Headlines for Saturday, May 8, 2004

  • Twisted Wit Toys With Queenston Foes

    Queen's Plate hopeful Twisted Wit turned in a smart 2004 debut, winning the $166,350 Queenston Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths at Woodbine on Saturday.

  • Wilson in Critical Condition After Pimlico Fall

    Jockey Rick Wilson is in critical condition at the Shock Trauma Unit at the University of Maryland Hospital in downtown Baltimore following a spill at Pimlico Saturday afternoon.

  • Tres Touche Draws Off in Iroquois 'Chase

    Barracuda Stable's Tres Touche finally got a win in a grade I steeplechase, charging past pacesetter Preemptive Strike on the backstretch, and galloping off with rider Dave Bentley to a 20 3/4-length win in the $100,000 Iroquois Steeplechase (NSA-I) in Nashville Saturday.

  • Beau's Town Smashes Lone Star's 6-Furlong Mark

    Multiple graded stakes winner Beau's Town smashed Lone Star Park's six-furlong track record Saturday with a 1 ¼-length triumph over stablemate and defending champ That Tat in the $75,000 Ford Express Stakes before a crowd of 20,863.

  • In Excess Filly Among Fastest Workers at Barretts

    An <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=2402759&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">In Excess</a> filly was among the standout performers Saturday during the second session of the under tack show for the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Fire Slam Smokes Cuvee in Matt Winn

    Taking advantage of a red-hot pace, Stan E. Fulton's Fire Slam and jockey Pat Day smoked past the leaders on the outside in mid-stretch and cruised to an easy 5 1/4-length victory in the $103,499 Matt Winn Stakes for 3-year-olds at Churchill Downs.

  • Bending Strings, with jockey Jerry Bailey aboard, captures the Nassau County Breeders&#39; Cup, Saturday at Belmont.

    Bending Strings Wraps Up Nassau County

    John D. Gunther's Bending Strings relished a cutback to the seven-furlong distance of the $195,000 Nassau County Breeders' Cup (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies, drawing away for her first graded stakes victory by 4 3/4 lengths at Belmont Park Saturday.

  • Imperialism Confirmed for Preakness

    Imperialism, third in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), joined the list of probable starters in Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I), which is expected to feature four of the top five finishers from the May 1 Derby.

  • Saltzman to Retire as Calder Race Caller

    Calder Race Course track announcer Phil Saltzman announced Saturday that 2004 will be the final year that he calls the races at the Miami track. Saltzman, 67, will retire from the Calder announcer's booth after calling the action there for 21 years.

  • Spectators gather to watch Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones work out on his home track at Philadelphia Park Saturday morning.

    Smarty Wows 'Em at Philly

    From tots in strollers to old men in wheel chairs, Smarty Jones fans showed up at Philadelphia Park in full force Saturday morning to watch their hero gallop and receive accolades by local and state dignitaries.

  • U.S. Bred Illustrious Miss Wins Chartwell

    Sheikh Mohammed's Illustrious Miss, a 3-year-old filly bred in the United States by William S. Farish and E.J. Hudson Jr. Irrevocable Trust, bounded away in the final furlong to post a solid victory in Saturday's totesport Chartwell Fillies' Stakes (Eng-III) at Lingfield Park.