Headlines for Friday, April 15, 2005

  • CHRB, UC-Davis Drug-Testing Pact Assailed

    A state lawmaker claims the California Horse Racing Board is violating the law by awarding an equine drug-testing contract to the University of California-Davis, and said he would recommend that a legislative committee hold off on approving funds for the CHRB and the laboratory.

  • Funny Cide Breezes in Return to Belmont

    Sackatoga Stable's 5-year-old Funny Cide, back at Belmont Park after a winter in Florida, breezed six furlongs in a bullet 1:13 Friday on the fast main track under trainer Barclay Tagg's assistant, Robin Smullen.

  • Jockey Rodriguez Fractures Back at Laurel

    Journeyman jockey Erick Rodriguez, fourth in the rider standings at Laurel Park, will be out of action for up to six weeks after fracturing four vertebrae in the T-spine section in his back in a spill during Thursday's fourth race.

  • Round Pond in Fantasy win at Oaklawn.

    Round Pond Romping Winner of Fantasy

    Rapidly developing Round Pond accelerated away from the leaders in upper stretch to record an impressive victory in Friday's $250,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park for trainer John Servis and jockey Stewart Elliott.

  • Artie Schiller, with Edgar Prado up, wins the Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland.

    Artie Strong in Maker's Mark Mile Return

    Multiple grade II grass winner Artie Schiller powered his way to the lead as the 10-horse field hit the top of the stretch to register a 2 1/4-length victory in Friday's $250,000 Maker's Mark Mile (gr. IIT) at Keeneland. The 4-year-old stopped the clock in 1:34.09.

  • Intercontinental Seeks Repeat in Jenny Wiley

    Making her first start of the season, grade I winner Intercontinental heads a stellar field of nine fillies and mares ready to contest Sunday's $200,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes (gr. IIIT), going 1 1/16 miles over the Keeneland turf course.

  • Dance Away Capote Works Toward Kentucky Oaks

    Prepping toward a date in the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) Mt. Brilliant Farm's Dance Away Capote breezed a half-mile in :49 over the fast main track at Keeneland Friday morning.