Headlines for Wednesday, April 28, 2004

  • Team Valor Aims for American Oaks With German Filly

    Team Valor has purchased German stakes winner La Ina and is pointing her for her United States debut in the $700,000 American Oaks (gr. I) on July 3 at Hollywood Park if she is invited, according to president Barry Irwin.

  • Smarty Jones, with exercise rider Pete Van Trump.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Smart Bomb Ready to Drop

    After beginning his gallop aggressively, but controllable, Smarty Jones put it into high gear, and up from the saddle shot 170-pound exercise rider Pete Van Trump, whose broad shoulders make him look like Dick Butkus compared to other exercise riders. But to Smarty Jones, he was a mere rag doll.

  • Smarty Jones, with exercise rider Pete Van Trump.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Smart Bomb Ready to Drop

    After beginning his gallop aggressively, but controllable, Smarty Jones put it into high gear, and up from the saddle shot 170-pound exercise rider Pete Van Trump, whose broad shoulders make him look like Dick Butkus compared to other exercise riders. But to Smarty Jones, he was a mere rag doll.

  • Smarty Jones, with exercise rider Pete Van Trump.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Smart Bomb Ready to Drop

    After beginning his gallop aggressively, but controllable, Smarty Jones put it into high gear, and up from the saddle shot 170-pound exercise rider Pete Van Trump, whose broad shoulders make him look like Dick Butkus compared to other exercise riders. But to Smarty Jones, he was a mere rag doll.

  • Persian Punch Dies on Track

    Champion European stayer Persian Punch died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack while making his 11-year-old debut in the Sagaro Stakes (Eng-III) at Ascot, according to The <i>Racing Post</i>.

  • Dr. Best to Running R in Louisiana

    Stakes winner Dr. Best has been acquired by Robin Redding's Running R Ranch for stallion duty at the Opelousas, La., farm.

  • Gold Alert to Gentry Farm in Texas

    Gold Alert, sire of grade I winner Golden Bri, has been acquired by Anthony Gentry's Gentry Farms for stallion duty at the Boerne, Texas, farm.

  • Imus Again Teams with NTRA in Triple Crown Promotion

    Don Imus, host of the nationally syndicated "Imus in the Morning" radio program, will again join forces with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association as a partner in an ongoing Visa Triple Crown promotion.

  • Apple Blossom Order Changed; Wild Spirit DQ'd to 3rd

    Wild Spirit, the second-place finisher in the April 3 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. II), was disqualified to third Tuesday by the Oaklawn Racing Commission for a bumping incident with Star Parade at the top of the stretch.

  • Imperialism working at Churchill Wednesday morning.

    Action This Day, Imperialism Turn in Final Works

    B. Wayne Hughes' Action This Day zipped three furlongs in :35 1/5 and galloped out a half-mile in :48 2/5 Wednesday in his final preparation for Saturday's $1-million Kentucky Derby (gr. I) at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

  • Funny Cide Named NY-Bred Horse of the Year

    Eclipse Award winner and dual classic winner Funny Cide, first New York-bred to win the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), was named 2003 New York-bred Horse of the Year.