05/27/2002 11:00PM

Hardboot trainer Breedlove dead at 87


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Clarence Breedlove, a mainstay of the Kentucky circuit who trained for nearly 60 years until a stroke forced him to retire in 1996, died Sunday at Caritas Medical Center in Louisville. He was 87.

Breedlove, who grew up in the shadows of Churchill Downs and hung around the track as a young boy, began his training career in 1937. He was widely known as a shrewd, old-school horseman who dealt primarily with claiming runners. Among his top stakes horses was the sprinter Zuppardo's Prince, who won back-to-back runnings of the Phoenix Handicap at Keeneland in 1980-81.

Breedlove, a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, was one of four men to tie for the spring-meet training title at Churchill in 1965. He also set a since-broken record for winners in 1966 at Thistledown, which was one of the many Midwest tracks where his horses raced.

Breedlove, a widower, is survived by his son, Tim, and three brothers and two sisters. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Bosse Funeral Home on Ellison Ave. in Louisville. Thursday visitation and a Friday funeral service have been scheduled.

Fleur de Lis possible for Pompeii

Pompeii, who fought off several challenges to win the feature race here Sunday, could run next in the $300,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap, the secondary feature on the June 15 Stephen Foster card.

Pompeii, ridden by Pat Day, turned back sustained bids by Miss Pickums and Gal on the Go to win the classified allowance by a neck. A 5-year-old mare who last summer won the Grade 1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga, Pompeii was scoring her first victory in four starts since having been purchased by WinStar Farm and turned over to trainer Elliott Walden.

Whiting having great meet

Veteran trainer Lynn Whiting continues to amaze. After winning the eighth race Monday with Missme ($6.20), Whiting's record at the spring meet is nine wins and four seconds from a mere 14 starts.

Whiting started the meet with one also-ran, then reeled off six wins in a row and has continued to wield a hot hand. He is in a tie for third in the trainer standings with Tom Amoss. Dale Romans is first with 11 wins, followed by Dallas Stewart with 10.

Simon gets 15 days for positive

Trainer Chuck Simon has been suspended 15 days after one of his horses tested positive for the Class 3 medication acepromazine, a mild tranquilizer commonly used for shipping horses.

No Deadline, winner of an allowance race April 6 at Keeneland, is the subject horse. Simon's penalty is scheduled to begin Saturday and run through June 15, although he is eligible to receive a stay by if he appeals by Thursday.

Rochester, not With Anticipation

While trainer Jonathan Sheppard does not intend to run With Anticipation as the 122-pound highweight in the $100,000 Louisville Handicap here Saturday, he has informed Churchill officials that he probably will send Rochester for the 1 3/8-mile turf race.

The list of probables for the race is Kim Loves Bucky, 118; Staging Post, 117; Loving, 116; Pisces, 116; Rochester, 116; Even the Score, 115; Riddlesdown, 115; Roxinho, 115; Classic Par, 114; Moon Solitaire, 114; and Red Mountain, 114.

The Louisville Cap, which carries a Grade 3 ranking for the first time, is the lone stakes to be run this weekend.

Saints Cup heads Thursday feature

Saints Cup, who finished third as the favorite behind Stephentown in a second-level allowance race on the Kentucky Derby undercard, figures as the horse to beat in the Thursday feature, a $46,800 allowance at one mile.

Pass Rush, a 3-year-old facing older horses, probably is the main challenger to Saints Cup, a 5-year-old horse trained by Steve Margolis. Others entered are Ide Be Spencers, Colonial Colony, Goodnight Trail, and Swanky Song.

One other allowance, a $44,200 turf race, is carded Thursday, when twilight first post is 3:10 p.m. There is no carryover in the pick six.

Horse scholars

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association will give away 10 scholarships of $1,000 each Sunday at Churchill.

Nine of the scholarships will go to the general public. One will go to a relative of a racing-industry employee. The scholarships are being offered by the horsemen's organization to foster awareness of racing among college-age people.

For more information, call Larry Sinclair at Churchill at (502) 636-4442.

Johnson in hospital after stroke

Art Johnson, known by many in the local racing community as "The Shoeshine Man," was listed in stable condition Tuesday at Jewish Hospital after suffering a stroke Friday at a relative's home.

A hospital spokesperson said Johnson, 59, "is pretty strong" and was up and walking Tuesday, but he has "a long road of recovery ahead of him." She said Johnson suffered some damage to his left side and that he is expected to released from the hospital in several days.

For years, Johnson has come into regular contact with many horsemen and fans via his business, named "Work of Art." He also has worked in various capacities on the backstretch.