded stakes winner on two continents, seeks her sixth straight victory Sunday in the Wilshire Handicap (gr. IIIT), a $100,000-added test for fillies and mares at one mile on turf.

  • 7-Year-Old Falcon Flight Retired

    Trainer Donald Burke confirmed Wednesday that 7-year-old French-bred horse Falcon Flight, winner of more than $1.4 million, has been retired.

  • Dress To Thrill to Make 2003 Debut at Calder

    Trainer Christophe Clement indicated to Calder racing secretary Bob Umphrey Wednesday morning that he plans to let Moyglare Stud's 4-year-old filly Dress To Thrill accept the high weight assignment of 122 pounds for Saturday's $150,000 Calder Breeders' Cup Handicap.

  • Calder Splits Opening Day Feature

    Calder's turf will be in use prominently for the Friday afternoon opening card with two divisions of the Blazing Sword overnight stakes highlighting the 10-race card.

  • New York City OTB and Churchill Downs Team Up in Mystery Voucher Giveaway

    The New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation and Churchill Downs are teaming up to giveaway 2,500 "mystery vouchers" on April 25. The vouchers will be distributed in front of NASDAQ headquarters at 43rd St. and Broadway before the opening of the market. Raymond Casey, president and CEO of NYCOTB and Tom Meeker, president and CEO of Churchill Downs, will assist in the giveaway.

  • Day Not Injured in Spill at Keeneland

    Jockey Pat Day, who fell from his mount Nut Lovin during the running of Wednesday's third race, does not appear to be seriously injured.

  • Team Valor Buys Sir Cat Filly

    Team Valor has purchased Run Cat Run, a 6 1/2-length winner in an April 16 maiden special weight contest at Pimlico, from owner and trainer John Salzman.

  • Purse Pool Stay Denied in Michigan

    For the third consecutive time, a motion to stay the horsemen's simulcast purse pool distribution was denied by a Michigan court judge.

  • Xtra Heat, with trainer John Salzman during BC Week.

    Xtra Heat Sent to Farm

    Champion Xtra Heat has been sent to David Plummer's ClassicStar Farm near Versailles, Ky. where she will be bred. The mare arrived at her owner's farm on April 18.

  • Mineshaft Heads Ben Ali Field

    Mineshaft, winner of the New Orleans Handicap at Fair Grounds, heads a field of eight older colts and geldings in the grade III, $150,000-added Ben Ali to be run Friday at Keeneland.

  • Top Field for Royal Chase at Keeneland

    Six steeplechase grade I winners head the field for the richest jump race of the spring season, Friday's $159,000 Royal Chase (NSA-I) at Keeneland.

  • Slots Revenue on Table at Pennsylvania Hearings

    The first of three hearings on slot machines at racetracks in Pennsylvania was held by the Senate Finance Committee April 22. The hearing was highlighted by comments from Sen. Robert Tomlinson, who said he would make some changes to the bill he introduced that has the support of racetrack operators in the state.

  • Tale of the Cat to Australia

    Tale of the Cat, runner-up on the second-crop sire list by 2003 progeny earnings, will be sent to Coolmore Australia