Headlines for Tuesday, May 13, 2003

  • Eclipse Award winner Kona Gold.

    Kona Gold Back on the Track

    Headley, Molasky and Molasky's Kona Gold, 2000's Eclipse Award-winning sprinter, worked Tuesday for the first time since getting a brief vacation and logged three furlongs in :36 1/5 handily over Santa Anita's fast main track.

  • Jose Santos, with Churchill Downs' twin spires in the background.

    Santos' Nightmare Comes to an End

    Last Sunday night, Rita Santos and her four children, Nadia, 15, Jose Jr., 8, Selena, 7, and Savannah, 5, all curled up in bed together, watching TV. Around that time, Rita's husband, Jose, was arriving in Kentucky to appear the following day before the Churchill Downs stewards.

  • Canterbury Meet Features Return of Claiming Crown

    Canterbury Park will kick off its 63-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet May 16. Highlight of the spring/summer season is the $550,000 Claiming Crown, a five-race series scheduled for July 19.

  • Elmer Heubeck Jr. Dead at 85

    Elmer Heubeck Jr., a pioneer in the Florida Thoroughbred breeding industry, died Monday, May 12 due to a heart condition. He was 85.

  • Preakness Contenders on the Track

    Three Churchill Downs-based contenders for Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course put in their final works on Tuesday morning at the Louisville oval.

  • Here and There

    Bits and pieces from around the industry...

  • Intrigue Abounds in Black-Eyed Susan

    A well-matched bunch of 10 3-year-old fillies has passed the entry-box for Friday's Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) at Pimlico. The nationally-televised contest (ESPN, 5-6 p.m. EDT) will be run at its traditional distance of 1 1/8 miles.

  • Belmont Ball to Honor Affirmed and Reeves

    Richard Stone Reeves, the international equine artist, and Affirmed, the 1978 Triple Crown winner, will be honored at the Belmont Ball at Belmont Park on June 5.

  • Indy Downs Wins OK For OTB Parlor Near Churchill

    Indiana Downs has won approval from the Clark County, Ind., Council to open a satellite wagering facility in Clarksville or Jeffersonville, both of which are located just across the Ohio River from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

  • Editor-in-Chief<br>Ray Paulick

    Rush To Confusion

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Most interesting comment in the 48-hour media barrage surrounding the "controversy" of Jose Santos and the 129th running of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) came at about hour 24, during a roundtable discussion of journalists on ESPN's "Sports Reporters" telecast the morning of May 11.

  • Many Cides

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> -- General sports columnists try their best to cover the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), but they often fall short.

  • Funny Cide, working Tuesday in preparation for the Preakness Stakes.

    Funny Cide Works in :47 1/5 for Preakness

    Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Funny Cide returned to the track Tuesday morning to prep for the second leg of the Triple Crown, Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Deceased stallion Danehill.

    Coolmore Stallion Danehill Dead

    Coolmore Stud stallion Danehill, who sired 2001 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) winner Banks Hill and European standout Rock of Gibraltar, has died.