Friday at Oaklawn Park
- By Steve Haskin
Using his vast experience over the field to his advantage, USS Tinosa drew off to a 4 1/2-length victory in Friday's Sham Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, USS Tinosa had already won or placed in six stakes, while most of his opponents were coming out of either maiden or allowance races.
U S S Tinosa tracked in third early on before kicking clear in the stretch to win the restricted Sham Stakes by 4 1/2 lengths at Santa Anita Friday.
Miss Linda and Forest Secrets, the top two betting choices in Friday's $100,000 Sabin Handicap (gr. III), finished one-two in the race for fillies and mares at Gulfstream Park. Miss Linda was sent off as a slight favorite at the windows, but the Argentine-bred was clearly the best on the track, expanding her lead in the stretch en route to a 4 1/4-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile race.
Fashion Stakes winner With Ability led from wire to wire and won by 9 1/2 lengths in Aqueduct's Friday feature, a $48,000 allowance for older fillies and mares.
Stronach Stable's Thunder Blitz worked three furlongs at Gulfstream Park Friday morning, a day before stablemate Red Bullet goes to post in the Donn Handicap (gr. I). Also working three furlongs at Gulfstream Park Friday was the $1-million purchase Warners.
Evidence, a 4-year-old daughter of Machiavellian, sold for 52,000 guineas to top the Tattersalls February mixed sale on Thursday in England. Bloodstock agent Jimmy Byrne purchased the filly for an Irish client from The Royal Studs. Evidence, who has failed to win in three career starts, was produced from the winning Belmez mare Beyond Doubt.
Hook and Ladder aims to maintain his perfect record over the Gulfstream Park track against eight foes Sunday in the $100,000 Deputy Minister Handicap (gr. III) at six and a half furlongs. The 13th running of the Deputy Minister offers a winner's prize of $60,000 and drew a field of nine, three of them unbeaten over the track.
Hopewell Farm is suing to recover $79,500 in breeding fees and taxes from Irish American Bloodhorse Agency, which bred two mares to 1998 Horse of the Year Skip Away.
There were two winning tickets worth $182,026 each in Oaklawn Park's Pick 6 wager called the Classix on Thursday. The winning wagers were made in Las Vegas and at Penn National Racetrack in Granville, Pa.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club has issued a statement saying it cannot comment on published reports saying that anti-corruption officers have arrested 19 people, including two jockeys, as a result of a race-fixing investigation.
Lord Joshua, a 4-year-old son of King's Theatre with two wins from 12 starts on the Flat to his credit, was the talk of the paddock when he made his hurdling debut at Kempton on Friday, Feb. 8.
Normally, the Whirlaway Stakes over Aqueduct's inner track receives very little fanfare, as only a moderate group of winter residents and Maryland shippers bother showing up. But this year, the winter residents appear much stronger than usual, as do the Maryland shippers. Add a pair of invaders from England who have already won a couple of races each on the dirt, and Saturday's Whirlaway takes on a whole different look.
Stakes-placed Bowl of Emeralds, a $108,470-earner, will begin her broodmare career in regal fashion.
Graded stakes-placed Earth Colonywill stand at Alfred Nuckols Jr.'s Hurstland Farm near Midway, Ky.
Affluent faces a small but quality-laden field Saturday as she seeks to become just the third filly to sweep Santa Anita's La Canada series of three stakes races for 4-year-old fillies. The daughter of Affirmed has already notched wins in the grade I La Brea Stakes and the grade II El Encino. Only Taisez Vous, in 1978, and Mitterand, in 1985, have accomplished the sweep.
Rich and Laura Soutar have purchased 11-year-old Walter Willy (Sadler's Wells--Whakilyric, by Miswaki) for stallion duty at Old English Rancho near Sanger, Calif.
Bienamado, a three-time grade I winner who was retired in January because of a suspensory ligament injury, will stand at Cardiff Stud Farms near Creston, Calif.
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