Headlines for Thursday, March 11, 2004

  • Skipaslew Takes on Nine in El Camino Real

    Merv Griffin's improving 3-year-old colt Skipaslew can gain legitimacy as a Kentucky Derby candidate Saturday when he faces nine rivals in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields.

  • Skipaslew Takes on Nine in El Camino Real

    Merv Griffin's improving 3-year-old colt Skipaslew can gain legitimacy as a Kentucky Derby candidate Saturday when he faces nine rivals in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields.

  • Eurosilver, Derby contender sprinting in the Swale Stakes.

    Eurosilver, Chapel Royal Face Four Others in Swale Stakes

    You normally don't see a leading Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contender in the seven-furlong Swale Stakes (gr. III), but Buckram Oak Farm's Eurosilver will try sprinting one more time, as he faces five opponents, including the top-class 2-year-old Chapel Royal, who will be making his 3-year-old debut.

  • Rock Hard Ten May Not Run in SA Derby

    Undefeated 3-year-old Rock Hard Ten, impressive in his two victories thus far, is not definite for the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on April 3, trainer Jason Orman said.

  • Sharp Pleasantly Perfect Works for World Cup

    Pleasantly Perfect, scheduled to leave Saturday for the $6 million Dubai World Cup March 27, worked seven furlongs in company Thursday at Santa Anita in 1:25 3/5 under Alex Solis.

  • Flores Expects More 'Action' in San Felipe

    Jockey David Flores expects significant improvement from Action This Day when he rides the champion 2-year-old colt of 2003 in Sunday's $250,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.

  • Albarado Boots Home Six at Fair Grounds

    Jockey Robby Albarado Thursday became the seventh jockey in Fair Grounds history, and the second rider at the current meet, to ride six winners on a single card.

  • Laurel Cancels Sunday's Endless Surprise

    Laurel Park's Sunday feature, the $75,000 Endless Surprise Stakes, was canceled when only two horses were entered to face local sprinting star Gators N Bears.

  • Bowman's Band Favored in Skip Away

    The last time Bowman's Band raced 8 1/2 furlongs he lost the Hal's Hope Handicap (gr. III) to Puzzlement by a neck. Perhaps he'll have the advantage this time around as he competes in Saturday's Skip Away Handicap (gr. III).

  • Well Fancied Leads Veteran Cast in Toboggan

    Six-year-old Well Fancied, who is coming off the biggest win of his career in the General George Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel Park Feb. 16, will tote highweight of 118 pounds in a field of 10 set for Saturday's $100,000 Toboggan Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct.

  • Tamarillo Posts UAE Oaks Upset Victory

    Thursday night's race card at Nad Al Sheba in the United Arab Emirates was the last of the inaugural Dubai International Racing Carnival, other than the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) card in 16 days.

  • 'Cat' Hopes to Pounce Again in Oaklawn BC Stakes

    My Trusty Cat, impressive winner of a local allowance test in her first start of 2004, hopes to continue the momentum in the $200,000 Oaklawn Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) for fillies and mares at Oaklawn Park. Among the challengers in the March 13 event is Spectacular Lisa, two-for-two in stakes this year.

  • Oxley Foundation Issues Challenge to Assist Horse Research

    The Oxley Foundation has issued a challenge grant of up to $1-million to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation to raise funds dedicated to the safety and health of horses. The challenge allows the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation to qualify for matching funds of $1-million over the next four years by successfully raising $250,000 annually in new contributions.

  • Shotiche to Boehlke in Minnesota

    Shotiche, one of some two dozen sons of the great Northern Dancer remaining at stud, has been purchased by Eugene and Rita Boehlke for stallion duty at their Boehlke Farm near Waverly, Minn.

  • Eye Dazzler Injured, out of Oaks Contention and Future Wager

    A leg injury has taken Lee Lewis' Eye Dazzler out of consideration for the 130th Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) on April 30. Churchill Downs officials have suspended wagering on the 3-year-old filly prior to today's start of betting in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager ("KOFW").

  • Mass Cap Moved to June 19

    Suffolk Downs has moved the running of the $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II) to June 19. The Mass Cap, which is returning from a one-year hiatus, was originally scheduled to be run on May 29.

  • Taiaslew Seeks Ninth Stakes Win in Gold Cup

    Eight-time stakes winner Taiaslew is the 123-pound highweight in a field of nine entered for the $100,000 Phoenix Gold Cup Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs March 13 at Turf Paradise in Arizona.

  • Sword Dancer at Gulfstream Park

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    March 11. 1959<br><b>Sword Dancer at Gulfstream Park</b>