Headlines for Sunday, April 10, 2005

  • Sis City is strong favorite to win the Kentucky Oaks.

    Sis City Shoots to Top of Oaks Odds at 5-2

    A 10 ½-length romp in Saturday's Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland made Sis City a strong 5-2 favorite to win the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) on May 6 in the third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2005 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager that closed on Sunday evening.

  • <a href="http://www.exclusivelyequine.com/ee.asp?PI=P25-1004"target="_blank;">Runaway Wood Memorial winner Bellamy Road is favorite in final pool.</a>

    Bellamy Road Made 3-1 Favorite for Roses

    On the strength of his 17 1/2-length victory in Saturday's Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct, Kinsman Stable's Bellamy Road emerged from a record-smashing third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2005 Kentucky Derby Future Wager as a strong 3-1 favorite to win the famed "Run for the Roses" on May 7.

  • Elusive Diva and jockey Patrick Valenzuela take the Las Cienagas Handicap.

    'Diva Proves Elusive Las Cienegas Target

    Elusive Diva won her second stakes on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita this meeting, shooting through an opening at the head of the stretch and drawing off to a four-length victory in the $111,100 Las Cienegas Handicap (gr. IIIT) in stakes-record time.

  • More Smoke blazes to Lafayette win.

    Plenty of Fire in More Smoke's Lafayette Win

    More Smoke popped the gate in a hurry from his inside post for jockey Clinton Potts and was never headed as he upset prohibitive favorite Razor and blazed to an eye-popping 14 1/2-length win in the $107,100 Lafayette (gr. III) for 3-year-old sprinters at Keeneland Sunday.

  • Consolidator hopes to return to the scene of last fall's Lane's End Breeders' Futurity win with a victory in Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

    Consolidator Sharp, Ready for Blue Grass

    Robert and Beverly Lewis' Consolidator sparkled in a swift five furlong breeze Sunday at Churchill Downs that marked his final major prep for Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.

  • Madcap Escapade returns to Keeneland in Wednesday's Vinery Madison.

    Madcap Escapade Makes Keeneland Return

    Bruce Lunsford's talented 4-year-old filly Madcap Escapade will face six other fillies and mares in the $200,000 Vinery Madison (gr. III) at seven furlongs to be run Wednesday at Keeneland.

  • Smoke Smoke Smoke, Portsea in Hawthorne Wins

    In a pair of stakes for 3-year-old sprinters on the Illinois Derby undercard at Hawthorne Saturday, Smoke Smoke Smoke rolled to an impressive win over Santana Strings in the $143,650 Lost Code Breeders' Cup while the filly Portsea handled favored Magascape in the $144,000 Meafara BC.

  • Rapid Proof Shows He's No Fluke in Connally

    Rapid Proof unleashed a powerful kick in the stretch run to nip defending champion Warleigh by a head in the $216,000 John B. Connally Breeders' Cup Turf at Sam Houston Race Park Saturday night.

  • Grade II Winner Quest Retired to Stone Farm

    Quest, a homebred grade II winner for Arthur B. Hancock III and Gerald Healy, has been retired from racing and will stand at Hancock's Stone Farm near Paris, Ky.

  • Rockport Harbor, foreground, with Stewart Elliott in the irons, works in company with Pilfer.

    Rockport Harbor Works; Heading to Lexington Stakes

    Fox Hill Farm's Rockport Harbor, who is still on target for the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), worked seven furlongs in 1:25 3/5 at Oaklawn Park Sunday, after which, trainer John Servis said the colt would pass the Arkansas Derby (gr. II) and point instead to the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) a week later.