Keyword: Neil Drysdale

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Great Expectations

    <i> By Ray Paulick </i> -- Racing fans from the baby boomer generation were spoiled by the remarkable careers of the three most recent Triple Crown winners, Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), and Affirmed (1978). Maybe that's why the knockers are lining up to take their shots at War Emblem as he bids for the Triple Crown.

  • Sunday Break, winning an Aqueduct allowance race.

    Sunday Break Heads Peter Pan; Springboard for Belmont

    On Saturday, Sunday Break will make his first start for Drysdale since finishing third in Aqueduct's Wood Memorial (gr. I) on April 13, when he goes to post in the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at nine furlongs.

  • Drysdale-Desormeaux Team to Give Rivals the Blues

    Benefiting from a gutsy move by jockey Kent Desormeaux, Touch of the Blues charged through a wall of horse to post an upset victory in Friday's $200,000, grade II Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland.

  • Sunday Break, winning an allowance race at Aqueduct Wednesday.

    Sunday Break Weaves, but Wins

    Sunday Break overcame an erratic stretch drive to win for the third straight time, taking a 1 1/8-mile, money allowance race at Aqueduct Wednesday. The victory keeps the Japanese-bred son of Forty Niner on target for the April 13 Wood Memorial (gr. I), and a possible stop at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on May 4.

  • Catching a Sunday Break on Wednesday

    Koji Maeda's Triple Crown nominee Sunday Break gets his prep for the April 13 Wood Memorial (gr. I) when he faces vie other 3-year-olds in a 1 1/8-mile allowance test at Aqueduct on Wednesday.

  • Siphonic, shown winning the Hollywood Futurity, worked seven furlongs Wednesday.

    Siphonic Impresses in San Felipe Work

    Amerman Racing Stable's Siphonic, gearing up for his next start in the March 17 San Felipe S. (gr. II) at Santa Anita, drilled an impressive seven furlongs in 1:24 2/5 over a fast main track at Hollywood Park on Wednesday.

  • Irish Prize en route to victory in the San Marcos.

    Irish Prize Wins Another Close One in San Marcos

    Irish Prize won another photo finish at Santa Anita Park on Monday, prevailing by a nose over long shot Continental Red in the $150,000 San Marcos Stakes (gr. II) on the turf.

  • Bella Bellucci remained undefeated after winning Monday&#39;s Astaria.

    Bella Bellucci Steps Up in Astarita Stakes

    Bella Bellucci showed she had the class to make the jump from maiden special weight winner to graded stakes winner with a strong close in Monday's Astarita Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park.

  • Irish Prize Heads Bang-Up Firecracker

    Neil Drysdale trainee Irish Prize is likely to go highweighted in the $250,000-added Firecracker Breeders' Cup (gr. II) July 4 at Churchill Downs. The 5-year-old Irish River gelding has been setting off fireworks throughout 2001, with three graded stakes wins from four starts.

  • Jockey Kent Desormeaux returns from Japan to ride at Hollywood Park on Sunday.

    Desormeaux Returns From Japan For Beverly Hills

    Jockey Kent Desormeaux will return from a 10-week stint in Japan to ride at Hollywood Park on Sunday. Included in Desormeaux's four mounts on the card is Astra, the Santa Barbara Handicap winner who will carry 121 pounds in the Beverly Hills Handicap (gr. IT).

  • Saparas to Disperse Winsong Farms

    Jim and Alice Sapara, who have bred and raced horses since the early 1980s, and late in the 1990s purchased Winsong Farms near Versailles, Ky., will disperse their stock at Keeneland in November.

  • Irish Prize holds off stablemate Touch of the Blues to win the Shoemaker Mile.

    Hollywood Park Race Report: Prize Winner

    Sheikh Maktoum's Irish Prize overcame traffic problems and won a stretch duel with stablemate Touch of the Blues as Neil Drysdale horses finished first and second in Monday's $475,000 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I) before a crowd of 18,194 at Hollywood Park.

  • Kalypso Katie Primed For Challenge In Gamely Handicap

    Millionaire mares Tranquility Lake and Happyanunoit offer the packed resumes for the $250,000-added Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) for fillies and mares on Saturday at Hollywood Park, but Kalypso Katie appears to be the interesting filly on the rise.

  • War Chant (far left, red cap) blew by his rivals in the last eighth of the Breeders&#39; Cup Mile.

    War Chant Retired, To Stand at Three Chimneys

    Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner War Chant will not start in Sunday's Early Times Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park and will be retired to enter stud beginning next year, owner-breeder Irving Cowan confirmed Wednesday.

  • War Chant (far left, red cap) blew by his rivals in the last eighth of the Breeders&#39; Cup Mile.

    War Chant Works; No Decision on Hollywood Derby

    Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner War Chant worked seven furlongs in a bullet 1:26 2/5 Sunday on the firm Hollywood Park turf course, but no decision has yet been made on whether the talented 3-year-old will start in Sunday's $500,000 Early Times Hollywood Derby (gr. IT).

  • Fusaichi Pegasus, shown winning the Kentucky Derby, could run at Belmont Park Saturday.

    Fusaichi Pegasus May Run In Jerome

    Depending upon the weather and the colt's condition following a workout Sunday, Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus could return to competition Saturday in the Jerome Handicap (gr. I), a one-mile race for 3-year-olds.

  • Fusaichi Pegasus alone at the finish of the Kentucky Derby.

    Derby Winner Returns To Serious Training

    Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus returned to the track Thursday for his first serious work since he suffered a minor foot injury following his second-place finish in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), covering three furlongs in :39 1/5 over a fast track at Hollywood Park.

  • Seabiscuit's Trainer Joining Hall of Fame

    Because the people and horses elected to racing’s Hall of Fame are revealed each spring prior to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), the induction ceremony in August at Saratoga is more of a celebration than a news-making event. But this year’s induction provided a surprise.<br>