Headlines for Friday, May 7, 2004

  • Lite the Fuse Colt Sets Pace During Barretts Workouts

    A <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=1350413&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">Lite the Fuse</a> colt turned in the fastest quarter-mile work Friday during the first session of the under tack show for the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Vienna Seeing 'Stars' at Hollywood Park

    Trainer Darrell Vienna hopes his Argentine-bred "Stars" align in two major stakes at Hollywood Park this weekend. Star Parade, a 5-year-old mare, is expected to be second choice to Adoration in the $250,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) on Sunday, one day after Star Cross attempts to regain his winning form in the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II).

  • McKee Avoids Serious Injury in Fall

    Jockey John McKee avoided serious injury on Friday at Churchill Downs when his mount stumbled at the start of the third race and threw the rider to the track.

  • Rivals Star Parade, Adoration Clash in Vanity

    Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) champion Adoration, beaten twice by Star Parade before finally getting her rival's measure in their last meeting, will attempt to even the overall score Sunday in Hollywood Park's 250,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I).

  • Pro Prado Likely to Go in Northern Dancer

    Mrs. James Winn's Pro Prado, 13th to Smarty Jones in the May 1 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), is expected to make his next start in the $200,000-added Northern Dancer (gr. III) on the June 12 "Stephen Foster Super Saturday" card at Churchill Downs.

  • Metropolitan Mile Could be Next for Azeri

    Azeri could next race against males in the $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park on May 31, trainer D. Wayne Lukas said from his Churchill Downs stable Friday.

  • Harmony Lodge Genuine Threat This Time

    Third in last year's Genuine Risk Handicap (gr. II) as an outsider, Harmony Lodge figures to be the mare to beat in Sunday's renewal of the $150,000 event Sunday at Belmont Park.

  • Cella to Present Smarty Jones' $5 Million Bonus Monday

    Oaklawn Park owner Charles Cella wanted to do something big to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the racetrack that had been a part of his family since 1904. So big, in fact, the sport of horse racing has never seen anything like it.

  • Fustok Takes Buckram Oak Horses From Zito

    Mahmoud Fustok's Buckram Oak horses in trainer Nick Zito's care have been relocated to other conditioners. The horses left Zito's barn, stayed briefly at Fustok's Buckram Oak Farm near Lexington, and have since been distributed to other trainers. Neither racing manager Mohammed Moubarak nor farm manager Michael Albina would elaborate.

  • Economic Impact, ID Program Focus of Meeting

    The importance of the horse industry in the United States was a focus of the American Horse Council National Issues Forum in April. Horse industry leaders got the chance to meet with Ann Veneman, secretary of the Department of Agriculture.

  • Wando Aimed At Argent Dixie

    While Smarty Jones will attempt to win the second leg of the Triple Crown in Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I), one Triple Crown winner may already have made an appearance at Pimlico. According to Maryland Jockey Club stakes coordinator Wendy Pensivy, Gustav Schickedanz' Wando is expected to run in the Argent Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT).

  • Smarty Jones, in strong gallop at Philadelphia Park on Friday.

    Smarty Strong in First Solo Gallop

    Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Smarty Jones had his first solo gallop at Philadelphia Park Friday morning, and from all indications, the colt has bounced out of the Derby in great shape and is ready for another big effort in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Ole Faunty to Join Pimlico Special Fray

    Ole Faunty will join the select cast of top runners lining up for Friday's Pimlico Special (gr. I), according to Wendy Pensivy, stakes coordinator for the Maryland Jockey Club. The stakes-winning son of Quiet American is expected to face a bang-up field that will have grade I winners Funny Cide, Southern Image, and Evening Attire, along with major winners Dynever and Midway Road.

  • Ole Faunty to Join Pimlico Special Fray

    Ole Faunty will join the select cast of top runners lining up for Friday's Pimlico Special (gr. I), according to Wendy Pensivy, stakes coordinator for the Maryland Jockey Club. The stakes-winning son of Quiet American is expected to face a bang-up field that will have grade I winners Funny Cide, Southern Image, and Evening Attire, along with major winners Dynever and Midway Road.