Headlines for Thursday, June 19, 2003

  • The Name's Bond Faces Six in Unbridled

    William and Annabel Murphy's homebred The Name's Bond should be a solid choice to win for the fourth time in his last five starts Saturday as he faces six rival 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Unbridled Stakes at Calder Race Course.

  • Ipi Tombe Blazes; Walden Eyes Locust Grove

    South African champion Ipi Tombe moved closer to her U.S. racing debut with a sizzling work on Thursday over the Churchill Downs turf course, where she could make her American debut.

  • Beau's Town Invades Aristides for Norman

    Saturday's $100,000-added Aristides Handicap (gr. III) shapes up like an old-fashioned shootout, with the lightning fast Louisiana-based gunslinger Beau's Town invading Churchill Downs to take on a strong group of determined local stars.

  • Outta Here Confirmed for Affirmed

    Bill Currin and Al Eisman's Outta Here was confirmed a starter for Sunday's Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park after logging a five-furlong work in :59 4/5 handily over Hollywood Park's main track Thursday morning.

  • Affluent Skips Phipps, Stays Home for A Gleam

    Janis R. Whitham's four-time grade I winner Affluent will likely make her next start in the $250,000 A Gleam Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park on July 13, trainer Ron McAnally said after watching her work six furlongs in an easy 1:16 1/5 over the track on Thursday morning.

  • McKee Out of Action Thursday after Mishap

    Jockey John McKee took off his mounts on Thursday because of lingering soreness in his back and neck following a riding accident in the starting gate on Wednesday.

  • Azeri returns to action in Saturday's Vanity Handicap.

    Azeri Takes On an Overmatched Vanity Cast

    Azeri, the magnificent 5-year old mare who ruled racing last year, will attempt to extend her victory string to ten on Saturday when carrying an imposing 127 pounds in Hollywood Park's $250,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I).

  • Sightseek to Battle Take Charge Lady

    Juddmonte Farms' Sightseek, a filly who always fires, is the likely favorite in Saturday's $300,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park, but she'll have to beat an extremely tough if compact field.

  • Illinois' Finest Battle in Prairie State Festival

    Fifty-nine of the best Illinois-registered Thoroughbreds in training will do battle in six $75,000-added stakes races that comprise the fourth annual Prairie State Festival Saturday at Arlington Park.

  • Summer Colony to Surface 'Down the Shore'

    Monmouth Park racing secretary Mike Dempsey said he expects six fillies and mares for next Saturday's Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II), the star of the show to be Edward P. Evans' Summer Colony.

  • Sky Mesa to stand at Three Chimneys.

    Sky Mesa to Stand at Three Chimneys

    John C. Oxley announced today that he has entered into an agreement to stand his grade I winner Sky Mesa at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm

  • Churchill president and CEO Tom Meeker.

    Meeker: Wagering Products Must Match Customer Demand

    Churchill Downs Inc. will look to develop products that suit its patrons under a new customer relationship management program expected to have "dramatic" results, CDI president Tom Meeker said June 19 during the company's annual shareholder meeting in Louisville, Ky.

  • "Making of Seabiscuit" Documentary to Air July 2

    "Seabiscuit -- The Making of the Movie, Presented by Equibase", a special, behind-the-scenes look at the production of the upcoming major motion picture "Seabiscuit," will debut July 2 at 4 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2.

  • Former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani will speak to Round Table forum.

    Giuliani to Deliver Report at Round Table Conference

    Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, now chairman and CEO of Giuliani Partners, will present a report on the integrity of electronic wagering in the racing industry on Aug. 17, at The Jockey Club's Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Giuliani to Present Wagering Integrity Report at Round Table

    Giuliani Partners, led by chairman and chief executive officer Rudolph W. Giuliani, will present a report on the integrity of electronic wagering in the racing industry on Aug. 17 at The Jockey Club's 51st annual Round Table Conference in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Mr Dinos takes Gold Cup by six lengths.

    Mr Dinos Romps to Victory in Gold Cup

    Mr Dinos solidified his claim as the leading stayer in England with a six-length victory in the featured race at Royal Ascot Thursday, the 2 1/2-mile Gold Cup (Eng-I).

  • Spanish Sun, left, ends nine month layoff with a win.

    Kentucky-bred Spanish Sun Scores in Ribblesdale

    Khalid Abdullah's homebred filly Spanish Sun seized the lead 100 yards from the wire and held off Ocean Silk by a head to win the Ribblesdale Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot Thursday.

  • Russian Valour gets second graded win in Norfolk Stakes.

    Russian Valour Earns Second Stakes Win in Norfolk

    Russian Valour raced comfortably on the lead under jockey Kevin Darley and held off the late-charge of the highly-touted Kheleyf to win the Norfolk Stakes (Eng-III) for 2-year-olds at Royal Ascot Thursday.

  • Magna's Improvements to Laurel Behind Schedule

    It appears unlikely Magna Entertainment Corp., majority owners of the Maryland Jockey Club, will fulfill its promise of spending $5 million on improvements at Laurel Park prior to an Aug. 31 deadline.

  • Purses for Ellis Park Stakes Raised

    Ellis Park has raised the purse money of four stakes races to be run at the Henderson, Ky. track's upcoming summer meeting.