Headlines for Wednesday, May 7, 2003

  • Shacane Works for Mervyn LeRoy at Hollywood

    British Columbia import Shacane worked three furlongs in :37 under Jose Valdivia, Jr. at Hollywood Park Wednesday for his United States debut Saturday in the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II).

  • Crowned Dancer Takes Stage in Lone Star Derby

    Crowned Dancer, among the leaders of Southern California's Triple Crown hopefuls last year, will attempt to show he belongs with the best of this year's 3-year-old crop in Saturday's $500,000 Lone Star Derby (gr. III).

  • Black Ruby, Taz to Renew Rivalry

    Black Ruby, the "Secretariat of Mules," will square off with her archrival Taz in the first pari-mutuel mule race ever held at Los Alamitos Race Course on May 23. The two popular mules will compete in a $10,000 Battle of the Titans match race at 300 yards.

  • Midway Road Eyes Preakness; Eye of the Tiger, Champali Out

    William Farish's Midway Road, an 11 3/4-length allowance winner at Keeneland in his last start, is a probable starter for the 128th Preakness, trainer Neil Howard said Wednesday. In other Preakness developments, Eye of the Tiger and Champali will not run, leaving a possible field of seven.

  • Fogelsonger Notches 400th Victory

    Apprentice sensation Ryan Fogelsonger rode his 400th career winner this afternoon when St. Johns Prospect won Wednesday's fifth race.

  • Funny Cide Makes Pimlico Plans; 6 Confirmed

    It appears that Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide will van down to Pimlico from New York on May 14, a day after the New York-bred puts in his final Preakness work. Owner Jack Knowlton informed Maryland Jockey Club officials of his horse's plans for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) Wednesday afternoon.

  • My Boston Gal to Undergo Throat Surgery

    My Boston Gal, winner of the Golden Rod (gr. II) and Stonerside Beaumont (gr. II), is scheduled to undergo throat surgery later this week after the 3-year-old filly suffered a breathing problem in her fifth-place finish in last week's 129th running of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Roxelana Retired for Second Time

    Three years after William Landes III's Roxelana scored the most important victory of her racing career in a dazzling 11 3/4-length romp in the $100,000 La Troienne (gr. III), the 6-year-old mare was sent home May 1.

  • Belmont Stakes Target for Ten Most Wanted

    Chisholm, Jarvis and Reddam's Ten Most Wanted, the ninth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) as the third choice in the field of 16, may turn up next in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), according to Aimee Dollase, trainer Wally Dollase's daughter and assistant.

  • Najran, in record-setting victory.

    Najran Shatters Mile Record at Belmont

    Buckram Oak Farm's Najran shattered the one-mile track record at Belmont Park on the opening day card with an impressive victory in the Westchester Handicap (gr. III). His time for the one-turn mile was a blistering 1:32.24.

  • Domestic Dispute to Race Next in Kentucky

    Grade II winner Domestic Dispute, who was purchased by David Bienstock and Chuck Winner for an undisclosed sum from breeder Gary Garber just days before finishing 10th in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), will remain at Churchill Downs for the next several weeks, trainer Paddy Gallagher said.

  • Nine Probable for Pimlico Special

    Even though the weights won't be released until Friday, a field of nine is probable for the Pimlico Special (gr. I). Returning after a year's hiatus, Maryland's premier race for older horses will be run on Friday, May 16, the day before the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Xtra Heat Going to Gone West

    Champion Xtra Heat has been booked to Gone West and will be bred Saturday, said John Freston, racing manager for David Plummer and partners ClassicStar Farm.

  • Breeds See Breeding Splits Differently in Pennsylvania

    The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association has put its support behind legislation that would give horsemen 25% of gross revenue from racetrack slot machines. Meanwhile, a prominent Standardbred breeder told members of a Senate Finance Committee May 6 breeders won't receive enough revenue under splits contained in two slots bills that have been introduced.