Headlines for Saturday, May 22, 2004

  • Lady Tak Proves She's Back in Winning Groove

    Lady Tak, ridden by Shane Sellers, surged to the lead on the turn and held off a stretch challenge by Put Me In to score a three-quarters of a length victory in Saturday's first running of the $108,600 Winning Colors Handicap for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.

  • Laura's Lucky Boy gives Jason Orman his first stakes win in the Will Rogers, Saturday at Hollywood Park.

    Orman Celebrates With Laura's Lucky Boy

    Mercedes Stable's Laura's Lucky Boy gave trainer Jason Orman his first stakes success with an electrifying stretch drive to win the $109,400 Will Rogers (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds in stakes-record time on the Hollywood Park grass Saturday.

  • One For Rose Battles Males in Eclipse Stakes

    One For Rose, last year's champion older female in Canada, challenges males in Monday's $163,350 Eclipse Stakes (Can-III) in her first test as a 5-year-old at Woodbine.

  • Princess Pelona Takes Sloppy 'Guest

    Pope McLean's Princess Pelona, making her first start since February, showed no signs of rustiness en route to a front-running, 4½-length tally in the $38,000 Reluctant Guest Handicap Saturday at Arlington Park.

  • Stubborn Governor's Pride Wins Ben Cohen

    Longshot Governor's Pride shot to the lead and stayed in front the whole way to capture the $50,000 Ben Cohen Stakes, contested at five furlongs on the grass at Pimlico Race Course Saturday.

  • Purge, with John Velazquez aboard, captures the Peter Pan Stakes, Saturday at Belmont Park.

    Pletcher's Purge Powers to Peter Pan Win

    Jockey John Velazquez got the high-spirited colt Purge to relax while racing on the outside of the pacesetters and the colt responded to the easy handling with a quarter-mile to go to register a sparkling victory in the $200,000 Peter Pan (gr. II) at Belmont Park Saturday.

  • Rock Hard Ten Goes to Gate School

    His connections hope that Rock Hard Ten, who threw a fit prior to being loaded into the starting gate for last week's Preakness (gr. I), could improve on his second-place finish in the race with some improved etiquette in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

  • People line the rail at Philadelphia Park to shoot a picture of  Smarty Jones during a public gallop at Philadelphia Park on Saturday morning.

    Fans Swarm to Philly Park in Droves to See Smarty Gallop

    You had to see it to believe it. Smarty Jones' open-house gallop at Philadelphia Park Saturday morning drew between 8,500 and 10,000 fans, some of whom showed up as early as 5 a.m. Once the doors opened just before 8, it was a mad dash to secure choice spots along the rail.

  • Tapit among those hoping to end Smarty Jones' bid for the Crown.

    Tapit Breezes For Belmont Stakes

    Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tapit, winner of the Wood Memorial (gr. I), breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:07 2/5 at trainer Michael Dickinson's Tapeta Farm Saturday morning, in preparation for the June 5 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).