Graded stakes winner Heckle sired his first winner when his daughter Syndi's Tease won June 19 at Calder Race Course.
Graded stakes winner Heckle has been bought by Dennis Narlinger's JMJ Racing and the partnership of Becky Thomas and Lewis Lakin from Dogwood Stable (Cot Campbell, president) for stallion duty.
Soaring Free returns to Keeneland Saturday to defend his title in the $100,000-added Shakertown (gr. IIIT), facing 10 rivals in the 5 1/2-furlong turf event.
Level Playingfield, the longest shot in the field of five, stormed from behind under the guidance of John McKee, who took advantage of a fast pace to run down favored Cuvee and win the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Sprint (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Turfway Park Saturday.
Cuvee, a grade I winner last year who is making his second start since undergoing knee surgery late last year, is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Sprint (gr. III) at Turfway Park Saturday.
Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell has announced 2004 plans for seven of the stable's current stakes winners, including millionaire Smok'n Frolic.
Saratoga Notebook: Sky Mesa Update; Surgery for Heckle; Plans Uncertain for Hennig Pair; Shine Again May Go Long
Sky Mesa may not miss a day of training while recovering from a bruised hoof, an injury he suffered while finishing last in the Travers (gr. I) on Saturday.
Saratoga Notebook: Bird Town Off Schedule; Friday Jog for Funny Cide?; Volponi's Blood Test; Shug on Possibility
A scheduled work for Bird Town was interrupted by weather; Funny Cide may jog Friday; Volponi is undergoing a blood test; trainer Pletcher and owner Dogwood face decisions; plus lots of other news and notes from the Spa.
Todd Pletcher's powerful barn will be in early evidence during the Saratoga season when he saddles a pair of favorites, Chapel Royal and Heckle, in Thursday's $150,000 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds.
Is it possible Saratoga will provide an early sneak preview of next year's classic scene, or are the heavy-duty arsenals of Todd Pletcher and D. Wayne Lukas merely today's weapons?
Dogwood Stable's Heckle broke alertly with jockey John Velazquez and sped home unchallenged in the stretch to post an easy victory in Saturday's $110,200 Tremont Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at Belmont Park.
Trainer Todd Pletcher entered three juveniles in a field of eight set for Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000-added Tremont at five and a half furlongs. Pletcher entered Limehouse, Heckle and Korsakoff, but Limehouse or Heckle will be scratched in favor of Churchill Downs' Bashford Manor on July 6th.
Limehouse, a 2-year-old Grand Slam colt, won the first important juvenile stakes of the year, the Three Chimneys at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day.
Saturday's $100,000-added Three Chimneys Juvenile at Churchill Downs will put the spotlight on 2-year-olds.
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