Headlines for Sunday, August 5, 2001

  • Racing Resumes in Pakistan; 60 Horses Still Hurting

    There is good news and bad news surrounding Karachi Race Course near Karachi, Pakistan. Racing resumed at the track on July 28 with an abbreviated card of four races. However, 60 horses on the grounds are still in the care of representatives of Brooke Hospital, after they were abandoned when the track closed in March.

  • Monmouth Park, Saratoga Set Attendance Records

    Monmouth Park's $500,000 gamble paid dividends Sunday when a record crowd of 47,127 turned out to watch Point Given in the $1.5-million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at the New Jersey track. Saratoga Racecourse, where the numbers were inflated by a t-shirt giveaway, also reported record attendance Sunday.

  • Five Star Day Wires Vanderbilt

    Five Star Day set a brisk pace, then pulled clear in the stretch to win the $200,000 A.G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II) on Sunday at Saratoga. Five Star Day's winning time was only 1/5 of a second off Prospect Bay's stakes record of 1:08 1/5 in 1996 and only 2/5 from the track record of 1:08 posted by Spanish Riddle in 1972.

  • Sheikh Mohammed, buying Lexington's Jonabell Farm.

    Sheikh Mohammed Buying Jonabell Farm

    Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud has entered into an agreement to purchase Lexington's Jonabell Farm. The purchase includes the 790-acre property, which has been at its current location since its founding in 1954. John and Jessica Bell III own the farm, which is managed by their son Jim.

  • Former Claimer Pulls Off Eatontown Upset

    Cousin Gigi, the highest price in the field at odds of 25-1, reeled in pacesetter Crystal Sea, then held Quidnaskra at bay in deep stretch to win Sunday's $100,000 Eatontown Handicap (gr. IIIT) by 2 1/2 lengths at Monmouth Park. Cousin Gigi returned $52, $17.80, and $6.60 and led a $305 exacta.

  • Congaree, shown winning the Wood Memorial in April, will be sidelined with an injured knee.

    Congaree Out for the Year With Knee Injury

    Congaree, who finished third as the odds-on favorite behind Scorpion and Free of Love in Saturday's Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, came out of the race with an injury to his right front knee and will be out at least 90 days, trainer Bob Baffert said on Sunday. "It's the same knee he had surgery on last September," Baffert said, "but it shouldn't require surgery this time. He just needs some time off."

  • Just a Cat's First Winner

    Grade II winner Just a Cat was represented by his first winner Aug. 3 when his son Just a Rowdy Cat won at 4 1/2 furlongs at Charles Town while racing as a homebred for Hazel and Dykes Thoroughbreds.