Headlines for Friday, April 30, 2004

  • Jockeys Lopez, Miranda Improving After Fall

    Jockeys David Lopez and Alfredo Miranda, who were injured when their horses fell in Thursday's seventh race, were in stable condition Friday and improving, Bay Meadows track physician Dr. David Seftel reported.

  • Rain Strong Possibility for Derby Day

    A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect until 10 p.m. EST Friday night in north central Kentucky, with showers and thunderstorms likely before 2 a.m., according to the National Weather Service report in Louisville.

  • Speedy Falcon on Railbird Perch

    Speedy Falcon and Aspen Gal, a pair of 3-year-old fillies who have dominated stakes opposition in the Midwest and Southwest, seek graded stakes stature on Sunday in Hollywood Park's $100,000 Railbird Stakes (gr. III) at seven furlongs.

  • Ashado rolls to victory in the Kentucky Oaks.

    Ashado Wins Kentucky Oaks

    In a good betting race, the public was right in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), with favored Ashado winning the 130th running of the top race for 3-year-old fillies Friday at Churchill Downs.

  • Kitten's Joy and Jerry Bailey win the Crown Royal American Turf.

    Kitten's Joy Remains Undefeated on Grass

    Kitten's Joy remained unbeaten on turf in five starts with an impressive 2 1/2-length victory Friday at Churchill Downs in the Crown Royal American Turf (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds.

  • Brother Looks to Clear Name of Prince Ahmed Salman

    Prince Faisal bin Salman issued a statement April 30 that said he wants to clear the name of his late brother, Prince Ahmed bin Salman, who in a book was tied to al-Qaeda and said to have knowledge of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

  • Handicapper Chuck Badone Dies of Cancer

    Chuck Badone, who was Lone Star Park's first morning line oddsdmaker and fan education manager until he retired in 2001, died Thursday in Phoenix of cancer.

  • Trainer Michael Dickinson, right, with current Derby favorite Tapit.

    Bettors Settle on Smarty Jones as Favorite

    The crowd at Churchill Downs has established Smarty Jones as the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite. In the advance wagering at 2:30 p.m.--with post time at 6:04--Smarty Jones is the 4-1 choice.

  • Galloping Gal Rallies Late in Edgewood

    Edgar Prado had Galloping Gal rolling late and she just got up in the final strides to beat Gingham and Lace and Jerry Bailey in the Edgewood Stakes, the first added-money event on the Kentucky Oaks day undercard at Churchill Downs.

  • KHRA Gives Go Ahead on Jockey Ads

    Hours after a federal judge Thursday ruled in favor of five jockeys being allowed to wear advertising in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority suspended its rule barring commercial logos, thus allowing all jockeys in Kentucky to wear advertising.

  • Derby Tradition Changing This Year

    A Kentucky Derby (gr. I) tradition is changing this year--the route the winner of the race takes to the winner's circle.

  • Halfbridled, working at Churchill on Thursday.

    Halfbridled Scratched from Kentucky Oaks

    Halfbridled, the 2-year-old filly champion of 2003, was scratched from the April 30 Kentucky Oaks (gr. 1) the morning of the race after having tied up. She was scratched from the April 3 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland for the same reason.