Headlines for Saturday, November 24, 2001

  • Val Royal Scratched from Citation

    With rain falling at Hollywood Park Saturday and the turf course downgraded to "good," Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Val Royal was a late scratch from the $500,000 Citation Handicap (gr. IIT).

  • Repent won the Kentucky Jockey Club as the favorite.

    Belterra, Repent, and Bet On Sunshine Win at Churchill

    Trainer Kenneth McPeek saddled the favorite in both of Churchill Downs' stakes races for 2-year-olds Saturday but won only with Repent in the $217,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) as his Take Charge Lady finished second in the $215,200 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) for fillies. In between those two races, Bet On Sunshine stretched out for a rare route race, winning the 1 1/16-mile allowance race by 7 1/4 lengths.

  • Saarland Up in Time in Remsen

    Next-to-last three furlongs from the wire, Cynthia Phipps' homebred Saarland rallied through the stretch to earn a narrow win over Nokoma in the $200,000 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct Saturday.

  • Smok'n Frolic Rollicking Demoiselle Winner

    Dogwood Stable's Smok'n Frolic romped to a front-running 4 1/2-length win in Saturday's $200,000 Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct. Under John Velazquez, Smok'n Frolic completed the 1 1/8-mile test for 2-year-old fillies in 1:50.57, much faster than her male counterparts one race later.

  • American-bred Kurofune romps home first in the Japan Cup Dirt.

    Kurofune Romps to Victory in Japan Cup Dirt; Lido Palace Eighth

    American-bred Kurofune showed on Saturday why some Japanese racing fans are calling him a "superhorse," as the 3-year-old gray colt by French Deputy galloped to an impressive seven-length victory in the second running of the $2-million Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) at Tokyo race course.