Headlines for Friday, May 16, 2003

  • Godolphin's Harty to Begin Hollywood Assault

    The internationally renowned royal blue silks of Godolphin Stable will be seen on a frequent basis at Hollywood Park beginning next week, trainer Eoin Harty reported Friday from his training base at Santa Anita.

  • WinStar's Walden Sees Sunny Side of Funny Cide

    Although WinStar Farm would love to have a Kentucky Derby winner under its colors, the victory in Derby 129 by the WinStar-bred Funny Cide was certainly the next best thing. It could get even better if he adds a Preakness (gr. I) win tomorrow.

  • Peace Rules Early Preakness Favorite

    Peace Rules is the favorite in the early wagering for Saturday's Preakness Stakes. The Derby third-place finisher is 5-2, while the Derby winner, Funny Cide, is 9-2.

  • Mineshaft, draws off in the Pimlico Special.

    Mineshaft Wins Pimlico Special

    Neil Howard may saddle a longshot Saturday in the Preakness (gr. I), but he sent out a favorite to win the $600,000 Pimlico Special (gr. I) Friday. Mineshaft and Robby Albarado won the Pimlico Special over Western Pride and longshot Judge's Case.

  • Roar Emotion leads Fircroft to the wire in the Black-Eyed Susan.

    Roar Emotion Takes Black-Eyed Susan

    Roar Emotion led every step of the way, and held off a late charge from Fircroft, to take the $200,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) by a half-length Friday at Pimlico. Favored Santa Catarina ran third.

  • Azeri Records Bullet Work at San Luis Rey

    Azeri, reigning Horse of the Year, worked five furlongs in :57 3/5 Friday at San Luis Rey Downs in her final drill before defense of her victory last year in the $200,000-added Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap for fillies and mares May 24 at Hollywood Park.

  • Forest Heiress Easy Winner of The Very One

    Forest Heiress romped home Friday at Pimlico in The Very One Stakes, a race decimated by scratches after heavy rains forced its movement from the turf to the main track. Under Pat Day, Forest Heiress sat third in the early going, then as they straightened away for home, came through a wide spot on the rail and eased home.

  • Mandy's Gold Just Gets Up in Pimlico BC Distaff

    It was scratched down to a four-horse field, but there was still plenty of drama Friday in the Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. III). Summer Colony took the lead in the stretch and looked like she would win the race for the second straight year, but Jerry Bailey drove favored Mandy's Gold by in the final yards to take the $150,000 race by a neck.

  • Senorita Stakes Features Major Idea

    Major Idea, whose three-race winning streak ended when favored in Santa Anita's Providencia Stakes last month, will be out to make amends Saturday in Hollywood Park's $100,000 Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf.

  • O'Neill Has Sky Jack, Avanzado Back in Training

    Ren-Mar Thoroughbreds' homebred Sky Jack, last year's winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), is back in serious training at Hollywood Park for trainer Doug O'Neill and could return to action as soon as the end of the current Hollywood meeting.

  • Jockey Jose Santos, meeting with media Friday.

    Santos Confident Heading into Preakness

    Declaring the controversy over the "phantom photo" was completely behind him, jockey Jose Santos said he was confident going into the Preakness Stakes aboard Kentucky Derby victor Funny Cide.

  • NYRA Opts for Pre-Race Tests Over Retention Barn

    The New York Racing Association has backed away from its plan to have a mandatory stakes barn for the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), but it will instead take pre-race samples from all horses in the third leg of the Triple Crown.

  • Barclay Tagg, meeting with the press after Funny Cide arrived at Pimlico.

    Surprise! Funny Cide, Tagg Arrive Early at Pimlico

    Barclay Tagg and Funny Cide arrived in Baltimore a day ahead of schedule, arriving at Pimlico Racecourse around 1:45 p.m. Friday afternoon. The trainer said the bad weather in the Baltimore area was the reason for shipping the day before the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • 'Tour' Plan Details Up For Discussion Again in June

    Representatives of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association met for the second time May 15 to discuss the future of the Thoroughbred Championship Tour, a for-profit racing series that would rely on owners for start-up funds.

  • Knowlton Addresses TOBA Seminar

    Jack Knowlton, managing partner of Sackatoga Stable, gave an owner's perspective to about 30 prospective clients at new owner's seminar at Pimlico Racecourse the morning of May 16.

  • Fast Track for Preakness, Passero Says

    Pimlico track superintendent John Passero said he is confident the racing surface will be fast Saturday for the middle leg of the Triple Crown. "If the rain stops," Passero said Friday.

  • Foglesonger Injures Hand, Takes Off Friday Mounts

    Ryan Foglesonger, the leading rider at Pimlico who is schedule to ride Cherokee's Boy in Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I), took off his mounts Friday after injuring his hand in a starting gate mishap late Thursday.

  • Rain Forces Cancellation of Steeplechase at Pimlico

    Heavy rains forced the cancellation of Friday's Joe Aitcheson Hurdle (NSA-I) at Pimlico Race Course. The rain began Thursday night and intensified Friday morning. The forecast was for the precipitation to continue all day Friday.

  • My Boston Gal, winning the Stonerside Beaumont Stakes.

    My Boston Gal Recovering from Throat Surgery

    My Boston Gal, one of last year's top 2-year-old fillies and the winner of the Stonerside Beaumont (gr. II) at Keeneland this spring, is getting some rest in trainer Carl Nafzger's Churchill Downs barn after throat surgery late last week to correct a breathing problem.

  • Future Uncertain for Awesome Humor After First Career Loss

    The return to competition by WinStar Farm's previously unbeaten Awesome Humor on Wednesday at Churchill Downs did not turn out as well as hoped, so trainer Elliott Walden will take a "wait and see" approach on a game plan that had been pointing the filly toward the $250,000 Acorn (gr. I) at Belmont Park on June 6.

  • Daylami's First Winner

    Eclipse Award winner and European champion Daylami was represented by his first winner