Headlines for Saturday, May 24, 2003

  • Chiming Strikes in Yerba Buena for Frankel

    Castleton Lyons' Irish-bred Chiming, winner of just two of 22 races, captured Saturday's $107,500 Yerba Buena Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares at Bay Meadows.

  • Miss Bridget Jones Stars in Stonerside

    Miss Bridget Jones dueled with favored Letithappencaptain into the stretch and drew away to a three-length victory in Saturday's $150,000 Stonerside Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Lone Star Park.

  • Bravo Red Hot at Monmouth, Wins with Just Le Facts

    Jockey Joe Bravo kicked off his comeback in style, winning three races on the opening day card at Monmouth Park, including the $100,000 Red Bank Handicap on Just Le Facts and the $50,000 Gilded Time Stakes on Buzzy's Gold.

  • Cuvee Merits Favorite Role in Kentucky BC

    Winchell Thoroughbreds' Cuvee, a dazzling 6 1/2-length winner in his career debut at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks Day, heads a field of six in the 5 1/2-furlong Kentucky Breeders' Cup (gr. III) Monday, the first graded stakes race of the year for American 2-year-olds.

  • Rain Forces Pimlico to Abandon Turf Course

    For the sixth straight racing day, rain Saturday forced Pimlico to move races scheduled for the turf to the main track. The inclement weather has forced racing officials to shift grass races on 11 of 20 days, with only 20 of the 49 races scheduled on the turf making it.

  • Fly Smartly Surprises All on Woodbine Turf

    Trainer Mark Frostad and jockey Todd Kabel shared a few reservations heading into Saturday's $173,550 Connaught Cup (Can-IIIT) at Woodbine, but Fly Smartly surprised them both with a strong performance in winning over a "soft" E.P. Taylor Turf Course.

  • Alert Helpers Save Maiden From Injury at Belmont

    Joseph Giogrio's Stormy Journey, a 3-year-old maiden making his debut in Belmont Park's fourth race Satuday, flipped in the tunnel before the race and became lodged between a retaining rail and the clubhouse wall. But a team of helpers headed by the New York Racing Association's Chief Examining Veterinarian Dr. Celeste Kunz extricated the colt.

  • Kiss the Devil Downs Mint Julep Field

    Carl F. Pollard's stubborn Kiss The Devil overtook Crystal Sea in the stretch and held off favored Quick Tip by a neck in Saturday's $168,300 Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.

  • High Ideal May be Best in Memorial Day

    Judith Brodkin's 5-year-old High Ideal made a furious deep-stretch bid to catch favored Best Of The Rest in last year's $100,000 Memorial Day Handicap (gr. III) at Calder, but his rally fell a half-length short.

  • Go Rockin' Robin splashes to victory in the Peter Pan.

    Go Rockin' Robin Rolls in Peter Pan

    Herbert and Carol A. Schwartz's Go Rockin' Robin, like Funny Cide a New York bred by Distorted Humor, flew over a sloppy Belmont Park track to win Saturday's $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds.

  • Owner Richard Englander.

    Mullins, Englander Answer CHRB Inquiry

    Trainer Jeff Mullins and owner Richard Englander say they are surprised by a California Horse Racing Board review into a victory by their filly Flyindownbaylaurel at Hollywood Park on May 21 and said the action is the result of Mullin's success on the Southern California circuit.

  • Empire Maker, left, will use Jersey Derby as Belmont Stakes prep.

    Empire Maker Entered in Monday's Jersey Derby

    Trainer Bobby Frankel, fearing he may not get enough training in Empire Maker because of the bad weather in the Northeast, has entered Kentucky Derby runner-up Empire Maker in Monday's Jersey Derby at Monmouth Park.

  • Singletary, winning the Academy Award Stakes.

    A Bear of a Choice in Sunday's Will Rogers

    Singletary, the probable favorite in the $100,000-added Will Rogers Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds goint one mile on turf Sunday, is named after Mike Singletary, Hall of Fame linebacker for the Chicago Bears.