Headlines for Friday, May 6, 2005

  • 10 Turf Fillies Hope to Make Grade in Senorita

    Ten 3-year-old fillies are set to compete in Sunday's $100,000 Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park while aiming for an eventual invitation to the $750,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) on July 3.

  • Summerly gives Jerry Bailey his third Kentucky Oaks win.

    Summerly Wires Oaks Field; Sis City Fourth

    Summerly, who disappointed her connections in the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, more than made up for it with a wire-to-wire win in the $554,400 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs Friday.

  • Rey de Cafe Wins Thriller in Crown Royal

    There hadn't been a thrilling stretch duel all day, but the ninth race on the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) undercard featured one. Rush Bay, under Robby Albarado, and Rey de Cafe, with Javier Castellano up, hit the wire together in the $114,700 Crown Royal American Turf (gr. IIIT).

  • High Fly is Haskin's value horse in Saturday's Derby field.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Analysis

    My latest rankings have Afleet Alex number one, followed by Bellamy Road and Bandini. But, let's face it, we're talking the three favorites, and anyone can come up with the same three horses. There are question marks surrounding most of the horses in what looks to be as strong and deep a Derby field as we've had in a long while.

  • Shadow Cast Wins From Last in Louisville BC

    Shadow Cast, who had a three-race win streak broken in her last start, rebounded to win the $336,300 Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) Friday at Churchill Downs.

  • Afleet Alex (left) and Bellamy Road, pictured in final Derby works, are early favorites in advance wagering.

    Afleet Alex Favored in Advance Derby Wagering

    Granted, the pool is still small, but the bettors on Kentucky Oaks day pushed more than $380,000 into the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) win pool on Friday. And they made Afleet Alex the favorite over program pick Bellamy Road.

  • Mighty Beau Shows Muscle in Turf Sprint

    Mighty Beau, who just missed last time out in the Shakertown Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland, easily took the $113,500 Aegon Turf Sprint (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs Friday.

  • NTRA, Others Asked to Provide Information on Rider Issues

    Several industry organizations are the latest to be asked for information in connection with an inquiry by the United States House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations into the health and safety of jockeys, exercise riders, and backstretch workers.

  • Sweet Talker Talks the Talk in Edgewood

    Sweet Talker burst to the lead as the field straightened for home and held off the late charge of Rich in Spirit to win the $112,400 Edgwood Stakes by three-quarters of a length at Churchill Downs Friday.

  • Winkfield Honored by House of Representatives

    Jimmy Winkfield, an African-American jockey who won back-to-back editions of the Kentucky Derby, has been honored in a resolution passed by the United States House of Representatives May 5.

  • Oaks Day Starts; Weather Gorgeous

    Everyone likes to talk about the Derby gods. Their impact on racing this weekend at Churchill Downs is unknown, but they certainly have blessed the Louisville, Ky. area with nice weather.