Medaglia d'Oro, whose connections bypassed last weekend's Dubai World Cup, will lead a small field to the post with top weight of 122 pounds in Saturday's $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II).
Jim and Marilyn Helzer and Tom Durant's 6-year-old Wooden Phone, out for 15 months after fracturing a shoulder, returns to action as the 119-pound high weight in Saturday's $150,000 San Bernardino Handicap (gr. II) for older horses at Santa Anita.
Double G Stable's Tour of the Cat, winner of the Richter Scale Breeders' Cup Sprint Championship (gr. II) last month, is the high weight with 118 pounds in Saturday's $100,000 Artax Handicap at seven furlongs at Gulfstream Park.
Bee Bee Stables and Jacqueline Tortora's Supah Blitz, fourth in the Florida Derby and second in the Fountain of Youth (both gr. I) at Gulfstream earlier this season, may go favored in Saturday's $250,000 Aventura Stakes at the Hallandale Beach oval.
San Anita Derby morning line favorite Atswhatimtalknbout galloped about a nine furlongs early Thursday morning.
Wagering on Einar P. Robsham's Trust N Luck in Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager has been suspended after trainer Ralph Ziadie notified officials at Churchill Downs that the winner of the Fountain of Youth (gr. I) would not compete in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on May 3.
Claiborne Farm's Remind and Dave Feldman Stakes winner Hypnotist head the field of nine for Friday's opening day feature at Keeneland, the $100,000-added Transylvania (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds at one mile on the turf.
Century City prompted the pace before fading like a cheap suit in the Explosive Bid Handicap (gr. IIT) at the Fair Grounds on March 23. He returns after just two weeks in Sunday's Arcadia Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita.
A 10-horse field, including three 3-year-olds trained by Bob Baffert, were entered for Saturday's $750,000, grade I Santa Anita Derby at 1 1/8 miles.
Gotham Stakes (gr. III) winner Alysweep was installed the 2-1 morning-line favorite when 10 horses were entered Wednesday for Saturday's $500,000, grade II Illinois Derby.
In order to allow the posted odds to most accurately reflect the closing price, wagering during Keeneland's upcoming spring meeting will close as the first horse enters the starting gate.
Stonerside Stables' grade 1 winner Congaree will likely race next in the $350,000 Carter Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct on April 12, trainer Bob Baffert said. The 5-year-old son of Arazi finished second by a nose to Milwaukee Brew in the Mar. 1 Santa Anita Handicap (gr.) in his last start.
Jockey Gary Stevens is excited about the progression of Buddy Gil and is anxious for his 3-year-olds actions to speak louder than words in Saturday's Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
Ministers Wild Cat, likely favorite in Saturday's Santa Anita Derby, soared from 13th to fifth on the latest weekly list of leading Kentucky Derby contenders compiled by Steve Haskin, senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse.
Ten Most Wanted, a contender for Saturday's $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. II), work an easy half Tuesday at Hawthorne. He went :25.2, :38.0, and :49.4 in a breeze, galloping out 1:03.3 for the five-eigths of a mile under jockey Larry Sterling Jr. for trainer Wally Dollase.
Robert and Beverly Lewis' Santa Catarina will skip Saturday's Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland and train up to the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) instead, trainer Bob Baffert said.
It was Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) preview day at the California oval Monday as four of the eight or nine expected runners were put through their final drills for Saturday‚s $750,000 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prep.
Having to cope with a slow week like this right before the final push to Louisville is like being a little kid staring out the window on a rainy, summer day, trying to figure out what to do. So, what better time to indulge in a potpourri of minutia.
Rapidly maturing Ministers Wild Cat, a colt who drifted in during the stretch run of his last two races, will wear blinkers for the first time in Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), trainer Neil Drysdale said.
Godolphin and trainer Saeed bin Suroor appears to have all options covered for the way Saturday's Group I Dubai World Cup will be run. Now it is a question of whether Moon Ballad and Grandera have what it takes to secure the stable their fourth win in the race.
Drawn perfectly in post 3 and gaining the weight advantage while taking on males, the outstanding mare Ipi Tombe should be the strongest favorite in the history of the $2 million Group I Dubai Duty Free, over 1,777 meters, at Nad Al Sheba on Saturday night.
The withdrawal of America's outstanding mare Xtra Heat makes the $2 million Group I Dubai Golden Shaheen wide open.
Godolphin's exciting new recruit Sulamani will carry the stable's hopes in reversing a frustrating recent run in the $2 million Group I Dubai Sheema Classic.
Queen's Plate winterbook favorite Wando, makes his 2003 debut in Sunday's $161,100 Achievement Stakes at Woodbine, the first major race on the road to the Canada's premier race.
Sunland Park's inaugural WinStar Derby, with the attractive scent of a $500,000 purse, has drawn a field of eight 3-year-olds to the New Mexico track just across the border from El Paso, Texas.
The heat is on in Dubai. It can be felt not just from the baking sun that beats through the hazy skyline, but among the trainers who have produced the strongest ever numerical raiding party for Saturday's $15.2 million World Cup meeting.
Corey Nakatani takes over the reigns on 9-year-old Kona Gold in Saturday's $200,000 Portrero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at 6 1 /2 furlongs at Santa Anita.
Grade 1-winning distaffers Raging Fever and Carson Hollow meet for the first time Saturday in the $150,000 Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct.
The Aventura Stakes, Illinois Derby, and Santa Anita Derby will make up a national pick three April 5.
Koji Maeda's Japanese-bred Sunday Break worked a bullet seven furlongs in 1:26 2/5 handily around the dogs over Santa Anita's firm turf course Wednesday morning. Hall of Fame conditioner Neil Drysdale was on hand to supervise the son of Forty Niner, who went fastest of seven on the lawn for the distance on the day with jockey Corey Nakatani in the irons.
The subdued effect that war with Iraq is having on the $15.2 million Dubai World Cup meeting was evident at the official draw for the big race.
Godolphin Racing has nominated Tale Of The Cat's son Inamorato as its chief Kentucky Derby prospect ahead of his run in Saturday's $2 million UAE Derby at Nad Al Sheba.
A trio of Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) hopefuls stretched their legs in morning workouts at Santa Anita Park on Tuesday in preparation for the track's final Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prep event. The 1 1/8-mile stakes, worth $750,000, is set to be contested on Saturday, Apr. 5.
With his upset victory in the Lane's End Stakes at Turfway, New York Hero is the latest addition to the list of leading Kentucky Derby contenders compiled by senior correspondent Steve Haskin.
John Velazquez, who piloted Harlan's Holiday to victory in the Donn Handicap (gr.1) at Gulfstream Park last month, has decided to fly to Dubai to ride the four-year-old colt in Saturday's Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).
Enhancements in purse and graded status over the past four years have made the $650,000 Explosive Bid Handicap (gr. IIT) at Fair Grounds an attractive race for shippers from across the country.
Dogwood Stable's multiple Grade 2 winner Smok'n Frolic will look to gain millionaire status when she takes on six rivals as the 120-pound highweight in the $100,000 Next Move Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Sunday.
Rick Violette Jr.'s Man From Wicklow should be a solid favorite in Saturday's $200,000 Pan American Handicap (gr. II), where he attempts to become the second horse to sweep the meet's two top turf handicaps.
Alex Solis, who won the Santa Monica Handicap (gr. I) aboard Affluent but opted to get off of her to ride Got Koko in the Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (gr. I), will be back aboard the daughter of Affirmed when she meets Horse of the Year Azeri in the April 5 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park.
From coast to coast, trainer Bobby Frankel continues to dominate the world of Thoroughbred racing.
Silverton Hills' Great Notion, a nine-length winner of the Southwest Stakes on March 1, figures to be a heavy favorite in Saturday's $125,000 Rebel Stakes for 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park.
Multiple Louisiana-bred stakes winner Witt Ante makes his first career start on turf in the $100,000 Gentilly Handicap for 3-year-olds Saturday at Fair Grounds.
Joseph Allen's Roar Emotion, winner of the Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct on Nov. 30, heads a field of six entered for Saturday's $100,000 Cicada Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old filles at the Big A.
Michael Tabor's Lion Tamer drew the outside post 9 for Saturday's Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park. The son of Will's Way, who will be making his first start beyond seven furlongs, was installed the 6-5 morning live favorite by Mike Battaglia. Second-choice Champali, the local hope for the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds, will break from post 2.
The 79th running of Aqueduct's grade I, $750,000 Wood Memorial for 3-year-olds at nine furlongs on Saturday, April 12, 2003 will once again be the first leg of the Big 3 Pick 3. The Big 3 Pick 3 is a $1 national wager in which fans try to pick the winner of three important prep races for 3-year-olds planning on running in the upcoming Visa Triple Crown races.
A total of 84 fillies are nominated for the June 6 Vodafone Oaks.
84 fillies are still eligible for the June 6 Vodafone Oaks (Eng-I).
The complete list of 143 Horses Eligible for the Vodafone Derby
Aidan O'Brien, who has 25 horses nominated for the May 3 Two Thousand Guineas, could also have a busy day on June 7, the date of the Vodafone Derby at Epsom. Godolphin's nominees include the filly Hi Dubai.
Grade I winners Storm Flag Flying and Elloluv and undefeated Lady Tak are among the 67 fillies nominated for the April 5 Ashland Stakes.
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