Headlines for Wednesday, June 4, 2003

  • Maiden Tusayan Wins Canada's Bold Ruckus

    Tusayan was anything but green when it came to his first taste of turf and stakes racing, winning the $139,000 Bold Ruckus Stakes for 3-year-olds in style Wednesday night at Woodbine.

  • Take Charge Lady Nominated to Fleur De Lis

    Select Stable's Take Charge Lady, a narrow loser to reigning "Horse of the Year" Azeri in her only start of 2003, and a trio of major stakes winners from the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel head the list of 28 fillies and mares nominated to the $300,000-added Fleur De Lis (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

  • Eye of the Tiger in Brilliant Drill for Affirmed

    Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer confirmed Wednesday that the $100,000-added Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) on June 22 is the next goal for Eye of the Tiger after the 3-year-old colt worked seven furlongs in a bullet 1:24.80 here in company with Yougottawanna.

  • Delahoussaye Mourns Loss of Sunny's Halo

    Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, who rode Sunny's Halo to victory in the 1983 Kentucky Derby, mourned the loss of the horse, who was euthanized Tuesday.

  • Madame Pietra After Four-Peat in Desert Stormer

    Madame Pietra, a 6-year-old mare who has quietly developed into one of the better female sprinters in the nation, seeks her fourth straight stakes victory in the $100,000-added Desert Stormer Handicap for fillies and mares at six furlongs on Saturday.

  • Mineshaft, Aldebaran Top Foster Nominees

    William S. Farish's homebred Mineshaft, winner of the Pimlico Special (gr. I), and Flaxman Holdings' Aldebaran, winner of the Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II) and Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) in his last two races, top the list of likely starters from a star-studded group of 32 horses nominated for Churchill Downs' $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I).

  • Belmont News and Notes

    Belmont jockeys visit Ronald McDonald House Thursday, Cauthen to close New York Stock Exchange Friday.

  • Scrimshaw Is In the House

    Scrimshaw, trainer D. Wayne Lukas' entrant for Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), arrived at Belmont Park at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

  • NYRA To Allow Coolers in Select Areas on Belmont Stakes Day

    The New York Racing Association will allow fans to bring in coolers to specified areas of the grandstand at Belmont on Belmont Stakes Day, June 7, as Funny Cide races for Thoroughbred racing history and the Visa Triple Crown.

  • Churchill Downs Next Bobblehead: Seattle Slew

    Seattle Slew, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown in 1977 and racing's only unbeaten Triple Crown champion, will be featured in Churchill Downs' next bobblehead giveaway on Sunday, June 8 as the latest offering in the track's "Triple Crown Heroes of the 1970's" collectible series.

  • Taz Upsets Black Ruby at County Fair in Nevada

    Only a few days after researchers announced the cloning of a full sibling to the 9-year-old racing mule Taz, he upset 11-year-old Black Ruby in a $900 open event at the Humboldt County Fair in Winnemucca, Nev.

  • Jockeys Jose Santos, left, and Jerry Bailey flank Belmont announcer Tom Durkin.

    Belmont Draw: Four Horse in the Cide Pocket

    Funny Cide, who will attempt to become Thoroughbred racing's 12th winner of the Triple Crown Saturday in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), will do so from post 4. The Sackatoga Stable star will face five challengers in the 1 ½-mile "Test of a Champion" and was installed the even-money favorite for the race.

  • Belmont Stakes favorite Funny Cide.

    Funny Cide Even-Money Favorite for Belmont

    Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Funny Cide was made the even-money morning line favorite when six horses were entered Wednesday for Saturday's Belmont Stakes. The 3-year-old gelding will break from post position 4 as Derby runner-up Empire Maker breaks from the inside post.

  • Small Field of Six for Friday's Flash

    Trainer Todd Pletcher won the Flash Stakes in 1999 with More Than Ready. He appears to hold a strong hand in this year's running with a two-horse entry of Chapel Royal and Korsakoff in Friday's running of the five-furlong dash for 2-year-olds.

  • Storm Flag Flying

    Storm Flag Flying on Rail for Acorn

    Storm Flag Flying, seeking to get back to her championship form from a year ago, will break from post 1 for Friday's Acorn Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. The Ogden Mills Phipps' homebred daughter of Storm Cat out of My Flag will face six 3-year-old fillies in the one-turn mile contest.

  • Belmont All Wet on Wednesday

    The New York area is under a flood watch from the National Weather Service as heavy rains have soaked the area since Tuesday night. Local forecasters have used words like "ugly" and "miserable" to describe Wednesday's forecast.

  • Officials: 'Tour' Will Rely on Incentives for Owners

    The Thoroughbred Championship Tour, a proposed series of stakes that would bridge the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, will rely heavily on incentives to get owners to commit their horses, officials said June 3.