Articles posted January 28, 2004

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Fudge Fatale Posts Sweet Surprise at 55-1

Fudge Fatale, the longest shot in the field at 55-1, opened a long early lead and held off Polygreen in the stretch for a shocking 1-ΒΌ length victory Wednesday in the $76,850 Tuzla Handicap for fillies and mares at Santa Anita Park.

Congaree to Tackle Pleasantly Perfect

Stonerside Stables' Congaree will defend his title in the $250,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) Saturday at Santa Anita despite being assigned 124 pounds for his 6-year-old seasonal debut. He'll spot three pounds to Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Pleasantly Perfect, who also makes his initial start as a 6-year-old.

Checking Up On Florida's 3-year-olds

Trainer Bob Durso said he will start his undefeated Frisky Spider in either the Hutcheson or the Fountain of Youth, while Nick Zito is considering those races and allowances for Birdstone, Eurosilver, and The Cliff's Edge.

Here and There

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Arlington names Larson director of guest services, Shake You Down is the 85th Florida-bred millionaire.

Longtime Track Announcer Goemmer Dies in Accident

Kevin Goemmer, a longtime track announcer and most recently director of sales and marketing for Charlson Broadcast Technologies, suffered an apparent heart attack and died Jan. 27 in a motor vehicle accident. Goemmer, 48, continued to call races on a fill-in basis, most recently at Turfway Park, and was regarded as one of the best in the business.

Yonaguska's First Foal

Grade I winner Yonaguska's first reported foal was born Jan. 25 at Robert Ochocki's Columbiana Farm near Paris, Ky.

Winter Storm Leads to Cancellations

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Horse racing was called off Tuesday at two tracks in the New York area because of the threat of a snowstorm. The Thoroughbred card at Aqueduct on Wednesday also was scrapped; there was no racing at Aqueduct on Tuesday.

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