Headlines for Monday, April 28, 2003

  • Derby Winner in First Crop Big for Sire

    Obviously, siring a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner is a positive for any stud horse. But for a first crop sire, it can be huge. After all, by the time a stallion's first crop are 3-year-olds, he is covering his fifth book of mares.

  • Sarava makes first start for Baffert.

    Sarava Entered Thursday at Churchill

    Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Sarava, looking to make his first start since his monumental upset last June, has been entered as an also eligible in a one-mile allowance optional claiming race at Churchill Downs on Thursday.

  • Whose Name Will Make History?

    When the horses competing in this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) got their names, they had only their pedigree, personality, and their owners' personalities to create for them the perfect title.

  • The Year of Buckpasser and Graustark

    Ask anyone, novice or seasoned expert, and he'll be hard pressed to find a year in which so many top Derby prospects have been sidelined.

  • Racing Relief Package Offered by Michigan Lawmaker

    Another legislative package that would bring video gaming to Michigan racetracks has been launched in the state House. And while circumstances point to this attempt as having the best chance yet of becoming law, lurking in the corner is the 600-pound gorilla of the Michigan gaming industry--the Detroit casino lobby--ready to quash any infringement upon its territory.

  • Ivanavinalot Works, Pointed to Black Eyed Susan

    Gilbert Campbell's 3-year-old filly Ivanavinalot worked a good mile at Calder Saturday morning in 1:45 3/5 and trainer Kathleen O'Connell is ready to take her on a road trip to Pimlico for her next start.

  • Average Increases At Australian Weanling Auction

    The average price rose 31% from a year ago and the gross revenue increased 27% Monday during the Australian select weanling sale conducted by William Inglis & Son at Newmarket.

  • Azeri starts next in Milady.

    Azeri to Run In Hollywood's Milady May 24

    Reigning Horse of the Year Azeri will make her next start in the $200,000-added Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park on May 24, trainer Laura de Seroux said from her training base at San Luis Rey Downs on Sunday.

  • Track Execs: Retention Barns Have Share of Support

    In the wake of the New York Racing Association's announcement it would require starters in the June 7 Belmont Stakes to be in a "stakes barn" about 24 hours before the race, officials at two major dual-breed racetracks said detention, or retention, has achieved its goals but continues to be assessed on a regular basis.

  • Buddy Gil, breezing under jockey Gay Stevens.

    Stevens Says It's 'Up to the Derby Gods' With Buddy Gil

    Desperado Stable's Santa Anita Derby winner Buddy Gil turned in his final prep for Saturday's Kentucky Derby when he worked five furlongs in :59 3/5 at Churchill Downs on Monday. The breeze left jockey Gary Stevens and trainer Jeff Mullins both expressing confidence heading into the season's first classic for 3-year-olds.

  • Eye of the Tiger, on the fence for Kentucky Derby 129.

    No Decision on Eye of the Tiger After Workout

    Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer remained non-committal on whether Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) runner-up Eye of the Tiger would be entered in Saturday's Kentucky Derby after the colt worked five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 at Churchill Downs Monday.

  • Lexington Stakes winner Scrimshaw, with trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

    Scrimshaw Turns in Final Derby Breeze

    Coolmore Lexington Stakes winner Scrimshaw breezed five furlongs in 1:02 1/5 in the pre-dawn darkness of Churchill Downs on Monday as the colt underwent his final prep for the 129th Kentucky Derby.