Headlines for Wednesday, May 21, 2003

  • Mister Acpen Defeats Sarafan, Chiselling

    Mister Acpen went wire-to-wire against several Grade I and Group I winners to win Wednesday's Hollywood Park feature, a $62,000 allowance for 4-year-olds and up over 1 1/8 miles on turf.

  • Bluesthestandard Looks Good for Lone Star 'Cap

    Bluesthestandard, winner of five in a row including last month's Texas Mile (gr. III), is working like he's ready for a return to Grand Prairie in Monday's $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III), the feature race on Lone Star Million Day.

  • Ladies Din Ready to Defend Shoemaker Title

    Trainer Frank Monteleone said that Ladies Din, a venerable 8-year-old gelding, is on edge to defend honors in the $350,000-added Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) on the Hollywood Park turf Monday.

  • Another Thrill for Santos in Hollywood's Gamely

    Jose Santos, who rode Funny Cide to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, can cap a dream month Monday when he flies west from New York to ride Dress To Thrill in the $350,000-added Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on the Hollywood Park turf.

  • Manning Seeks Second Consecutive Red Bank Victory

    Trainer Dennis Manning plans to enter Just Le Facts in Saturday's Red Bank Handicap (gr. III) on Monmouth Park's opening day, but he's hoping for rain. Also in his barn is last year's winner of the race, Key Lory, who has returned from retirement.

  • Midway Road Still Possible for Belmont, Scrimshaw Likely

    Midway Road returned to the track Wednesday at Churchill Downs. Scrimshaw walked the Lukas shedrow and could go to the track Thursday. Ten Cents a Shine will take a break rather than go on to New York. Atswhatimtalknbout is scheduled to work Monday.

  • Former Prairie Chairman Turns in Owner's License

    Former Prairie Meadows chairman Jim Rasmussen turned in his horse owner's license and his River Ridge Ranch stable was legally dissolved May 20. The move looms as a preemptive strike to avert a June hearing at which the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission would have considered action against Rasmussen for making illegal football bets with alleged bookmaker Robert Derryberry.

  • Preakness Day Handle Down 9.5% From Last Year

    Total handle on the May 17 Preakness Stakes Day program at Pimlico Race Course topped $60 million for the third consecutive year, but it was down 9.5% from last year, according to figures released May 21 by the Maryland Jockey Club.

  • Here and There

    Barclay Tagg to judge Grand Champion Maryland yearling show... Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship to visit River Downs Saturday.

  • Celebrating the Belmont Nearly Every Day

    From May 23 until June 7, when Belmont Park will host the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the race will be celebrated almost daily in greater New York City. There is a Belmont Festival at Chinatown; a hot dog eating contest, a street festival, and a hat contest.

  • Magna Offers Additional $100 Million in Notes

    Magna Entertainment Corp. will sell an additional $100 million worth of convertible notes at an annual interest rate of 8.55% through June 2 in hopes of gaining additional capital.

  • Congaree, winning the San Antonio earlier this year.

    Congaree Tops Churchill Work Tab

    Atswhatimtalknbout, a fast-closing fourth to Visa Triple Crown hopeful Funny Cide in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), turned in a six-furlong workout on Tuesday at Churchill Downs as he continued to train toward an expected rematch with the Derby winner in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • Milluna Stud Disperses Breeding Stock

    The dispersal of breeding stock owned by Jim O'Connor's Milluna Stud was held yesterday at One Tree Hill in South Australia. It was conducted by William Inglis & Son.

  • Jockey Jose Santos pets Prince, a New York police horse, while posing for a portrait with trainer Barclay Tagg, right, before a news conference in New York Tuesday.

    Funny Cide is Toast of New York

    Move over Derek Jeter, there's another New York-based athlete stealing the hearts of sports fans in the Big Apple. Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Funny Cide, along with his connections, owner Sackatoga Stable, trainer Barclay Tagg, and jockey Jose Santos, were honored during a luncheon Tuesday at Gallagher's Steak House.

  • Outta Here May Join Belmont Field

    Trainer Bill Currin said on Tuesday that his and Al Eisman's stakes winner Outta Here, the seventh-place finisher in the May 3 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), is possible for the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), but a final decision won't likely come until later this week.

  • Milluna Stud Disperses Breeding Stock

    After 40 years as a leading breeding operation, Jim O'Connor's Milluna Stud yesterday dispersed it stock at One Tree Hill in South Australia. The auction was conducted by William Inglis & Son.