Headlines for Sunday, May 11, 2003

  • Preakness-Bound Peace Rules, Kissin Saint Drill

    Two Preakness-bound starters, Peace Rules and Kissin Saint, turned in workouts over Belmont's main track this morning. Derby Trial (gr. III) Midas Eyes, recorded his first workout since winning at Churchill Downs.

  • Cooksey Among Nominees for Venezia Award

    Jockey Patricia Cooksey, the all-time leading female rider at Churchill Downs, has been named as a finalist for the New York Racing Association's (NYRA) 2003 Mike Venezia Award, which goes to riders who "exemplify extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship."

  • Mineshaft Drills in Mud for Pimlico Special

    William S. Farish's Mineshaft, winner of the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) at the Fair Grounds and the Ben Ali (gr. III) at Keeneland, tuned up for a run in Friday's $600,000 Pimlico Special (gr. I) with a sharp six-furlong breeze on Sunday at Churchill Downs.

  • Unbeaten Awesome Humor Returns Wednesday

    Unbeaten Awesome Humor, a finalist for the Eclipse Award for champion 2-year-old filly of 2002, will make her anticipated return to competition in Wednesday's featured eighth race at Churchill Downs.

  • Husbands Gets Poignant Mother's Day Win

    Jockey Patrick Husbands won Sunday's $182,950 George C. Hendrie Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine aboard El Prado Essence, a horse that carries special significance for him on Mother's Day.

  • Fog-Cutting Shine Again Takes Genuine Risk

    Bohemia Stable's Shine Again and jockey Jean-Luc Samyn bolted past heavy favorite Carson Hollow near the eighth pole and drew off to win Sunday's $145,000 Geniune Risk Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at fog-shrouded Belmont Park.

  • Wagering, Attendance Decline at Aqueduct

    A hard winter contributed to a significant decline in Aqueduct's on-track handle and attendance at the recently-concluded 83-day winter-spring meeting, while total handle dipped slightly, the New York Racing Association reported.

  • Associated Press photo, similar to one published by the <i>Miami</i> Herald that touched off controversy.

    AP Photo Clearly Shows There is No Object in Santos' Hand

    An Associated Press photo that appeared in Sunday's New York <i>Post</i> all but puts to rest the investigation of Jose Santos. The photo clearly shows the green Juddmonte Stables' silks of Empire Maker through Santos' outstretched fingers as he is about to raise his whip in triumph.

  • New York Riders Speak Out for Santos

    The New York jockey colony released a statement Sunday defending the integrity of fellow rider Jose Santos, who has been under investigation by the Churchill Downs stewards based on a photo and article that appeared in the Saturday Miami <i>Herald</i>.

  • Trainer Bobby Frankel.

    Frankel to Go With Peace Rules Only

    Bobby Frankel finally has his Preakness starter confirmed. Frankel informed Pimlico stakes coordinator David Rollinson Sunday morning that Peace Rules will be his only runner in the second leg of the Triple Cown.

  • Toccet Confirmed As Going to Lane's End

    Daniel Borislow, whose grade I winner Toccet was taken off the Triple Crown trail because of an injury, has accepted the offer to stand the son of Awesome Again at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm.