Santa Anita Park concluded its 67th season Sunday with an increase in average daily on-track attendance for the first time in five years, but average daily handle declined as well.
The marathon distance proved no problem for favored Meteor Storm, who kicked away in the stretch and held on for 1 1/2-length victory over Rhythm Mad in the $250,000 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (gr. IIT), closing the curtain on the 2004 Santa Anita season.
Robert Bone's dependable 8-year-old Glick inched away in the stretch and held off Cayoke by three-quarters of a length to win Sunday's $107,300 San Simeon Handicap (gr. IIIT) for older horses on Santa Anita's hillside turf course.
Wando, Canada's 2003 Horse of the Year and Triple Crown champion, defeated seven turf rivals in his first start as a 4-year-old at Keeneland Racecourse in Kentucky on Sunday.
Holy Bubbette made her first trip to Woodbine a winning one, capturing the $136,000 Whimsical Stakes for older fillies and mares on Sunday.
Baltimore native Eric Camacho rode his first winner Sunday in the first race at Pimlico.
Gallyn Mitchell became the first jockey to win 700 career races at Emerald Downs on Sunday when he guided Best Game In Town to a victory in the first race.
Juddmonte Farms' Intercontinental, a multiple group one-placed competitor in Europe, won her second straight in the United States Sunday, rolling past the leaders in the final furlong to win the $110,600 Jenny Wiley (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland.
April 19, 1984
Wednesday's $100,000-added Bewitch (gr. III) features an overflow field of well-matched fillies and mares set to compete over 1 1/2 miles on Keeneland's turf course.
The International Photographic Council has bestowed their Lifetime Achievement Award to equine photographer Tony Leonard.
Starlight Stable and Saylor's Ashado, runnerup to Madcap Escapade in the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland in her last start, returnd to the same track Sunday, working five furlongs in a spirited :59 2/5.
Edgewood Farm's Pollard's Vision, impressive winner of the Illinois Derby (gr. II), breezed after the track renovation Sunday morning at Keeneland, with trainer Todd Pletcher supervising from the grandstand.
The all-time single-day record 31,028 in attendance on Saturday wagered $2,847,234 on Keeneland's races and incoming simulcasts. It was the seventh highest single-day handle in track history.
Robert and Vicky Gilker's Colonial Secretary, who was a winner in nine of his 10 seasons of racing, was euthanized at the age of 12 March 16.
Robert Lawrence Vanaman, 57, died April 11 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center
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