Headlines for Friday, August 15, 2003

  • Lead Not Necessary for The Tin Man

    If there were betting on who will have the early lead in Saturday's Arlington Million (gr. IT), the Richard Mandella-trained The Tin Man, owned by Ralph E. & Aury Todd, would be a prohibitive 1-5 favorite. However, the Hall of Fame conditioner says that his charge is comfortable coming from just off the lead should such a scenario develop.

  • Hard to Handle Paolini Partial to Arlington Turf

    Mrs. Carde Ostermann-Richter's Paolini, beaten less than a length in last year's Arlington Million (gr. IT) despite being denied racing room in the stretch run, will get a chance to make amends for that unlucky trip in 21st running of the Chicago centerpiece Saturday.

  • Storming Home Can Do More, Says Drysdale

    Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum's Storming Home is undefeated in his two U.S. races, including a victory last time out in the Charles Whittingham Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park. Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale thinks his horse can do better in Saturday's Arlington Million than what he showed in that three-quarter-length win at 1-5 odds.

  • Sulamani Makes Appearance at Arlington

    Godolphin Racing Inc.'s Sulamani, the Arlington Million (gr. IT) morning line favorite who was suffering from a slight stone bruise Thursday, was back on the Arlington Park track just before dawn Friday morning to a canter once around the oval.

  • Strong Field of Sprinters Vie in Pat O'Brien

    Headed by defending champion Disturbingthepeace, up-and-coming sprint star Bluesthestandard and millionaire Grey Memo, a strong field of 11 speedsters is set to go to the post Sunday in the $150,000 Pat O'Brien Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar.

  • Southern Fiction Can Atone in Matchmaker

    Trainer Vicki Oliver thinks Southern Fiction rates another opportunity to earn some graded stakes brackets, and Sunday's $100,000 Matchmaker Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the turf at Monmouth Park is the spot.

  • Turf Writer Vic Thornton, 80, Dies

    Turf writer Vic Thornton died Aug 14 at his home in Boise, Idaho, the result of an apparent heart attack. He had celebrated his 80th birthday just a month ago, July 11.

  • Perfect Moon Could Shine in Best Pal

    Featuring the return of Hollywood Juvenile Championship winner Perfect Moon and four impressive maiden winners at the seaside, a field of 11 classy 2-year-olds is set for Sunday's $150,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at 6 1/2 furlongs on the Del Mar main track.

  • Frankel Duo Leads 14 Noms in Pacific Classic

    Headed by triple millionaire Medaglia d'Oro, two-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Milwaukee Brew and South American sensation Candy Ride, a nomination list of 14 has been announced for the $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I).

  • NYRA Criticized Over Loan

    An internal audit of a little known state fund found the New York Legislature has given the embattled New York Racing Association loose reins over $60 million it owes the state.