Headlines for Friday, May 21, 2004

  • Eye of the Sphynx One to Watch in Selene

    Eye of the Sphynx, a leading Labatt Woodbine Oaks prospect recently supplemented to the Queen's Plate as well, heads the $250,000-added Selene Stakes (Can-II) for 3-year-old fillies at Woodbine Sunday.

  • VLTs Spark Interest in Long-Shut Tioga Park

    An investment group is taking ownership of Tioga Park, shuttered to racing in upstate New York since 1978, with plans to begin Standardbred racing next year in a facility that it hopes will also include a video lottery terminal casino.

  • Out 19 Months, Momentum Ready for Return

    Momentum, a leading California handicap horse in 2002, is ready for a return to the races following a 19-month layoff, trainer Craig Dollase said Friday.

  • Azeri possible for Met.

    Azeri Bound for Met Mile Pending Weight Assignment

    The Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) on May 31 at Belmont Park is expected to be the next stop for 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, but only if trainer D. Wayne Lukas approves of the weight assignment for the 6-year-old champion.

  • Smarty Jones, on the track Friday at Philadelphia Park, where he likely will remain until just before the Belmont Stakes.

    Smarty Likely Will Arrive Fashionably Late For Date With Destiny

    The more trainer John Servis has thought about it the more he's leaning toward shipping Smarty Jones to Belmont Park as close to the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) as possible. It had been reported that the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner would van up next Wednesday, but those plans have changed.

  • TVG Plans Extensive Coverage of Smarty Jones

    Interactive horse racing network TVG plans extensive coverage of Smarty Jones' effort to become Thoroughbred racing's 12th Triple Crown winner, including live coverage of his first post-Preakness Stake s(gr. I) public gallop, Saturday at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) from Philadelphia Park in Bensalem, Pa.

  • Smarty Jones.

    NTRA Inks Deal to Sell 'Smarty' Merchandise

    Merchandise featuring the image of dual classic winner Smarty Jones, including t-shirts and caps, will be available at racetracks across the country on Belmont Stakes (gr. I) day under a deal reached between the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the undefeated colt's owners, Roy and Patricia Chapman.

  • Affirmed, racing's last Triple Crown winner, at Jonabell Farm in 1999.

    In Quest of a Crown: What Works Best?

    As trainer John Servis points Smarty Jones toward his Visa Triple Crown quest in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), here's a glance back on the workout schedules for the Derby/Preakness winners, starting with the most recent ones, since 1969. That year seemed a good time to start because it marked the first year that a Derby/Preakness winner went into the Belmont unbeaten.

  • Florida Derby winner Friends Lake among Belmont hopefuls in this weekend's Peter Pan Stakes.

    Peter Pan May Produce More Rivals For Smarty

    Yes, believe it or not, there are other 3-year-olds who inhabit the wild and wacky world of Smarty Jones, and several of them will be using Saturday's $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) as a dress rehearsal for their big showdown with America's wonder horse in the June 5 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).