Headlines for Sunday, April 6, 2003

  • Empire Maker Dominates Derby Futures' Wagering

    Juddmonte Farm's Empire Maker, winner of the Florida Derby (gr. I) and the favorite for next week's Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct, remained a strong favorite to win the 129th Kentucky Derby (GI) as wagering in the third and final pool of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager drew to a close on Sunday evening.

  • Storm Flag Flying Closes at Lowest Odds in KOFW

    Reigning juvenile filly champion Storm Flag Flying has yet to race in 2003, but that did not stop racing fans across the United States from making the unbeaten filly a solid favorite in Churchill Downs' inaugural Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, which ended its four-day run on April 6.

  • Ellis On to Kentucky with Atswhatimtalknbout

    Trainer Ron Ellis said he still plans to ship Atswhatimtalknbout, a disappointing fourth as the public choice in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), to Kentucky on Wednesday.

  • Buddy Bled in Win, to Miss Training Time

    Although he was running with Lasix, Buddy Gil did "bleed slightly" through the nostrils during his victory Saturday in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), trainer Jeff Mullins said. It was the first time the horse has done so in a race, Mullins said.

  • Colita Won't Run in Wood, Trainer Says

    Team Valor Stables' Colita will not run in the Wood Memorial, <br>according to trainer Carlos Morales. The beaten favorite in Tampa's Sam Davis and Aqueduct's Gotham (gr. III) will now be pointed to the Federico Tesio at Pimlico on April 19.

  • Storm Flag Flying Preparing for Comely

    The Phipps family's Storm Flag Flying, last season's champion 2-year-old filly, took another step toward her seasonal debut, breezing a half mile over Belmont's main track in :47 1/5.

  • Affirmed Success Deemed Ready for Carter

    Albert Fried Jr.'s Affirmed Success, who figures to be a major player in Saturday's $350,000 Carter (gr. I) at seven furlongs, breezed five furlongs over Belmont's training track this morning in :59 4/5.

  • Baffert Says Domestic Dispute Won't Go On

    All three of trainer Bob Baffert's Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) starters came out of the race fine, but only two – Indian Express and Kafwain – will continue on the Kentucky Derby trail, the conditioner said Sunday.

  • Ten Most Wanted On Target for Derby Bounty

    Illinois Derby (gr. II) winner Ten Most Wanted came out of his four-length triumph on Saturday in good order and the son of Deputy Commander remains on target for the May 3 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), trainer Wally Dollase said.

  • Century City, left, noses out Gondolieri to win the Arcadia Handicap, Sunday at Santa Anita.

    All But Ignored, Century City Takes Arcadia

    Irish-bred Century City, the longest shot on the board after a dismal performance at Fair Grounds two weeks ago, tallied a neck victory in a frantic finish to Sunday's $150,000 Arcadia Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Santa Anita turf.

  • Indy Dancer Drills Sharply at Belmont

    Wertheimer Farm's Indy Dancer, who is scheduled to face off with current Kentucky Derby favorite Empire Maker in Saturday's $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I), worked five furlongs over Belmont Park's main track in :59 2/5 handily.

  • Empire Maker, left, and stablemate Midas Eyes in Sunday workouts.

    Empire Maker Puts in Wood Tune-Up

    Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel sent out a slew of his stars, including top sophomores Empire Maker, Peace Rules and Midas Eyes, for workouts at Hollywood Park Sunday morning.

  • French Derby Quest Begins for Super Celebre

    Ecurie Wildenstein's Super Celebre, making his career stakes debut, opened the classic French racing season with a powerful win in Sunday's Group II Prix Noailles for 3-year-olds at Longchamp.

  • Posse leads Roll Hennessy Roll and Bossanova to the finish in the Lafayette Stakes.

    Posse Lassoes Lafayette Stakes

    Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Posse and jockey Corey Lanerie tracked a fast pace and chased down Roll Hennessy Roll in the stretch on his way to a solid victory in Sunday's $107,900 Lafayette Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Keeneland.

  • Lone Star Deputy Wins Grand Prairie Turf

    Lone Star Deputy waited patiently behind horses in the stretch, found a small opening on the rail inside the final eighth of a mile and powered home to win Saturday's $100,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge at Lone Star Park.