Headlines for Friday, July 4, 2003

  • Calder's Summit of Speed Taking Shape

    Saturday's $1.75 million Summit of Speed program at Calder Race Course will have top sprinters from coast-to-coast flying in to face a solid home defense team of speedsters in the six stakes races.

  • Be Gentle provided D. Wayne Lukas with a record fifth Debutante victory.

    Lukas Nabs Record Fifth Debutante With 1-2 Finish

    Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas won the $110,900 Debutante Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs for the record fifth time when his trainees Be Gentle and Renaissance Lady ran 1-2 in the 103rd renewal of the race July 4.

  • Just Too Too Looks to Extend Streak in Flawlessly

    Unbeaten Just Too Too, a California-bred daughter of In Excess, will seek her first stakes win while attempting to extend her victory streak to five on Sunday in Hollywood Park's $100,000 Flawlessly Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf.

  • Sans blinkers, Wacky Patty won the Landaluce Stakes.

    Wacky Patty Edges 'Destiny in Landaluce

    Wacky Patty, the only filly in Friday's $100,300 Landaluce Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds with a stakes victory to her credit, defeated Cherish Destiny by a length in the six-furlong test at Hollywood Park.

  • Gators N Bears wins the Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup at Monmouth Park.

    Gators N Bears Grabs Hold of Jersey Shore

    Gators N Bears got the jump on the field rounding the turn and had enough left in the stretch to hold off a charging Mt. Carson for a half-length victory in the $100,000 Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) on a Fourth of July Friday at Monmouth Park.

  • Sportscaster Dick Vitale, second from left, escorts Itsawesomebaby off the track.

    It's Awesome Baby for Vitale, Pitino

    Awesome Baby, making his first start for owners Dick Vitale, the voice of college basketball on ESPN, and Rick Pitino, coach of the University of Louisville's men's basketball team, won his debut in a maiden special weight race for 2-year-olds at Calder Race Course Friday.

  • Arlington Completes Wagering Probe of June 28 Race

    Arlington Park completed its investigation of a suspicious odds drop on the winner of the second race June 28, Rainy Day Rules, announcing Friday there was no proof of any past-post wagering.

  • Perfect Cuvee Stands Out in Bashford Manor

    Winchell Thoroughbred's unbeaten Cuvee, a dominating winner of the Kentucky Breeders' Cup (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, is the headliner in a battle of so far perfect 2-year-olds converging on Churchill Downs for $125,000-added Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III).

  • Tenpins to Make 2003 Debut in Cornhusker

    Joseph Vitello's Tenpins will make a belated start on his 2003 campaign in the $350,000-added Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Breeders' Cup (gr. III) on July 12.

  • Sea Pleasure Springs Americana Surprise

    Reminding some of the late stretch-running style of his sire, Mecke, Sea Pleasure came from last at the top of the lane to win the $100,000 Americana Handicap on Independence Day at Calder Race Course Friday.

  • Stewards Deny Meche License Application

    Jockey Donnie Meche had his application for a riding license rejected by Louisiana Downs stewards Thursday, rendering a stay of his one-year suspension by the Louisiana State Racing Commission on July 1 useless.