Headlines for Thursday, May 15, 2003

  • Castillo Bags Career Victory 2,000

    Jockey Heberto Castillo Jr. won Thursday afternoon's third race at Belmont Park with longshot Letthefreedomroar for the 2000th victory of his career.

  • Nelson Halts Playfair Simulcasting

    Eric Nelson, the current operator of Playfair Race Course, has apparently shut down simulcasting at the track near Spokane, Wash., for two weeks. According to a story in Wednesday's local paper, the <i>Spokesman-Review</i>, Nelson said it's a "cooling off period."

  • 'Seabiscuit' Premieres July 19 in Lexington, Louisville

    <i> Seabiscuit</i> a feature film from Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, and Spyglass Entertainment, will be premiered in Lexington and Louisville July 19. The two Kentucky cities are among only a select few across the United States that will host official premieres in advance of the nationwide release of the film on July 25.

  • Del Mar Show Takes Second Crack at Winning Dixie

    Del Mar Show will look to avenge a second-place finish in last year's CITGO Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT) against a talented field of turf runners set for this year's edition at Pimlico Race Course Saturday.

  • Gill's Trio Among Eight Entered in Maryland Handicap

    Michael Gill, currently the nation's leading owner, appears to have the field surrounded in the $200,000 Maryland Handicap (gr. III) as he has three horses among the seven entered in the six furlong sprint.

  • You, winning the Acorn last year.

    You a Surprise Entry in Shuvee

    The possibility of heavy rain and a wet track at Belmont Park Saturday has swayed Bobby Frankel to enter You in place of Sightseek in the Shuvee Handicap. A solid field of six fillies and mares has been entered.

  • Kissin Saint, Peace Rules, New York Hero Arrive at Pimlico

    Kissin Saint, owned by Michael Rankowitz and Peter Karches, arrived at Pimlico at approximately 9:15 Thursday morning and Kentucky Derby third-place finisher Peace Rules arrived in the afternoon. With the arrival of New York Hero later in the day, seven contenders for Saturday's Preakness Stakes were on the grounds.

  • $1.2 Million Purchase Looks Like Bargain After Huge Debut

    Chapel Royal, a son of Montbrook who topped the OBSC Calder select sale of 2-year-olds in February with a final bid of $1.2 million, showed he may have been well worth his hefty price after a dazzling performance in his career bow at Belmont Park Thursday.

  • Canterbury: Net Income Down, But Revenue Up

    Canterbury Park Holding Co. reported a decrease in net income for the first three months of 2003 compared with the same period in 2002, but an increase in revenue for the three-month period.

  • $1.2 Million OBS Calder Sale-Topper Debuts Thursday

    Chapel Royal, a son of Montbrook who topped the OBSC Calder select sale of 2-year-olds in February with a final bid of $1.2 million, will make his career debut in the second race at Belmont Park Thursday.

  • New Auction Planned For Saratoga

    Veteran horseman Jeffrey T. Minton and his company, J.T. Minton Auctions, will conduct a new Thoroughbred sale this fall in Saratoga Springs, N. Y. The auction will be held Oct. 11 and will offer mixed stock.