Tuesday, March 4, 2003

Lane's End could have European invaders

The Enquirer and wire reports

Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien has three Triple Crown eligibles - Coolmore Farm's Hold That Tiger, Tomahawk and Delacroix - nominated to the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes at Turfway Park on March 22.

Coolmore has targeted the May 3 Kentucky Derby as a primary goal for the stable. Coolmore's Johannesburg, the 2001 Eclipse Award juvenile champion, finished eighth in last year's classic at Churchill Downs without an American prep.

Hold That Tiger finished a closing third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last fall.

O'Brien said one or more of Coolmore's 3-year-olds could be sent to the United State for a prep race before the Derby, but cautioned that the prospect was "a possibility, but not definite.''

TURFWAY PARK: The Florence track canceled its Monday make-up program after three races because of unsafe track conditions. The track has lost 15 cards because of weather since the meet started Jan. 1. Racing resumes at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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