Headlines for Thursday, June 5, 2003

  • Windsor Castle Takes Shot at Brandywine

    Frank Alexander's Windsor Castle, the recent winner of the William D. Schaffer Handicap (gr. III), tops a field of seven for the one-mile $100,000 Brandywine Handicap at Delaware Park Saturday.

  • Speedsters Meet in Bay Meadows BC Sprint

    Northern California's top two speedsters, Presidio Heights and El Dorado Shooter, will meet in Saturday's $150,000 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. III).

  • Too Late Now Favored in Woodbine Oaks

    Come By Chance Stable's Too Late Now has been established as the 8-5 morning line favorite for Sunday's $500,000 Labatt Woodbine Oaks, the premier event for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies.

  • Trebizond Holds on in Meadow Brook Chase

    Tiring Trebizond stumbled after clearing the last two fences, but held on to beat Blasphemous by 3 1/2 lengths in the $106,150 Meadow Brook Steeplechase (NSA-I) for older horses at Belmont Park Thursday.

  • Lukas Sounds Alarm for Funny Cide

    Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas sounded a warning to those running in Saturday's 135th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes hoping to derail the Funny Cide Express to the Visa Triple Crown: "That sucker is ready."

  • Ipi Tombe Impresses Day, Walden in Work

    South African champion Ipi Tombe moved another step closer to her American racing debut, turning in a sharp five furlong workout Thursday on Churchill Downs' Matt Winn Turf Course.

  • New York Bred Wins Fashion; Omen for Belmont?

    Rodeo Licious burst out of the gate and led every step of the way to take the first stakes race of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) weekend, the Fashion Stakes for juvenile fillies.

  • Senor Swinger Back to Turf for Jefferson Cup

    After an unsuccessful stop on the Visa Triple Crown trail, Robert and Beverly Lewis' Senor Swinger returns to the grass this weekend at Churchill Downs and looms as a strong favorite for Saturday's $200,000-added Jefferson Cup (gr. IIIT).

  • Belmont in National TV Spotlight on Friday

    Included in the plethora of broadcast and print stories about Funny Cide and his quest for the Visa Triple Crown will be two features Friday on national network television programs.

  • 'Challenge,' Account-Bet Problem Tackled by NTRA

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association continues to examine a vehicle to bring back the Great State Challenge later this year, and also is working with Visa in regard to a policy change that has hindered state-sanctioned account wagering in the United States.

  • Grey Comet, winning the Count Fleet Stakes.

    Top New York-Bred Grey Comet Euthanized

    Grey Comet, a multiple stakes-winning homebred of Star Track Farms who was to attempt a sweep of the New York Stallion Series Sunday, was euthanized Wednesday afternoon in New Jersey.

  • Barclay Tagg sits atop Pony (right) as they walk next to Funny Cide, ridden by Robin Smullen.

    A Pony By Any Other Name

    In "Breakfast at Tiffany's," Holly Golightly had a cat by the name of Cat. Well, say hello to Pony, who just happens to be Funny Cide's pony, the one member of the Tagg Team no one pays much attention to.

  • Distorted Humor's stud value soaring with success of first crop runners.

    Distorted Humor Share Sold For $450,000

    Since Funny Cide is a gelding, the obvious winner on the breeding side of things is his sire, Distorted Humor. At least one person has already cashed in. WinStar Farm, where Distorted Humor stands, bought a share from Joseph Federico for $450,000.

  • Trainer Barclay Tagg takes Funny Cide back to the barn after Thursday morning work.

    Funny Cide: Big Man on Campus

    Funny Cide, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness (both gr. I) winner who will attempt to become Thoroughbred racing's 12th Triple Crown winner in Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), galloped 1 ½ miles the wrong way around the Belmont Park oval Thursday morning. His demeanor following his exercise has the Funny Cide team brimming with confidence for the "Test of a Champion."

  • Triple Crown Contenders Among Virginia Derby Noms

    Several Triple Crown contenders are among the nominees for the $500,000 Virginia Derby, centerpiece of the upcoming meet at Colonial Downs. The turf event is scheduled for July 12.