Denise Boudrot, a pioneering female jockey with more than 1,000 victories and the first to win a major race meet title, died May 19 at her farm in Grafton, Vt., after a long battle with brain cancer. She was 57.
Brass Hat proved he likes Boston a whole lot more than Saratoga with a three-quarter-length victory over Fairbanks in the return of the $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap before 19,191 Saturday at Suffolk Downs.
The post draw for Saturday's $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap at Suffolk Downs didn't hurt Fairbanks, who trainer Todd Pletcher hopes can join stablemates Lawyer Ron and Any Given Saturday in the Breeders' Cup Classic next month.
Suffolk Downs has canceled the Massachusetts Breeders' Cup Handicap again in 2006 because of poor business this season and stalled simulcasting and gaming legislation that would help the troubled East Boston track.