Articles posted May 2, 2007

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Trainer John Servis Reaches 1,000 Wins

Trainer John Servis, best known for taking Smarty Jones to victories in the 2004 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I), won his 1,000th race May 1 with Love for Pleasure, who won the 10th race at Philadelphia Park by three lengths.

Nine Hours of Derby, Oaks Coverage on HRRN

The Horse Racing Radio Network will provide racing fans with nine hours of live coverage on Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) days.

Utopia Wins Rough Westchester in U.S. Debut

Godolphin Stable's Utopia, a 7-year-old Japanese-bred who had not started since winning the 2006 Godolphin Mile (UAE-II) more than a year ago, stayed strong on the rail, overcoming a rough stretch run for a one-length victory in Wednesday's $107,700 Westchester Handicap (gr. III), the opening day feature of Belmont Park's 60-day spring/summer meet.

May Day! Storm in May to Pick First Post Position

The connections of Storm in May will have first choice when post positions are selected later this evening thanks to pulling the No. 1 pill during the pill pull at the racing office. In all 22 horses were entered. Reporting for Duty and Delightful Kiss did not draw into the body of the field due to lack of enough graded earnings.

Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Post Trauma

It was 11:15, and the 11 a.m. post position selection draw at the racing office still had not begun, as owners and trainers of Kentucky Derby horses paced back and forth or just stood anxiously waiting to see if all their hard work was about to be nullified by some random, ominous-sounding number.

Rimbo to Give 'Warner L. Jones Jr.' Lecture

Bruce Rimbo, president of Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico, will deliver the 2007 "Warner L. Jones Jr. Memorial Lecture on the Business of Racing" May 12 at the University of Louisville.

Hettel Named to Gulfstream Management Post

Bernie Hettel, who served as an association steward at Gulfstream Park this past meet, has been named manager of racing operations of the South Florida racetrack effective immediately.

O'Neill Basking in First Derby Experience

Although trainer Doug O'Neill has played a significant role in some of racing's biggest days, on May 5 he will experience saddling a Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender for the first time. After the defection of his trainee Cobalt Blue, O'Neill will be saddling two horses in the Derby, Great Hunter and Liquidity

Prepping for the Roses

In a year filled with synthetic surface preps and extended layoffs between races, most of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders are looking to break some kind of trend.

Emotions Run High at Trainers' Dinner

The annual Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' trainers' dinner in Louisville brought out a mixture of memories, tears, and honors. The post-dinner interviews with trainers of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) hopefuls brought some insights into the running of Derby 133 on Saturday.

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