Unbridled's Song Set To Race Against Cigar
Unbridled's Song, the beaten favorite in the Kentucky Derby who
has recovered from a series of ailments, will challenge Cigar in
Saturday's $1 million Citation Challenge at Arlington Park.
The 3-year-old colt, who was fifth in the Derby and missed the
Preakness and Belmont Stakes with an injured left front foot, last
raced May 26. He finished second to Jamies First Punch in the Peter
Pan Stakes and developed lung infection afterward.
"We want to see if the horse is back at his peak," said Ernie P
aragallo, the owner of Unbridled's Song. "It won't be the easiest
race he's ever run in his life, but he's feeling good and I think
he can win it."
If Cigar wins the Citation Challenge, a race created to attract
the Horse of the Year, he will equal Citation's modern North
American record of 16 consecutive wins. The race outside Chicago
will be run at 1 1/8 miles.
On Wednesday at Belmont Park, Paragallo watched Dr. Jud Butler
remove a fiberglass patch from the Unbridled's Song's left front
foot. The patch was protecting a quarter-crack while it healed.
Croatia's Kukoc Suffers Broken Thumb
Chicago Bulls forward Toni Kukoc, a key to Croatia's basketball
medal hopes in the Atlanta Olympics, broke his left thumb in an
exhibition game against Canada.
Injured midway through the first half of Croatia's 82-72
victory Tuesday, Kukoc is expected to play in the Olympics, Croat
coach Petar Skansi said.
Kukoc also was optimistic about playing in Atlanta.
"It's OK. I'm fine," said Kukoc, the NBA's sixth man award
winner last season after averaging 13.1 points, 3.5 assists and
four rebounds. Morgan Wootten, the acclaimed high school basketball
coach who sent a dozen players to the NBA, had a life-saving liver
transplant, and his doctor said he might be able to coach next
The 5 1/2-hour operation on the DeMatha High School coach went
as planned, said Dr. James Burdick of Johns Hopkins Hospital.
All-State forward Rich Beyers, who led Shelbyville High to the
Illinois Class A championship as a junior, made an oral commitment
to play basketball at the University of Illinois. Beyers told the
Decatur Herald and Review he will sign with the Illini during the
early recruiting period next fall, choosing Illinois over Indiana,
Notre Dame and Northwestern.
Beyers, who is 6 feet 8, averaged 16.4 points and 7.7 rebounds
and shot 41 percent from 3-point range last season. He played in
the Shootout at Kiel Center last year and will return with
Shelbyville this December for a Shootout game against Francis
Roussel Decides To Stay With Flyers
Goaltender Dominic Roussel, 26, has re-signed with the
Philadelphia Flyers, only eight days after agreeing to terms on a
contract with the Phoenix Coyotes.
Though the Coyotes, formerly the Winnipeg Jets, announced
Roussel's signing on July 2, the netminder was upset with the
team's acquisition of veteran goaltender Darcy Wakaluk from the
Dallas Stars and never officially signed the deal. The Chicago
Blackhawks acquired defenseman Tuomas Gronman from the Colorado
Avalanche in exchange for a second-round pick in the 1998 National
Hockey League draft. …