Headlines for Thursday, August 14, 2003

  • Soaring Free Heads Play The King Cast

    Sam-Son Farm's Soaring Free puts his unbeaten four-race seasonal win streak on the line Saturday at Woodbine in the featured $165,000 Play The King Stakes (Can-III).

  • Senor Swinger Leads La Jolla Field

    Seven 3-year-olds with thoughts of the Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) dancing in their heads will tackle the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT) at 1 1/16 mile on the northern San Diego County track's Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

  • Another Blistering Work for Candy Ride at Del Mar

    Candy Ride left no doubt about his readiness Thursday morning as he zipped a mile in 1:35 2/5 over a fast Del Mar main track in his most serious workout in preparation for the $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) on Aug. 24.

  • Trainer Todd Pletcher breaks track record that stood for 49 years.

    Pletcher Gets Record Win at Saratoga

    Trainer Todd Pletcher broke the Sylvester Veitch's 49-year-old Saratoga Race Course record of 24 victories in a season Thursday afternoon when Irish Road won the eighth race.

  • Spoken Fur Ready for Final Step in Alabama

    John Amerman's Spoken Fur will take aim at a $2 million bonus when she attempts to sweep New York's Triple Tiara in the 1 1/4-mile Alabama Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Saturday.

  • Volponi Returns With New Rider in Saratoga Breeders' Cup

    Amherst and Spruce Pond Stable's Volponi has finished second in four starts this year after winning the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) last fall. Jose Santos, aboard for all those races, has been replaced by Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey for Saturday's $300,000 Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at 1 1/4 miles.

  • Sulamani, Arlington Million favorite suffering from stone bruise.

    Arlington Million Favorite Sulamani Suffering From Bruise

    Godolphin Racing's Sulamani, morning line favorite for Saturday's 21st running of the grade I Arlington Million on turf and head standard bearer of eight European invaders for the race, suffered a slight stone bruise that kept him from going to the track Thursday morning at Arlington Park. However, his connections hope to resume his training Friday.

  • Vernon Downs Plans to be First With Video Gaming

    Ground was broken Aug. 13 on the "Miracle Isle" gaming facility at Vernon Downs, which intends to become the first New York racetrack to have video lottery terminals in operation.

  • Huffman Named Fair Grounds Racing Secretary

    Ben Huffman has been named new racing secretary at Fair Grounds. Huffman will replace director of racing Mervin Muniz Jr., who relinquished the position as he battles cancer.

  • Tates Creek, scratched out of Arlington's Beverly D. Stakes.

    Tates Creek Scratched From Beverly D.

    Arlington Park racing officials confirmed Thursday morning Tates Creek, the 5-2 morning line favorite for Saturday's $700,000 Grade I Beverly D. Stakes, and stablemate Bis Repetitas, a candidate for Saturday's $400,000 grade I Secretariat Stakes, have been scratched from their respective engagements.

  • NYRA Reviewing Management Practices

    After meeting with its newly hired security consultant, the New York Racing Association on Wednesday said it has begun a review of its practices already under investigation by state and federal authorities.

  • Breeders' Cup Elects Board of Directors

    Breeders' Cup Ltd. elected 13 members to its board of directors through the proportional shareholder voting system by Breeders' Cup foal and stallion nominators.

  • Arkansas Owner Hays Biggs Dead at 74

    Hays Biggs, who raced several stakes winners with wife Kaaren, died Aug.12 at a Springdale, Ark., hospital after a lengthy illness

  • Cuvee runs away with Saratoga Special.

    Cuvee Cruises in Saratoga Special

    Cuvee cruised to an easy 7 1/2-length win over a sloppy going in Wednesday's $150,000 Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. III) at Saratoga. The Steve Asmussen trainee covered the 6 1/2-furlong distance in 1:15.4. Pomeroy was second, followed by Limehouse 2 3/4 lengths back in third.