Headlines for Friday, June 4, 2004

  • Pesci Primed for First Stake Win in Hawthorne

    Pesci, the promising 4-year-old filly and namesake of co-owner Joe Pesci, the Academy Award-winning actor, seeks her first graded stakes victory in Sunday's $100,000-added Hawthorne Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park.

  • Artie, Timo Renew Rivalry in Hill Prince

    Artie Schiller and Timo, evenly matched foes as 2-year-olds last year who went their separate ways over the winter, resume their rivalry in Sunday's $100,000-added Hill Prince (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park.

  • Darley Student Learning at Hollywood Park

    Francis Gaffard of France is spending two weeks at Hollywood Park in the Eoin Harty stable as part of the Darley Flying Start program, one of a dozen aspiring young horsemen earning racing experience.

  • French Group Winner Vangelis to Run in Whittingham

    Vangelis, a group II winner in France, is scheduled to be flown to California Sunday for the $350,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT), the 1 1/4-mile grass test at Hollywood Park June 12.

  • Rock Hard Ten is washed by groom Jose Mejia Friday.

    Orman, Rock Hard Ten Not Running for Second

    Jason Orman, trainer of Preakness (gr. I) runner-up Rock Hard Ten, is taking aim once again at Smarty Jones in Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), saying "If we were running for second, we wouldn't be here."

  • Friday Notes: Hennig Says Eddington Ready to Go

    Eddington, the third-place finisher in the Preakness (gr. I) and 10-1 on the morning line for Saturday's 136th running of the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-olds, galloped a mile and three furlongs over Belmont's main track Friday. "He's ready," trainer Mark Hennig said. "He's doing as well as can be expected."

  • Belmont Stakes favorite Smarty Jones, left, with exercise rider Pete Van Trump aboard, walks with trainer John Servis atop stablemate Butterscotch at Belmont Race Track on Friday morning.

    Servis to Press: It's Time to Dance

    At the daily press conference outside Barn 5 at Belmont Park Friday morning, trainer John Servis' opening remarks were "I feel real good." He acknowledged that Smarty Jones was ready for his bid for the Triple Crown on Saturday and said the undefeated runner "knows it's time to dance."

  • Servis Not Worried About Belmont Distance

    Trainer John Servis is not worried about Smarty Jones getting the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) distance of 1 1/2 miles. But just a few months ago he was worried about the colt going 1 1/4 miles.

  • CDI Official Says Racing Industry Not Growing

    An official for Churchill Downs Inc. told some 200 financial analysts and fund managers gathered for the inaugural INVESTKentucky conference in Louisville Thursday the racing industry as a whole is in a period of flat growth.