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Blue Grass Contenders in Final Workouts

Blue Grass Contenders in Final Workouts

With a light, cold drizzle falling, Patena put in his final major preparation for Saturday's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) by working five furlongs in 1:00 on April 6, with jockey Robby Albarado up.

Brass Hat to Run in Louisville 'Cap

Brass Hat to Run in Louisville 'Cap

On May 24, while reporters trace the every move of Triple Crown contender Big Brown, a hard-knocking 7-year-old gelding will make the 25th start of his career in the $150,000 Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs. And although the racing industry looks to a 3-year-old runner to attract nationwide fans, the reality is that Fred Bradley's Brass Hat is an equally intriguing horse to follow.

Racecar Rhapsody Drills Five Panels

Racecar Rhapsody Drills Five Panels

Preakness (gr. I) contender Racecar Rhapsody worked five furlongs in 1:01 after the morning renovation break May 10 at Churchill Downs under Jose Castanon. The move was the third fastest of 29 at the distance.

Brass Hat Faces Full Elkhorn Field

Brass Hat Faces Full Elkhorn Field

Fred Bradley's homebred Brass Hat will make the 24th start of his career in the $200,000 Fifth Third Elkhorn Stakes (gr. IIT) at Keeneland April 25, but he'll be up against a field of established turf contenders like morning line favorite Stream of Gold, second choice True Cause, Drilling for Oil, Dancing Forever, and Transduction Gold.

Casse Aims for Sixth Bourbonette

Casse Aims for Sixth Bourbonette

Trainer Mark Casse will enter the $150,000 Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) at Turfway Park as the defending champion, having won the 2006 and 2007 editions with Top Notch Lady and Sealy Hill, respectively, and owning a total five victories in the race. This year he saddles the lightly-raced Clearly Foxy, whose last start was a solid sixth-place effort in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).

Connections of Old Man Buck Change Tactics

Connections of Old Man Buck Change Tactics

Though Old Man Buck was pre-entered with first preference in the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, after considering multiple factors, his connections decided to run the chestnut Hold That Tiger colt the next day in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) instead.

Old Man Buck Rocks in Grassy Cradle Stakes

Old Man Buck Rocks in Grassy Cradle Stakes

The $200,000 Miller Lite Cradle Stakes, run on the River Downs' turf course for the first time this year to position itself as a prep for the inaugural Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, may not have attracted any major shippers this time. But it could have produced at least one contender for the $1-million race when favored Old Man Buck turned in a measured one-length victory Sept. 3.

'Bird' Off the Derby Trail; Wagering Suspended

Wagering on Raymond Cottrell, Sr.'s Birdbirdistheword, winner of the $1 million Delta Jackpot (gr. III) at Delta Downs in December, has been suspended for the April 12-15 Pool 3 of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager after trainer Ken McPeek ruled out a run by the colt in the "Run for the Roses" on May 5.

Trading Places: Trainer McPeek to Become Agent

Trading Places: Trainer McPeek to Become Agent

Trainer Ken McPeek, who conditioned grade I winners Harlan's Holiday, Take Charge Lady, Sarava, and Hard Buck during his 20-year career, is leaving the training game effective July 1 to become a bloodstock agent and advisor.

Triple Crown Bid Busters: Spoil-Sports

It's not easy playing the role of villain in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). They're the guys wearing the black hats, the party poopers, the evil-doers of the Triple Crown. In the last 35 years, there have been three Triple Crown winners, and 11 horses that fell short in the 1 1/2-mile "Test of a Champion."

Galloping Gal Rallies Late in Edgewood

Edgar Prado had Galloping Gal rolling late and she just got up in the final strides to beat Gingham and Lace and Jerry Bailey in the Edgewood Stakes, the first added-money event on the Kentucky Oaks day undercard at Churchill Downs.

McPeeks Earn Big Sport of Turfdom Award

The Turf Publicists of America have named trainer Ken McPeek and his wife, Sue, the 2002 winners of the Big Sport of Turfdom Award. The award is presented annually to a person who enhances coverage of Thoroughbred racing through corporation with the media and Thoroughbred racing publicists.

Sarava Joins Baffert Stable in California

Sarava Joins Baffert Stable in California

Sarava, winner of this year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has been transferred from trainer Kenny McPeek to the barn of Bob Baffert in preparation for a 2003 Southern California campaign that his owners hope will carry him to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, held during the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita on Oct. 25.

Take Charge Lady Falls City Choice

Take Charge Lady Falls City Choice

Select Stable's Take Charge Lady, one of the brightest stars in an outstanding crop of 3-year-old fillies, looms as a solid favorite as she faces older rivals in the grade II, $250,000 Falls City Handicap on Thanksgiving Day.

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