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Idiot Proof

Idiot Proof

Clifford Sise, Jr. says that a normal trainer, without the consistent backing of big-money owners, will only get a superstar horse about ever 20 years. Sise had his last big horse in 1996, so he's nine years ahead of schedule as he heads toward this weekend's Breeders' Cup World Championships with a Sprint (gr. I) hopeful named Idiot Proof.

Proposed Leads Her Own Parade at Hollypark

Proposed Leads Her Own Parade at Hollypark

For all her accomplishments, the millionaire mare Star Parade has never been able to win successive races. That dubious distinction held when the even-money choice in Saturday's $168,000 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) came up a head short of the winning Proposed after a stretch-long drive to the wire at Hollywood Park.

Brother Derek Tops Chart in San Rafael

Brother Derek Tops Chart in San Rafael

In spite of his grade I victory in the Hollywood Futurity last month, Brother Derek has been ignored on the national scene, his trainer, Dan Hendricks feels. But after Saturday's impressive win over Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) champ Stevie Wonderboy under steady handling by Alex Solis in the $150,000 San Rafael (gr. II) at Santa Anita, that shouldn't be the case any longer.

Brother Derek Latest Star on California Horizon

Brother Derek Latest Star on California Horizon

Cecil N. Peacock's Brother Derek, coming off a fourth-place finish in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), showed he's the best West Coast-based 2-year-old not named Stevie Wonderboy with a comfortable win over favored Your Tent Or Mine in the $407,250 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) Saturday.

Silent Sighs Sidelined Due to Bone Chips

Silent Sighs Sidelined Due to Bone Chips

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod's grade I winner Silent Sighs will be sidelined for at least the next four months after being diagnosed with bone chips in both front ankles, trainer Julio Canani said. The California-bred filly most recently finished 10th of 11 in the April 30 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

California Champions Announced; HOY Named Monday

California will announce its 2003 Horse of the Year Monday; the three finalists are Continental Red, Excessivepleasure, and Joey Franco The annual awards dinner will be held at the Sacramento Sheraton Grande Hotel.

Golden Gate Derby Goes to Standard Setter

Golden Gate Derby Goes to Standard Setter

Standard Setter surprised Saturday's $100,000 Golden Gate Derby (gr. III) field with a front-running victory at odds of 17-1. The only California bred in the field of 10 in the first derby of the year, the 3-year-old chestnut son of Benchmark held off Ozzie Cat by a neck in a tremendous stretch run.

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