Headlines for Thursday, July 29, 2004

  • Baffert, Jerkens Fillies Spar in Test

    A group of a dozen 3-year-old fillies will vie Saturday in the 79th running of the $250,000 Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course. Headlined by Friendly Michelle and Society Selection, the field will go seven furlongs on a surface that could prove wet -- given a stormy upstate New York forecast for the Spa's opening weekend.

  • Recovering Von Hemel Supervises Bedanken

    Veteran trainer Don Von Hemel has returned to Arlington Park following recent hip replacement surgery and will supervise the day-to-day preparations of Pin Oak Stable LLC's Bedanken as she gets ready for her next engagement in the Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington Park on Aug. 14.

  • Luzzi Has Surgery on Broken Leg

    Jockey Mike Luzzi was resting comfortably at Albany Medical Center Thursday morning, after undergoing surgery Wednesday night for a broken right femur.

  • Unbeaten Afleet Alex extends winning streak to three with record-setting run in Thursday's Sanford Stakes.

    Afleet Alex Sets Stakes Record in Sanford

    Afleet Alex remained unbeaten in three starts with an impressive 5 1/4-length victory in Thursday's Sanford Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga. The 2-year-old Northern Afleet colt set a stakes record in the process, running the six furlongs in 1:09.32. The previous record, 1:09 2/5, was set by Elocutionist.

  • Intercontinental, horse to beat in the Diana Handicap.

    Intercontinental Looks to Land Diana

    A classy field of seven fillies and mares have signed up for Sunday's $500,000 Diana Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga, and the other six have Intercontinental to beat.

  • Olmadavor, Colonial Colony Rumble in Washington Park

    Wertheimer & Frere's Olmodavor -- high-weighted at 121 pounds -- and Lakeside Farm's recent grade I stakes winner Colonial Colony headline a field of five in the Washington Park Handicap (gr. II) Saturday at Arlington Park.

  • Churchill Downs Backdrop for Movie

    His father, the late Jerry Romans was a Thoroughbred trainer and his older brother Dale is one of the leading trainers at Churchill Downs, but Bruce Marshall Romans, never felt pressured to join the family business.