Robert and Beverly Lewis' Scrimshaw, winner of the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) and third-place finisher in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), completed his major training for Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) with a strong five furlong work on Monday at Churchill Downs.
Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, third in the 2002 Kentucky Derby, continued his impressive training toward a possible run in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) with a sharp six furlong breeze Saturday at Trackside Louisville.
Churchill Downs-based trainer Walter Bindner will decide in the next couple of days whether to ship Lakeside Farm's rapidly-improving Colonial Colony to New York for Saturday's Manhattan (gr. IT) at Belmont or stay home for the $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) June 14.
It took 2002 standout Chopinina awhile to get over her broken romance, but trainer Alec Fehr feels she's ready to go for her 2003 debut in Sunday's $278,200 Nassau Stakes (Can-II) for fillies andmares on the grass at Woodbine.
The field for Saturday's Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) was reduced by one on Friday when trainer Graham Motion decided against shipping Dr. Brendler from his Maryland base to Churchill Downs for the race.
Trainer Hal Wiggins, who captured the Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) with three straight heart-pounding victories with Chorwon, starts Dolphis Morrison's Red Mountain against eight rivals Saturday in the $100,000-added fixture at Churchill Downs.
After a twisted and bent right shoe compromised her chances in her last effort, Susan Shipp and Cindy Polk's Coquettish will look to rebound when she faces nine rivals in the $100,000 Go For Wand Stakes at Delaware Park on Saturday.
Shortly after it was announced Thursday that Atswhatimtalknbout would not contest the June 7 Belmont Stakes, the classic lost another starter when Team Valor's Colita was withdrawn from the 1 1/2-mile race at New York's Belmont Park.
Trainer Ron Ellis ruled out a Belmont Stakes bid for B. Wayne Hughes' and Biscuit Stable's Atswhatimtalknbout on Thursday morning, saying the fourth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby will return to California and be given some time off while a quarter crack on his right front foot heals.
Bally's Las Vegas will host the $212,000 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship for the second consecutive year, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Thursday. The Championship, now in its fifth year overall, is slated for January 23-24, 2004.
Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, often paired with some of racing's leading female turf horses in recent years, finds himself aboard another immensely talented grass runner in Lilac Queen for Saturday's $150,000 Sheepshead Bay Handicap (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park.
HipodromoEnLinea.com, designed to bring online pari-mutuel wagering to Spanish-speaking people in the United States, has joined the list of affiliates in the AmericaTab program.
William S. Farish's Mineshaft, an impressive winner of the Pimlico Special (gr. I) in his most recent start, breezed four furlongs at Churchill Downs on Tuesday as trainer Neil Howard prepares the colt for a run in the $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) on June 14.
After six days in which there were no perfect tickets in Churchill Downs' Pick Six wager and a frenzied seventh day of betting boosted the betting pool to more than $1.3 million, the Pick Six excitement ended on Monday as there were nine tickets that correctly selected the winners of six consecutive races.
WinStar Farm's Awesome Humor, a multiple stakes winner who suffered the first loss of her career in a recent allowance race at Churchill Downs, rebounded from that setback with a sizzling half-mile work on Sunday.
Congaree, who can join an elite group to win both the Carter and Metropolitan handicaps in the same year, is hard to ignore in Monday's Memorial Day feature at Belmont Park.
Bien Nicole, the locally-based winner of the Oaklawn Breeders' Cup, will defend the home turf in the $200,000 WinStar Distaff (gr. IIIT) at one mile on the Lone Star Park grass course.
Bluesthestandard, the slight 9-5 morning line favorite for Monday's $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III), will start from the outside post position in the field of eight.
Ladies Din, an 8-year-old gelding whose legacy will be closely linked to the Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), will seek a repeat victory in the grass stake at Hollywood Park on Monday. A small but talented field of a half dozen fillies will look to the Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) as their turf showcase.
Winchell Thoroughbreds' Cuvee, a dazzling 6 1/2-length winner in his career debut at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks Day, heads a field of six in the 5 1/2-furlong Kentucky Breeders' Cup (gr. III) Monday, the first graded stakes race of the year for American 2-year-olds.
Judith Brodkin's 5-year-old High Ideal made a furious deep-stretch bid to catch favored Best Of The Rest in last year's $100,000 Memorial Day Handicap (gr. III) at Calder, but his rally fell a half-length short.
Singletary, the probable favorite in the $100,000-added Will Rogers Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds goint one mile on turf Sunday, is named after Mike Singletary, Hall of Fame linebacker for the Chicago Bears.
Letithappencaptain, who already has one stakes win at the Lone Star meeting, was installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite for Saturday's $150,000 Stonerside Stakes at Lone Star Park.
Jockey Constant Montpellier will have his first opportunity to test the Woodbine turf course in 2003 aboard Stage Classic in the $173,550 Connaught Cup Stakes (Can-III) Saturday.
Atswhatimtalknbout, who closed fastest of all to finish fourth in the Kentucky Derby, is being treated for a bruised foot that could jeopardize his chances of making the 135th Belmont Stakes
Expected rain along the Jersey Shore this weekend has forced Monmouth Park to switch its scheduled turf races to the main track for Saturday's opening day card as well as for Sunday's races. A decision has yet to be made regarding Monday's holiday card, which includes the grade III Jersey Derby at 1 1/16 miles on turf.
Out of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) with a low blood count, Alysweep bounces back for Saturday's $200,000 Peter Pan (gr. II) at 1 1/8 mile for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park.
While the forecast for Saturday still calls for rain at Monmouth Park, that didn't dampen the deluge of entries that flooded the entry box for the opening-day card.
Ministers Wild Cat, once considered a threat for Triple Crown races, seeks to regroup for the summer with a return in the $150,000 Laz Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs at Hollywood Park Monday.
Five fillies and mares have dared to challenge reigning Horse of the Year Azeri on Saturday when the brilliant 5-year-old mare returns to Hollywood Park for the $200,000-added Milady Breeder's Cup Hanidicap (gr. IT).
A classy field of eight, headed by Santa Ana Handicap (gr. IIT) winner Noches de Rosa, is entered for the $150,000 Yerba Buena Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares on the Bay Meadows turf Saturday.
The favorites for Saturday's $150,000-added Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs should have no problem in finding each other during the running of the 1 1/16-mile grass test.
Bluesthestandard, winner of five in a row including last month's Texas Mile (gr. III), is working like he's ready for a return to Grand Prairie in Monday's $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III), the feature race on Lone Star Million Day.
Trainer Frank Monteleone said that Ladies Din, a venerable 8-year-old gelding, is on edge to defend honors in the $350,000-added Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) on the Hollywood Park turf Monday.
Jose Santos, who rode Funny Cide to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, can cap a dream month Monday when he flies west from New York to ride Dress To Thrill in the $350,000-added Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on the Hollywood Park turf.
Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally has deferentially called Horse of the Year Azeri a "monster." After finishing behind the superstar mare with Affluent in all five previous meetings, McAnally knows what he's talking about.
After winning the Preakness (gr. I) Saturday in Maryland, jockey Jose Santos was back to work at Belmont early Sunday morning, breezing Breeders' Cup Classic winner Volponi shortly after the track renovation break. The son of Cryptoclearance was credited with a four-furlong move in :48 3/5.
Trainer Robert Tiller's Winter Garden is the morning line favorite for Monday's $277,750 Selene Stakes (Can-I) at Woodbine, a 1 1/16-mile event for 3-year-old fillies.
All of the stakes races Saturday at Pimlico will offer head-to-head wagering. The Preakness pits Peace Rules against Funny Cide.
Century City will be supplemented for $10,000 to the $350,000-added Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) May 26, according to trainer Beau Greely.
Major Idea, whose three-race winning streak ended when favored in Santa Anita's Providencia Stakes last month, will be out to make amends Saturday in Hollywood Park's $100,000 Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf.
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Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer sent John D. Gunther's Eye of the Tiger, a strong fifth in the May 3 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), out for a half-mile work in :48 2/5 handily at Hollywood Park Thursday morning.
The possibility of heavy rain and a wet track at Belmont Park Saturday has swayed Bobby Frankel to enter You in place of Sightseek in the Shuvee Handicap. A solid field of six fillies and mares has been entered.
The spring has been far from a flawless season for Carl Pollard's My Trusty Cat, but trainer David Vance hopes to get the daughter of Tale of the Cat back on track in Saturday's $100,000-added Dogwood Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
Makeup Artist worked three furlongs in a bullet :34.80 Wednesday at Hollywood Park and will be supplemented to the $100,000-added Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) on Saturday, trainer John Shirreffs confirmed.
Pimlico will offer a number of wagers this weekend beyond its usual win, place, show, and exacta bets. The Maryland Jockey Club will offer guaranteed minimum gross pools on its Pick 4 on Friday and Saturday, and will also offer head-to-head wagers both days.
Pimlico will kick off a stretch of four added-money events on Friday with the 8 1/2-furlong Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff Handicap (gr. III). The field is seven strong and includes grade I winner Summer Colony, who has not started since last year's Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), and Smok'n Frolic, who ranks ninth in earnings among all North American-based horses.
Kentucky-based Morluc is among the 79 entries for the July 10 Darley July Cup (Eng-I) at Newmarket. The son of Housebuster is no stranger to travel--he finished second in the 2000 and 2001 runnings of the Hong Kong Sprint and has competed in Dubai.
American-based millionaire Morluc is among 79 entries for the group I Darley July Cup at England's Newmarket Racecourse on July 10. The 2003 Darley July Cup, supported by Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud since 1996, has gone up in value to £250,000, a £30,000 increase over the 2002 figure, when there were 57 entries.
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