Headlines for Thursday, April 24, 2003

  • Ladies Din Makes Comeback in SF Mile

    Ladies Din, an 8-year-old gelding who has earned nearly $2 million, heads the field for Saturday's $200,000 San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IIT) at Bay Meadows.

  • Rain Clouds Fort Marcy Picture

    Saturday's $100,000 Fort Marcy Handicap (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 mile at Aqueduct is supposed to be the first stakes race run on grass in New York this year. With forecasts calling for more than an inch of rain from Friday night into Saturday, horses entered for the main track only may be in luck.

  • Outta Here Works at Hollywood, Ships Sunday

    Kentucky Derby candidate Outta Here was put through his final major Run for the Roses preparation at Hollywood Park on Thursday, working five furlongs in :59 4/5 handily over a fast main track. The move was the second fastest of the 29 clocked at the distance.

  • Lilac Queen remained undefeated with this victory in the Bewitch Stakes.

    Lilac Queen Romps to Victory in Bewitch

    Heavy favorite Lilac Queen remained undefeated in three North American starts and gave trainer Bobby Frankel yet another stakes win with a sharp victory in the $112,100 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland Thursday.

  • Selection of Kentucky Derby Post Positions Altered

    In a switch to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) post position selection process, the "blind" draw used to establish the order of selection for post positions will now be conducted upon the close of entries in the Churchill Downs racing office.

  • Boston Common Faces Wake at Noon in Vigil

    Richard Englander's Boston Common makes his seasonal debut in Saturday's Vigil Stakes at Woodbine Racecourse, facing Wake at Noon, 2002 Canadian Horse of the Year.

  • Sir Cherokee, checks out Churchill Downs Thursday.

    Steve Haskin's Kentucky Derby Report: Barbarian at the Gate?

    It was an important morning for Empire Maker and trainer Bobby Frankel, as the Derby favorite went out for his much-anticipated schooling session in the gate. Known for his erratic gate behavior, the son of Unbridled provided a few anxious moments, but in the end passed his test in fine style.

  • Quinn Named Players' Rep for Wagering Alliance

    Handicapper Jim Quinn has been appointed to the newly-formed position of Players' Representative for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Wagering Integrity Alliance.

  • NBC President to Speak at Derby Journalism Seminar

    NBC Sports president Ken Schanzer will deliver the keynote address during the 12th annual Collegiate Sports Journalism Seminar at Churchill Downs, which is scheduled for April 24-27.

  • Report: EPO Antibodies Found in Texas Horses

    Two horses that raced at Lone Star Park April 13 tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO) antibodies, which brings the total number of horses to test positive in Texas this year to eight.

  • Trainer D. Wayne Lukas was all smiles at Churchill Downs Thursday morning.

    On Quiet Day at Churchill, Buzz Centers Around 'Bubble' Horses

    With no workouts at Churchill Downs for Kentucky Derby contenders, it was a relatively quiet morning Thursday at the Louisville, Kentucky track. The lack of activity on the track did not diminish backside buzz centered around horses that are still "on the bubble" for the May 3 race.

  • Evolving Tactics Not Coming For Derby

    Evolving Tactics, who was under consideration for the May 3 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), will not be shipped from Ireland for the race, <i>The Blood-Horse</i> has learned.

  • Kim Loves Bucky wins the Elkhorn, Wednesday at Keeneland.

    Kim Loves Bucky and Keeneland Turf

    For the second consecutive year, Kim Loves Bucky has won the Elkhorn Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland. The 6-year-old gelding completed the 1 1/2-mile turf distance in 2:29.39, with Man From Wicklow a half-length back in second, and Williams News a nose behind for third.