Headlines for Sunday, May 18, 2003

  • Dublino, Damaschino Drill for Gamely

    Dublino, a leading contender for the $350,000-added Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) May 26, drilled five furlongs in 1:01.80 on the Hollywood Park turf Sunday.

  • Affluent, seeking first win over Azeri.

    Affluent Seeks First Win Over Azeri in Sixth Attempt

    Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally has deferentially called Horse of the Year Azeri a "monster." After finishing behind the superstar mare with Affluent in all five previous meetings, McAnally knows what he's talking about.

  • Pimlico Trip Went Nicely for Howard, Farish

    Trainer Neil Howard has been affectionately dubbed "Nervous Neil" by his friends and colleagues at Churchill Downs, but he was cool and confident as he accepted congratulations Sunday morning on his return to his home track.

  • Forever Grand Shows Best in New Providence

    Days before the running of Sunday's New Providence Stakes at Woodbine, rider Todd Kabel admitted Forever Grand had yet to run his best race of 2003. After the Ontario-bred's performance in the $127,625 added-money event, that's no longer the case.

  • Santos Returns to Belmont to Work Volponi

    After winning the Preakness (gr. I) Saturday in Maryland, jockey Jose Santos was back to work at Belmont early Sunday morning, breezing Breeders' Cup Classic winner Volponi shortly after the track renovation break. The son of Cryptoclearance was credited with a four-furlong move in :48 3/5.

  • Empire Maker Works Tuesday, Peace Rules Out of Belmont

    Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel said that Peace Rules, fourth in the Preakness (gr. I), appears fine after shipping back to New York. Peace Rules will not compete in the Belmont Stakes, but Frankel will have Derby runner-up Empire Maker fresh for the 1 ½-mile classic.

  • Italian Oaks Goes to Germany's Meridiana

    Germany's Meridiana upset Godolphin's Lady Catherine by 1 1/4 length Sunday in the Italian Oaks (Italy-I) over 1 3/8 mile at San Siro in Milan Sunday.

  • Falbrav Flies to Prix d'Ispahan Victory

    Expertly guided by jockey Kieren Fallon, Falbrav won his first race since joining Newmarket-based trainer Luca Cumani, taking the about Prix d'Ispahan (Fr-I) at Longchamp Sunday .

  • Winter Garden Favored in Woodbine's Selene

    Trainer Robert Tiller's Winter Garden is the morning line favorite for Monday's $277,750 Selene Stakes (Can-I) at Woodbine, a 1 1/16-mile event for 3-year-old fillies.