Headlines for Thursday, May 8, 2003

  • Drysdale Anxious to Start Storming Home

    Trainer Neil Drysdale is anxious to tighten the girth on Storming Home for his United States debut in the $400,000 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap at 1 1/2 miles on turf Saturday at Hollywood Park.

  • Piensa Sonando Tries LeRoy for Hunt, McAnally

    Chilean-bred Piensa Sonando, winner of the Native Diver Handicap here in December, worked four furlongs in :50 on the Hollywood Park main track Thursday for the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) Saturday.

  • Queen's Plate Champ T J's Lucky Moon in 2003 Debut

    Seven furlongs may not be the ideal distance for him to make his seasonal debut at Woodbine on Saturday, but trainer Ross Armata Jr. reminds that T J's Lucky Moon, 2002 Queen's Plate winner, knows a thing or two about winning against the odds.

  • Catalano, Douglas to Defend Arlington Titles

    Wayne Catalano, Arlington Park's trainer champion for two of the past three seasons, and Rene Douglas, back-to-back riding leader at the Chicago-area track, return to defend their titles at the 108-day meeting, which begins Friday.

  • Indiana Downs Seeks Betting Parlor Near Churchill

    Officials in Clark County, Ind., have scheduled a hearing May 12 to discuss a request by Indiana Downs to operate a satellite wagering facility in Jeffersonville or Clarksville. The OTB parlor would be located just across the Ohio River from Churchill Downs and its Trackside OTB in Louisville, Ky.

  • 'Ats' Returns to Track for Light Jog

    B. Wayne Hughes and Biscuit Stable's Atswhatimtalknbout, a late-running fourth in Kentucky Derby (gr. I), returned to the track on Thursday for the first time since Saturday's race.

  • Ipi Tombe Breezes at Churchill Downs

    South African champion Ipi Tombe, a dazzling winner over males in the Dubai Duty Free on the Dubai World Cup undercard, turned in her second U.S. breeze on Thursday for new trainer Elliott Walden.

  • Kentucky Derby runner-up Empire Maker, awaits Belmont Stakes.

    Empire Maker Will Await Belmont Stakes

    Juddmonte Farms' Empire Maker, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby, will not not run in the Preakness, and will go straight to the Belmont Stakes, trainer Bobby Frankel said Thursday morning.

  • Jockeys' Guild logo, appeared on some jockeys' pants.

    Derby Riders May Be Disciplined for Wearing Logo

    The Kentucky Racing Commission has summoned 14 of the 16 jockeys that rode in the Kentucky Derby to appear before the Churchill Downs stewards May 16 for wearing a "Jockeys Guild" logo on their pants in apparent violation of the Kentucky rules of racing.

  • Tagg To Have Whole New Preakness Perspective

    During nearly 30 years on the Mid-Atlantic circuit, the closest trainer Barclay Tagg ever got to the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) was a bird's eye view from the Pimlico backstretch. But this year, things figure to be vastly different for the newly-minted Kentucky Derby-winning conditioner.

  • Shake You Down In Bold Ruler

    There is usually little surprise when trainer Scott Lake moves a horse up off a claim. However, the improvement in Shake You Down since he was claimed by Lake for himself on March 12 is astounding.

  • Track Condition Big Factor for Nassau County

    Trainers constantly monitor the weather to see if track conditions will suit their runners. That is especially true for Saturday at Belmont as some are wishing for rain while others hope the sun will shine.

  • Dynever Heads Lone Star Derby Field

    Dynever, the easy winner of the $250,000 Aventura Stakes at Gulfstream Park in his last start, drew post five in a field of 13 3-year-olds for Saturday's $500,000 Lone Star Derby (gr. III) at Lone Star Park.

  • Repent, retired to stud.

    Repent to Stand at Cloverleaf Farm

    Multiple stakes-winning millionaire Repent, who was retired earlier this year because of an injured tendon, has been sold by Jerry and Feye Bach's Select Stable to Cloverleaf Farm in Ocala, Fla.

  • Kentucky Derby TV Ratings Down 10%

    Final TV ratings for last Saturday's telecast of the Kentucky Derby were down 10% from 2002 figures, following a trend of lower ratings for major sporting events in the second quarter of 2003.

  • Magna Unveils Construction Plans for Laurel, Pimlico

    Magna Entertainment Corp., majority owner of the Maryland Jockey Club, has unveiled what it says is the first phase of an overall plan to rebuild Pimlico and Laurel Park from the ground up - grandstands, racing surfaces and stable areas. The $46-million first phase of the plan will include new stables and training track at Laurel Park.

  • Officials to Meet on Kentucky Quarter Horse Racing

    Representatives of the Kentucky Quarter Horse Racing Association plan to meet with Turfway Park president Bob Elliston May 13 to discuss the possibility of holding live Quarter Horse races at the track.

  • Lido Palace, winning the 2002 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs.

    Two-Time Champion Lido Palace Retired

    Amerman Racing Stables' Lido Palace, a millionaire twice over and two-time champion colt in his native Chile, has been retired from racing due to a wrenched ankle that has not sufficiently responded to rest.