Headlines for Monday, August 4, 2003

  • Azeri expects to face small field in Clement L. Hirsch Handicap.

    Azeri in Final Work for Hirsch; Small Field Expected

    In a work her trainer said she can set her stopwatch by, Horse of the Year Azeri clicked off a half-mile in 47 2/5 seconds Monday morning at San Luis Rey Downs in her final serious work for Sunday's grade II, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap at Del Mar.

  • 'Tiz a Busy Day on Del Mar Work Tab

    Cees Stable's Tizbud, a full brother to 2000 Horse of the Year Tiznow, worked three furlongs in :38 over Del Mar's fast main track on Monday in what was his first work in six months. Shortly after Tizbud finished his three-furlong breeze, little sister Tizdubai was put through her final drill for her added-money debut in Saturday's Sorrento Stakes (gr. II), logging five furlongs in :59 3/5.

  • Elloluv Continues on Comeback Trail

    J.P. Reddam's multiple grade 1 winner Elloluv, unraced since finishing fourth in the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, worked three furlongs in :36 1/5 at Del Mar on Monday.

  • Fogelsonger Moving Tack to California

    Chris McCarron and Kent Desormeaux became household names when riding in Maryland, but turned into national stars after moving to the Southern California circuit. Ryan Fogelsonger will try to add his name to the Hall of Fame list when he leaves Maryland after the Laurel Park summer meet ends on August 22 for points west.

  • Jockey Mike Smith, speaks during Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

    Four Enter Racing Hall of Fame in Emotional Ceremony

    A respectful foursome joined racing's Hall of Fame Aug. 4 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., just blocks from the historic racetrack. In the cool of Fasig-Tipton's air-conditioned Humphrey S. Finney sale pavilion, the tears and raw emotion of the entrants were as thick as the unseasonable humidity outside.

  • Hall of Fame Inductee Smith Back on Top

    Jockey Mike Smith's career is like a football game with two phenomenal halves and a halftime from hell. But with the final gun nowhere in sight, Smith has managed to march the ball straight down the field and into the Hall of Fame.

  • Precisionist Joins Hall of Fame

    Precisionist, who ran in four of the first five Breeders' Cup race days, is the latest contemporary horse to be inducted in the Hall of Fame at National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Australian Star Northerly Retired

    As the grand sweep of Seabiscuit's story reaches many more generations in movie theaters, the career has closed on one of Australia's wonderful underdog Thoroughbreds. Northerly departs far from the applause which accompanied his recently conferred Horse of the Year title.

  • Dynever Joins Growing West Virginia Derby Field

    Trainer Christophe Clement confirmed that Dynever, winner of the Aventura Stakes at Gulfstream Park in April and the Lone Star Derby (gr. III) at Lone Star Park in May, will run in the $600,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) at Mountaineer Park Saturday.

  • Ransom O'War Upsets Highdown in Germany

    Godolphin's Highdown found nothing but trouble in the final furlong of Sunday's Grosser Dallmayr-Preis (Bayerisches Zuchtrennen) (Ger-I) at Munich, settling for a piece of second behind American-bred Ransom O'War.