Headlines for Sunday, April 4, 2004

  • Castledale, left, duels Rock Hard Ten  to win the Santa Anita Derby.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: From Paupers to Princes

    From out of the fog that has shrouded the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail all year comes two colts with regal-sounding names. But for Castledale and Imperialism, it's been quite an odd journey getting to the footsteps of hallowed Churchill Downs.

  • Halfbridled Favored for Oaks Despite Illness

    Though knocked of the Ashland (gr. I) Saturday by a minor ailment, Wertheimer Farm's Halfbridled did little to shake the confidence of racing fans that made the reigning 2-year-old filly champion the 4-1 favorite in the third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2004 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.

  • Tampa's Florida Cup Handle Soars 42%

    Handle soared 42% for Tampa Bay Downs' second Florida Cup Day Sunday, when $3,832,790 was wagered on a card that featured six stakes races with purses that totaled $504,900.

  • French Connection to Las Cienegas Finish

    In her second American start, Etoile Montante exerted her class in the final furlong, holding off French-bred Dedication for a half-length victory Sunday in the $112,800 Las Cienegas Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares at Santa Anita Park.

  • Fans Take Field in Final Derby Future Wager

    An unsettling wave of upsets in this year's prep races left fans without an individual favorite in the final pool of the 2004 Kentucky Derby Future Wager. They opted instead for the field at odds of 6-1 as wagering closed Sunday.

  • Ema Bovary Puts Streak on Line in Vinery Madison

    Ema Bovary goes after her ninth consecutive victory, facing a field that includes grade I winners Lady Tak and Harmony Lodge, in Wednesday's $175,000 Vinery Madison at Keenland.

  • Castledale (4) drives to the finish line to beat Rock Hard Ten (inside) and Imperialism (left) for the win in the Santa Anita Derby.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: From Paupers to Princes

    From out of the fog that has shrouded the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail all year comes two colts with regal-sounding names. But for Castledale and Imperialism, it's been quite an odd journey getting to the footsteps of hallowed Churchill Downs.

  • Blue Grass Contenders Work at Keeneland

    Dogwood Stable's Limehouse, the recent winner of the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III), breezed an easy five furlongs just after the track renovation on Sunday morning, his final work for the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) to be run Saturday.

  • Unification of Regulators Stalls; Drug Rules Approved

    Model rules for the proposed national medication policy are moving forward, but the unification of the Association of Racing Commissioners International and North American Pari-Mutuel Regulators Association apparently isn't going to happen anytime soon.

  • Field Remains Favored in Derby Future Pool

    The Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) did nothing to clear a muddled Kentucky Derby picture, so the mutuel field – all betting interests other than the 22 remaining individual interests – continued to be the favorite with one day remaining in Churchill Downs' finalKentucky Derby Future Wager pool.

  • Maiden Santiam Top Jazz Wins Oregon Derby

    Jockey Melissa Peery earned the biggest stakes victory of her career when she guided maiden Santiam Top Jazz to the $20,000 Oregon Derby championship Saturday at Portland Meadows.