Headlines for Saturday, April 26, 2003

  • Ex-Claimer Bluesthestandard Takes Texas Mile

    Rags to riches Bluesthestandard became a multiple graded stakes winner Saturday with an authoritative four-length score over Bonapaw in the $300,000 Texas Mile (gr. III) at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

  • Chief Planner runs to victory in the Snow Chief Stakes, Saturday at Hollywood Park.

    Chief Planner, Golden Eagle Top Gold Rush

    Golden Eagle Farm stallions sired three of Saturday's 10 California Gold Rush winners at Hollywood Park, including Chief Planner, who captured the featured $250,000 Snow Chief for 3-year-olds.

  • De Seroux's Trio Surrounds Wilshire 'Cap

    Laura de Seroux, who enjoyed an unprecedented ascent last year when guiding 4-year-old filly Azeri to Horse of the Year recognition, seems to have Sunday's $100,000 Wilshire Handicap (gr. IIIT) surrounded at Hollywood Park.

  • Wake At Noon Shows Stuff in Winning Vigil

    After a disappointing fourth-place finish in his seasonal debut, Canada's 2002 Horse of the Year Wake At Noon came alive in Saturday's $164,000 Vigil Stakes (Can-III) with a 3 1/4-length win.

  • Stormy Frolic Enjoys Sloppy Going at Calder

    Stormy Frolic kicked away in the stretch to easily win Saturday's $145,000 Calder Breeders' Cup Handicap, reduced to a field of eight after the race was switched from the turf to a sloppy main track.

  • Saint Verre Makes Most of Sloppy Fort Marcy

    Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens has always downplayed his reputation as "The Giant Killer." But he did it again in Saturday's Fort Marcy Handicap at Aqueduct, saddling 6-1 shot Saint Verre for victory on a sloppy track.

  • Midas Eyes wins the Derby Trial, Saturday at Churchill.

    Midas Eyes Kicks Off Frankel's Derby Week

    Midas Eyes kicked off what could be a banner week for trainer Bobby Frankel by posting a 2 ½-length gate-to-wire victory in the $167,400 Derby Trial (gr. III) Saturday at Churchill Downs before an opening day crowd of 14,492.

  • Churchill, MidAtlantic Tracks Reach Simulcast Agreement

    Churchill Downs Simulcast Network and the MidAtlantic Cooperative LLC have reached an agreement that authorizes MidAtlantic member tracks to accept simulcast and pari-mutuel wagering on CDSN products. The joint announcement was made by today by CDSN President Karl F. Schmitt Jr. and Martin Lieberman, executive director of the MidAtlantic Cooperative.

  • Azeri, withdrawn from next race.

    Azeri Out of Louisville Breeders' Cup; Take Charge Lady Highweight

    Horse of the Year Azeri has been declared from the list of fillies and mares nominated to the $300,000-added Louisville Breeders' Cup (grade II) on Kentucky Oaks Day, a move that leaves Select Stable's Take Charge Lady as the likely starting highweight in the handicap for older fillies and mares.

  • Domestic Dispute, winning the Santa Catalina.

    Domestic Dispute Sold, Joins Kentucky Derby Fray

    Domestic Dispute, third in the Coolmore Lexington Stakes, has been purchased by David Bienstock and Chuck Winner and will be entered in next Saturday's $1-million Kentucky Derby under new trainer Patrick Gallagher. The price received by previous owner and breeder Gary Garber was not disclosed.

  • Brancusi, breezes over Keeneland's grass course.

    Brancusi Breezes on Grass at Keeneland

    With no workouts scheduled at a rainy Churchill Downs Saturday morning, Brancusi underwent his preparations for the May 3 race over the yielding grass course at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

  • General Challenge Returns After 2 1/2-Year Hiatus

    Excessivepleasure, a 3-year-old bordering on stardom after capturing last month's $500,000 WinStar Derby, and comebacking General Challenge, unraced in over 2 1/2 years following triumphs in such classic events as the Santa Anita Handicap, will be the focus of Saturday's fourth annual Citibank California Gold Rush at Hollywood Park.

  • Hawthorne Surprise Fits Keys to the Heart

    Keys to the Heart, sent off at 17-1 in a four-horse field with Jose Valdivia Jr. in the saddle, kicked loose in the stretch and held off Rhiana near the wire to tally a half-length upset in Friday night's $103,292 Hawthorne Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park.