Headlines for Thursday, April 29, 2004

  • One Cool Cat Favored in 2,000 Guineas

    Aidan O'Brien saddles favored One Cool Cat for Saturday's 2,000 Guineas (Eng-I), which attracted 14 runners to Newmarket for Saturday's English Classic.

  • Mobil to Make 2004 Bow in Woodbine's Vigil

    Multiple stakes winner Mobil makes his 2004 debut in Saturday's $160,800 Vigil Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine with high expectations from trainer Mike Keogh.

  • Students Take Part in Jim Murray Workshop

    Twenty-seven of the nation's top journalism students will participate in the second annual <i>Los Angeles Times</i> Sports Journalism Workshop, to be held May 6 through May 8 at Times Mirror Square and Hollywood Park.

  • Mulhall Entry Part of Inglewood 'Cap Line-Up

    Kristin Mulhall, the 21-year-old Californian who on Saturday aims to become the youngest trainer and first female ever to win a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) when saddling Imperialism at Churchill Downs, will double team the same day's $100,000 Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park.

  • Friendly Michelle's Grit Shows in La Troienne

    Front-running Friendly Michelle, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Artax owned by television producer Ed Friendly, came on again in the last sixteenth after dropping back to third to win the featured $112,200 La Troienne Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies today at Churchill Downs.

  • Nicole's Dream Game Mamzelle Winner

    Dare to Dream Stable's Nicole's Dream, piloted by Robby Albarado, resisted Tangier Sound in a prolonged stretch battle to win the $117,700 Mamzelle Stakes for older fillies and mares Thursday at Churchill Downs.

  • Mike Kane Elected President of Turf Writers

    Mike Kane of the Schenectady Daily Gazette was elected president <br>of the National Turf Writers Association, replacing Jennie Rees of the Louisville Courier-Journal, whose two-year term expired.

  • Withers Pits Saratoga County, Forest Danger

    Kentucky Derby Day is always a big one at Aqueduct, where two stakes will be featured on Saturday, the $150,000 Withers Stakes (g. III) and the $100,000 Beaugay Handicap (gr. IIIT).

  • Pollard&#39;s Vision grazes at Churchill Downs.

    Pollard's Vision Team Doesn't Lack Heart

    In David Moore's family, horse racing becomes a hobby at an early age. Moore was introduced to the sport by his grandfather, Charles (Crip) Moore, at age six. His 7-year-old daughter, Charlotte, is already a fan--she names his horses, including Kentucky Derby contender Pollard's Vision.

  • Frank Lyons, TVG analyst and co-owner of Castledale.

    An Unlikely Life with Horses for Frank Lyons

    For as far back as he can remember, Frank Lyons wanted to spend his life with horses. The 40-year-old native of Ireland used his entire youth to prepare for a career as a horse trainer. He's now putting that preparation to use as a TVG analyst and as a co-owner of Castledale.

  • Living the Dream with Lion Heart

    Three generations of Tom Nachel's family have been in the Thoroughbred business. He'll be thinking of them this Saturday as he readies Lion Heart for his start in the Derby.

  • Trainer Krisin Mulhall, with Imperialism.

    Kristin Mulhall, Racing's Newest Media Darling

    She's been profiled on NBC's national "Nightly News" program, appeared on the front page of several major metropolitan newspapers, and is even getting recognized by complete strangers at the mall. Kristin Mulhall, the 21-year-old trainer of Imperialism, seems to be everywhere.

  • Tapit, with trainer Michael Dickinson, preparing to work in the gate.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: A Morning at the Gate

    With the serious works out of the way, it was time to get a different perspective on things. The starting gate is a hotbed of activity, as you get to see many of the Derby horses close up and observe how they're acting, how they're looking, and how they handle the gate. It's also a great vantage point to watch the gallops.

  • Michigan Racino Measure Still Faces Obstacles

    Legislation to legalize video lottery terminals at Michigan racetracks took a tenuous, toddling step forward April 29 when the state Senate narrowly approved a racino bill after nearly a year of inaction. But much work remains.

  • Trainer Rafael Becerra (left) with St Averil and his son Rafael Becerra Jr.

    Two Becerras Side-by-Side with St Averil

    Rafael Becerra Jr. never wanted to be a horse trainer. Despite spending much of his youth going to the races and visiting the backside often with his trainer father, the 22-year-old was more interested in a career in finance, not furlongs. Until, that is, a horse named St Averil came along.

  • Trainer Michael Dickinson (right) with Tapit.

    Dickinson and Tapit Bring Comforts of Home to Churchill Downs

    When trainer Michael Dickinson shipped Winchell Thoroughbred's Tapit from his Tapeta Farm in Maryland to Churchill Downs on Wednesday for Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), the conditioner brought a little bit of his farm with him.

  • Retired Trainer W.T. Dunn Dead

    W.T. "Wally" Dunn, who sent out four Kentucky Derby starters and won the 1964 Kentucky Oaks with Blue Norther, died recently at his Arcadia, Calif., home.