Headlines for Sunday, June 15, 2003

  • Trainer Murray Johnson celebrates Perfect Drift's victory in the Stephen Foster.

    Perfect Drift Deserves World Stage, Johnson Says

    Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, who edged heavily favored Mineshaft in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I), will get a little time to relax after the biggest win of his career. After that, the sky's the limit, says trainer Murray Johnson.

  • Defending Champ Sky Jack Out of Gold Cup

    Sky Jack, who finished sixth in a tough allowance race on the grass at Hollywood Park Friday night in his first start since undergoing a third knee surgery in September, will not defend honors in the Hollywood Gold Cup July 13, according to trainer Doug O'Neill.

  • Perfect Soul All Heart in King Edward 'Cap

    Charles Fipke's Irish homebred Perfect Soul wound up for his late bid from the far outside in the final turn and went on to tally an easy 2 1/2-length victory over Strut the Stage in Sunday's $336,000 King Edward Breeders' Cup Handicap (Can-IIT) on the Woodbine turf.

  • Rock Slide Nips Miesque's Approval in Sea o'Erin

    Farish, Elkins & Webber's Rock Slide edged favored Miesque's Approval in a head bobbing finish by a nose in Sunday's $160,650 Sea o'Erin Breeders' Cup Mile at Arlington Park before a Father's Day crowd of 26,101.

  • Bullet Move for Affirmed-Bound Blazonry

    Blazonry, winner of the Laz Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. II) in his last start on May 26, worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:11.60 Sunday at Santa Anita for the $100,000-added Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-olds June 21 at Hollywood Park.

  • Azeri goes for ten in a row Saturday at Hollywood Park.

    'Relaxed' Azeri Tunes Up for Vanity Defense

    Azeri, reigning Horse of the Year, seeks her 10th straight victory in defense of honors in the $250,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles Saturday at Hollywood Park.

  • Wando's Plate Work Pleases Keough

    He's still not sure if Wando can get the 1 1/4-mile distance of the Queen's Plate June 21, but trainer Mike Keogh was definitely happy with his colt's key work Sunday.

  • Ramsammy Out With Fractured Cheekbone

    Jockey Emile Ramsammy, thrown when his horse Stormthebarricade fell after clipping heels with Gemini Dream in Saturday's Victoria Stakes at Woodbine, suffered a fractured cheekbone.

  • Passinetti Rested After Tendon Injury Flares

    Gary Tanaka's San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) winner Passinetti has been taken out of training and will be rested for an indefinite amount of time, trainer Ben Cecil said. The 7-year-old gelding re-injured the same tendon that kept him out of training for three years.

  • Sands Point Switch Turns On Savedbythelight

    Days of rain forced the $114,600 Sands Point Stakes off the water-logged Belmont Park turf Sunday and enabled main-track-only Savedbythelight to draw off and win the depleted 1 1/8-mile Father's Day stakes race in 1:49 on a fast track.

  • McAnally Works Promising Candy Ride, Welcome Millennium

    Hall of fame conditioner Ron McAnally confirmed that Candy Ride, an Argentine import who won a main track allowance event last week by three lengths, will likely make his North American stakes debut on the turf in the $150,000 American Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park on July 4.

  • Perfect Drift, left, runs down favored Mineshaft in the final furlong to capture the Stephen Foster Handicap Saturday at Churchill Downs.

    Get My Drift

    Turns out Perfect Drift was carrying just a tad more than his assigned 115 pounds at Churchill Downs June 14 in the $856,500 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I). Tucked under the saddlecloth beneath Pat Day was a six-inch braid of hair made from John Henry's tail.

  • Storming Home (4) cruises to win the Charles Whittingham, Saturday at Hollywood Park.

    Storming Home Rumbles in Whittingham

    Trainer Neil Drysdale appears to have a star in Storming Home, who overcame some trouble to win Saturday's $350,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT) on the Hollywood Park turf as the 3-10 favorite.

  • Iron Deputy captures The Brooklyn stakes, Saturday at Belmont Park.

    Speedy Iron Deputy Takes Stormy Brooklyn

    Iron Deputy, the least-heralded of the five runners in Saturday's $250,000 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II), used a big break in the weights and his own speed to score a front-running 2 ½-length victory in the nine-furlong race.

  • Aidan O'Brien, aims trainee Hawk Wing for opening day at Royal Ascot.

    Hawk Wing Highlights Royal Ascot Opener

    Bidding for his second group I victory of the season, the Aidan O'Brien-trained Hawk Wing faces 10 foes in the Queen Anne Stakes Tuesday, opening day at Royal Ascot.

  • NYRA Chairman & CEO Barry Scwhartz.

    NYRA's Schwartz Alleges AG Bungled Report

    Barry K. Schwartz, NYRA chairman and CEO, issued a scathing response Saturday to the state attorney general's critical report of the association's operations.