Headlines for Thursday, May 22, 2003

  • Can Alysweep Take Flight in Peter Pan?

    Out of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) with a low blood count, Alysweep bounces back for Saturday's $200,000 Peter Pan (gr. II) at 1 1/8 mile for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park.

  • Rice Entries Top Monmouth Opening-Day Card

    While the forecast for Saturday still calls for rain at Monmouth Park, that didn't dampen the deluge of entries that flooded the entry box for the opening-day card.

  • Ministers Wild Cat Surfaces in Barrera

    Ministers Wild Cat, once considered a threat for Triple Crown races, seeks to regroup for the summer with a return in the $150,000 Laz Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs at Hollywood Park Monday.

  • De Seroux Anticipates 'Glorious Weekend'

    Trainer Laura de Seroux hopes to repeat the memorable Memorial Day weekend she experienced last year when Azeri won the Milady (gr. I) on Saturday and Astra captured the Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) for fillies and mares on turf on the following Monday. With Astra retired, de Seroux will send out highly regarded Dublino in the $350,000-added Gamely.

  • Azeri, reigning Horse of the Year, runs Saturday at Hollywood Park.

    Light Cast to Vie With Azeri in Milady

    Five fillies and mares have dared to challenge reigning Horse of the Year Azeri on Saturday when the brilliant 5-year-old mare returns to Hollywood Park for the $200,000-added Milady Breeder's Cup Hanidicap (gr. IT).

  • Rosy Spot for Noches de Rosa in Yerba Buena

    A classy field of eight, headed by Santa Ana Handicap (gr. IIT) winner Noches de Rosa, is entered for the $150,000 Yerba Buena Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares on the Bay Meadows turf Saturday.

  • Quick Tip for Mint Julep – Check Outside Posts

    The favorites for Saturday's $150,000-added Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs should have no problem in finding each other during the running of the 1 1/16-mile grass test.

  • Ontario Horsemen Reach Accord with Woodbine

    <br>Woodbine Entertainment Group and the Ontario Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) signed off on a new five-year contract that guarantees the province 167 live Thoroughbred dates each year through 2008.

  • Officials: Sale of Scioto to MTR Gaming a Go

    Officials with Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio, said May 22 all systems are go on its purchase by MTR Gaming Group, owner of Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort in West Virginia.

  • Expelled's First Winner

    Grade I winner Expelled's first winner came May 21 when his daughter Birdie Barrage won at five furlongs

  • Covered walking ring under construction at Ocala Breeders&#39; Sales Compmany.

    OBS Construction Project Under Way

    A construction project for a covered walking ring is underway at the Ocala Breeders Sales Company in central Florida. A planned timetable for the new addition would have the basic structure in place, and roofed, for the June 2-year-old sale with the project being completed prior to their yearling sale in mid-August.

  • Hi Dubai Among 21 Remaining in Vodafone Oaks

    All the leading contenders for the 2003 Vodafone Oaks remain in the June 6 classic after the final forfeit stage on May 22. Godolphin looks to have a particularly strong hand in the £375,000 race over 12 furlongs. The Maktoum family's operation will be aiming for a fourth Oaks success following Balanchine (1994), Moonshell (1995) and Kazzia (2002).

  • NTRA Summer Racing Tour Returns to CBS June 14

    The "NTRA Summer Racing Tour," presented by Long John Silver's, returns to CBS on June 14 with the first of four consecutive Saturday programs that will feature races in five Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships divisions.

  • Dominion Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

    Nominations are now being accepted for the next Dogwood Dominion Award, which goes to a man or woman who is truly an "unsung hero" of the Thoroughbred racing industry.

  • Dominion Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

    Nominations are now being accepted for the next Dogwood Dominion Award, which goes to a man or woman who is truly an "unsung hero" of the Thoroughbred racing industry.

  • Second Leg of Steeplechase Triple Crown Cancelled

    The $100,000 Joe Aitcheson Stakes, second leg of the Steeplechase Triple Crown, has been canceled for 2003 because of the weather at Pimlico Race Course along with scheduling conflicts for the three-race series.

  • Quarter Horses May Have to Wait Year for Kentucky Racing

    Even though the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation earlier this spring designed to return Quarter Horse racing to the state, supporters of the sport are having a difficult time finding a host racetrack.

  • With Handle Down, Lone Star Considers Purse Cut

    With business lagging behind by about 7% compared with last year, officials at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie are contemplating a purse cut as the racetrack nears the midway point of its 70-date racing season.