Headlines for Saturday, August 16, 2003

  • Play The King Ace Keeps Soaring Free Sky High

    Sam-Son Farm's Soaring Free capped a perfect stakes day for his owner, trainer Mark Frostad and jockey Todd Kabel with a convincing one and one-half length score in the $165,000 Play The King Stakes (Can-III) Saturday at Woodbine.

  • Breakdown Causes 3-Horse Spill at Del Mar

    Three-year-old Naskra Nick was euthanized after sustaining an injury to his left front leg during the running of the 10th race, a maiden $25,000 claimer at Del Mar Saturday, starting a three-horse spill during the running of the 6 1/2-furlong heat.

  • Singletary Hits Hard in La Jolla

    Little Red Feather Racing's Singletary, who flopped when heavily favored in each of his three starts, put it all together Saturday in winning the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds on the Del Mar turf course.

  • Arlington Racing Fest Handle Tops $15 Million

    The total handle during Arlington Park's 12-race card on Saturday's International Festival of Racing was $15,257,859, the second highest on a non-Breeders' Cup day in Illinois history.

  • Jockey Club Issues 2004 Foal Projection

    The Jockey Club is projecting a 2004 North American registered Thoroughbred foal crop of 37,200, a marginal increase over 2003 and an indication that the foal crop size has stabilized following the decline in 2002 due to Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS).

  • Top Florida Trainer Melvin Calvert Dies at 93

    Veteran horseman Melvin (Sunshine) Calvert died Wednesday at age 93. Until just a few years ago when his health began to fail, Calvert visited Calder on occasion, particularly around Florida Stallion Stakes time to present trophies.

  • Rene Douglas' Time to Shine

    Rene Douglas, who rides Owsley (10-1) in the $700,000 Beverly D., Kaieteur (20-1) in the Arlington Million and Lismore Knight (6-1), also from the rail, in the $400,000 Secretariat, hopes to break down some doors at Arlington Park Saturday.