Headlines for Tuesday, April 26, 2005

  • $375,000 Aptitude Colt Tops OBS Spring Sale's Second Session

    A colt from the first crop of multiple grade I winner <a href="http://www.stallionregister.com/sr_sire_page.asp?refno=4313540&origin=BHonline&result=1" target="_blank">Aptitude</a> brought $375,000 Tuesday to top the second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • Successful Appeal Mending From Colic Surgery

    Successful Appeal, last year's leading freshman stallion and sire of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contender Closing Argument, is recuperating from colic surgery performed April 25 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington.

  • Farish Seeks Third Straight Ben Ali

    Breeder/owner William S. Farish will be seeking his third-straight win in the Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) Thursday at Keeneland Race Course with his 4-year-old colt Alumni Hall.

  • Wilko Finishes Well in Seven Furlong Work

    Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Wilko worked seven furlongs in 1:26 4/5 at Hollywood Park Monday. With jockey Corey Nakatani aboard, the colt finished the final three-eighths of a mile in :34 and change, according to trainer Craig Dollase.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor-in-Chief

    Where Are They Now?

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> - Conglomerate ownership was designed to bring economies of scale to the racetrack segment of the industry. Statistical evidence, along with unconfirmed reports that Hollywood Park may be sold to developers, suggests it hasn't worked very well in Southern California.

  • Evan I. Hammonds&lt;br&gt;Managing Editor

    Big Numbers

    <i>By Evan I. Hammonds</i> - There have been some gaudy numbers put up over the last couple of weekends by horses and humans alike. Some add spice to the coming Kentucky Derby (gr. I); some show a renewed vigor in the sport of Thoroughbred racing.

  • By all accounts, Afleet Alex feels right at home at Churchill Downs.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Afleet Heat

    Tuesday's activity can be pretty much summed up in two words: Afleet Alex -- with the emphasis on Afleet. Working over a loose track that was playing on the slow side, Alex blazed his five furlongs in :59, with several others getting him in :58 3/5.

  • Ken McPeek, trading places within racing industry.

    Trading Places: Trainer McPeek to Become Agent

    Trainer Ken McPeek, who conditioned grade I winners Harlan's Holiday, Take Charge Lady, Sarava, and Hard Buck during his 20-year career, is leaving the training game effective July 1 to become a bloodstock agent and advisor.

  • Afleet Alex, impressive in Tuesday workout at Churchill Downs.

    'Alex' Impresses in Morning Workout

    Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Afleet Alex displayed his affinity for the track at Churchill Downs when he zipped five furlongs in :59 Tuesday morning in preparation for the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).