Headlines for Friday, June 25, 2004

  • Canadian Triple Crown Trophy

    A Bit O'Gold Chases Queen's Plate Riches

    The Two Bit Racing Stable's A Bit O'Gold has been made the 2-1 favorite in a field of 13 drawn for Sunday's 145th Queen's Plate at Woodbine. The $1 million event, the opening leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, is for 3-year-olds bred in Canada going 1 1/4 miles.

  • Noches De Rosa Takes Aim at Beverly Hills

    Chilean-bred Noches De Rosa, who toppled standout mare Megahertz in the Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) on May 31, will take aim at a rare double in Hollywood Park's $200,000 Beverly Hills Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares at 1 1/4 miles on turf Sunday.

  • Washington Champ Youcan'ttakeme Retired

    Youcan'ttakeme, who won four races at Emerald Downs last year, has been retired because of a tendon injury, trainer Grant Forster announced Friday .

  • Smarty Jones, left, and his pony, Butterscotch, take a turn around the track Friday morning.

    Smarty Returns to the Track; Final Days With Butterscotch

    It's been 20 days since the Belmont Stakes (gr. I); 20 quiet days for Smarty Jones, who has only been walking the shed since his valiant, but unsuccessful quest to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner. On Friday, Smarty paid his first visit back to the track, stretching his legs in a one-mile jog.

  • Travers Stakes winner Ten Most Wanted's racing days may be over.

    Stallion Career Likely for Ten Most Wanted

    Although the horse has undergone a stem cell procedure to help heal a ligament tear in his ankle, the connections of Ten Most Wanted said they would rather stand him at stud than attempt a racing comeback.

  • First Winner for Commitisize

    Commitisize, a grade II winner, was represented by his first winner June 24 when his daughter Commitisize Me won at five furlongs in :57.81 at Hollywood Park.

  • Chief Seattle's First Winner

    Chief Seattle, runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), was represented by his first winner June 24 when Bold Outlook scored at Belmont Park.

  • Pioneering jockey Patricia Cooksey hangs up her tack after 26 years in the saddle.

    Patricia Cooksey Ends Her Riding Career

    Jockey Patricia "P.J." Cooksey, the second leading female rider in Thoroughbred racing, ended a trailblazing 26-year career in the saddle on Thursday when she finished third in a race at Churchill Downs.