Headlines for Saturday, May 3, 2003

  • Gondolieri Wins Inglewood

    Nelson Bunker Hunt's Chilean-bred Gondolieri, ridden by Frank Alvarado, scored an easy victory in Saturday's $103,782 Inglewood Stakes, which was transferred from the turf to the dirt track.

  • Mobil Wins Queenston Impressively

    Four years after watching Woodcarver win the 1999 Queenston Stakes, Trainer Mike Keogh and owner Gustav Schickedanz were in familiar territory on Saturday, as Mobil captured the 2003 edition of the $160,500 race at Woodbine.

  • Overlooked gelding becomes first NY Bred to win Derby.

    Move Over, Clyde!

    Funny Cide, who was beaten just a half-length by Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite Empire Maker in the Wood Memorial (gr. I), sprung the upset Saturday at Churchill Downs. He became the first New York-bred to ever win the Derby and the first gelding to take the roses since Clyde Van Dusen in 1929.

  • Chavez Motors Home with 'Devil' in Withers

    Spite the Devil, at odds of 16-1, motored down the middle of the track and caught Alysweep at the wire to win the $150,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) Saturday at Aqueduct.

  • Delta Princess Squeezes Through to Win Beaugay

    Delta Princess and leading rider Mike Luzzi squeezed through on the inside in the stretch, then held off a challenge from second-place Wonder Again to win the $112,400 Beaugay Handicap (gr. IIIT) on Saturday at Aqueduct.

  • Longshot Honor In War Surprises in Woodford Reserve

    A longshot was due, and it came at Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Derby Day undercard in the form of Honor In War, who won the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) under David Flores at 24-1.

  • Frankel runs the table early on Derby Day.

    Frankel Having Huge Day at Churchill

    After Juddmonte Farms' filly Sightseek won the Humana Distaff (gr. I), trainer Bobby Frankel had his third graded stakes winner on Saturday's card, leading up to his sending out Empire Maker in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Heat Haze Circles Field to Take Citgo Distaff Turf Mile

    Heat Haze walked out of the gate, was dead last for most of the running, and then exploded down the stretch to circle the field and win the Citgo Distaff Turf Mile (gr. III) at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day.

  • Limehouse Wins Three Chimneys

    Limehouse, a 2-year-old Grand Slam colt, won the first important juvenile stakes of the year, the Three Chimneys at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day.

  • Aldeberan Wins First Stakes on Derby Day

    Aldeberan, known for his many second-place finishes, did not finish second Saturday in the Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II). Under Jerry Bailey, he won the seven-furlong stakes as the 6-5 favorite, withstanding an objection from Tony Farina, who rode second-place finisher Pass Rush.

  • It's All You in Louisville

    Edmund Gann's You shook off a game Fly Borboleta and ran off to easily take the $325,500 Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) by eight lengths.

  • Odds tighten as racetime nears.

    Empire Maker Moves to 3-1

    Last year, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite was an incredibly high 6-1. Unlike Harlan's Holiday a year ago, Empire Maker was supposed be lower than 2-1. Well, it doesn't look like that is going to happen.

  • Kentucky Oaks Day Handle Up

    Wagering Friday on Kentucky Oaks Day was up both on and off track, Churchill Downs officials announced.

  • On the Derby's Coattails

    The races on the Derby Day undercard have become richer and more important over the last six years. This year four graded stakes races will be run before the Run for the Roses.

  • Top International Stables a Derby No Show

    Despite the fact many feel this year's North American 3-year-old crop could be ripe for the picking, this year's Kentucky Derby will be strictly an all-American affair as Godolphin Racing and trainer Aidan O'Brien's Ballydoyle stable will not have representatives in America's classic horse race.

  • Kentucky Derby Stat Sheet

    If Empire Maker is to win the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), he'll be bucking 52 years of history. This fact and more stats on the First Saturday in May...

  • Down to the wire...

    Ten Most Wanted Early Derby Favorite; Empire Maker 8-1

    At the conclusion of advance wagering Friday on today's Kentucky Derby, Illinois Derby winner Ten Most Wanted was the surprising 9-2 favorite for the classic. Empire Maker, the colt that Churchill oddsmaker Mike Battaglia made the shortest priced morning line favorite since Arazi in 1992, was fifth choice at 8-1.