Headlines for Saturday, May 17, 2003

  • Makeup Artist Shows Game Face in Senorita

    George Krikorian's even-money favorite Makeup Artist rallied widely on the final turn in posting a 1 1/2-length victory in Saturday's $113,500 Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies on the Hollywood Park turf.

  • Dogwood Blooms for Stubborn Golden Marlin

    Passed briefly inside the half-mile pole, Golden Marlin repelled the challenge and went on to post a one-length victory in Saturday's $109,000 Dogwood Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs.

  • Belmont Prepares for Funny Cide's Homecoming

    Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide will seek to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner when he goes to post on Saturday, June 7th in the 135th running of the grade I, $1 million Belmont Stakes - the 1 1/2-mile final leg of the Visa Triple Crown for 3-year-olds.

  • Wando Wins Key Queen's Plate Prep

    After his brilliant performance in near stakes record time in Saturday's $163,800 Marine Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine, there's little doubt who the leading contender for next month's 144th edition of the Queen's Plate is.

  • Frankel Wins Shuvee with You's Stablemate

    Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel is something like those people you see playing several slot machines or bingo cards all at once. He's got so much action going on, he's not always sure exactly what he's got.

  • Windsor Castle Too Strong in Schaefer

    Dogwood Stable's Windsor Castle rallied wide and from off the pace to roar to victory in the William Donald Schaefer Handicap (gr. III) at Pimlico on Saturday. The 5-year-old son of Lord Carson got the 1 1/8 miles over a good track in 1:50.08.

  • Bettors at Pimlico, who have made Peace Rules and Funny Cide co-favorites for the Preakness.

    Funny Cide, Peace Rules 3-1 for Preakness

    Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide is the 3-1 co-favorite for Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) as of early wagering registered by 4:32 p.m. Peace Rules is also now 3-1. At 7-2 is the Bob and Beverly Lewis entry of Scrimshaw and Senor Swinger. There is $459,714 in the win pool.

  • War Emblem's Sister Wins Debut at Arlington

    My Sweet Heart, a 3-year-old half-sister to 2002 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem, won the first start of her career Friday at Arlington Park when she captured the final event on the twilight racing program by a half-length.

  • Best Minister provided trainer Ken McPeek with his second straight Sir Barton win.

    Best Minister Gives McPeek Sir Barton Repeat

    Trainer Kenny McPeek, who sent out eventual Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Sarava to win the Sir Barton Stakes a year ago, repeated in the $125,000 Sir Barton Saturday with Best Minister.

  • Dr. Brendler, foreground, holds off Perfect Soul in the Citgo Dixie Stakes.

    Dr. Brendler Delivers in Citgo Dixie

    Longshot Dr. Brendler rallied in mid-stretch, then held off a resurging Perfect Soul to win the $200,000 Citgo Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT) by a half-length at Pimlico on Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile turf race run over soft going, was run in a slow 1:57.78, more than 10 seconds off the course record.

  • Hawk Wing Demolishes Lockinge Foes

    Hawk Wing, often maligned for not quite getting the job done, took a big step toward dispelling that perception with a powerful 11-length romp in Saturday's Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (Eng-I) at Newbury.

  • Carib Lady Hot in Gallorette

    Splitting horses in deep stretch, Gaillardia Racing's Carib Lady fired past her rivals to score in the $100,000 Gallorette Handicap (gr.IIIT) on Pimlico's yielding turf Saturday.

  • Despite the gloomy weather for Preakness Day, fans at Pimlico rushed into the infield when the track's gates opened.

    Wet and Damp Weather For Preakness Stakes

    Among those holding a radio, wearing jeans, and helping direct traffic on Preakness morning was Joe De Francis, the president of the Maryland Jockey Club, which operates the track that today will play host to the middle leg of the Triple Crown.