Jockey Gary Stevens made a successful return from a seven-week hiatus Saturday, guiding Excess Summer to a 3 1/2-length win in the 20th running of the $107,900 On Trust Handicap for California breds at Hollywood Park.
Four-year-old filly Barbara O'Brien scored her first graded stakes victory, taking the $100,000 Chaposa Springs Handicap (gr. III) at Calder during Grand Slam I on Saturday.
Justin and Stefanie Carroll's Journey Fever outlasted Defuhr for a one-length victory in the $100,000 Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante at Hawthorne on Saturday.
Even-money favorite Spritely Walker enjoyed a ground-saving trip to register a three-quarter of a length victory in Saturday's $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic at the Fair Grounds.
Second of June scored a minor upset over Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) winner Silver Wagon in Saturday's $100,000 What A Pleasure Stakes at Calder. The race was part of Grand Slam I at the Florida track.
Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone was released early Saturday morning from Centinela Hospital in Inglewood after suffering upper body injuries in a nasty two-horse spill Friday afternoon at nearby Hollywood Park.
Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. benefited from the spirit of the season when Stronach Stables' Thunder Blitz, conditioned by Bobby Frankel but stabled at Aqueduct for the inner track season, pulled a mild upset in the $108,300 Queens County Handicap (gr. III) Saturday.
Jockey Ryan Fogelsonger, the nation's top apprentice rider last year, was taken off his mounts Saturday after being thrown at the start of Friday's final race at Hollywood Park.
- By Tom LaMarra
The two regulators' associations in North America, during a Dec. 10 meeting in Tucson, Ariz., discussed a potential merger of operations but didn't come to a firm decision. Still, the talks, which will continue, were categorized as positive.
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