Headlines for Friday, June 13, 2003

  • Migliore to Substitute in All-Star Jockey Bill

    Richard Migliore, winner of more than 3,700 races and twice the leading rider in New York, will compete in the June 20 NTRA All-Star Jockey Championship at Lone Star Park. "The Mig" was named to replace fellow New York rider John Velazquez, who could not participate due to a prior commitment.

  • Miesque's Approval Rates Nod in Sea o'Erin

    Live Oak Plantation's Miesque's Approval, runner-up in the Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland in April, will be the staring high weight at 118 pounds when he faces seven rivals in the $150,000 Sea o'Erin Breeders' Cup Mile on turf Sunday at Arlington Park.

  • Ocean Drive Going Right Way for Sands Point

    Ocean Drive, 4-for-5 in her career for trainer Todd Pletcher to be ridden by Jerry Bailey, will be a short price Sunday in the $100,000 Sands Point Handicap (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 mile on the Belmont Park turf.

  • Ministers Wild Cat to Start in Affirmed

    Ministers Wild Cat, scratched from the Laz Barrera Memorial Stakes May 26 because of a cough, is scheduled to make his next start in the $100,000-added Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 mile June 22, trainer Neil Drysdale confirmed Friday.

  • Mister Acpen Gives Mulhall, 20, First Grade I Shot

    Kristin Mulhall, six weeks shy of her 21st birthday, hopes to celebrate her first grade I stakes victory as a trainer Saturday at Hollywood Park when she sends out Chilean import Mister Acpen in the $350,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT) at 1 1/4 miles on turf.

  • Balto Star Spotted for Action in Oceanport 'Cap

    Anstu Stable's Balto Star has developed a very noticeable racing pattern. Since last year, the Todd Pletcher-trained 5-year-old has followed every bad race with a very good race. And, since last out he ran last in the Pimlico Special (gr. I), his rivals in Saturday's $100,000 Oceanport Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth better have their running shoes on.

  • Friday the 13th Young Thornton's Lucky Day

    Friday the 13th proved to be lucky for apprentice jockey Tim Thornton who scored the first win of his career in the fourth race at Arlington Park aboard David Campbell's Saturday Sin.

  • Record Purses for Churchill's Foster Day

    Purses for Saturday's four stakes races that make up Churchill Downs' "Stephen Foster Super Saturday" card started out at $1.35 million, but they will soar considerably higher when the "added money" portion of the purses enter the mix.

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Captivating Crown

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- A Travers with Funny Cide and Empire Maker is almost certain to attract a record crowd to Saratoga.

  • Lenny Shulman arrives at Belmont aboard Funny Cide fan bus.

    On the Bus

    <i>By Lenny Shulman </i> -- We met them as their magical journey began in the box seats of Churchill Downs, and said goodbye for now in the boxes of Belmont Park, 800 miles east.

  • Race Portion of Belmont Telecast Tops Weekly Ratings

    NBC's telecast of the June 7 Belmont Stakes finished in the top five among the 122 primetime network programs for the week of June 2-8 and the race portion of the telecast rated as the No. 1 show on network television.

  • Prescription Drug Funds Now Part of Ohio VLT Plan

    Legislation that would place the issue of racetrack video lottery terminals on the Ohio ballot has been changed again as Democrats and Republicans square off over the state budget.