New York-bred Funny Cide, who won the 2003 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will celebrate the 10th anniversary of those classic victories Aug. 4 at Saratoga Race Course.
Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Big Drama, south Florida riding stalwart Eduardo Nunez, and top-five, all-time Calder trainer Dan Hurtak were among the nine new members elected to the Calder Hall of Fame.
Chilean Horse of the Year Belle Watling brings plenty of international flavor to the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) April 15, and trainer Patrick Biancone hopes it's the right time for her to show her true ability.
Trainer Wayne Catalano was pleased with champion 3-year-old filly She Be Wild after she breezed April 13 in her first work since running third in the Central Bank Ashland (gr. I) April 3.
Eibar Coa splits with agent Matt Muzikar, hires Drew Mollica to handle his book.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I) winner Funny Cide will become the newest resident of the Kentucky Horse Park, it was announced Nov. 26. Funny Cide, scheduled to arrive at the park Dec. 5, will join another Kentucky Derby winner, Alysheba, who came to the park in October.
Hall of Fame jockey Jose Santos has settled his libel lawsuit against The Miami Herald over an article raising questions about his actions aboard 2003 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Funny Cide.
Sophia Santos, daughter of Hall of Fame jockey Jose Santos, remained in a Nassau County, N.Y., jail Nov. 21, 10 days after being arrested for drunk driving, which resulted in the death of a Long Island, N.Y., woman.
Sophia Santos, the 20-year-old daughter of Hall of Fame jockey Jose Santos, is being held on a $1 million bond in a Nassau County, N.Y., jail and has been charged with driving while intoxicated and second-degree vehicular manslaughter after she was involved in a Nov. 11 car accident that left one woman dead and another in critical condition.
After retiring from racing July 30 due to five fractured vertebrae sustained in a February spill at Aqueduct, Hall of Fame jockey Jose Santos is exploring ways to share his expertise with racing fans and companies.
Eight legendary figures from the Thoroughbred industry were inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Aug. 6, as University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino gave the keynote address at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion.
Jockey Jose Santos announced his retirement July 30 at Saratoga Race Course. The 46-year-old native of Concepcion, Chile, had been trying to come back from injuries suffered in a three-horse spill at Aqueduct on Feb. 1.
Barclay Tagg rides down the horsepath aboard a chestnut pony. Watching near the gap, Jose Santos stops in his tracks. "Is that Funny Cide?"
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - Funny Cide was in more living rooms than any other person or animal leading up to the 2003 Belmont Stakes.
Five persons and three horses will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Aug. 6, in the largest induction since 1978.
The Florida District Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the Miami Herald in a defamation case filed by the owners of Funny Cide, winner of the 2003 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
More than four months after an Aqueduct racing accident left Jose Santos with five fractured vertebrae and a fractured sternum, the Eclipse Award-winning jockey remains on the sidelines. But an innovative new therapy may facilitate his eventual return to the saddle.
Seven horses, three jockeys, and three trainers have been selected as the 2007 finalists for nomination to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame. The inductees will be announced May 29, with the ceremony slated for Aug. 6.
After missing nearly four weeks of racing because of a badly bruised knee, jockey Ramon Dominguez returned to action at Aqueduct in Wednesday's first race, nearly winning on his first mount back. Semichi and Dominguez put away the speedy Unbridled Sunshine but could not hold off a late charging Uptothechallenge.
Eclipse Award-winning jockey Jose Santos, injured in a racing accident at Aqueduct Feb. 1, has been diagnosed with further fractures to the spine than initially detected by physicians, while Ramon Dominguez, who has not ridden since being involved in the same spill, has received medical clearance to return to racing.
Jockey Jose Santos, seriously injured Feb. 1 in a three-horse spill at Aqueduct, was released from North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., Friday afternoon.
Racing at Aqueduct was canceled Feb. 3 when jockeys refused to ride in the final four races on the card, citing dissatisfaction over the medical care they'd received at nearby Jamaica Hospital.
Jockeys Eddie Martin Jr. and Norberto Arroyo Jr. were involved in a spill during Aqueduct's fifth race Saturday as two horses died. Following the incident, the remainder of Saturday's nine-race live card was canceled, as was Sunday's scheduled program.
Jockey Jose Santos, who won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) aboard Funny Cide in 2003, remained hospitalized Feb. 2 with serious injuries incurred in a three-horse spill at Aqueduct Race Course the previous afternoon.
Jockeys Ramon Dominguez and Jose Santos were taken to Jamaica Hospital Thursday afternoon after they were involved in a three-horse spill during the running of the eighth race at Aqueduct.
Jockey Jose Santos was injured in a spill during Saturday's first race at Aqueduct and took off his mounts for the rest of the card, although he was not hospitalized.
Odds-on choice Pommes Frites notched her fifth win of the year in sharp fashion Sunday, sweeping past the pacesetter Virden mid-stretch and rolling to victory in the $112,300 Athenia Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares on the Belmont Park inner turf course.
Paul H. Saylor's odds-on favorite Fleet Indian and jockey Jose Santos set a dawdling pace, then opened up in the lane to win the $392,000 Personal Ensign (gr. I) for fillies and mares at 10 furlongs at Saratoga Race Course.
Undefeated Mo Cuishle won her graded stakes debut Sunday for trainer Todd Pletcher, crushing five rivals in the $200,000 Monmouth Park Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. III) for 3-year-od fillies at 1 1/16 miles.
Joseph Allen's favored War Front seized the lead on the turn and held sway through the stretch to register an impressive victory in the $208,200 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course Saturday.
Fleet Indian's victory in the 1 1/4-mile Delaware Handicap (gr. II) was so easy it was hard to believe the field was running for $1 million Sunday at Delaware Park. Ridden by Jose Santos for trainer Todd Pletcher and owner Paul H. Saylor, the brilliant 5-year-old mare galloped to her sixth straight triumph and went over the $1 million earnings mark.
Forwardly placed throughout, Paul Saylor's 7-10 favorite Fleet Indian took full command at the top of the stretch before drawing away to a dominating 12 ½ length victory over Silver Highlight in Saturday's $250,000 Sixty Sails Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares at Hawthorne Race Course.
Entries for Hawthorne's "Big Stakes" Saturday card were drawn April 18 and a pair of grade III events for handicap horses, the National Jockey Club for the boys and the Sixty Sails for the girls, are spotlighted. Both races will be run over nine furlongs.
Jockey Jose Santos guided 6-1 Melodeeman to an easy victory in Saturday's fifth race at Aqueduct Racetrack, giving the Chilean his 4,000th career Thoroughbred racing victory in North America.
Evening Attire returned to his favorite strip at Aqueduct to put an end to his nine race losing streak, grinding out a neck victory over West Virginia in the $108,600 Stuyvesant Handicap (gr. III) Saturday.
Dogwood Stable's millionaire Limehouse, fifth in his first turf race in the Kelso Handicap (gr. IIT) Oct. 2, will run next in the $1.5 million NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Belmont Park, according to an announcement Monday by Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell.
She had not won a race in four starts, going back to Oct. 2, 2004. But Saturday afternoon, Fox Ridge Farm's 6-year-old Riskaverse woke up at Belmont Park at odds of 35-1 to win the $750,000 Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT) for fillies and mares at 10 furlongs on the inner turf course.
Two senior New York Racing Association officials, including a onetime top jockey, were indicted Sept. 21 in state court on fraud and other charges as part of a scheme in which jockey weights were fabricated at NYRA tracks.
It was a crowded Saratoga Race Course on Sunday afternoon with a paid attendance of 70,792, but Dave and jockey Jose Santos found plenty of room in the lane, coming away with a one-length victory in the $113,600 West Point Handicap on the turf for New York-breds.
Trainer Sal Russo will be sending out his first Belmont Stakes (gr. I) starter tomorrow, but the 44-year-old native of Valley Stream will be looking for his third victory in the "Test of the Champion."
Overbrook Farm's surging Cape Hope registered her fourth straight victory on the grass with a three-quarters of a length win in the $100,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies at Gulfstream Park Saturday.
A trip down the Triple Crown Trail could be on the line when Northern California-based Lost in the Fog leads a field of 11 runners to the gate for the March 5 Swale Stakes (gr. II), going seven furlongs at Gulfstream Park.
In spite of drifting out in the stretch, pacesetting Medallist, ridden by Jose Santos, got home in front in the $100,000 Deputy Minister Handicap (gr. III) by 1 3/4 lengths Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
Jay Manoogian's grade I winner Kela, who was runner up to Speightstown in the 2004 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Lone Star Park, tops a field of seven in Saturday's $100,000 Deputy Minister Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Robert N. Clay's 3-year-old colt Medallist rebounded from a fifth place finish in the Fall Highweight (gr. III) last month to win the $100,000 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap at Calder Race Course Saturday.
An overflow field of 16 passed the entry box for the 12th running of the Pete Axthelm Stakes Saturday to be contested over 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf at Calder Race Course. Only 12 3-year-olds will be allowed to start.
So often a disappointment when on the verge of stardom, Lion Tamer jumped up and surprised in the 16th running of the $350,000 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct on Saturday.
Gary Tanaka's Eleusis, a 3-year-old filly making her first start in the United States, put away favored Arvada in the final furlong to register her first graded or group win in the $150,000 Long Island Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares on the Aqueduct turf Saturday.
With an eye-catching move in mid-stretch, 3-year-old Mustanfar defeated older horses for the first time in his career, capturing the $150,000-added Sycamore Breeders' Cup (gr. IIIT) in fine style Saturday on the Keeneland turf course.
The gritty gelding Funny Cide, a loser of six straight grade I races since he won the 2003 Preakness, came back from what appeared to be certain defeat for a spine-tingling victory in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) Saturday at Belmont Park.
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