Headlines for Thursday, April 15, 2004

  • Megahertz Chases Santa Barbara Repeat

    Megahertz will carry greater weight and greater expectations than her five rivals as a clear standout in Saturday's $200,000 Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIT), a 1 ¼-mile contest for older fillies and mares.

  • Buy the Sport in Thorny Spot for '04 Debut

    Buy the Sport was a major league surprise winning last summer's prestigious Gazelle (gr. I) at Belmont Park at odds of 48-1. Saturday, she makes her 4-year-old debut in Aqueduct's Bed O' Roses Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III), which drew three other grade I winners.

  • Fantastic Day Possible in Woodbine Opener

    Opening day Saturday at Woodbine could turn out to be a Fantastic Day for Robert Tiller, last year's champion conditioner in Canada, who sends out a prominent pair in the $133,950 Jacques Cartier Stakes, a seven-horse race that features tons of speed.

  • Hollendorfer Registers Win Number 4,000

    Northern California's Jerry Hollendorfer became only the sixth trainer in Thoroughbred racing history to reach the 4,000-win mark Thursday at Bay Meadows.

  • Zito Thrilled by Birdstone's Churchill Work

    Marylou Whitney Stable's Birdstone, who was scratched from last week's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, resumed serious preparation for Kentucky Derby 130 (gr. I) May 1 with a five-furlong workout on Thursday at Churchill Downs.

  • Azeri, Headed for Humana Distaff, Tops Derby Week Noms

    The Allen Paulson Living Trust's Azeri, the 2002 "Horse of the Year" and champion older mare in 2003, will be pointed to the $250,000-added Humana Distaff (gr. I) at seven furlongs on Kentucky Derby Day May 1 at Churchill Downs, trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Thursday.

  • Holy Mountain, Concorde's Tune Fillies Set Pace at OBS

    A Holy Mountain -- Passing Relic filly named Caladesi Breeze and a Concorde's Tune -- Siberian Lake filly named Lakes Tune were among the top performers Thursday during the second session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s April sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Madcap Escapade Zips at Churchill

    Bruce Lunsford's Madcap Escapade and Buckram Oak Farm's Last Song, two candidates for the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) April 30, worked out over the Churchill Downs surface on Thursday.

  • None of Limehouse's Connections are Singing the Blues

    Grand Slam, whose oldest offspring just turned four this year, could have two sons entered in this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I)--Limehouse and Master David. The more accomplished of the two, Limehouse, has four stakes victories to his credit, and quality connections on his side.

  • Prince Arch takes the Forerunner Stakes

    Prince Arch Runs Away With Forerunner

    Prince Arch came from off the pace rallying down the center of the course seven wide to take Thursday's $111,100 Forerunner Stakes at Keeneland.

  • Lane's End Stakes winner Sinister G headed to the Derby

    Sinister G to be Pointed For Kentucky Derby

    Lane's End (gr. II) winner Sinister G, who tired badly to finish 10th in the Wood Memorial (gr. I), has recovered from a bronchial infection and will now head back on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail, trainer John Toscano said Thursday.

  • Mineshaft Heads Kentucky-Bred Champions

    Mineshaft, the nation's 2003 Horse of the Year and champion older male, and his dam, Prospectors Delite, headlined the award winners honored April 15 at Keeneland by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders.

  • Roscoe Pito Named B.C. Horse of the Year

    The top achievers in British Columbia racing were honored at the April 10 Thoroughbred Industry Awards and Hall of Fame Inductions. Roscoe Pito led the list of honoree earning Horse of the Year honors as well as champion 3-year-old clot or gelding and champion 3-year-old colt or gelding British Columbia-bred.

  • Jockey Radke Breaks Wrist, Nose in Fall

    Kevin Radke, the leading jockey at the 2003-2004 Golden Gate Fields meeting, suffered fractures to his left wrist and nose when he went down in the sixth race at Bay Meadows Wednesday. He'll be sidelined for six to eight weeks, according to an initial report.

  • Florida's Just Fine With Read the Footnotes

    Fountain of Youth (gr. II) winner Read the Footnotes breezed a mile Thursday morning for trainer Richard Violette at the Palm Meadows Training Center, where he continues his preparations for the May 1 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Fusaichi Pegasus' First Starter Runs Second

    Killenaule, the first runner for 2000 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus, ran second in a maiden special weight race at 4 1/2 furlongs for 2-year-olds April 15 at Keeneland.

  • Live Racing Returns to Finger Lakes

    Live Racing will return to Finger Lakes Race Track on Friday and will mark the first time racing and video gaming will take place simultaneously. Doors will open to the gaming floor at 10 a.m. following an official grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony. Post time for the first race is 12:50 p.m.

  • A.P. Jet Colt Among Standout Workers for OBS April Sale

    Blue Sunday, an <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=1221947&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">A.P. Jet</a> colt, was among the standout performers Wednesday during the first session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s April sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Paddington, Water Cannon Tesio Highweights

    Eight 3-year-olds, including a filly, are set to square off in the April 17 Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. The Tesio could prove more of an indicator of horses that may compete in the May 15 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), also held at the Maryland racetrack.

  • Fusaichi Pegasus Colt Sets European Breeze-Up Record

    The European record for a breeze-up sale was smashed during the opening session Wednesday of the Tattersalls breeze-up auction when Japanese owner Fusao Sekiguchi purchased a son of Fusaichi Pegasus, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner that he raced, for $895,500.

  • Last Sunday Silence to Sell Brings Top Price in Australia

    The last Sunday Silence yearling to sell anywhere in the world was sold on day three of the Australian Easter yearling sale April 14. And, he is staying put, having been bought by a syndicate of Australians for $1.5 million (U.S. $1,132,350).