Headlines for Thursday, September 2, 2004

  • Elloluv's in Top Form in Del Mar Victory

    J. Paul Reddam's Elloluv, a leading 3-year-old filly in 2003 when she won the Ashland Stakes (gr. I), but winless in six subsequent starts in top company, returned to form Thursday with a solid victory in the featured $76,000 Piedra Foundation Handicap.

  • Frankel Duo Headlines Palomar Handicap

    The Juddmonte Farms' entry of Etoile Montante and Intercontinental towers over the field for trainer Bobby Frankel in Saturday's $200,000 Palomar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares at Del Mar.

  • Semi Lost, Terroplane Drill for Del Mar Derby

    A quartet of possible Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) participants – Lucky Pulpit, Semi Lost, Terroplane and Nister Bere – finished their preparations for the race Thursday morning with solid workouts.

  • Former New York Trainer E.I. Kelly Dead at 83

    Edward Ignatius "E.I." Kelly, one of the more popular trainers ever on the New York circuit, died Sept. 2 at his home in Brooksville, Fla. Mr. Kelly had turned 83 on July 30.

  • Flint Trio Heads Bassinet Field

    A field of 11 juvenile fillies, including recent Colleen Stakes winner Im a Dixie Girl, will compete Saturday at River Downs in the six-furlong, $100,000 Pepsi Bassinet Stakes.

  • Big Field Expected for Pennsylvania Derby

    The $750,000 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 6 may draw as many as 12 to 13 starters, in what promises to be a competitive race. Although the absence of Smarty Jones will be felt by the large holiday crowd, the 1 1/8-mile race is expected to draw some of the top 3-year-olds in the country.

  • Tres Touche, right, captures the New York Turf Writers Cup at Saratoga. Cherokeeinthehills, left, took second.

    Tres Touche Wires Field in Turf Writers 'Chase

    Tres Touche took the lead right at the start of the New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase (NSA-I) Thursday at Saratoga and never relinquished it in winning the 2 3/8-miles chase by a length over Cherokeeinthehills. Odds-on favorite and defending winner Praise the Prince finished fifth.

  • BC Distaff winner Adoration seeks third stakes win of year in Sunday's Arlington Matron.

    Adoration Pegged at 8-5 for Arlington Matron

    Millionaire Adoration, last year's Breeder's Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner, will try for her third stakes win of the year when she takes on eight fillies and mares under top weight of 123 pounds in Saturday's Arlington Matron Handicap (gr. III).

  • Hurricane Heading for Florida; Calder Cancels

    With Hurricane Frances bearing down on the East Coast of Florida, Calder Race Course announced on Thursday morning that it will be closed for both live racing and simulcasting on Friday and Saturday. The track hopes to re-open on Sunday.