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Benny the Bull Gearing Up for True North

Benny the Bull Gearing Up for True North

He was somewhat shadowed on Belmont Day last year by his stablemate Big Brown. But Benny the Bull may play a starring role this time around for trainer Rick Dutrow and the IEAH Stables, as the 6-year-old makes his long-awaited, somewhat surprising return in the $250,000 True North Stakes (gr. II) on June 6.

Southwest: Will Silver City Upset Jones?

Southwest: Will Silver City Upset Jones?

Silver City's time in the 5 1/2-furlong Dixieland Stakes, 1:04.12, was the fastest since 1994, and he was able to relax early in the race. Now we'll see if he can get a mile in the Grade III Southwest Stakes.

Downey: 'Racecar' Looks to Rev It Up

Connections of Racecar Rhapsody are thinking ahead. There's no other explanation for choosing Churchill Downs as the site of his final workout ahead of Keeneland's grade II Coolmore Lexington Stakes.

Downey: War Pass Could Give 'Em the Slip

Before I looked twice at the past performances, I was concerned that trainer Nick Zito ordered the final Wood Memorial workout for War Pass nine days before the grade I race. But then I realized the trainer was following a pattern familiar to him and his horse.

Downey: War Pass to Face Pace Test?

War Pass has never raced behind another horse, so an intriguing aspect of the Grade III Tampa Bay Derby will be to see whether something jumps out in front of him early, and how War Pass reacts in such case. There's one in this field that just might do that.

Downey: Is Colonel John Cranked?

On Jan. 19, after Eoin Harty sent Colonel John out for his first recorded workout of the year, he said he'd crank him up from there for the Grade III Sham Stakes. Now it's time to see how hard the crank's been turned.

Downey Profile: Z Humor Tops Davis

On paper, Z Humor tops the field in the Sam F. Davis Stakes, and his running style and jockey Garrett Gomez should get him into position to win. The question will be whether he can relax in the opening stages of the race.

Hooked on Smarty

I got hooked on Smarty Jones just off his name--then really got interested off his run in the Count Fleet when he stumbled out of the gate, swept three wide around the field and cleared by five.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Redux--Where Are They Now?

Will the Breeders' Cup Juvenile jinx be broken in 2004? We won't know until May 1--unless none of the Juvenile starters is entered in the Kentucky Derby--but this is as good a time as any to see what the starters from last year's edition of the race are doing now.

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