Headlines for Friday, November 29, 2002

  • Jimmy Z Ends 2-Year Drought in Forty-Niner

    Jimmy Z snapped a 16-race losing streak in grand style Friday at Golden Gate Fields when he got up in the final jump to win the $100,000 Forty-Niner Handicap by a head.

  • Sparkling Texas Glitter Wins Turf Express

    Texas Glitter, with John Velazquez riding, collared speedy Rocky Bar in the final 100 yards and went on to a 3/4-length victory in Friday's $200,000 Hollywood Turf Express (gr. IIIT) at 5 1/2 furlongs.

  • Million Mark in Critical Eye's Sight

    Critical Eye, a multiple Grade I winner, is scheduled to make the final start of her career in the $75,000 Montauk, a New York-bred restricted race for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 mile.

  • Dean Kutz Receives Venezia Memorial Award

    Dean Kutz, who overcame serious physical problems to forge a successful career as a jockey, received the 2002 Mike Venezia Memorial Award in the winners' circle following the running of Friday's Top Flight Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct.

  • There's Life After Farda Amiga for Trainer Lobo

    There is life after Farda Amiga for Paulo Lobo. The Brazilian-born trainer and his wife, Maria Carolina, remained jubilant in Barn 53 at Hollywood Park Friday after Brazilian import Viernes posted a four-length victory and a $51.60 win mutuel in the $72,900 Waya Handicap for fillies and mares on turf Thursday.

  • Atlantic Ocean Pounds Rivals in Grassy Miesque

    The Thoroughbred Corporation's Atlantic Ocean, a $1.9-million sale purchase who's been mostly disappointing in her 2-year-old season, woke up with a switch to the turf on Friday in Hollywood Park's $200,000 Miesque Stakes (gr. IIIT), posting an impressive one-length victory.

  • Giant's Causeway filly purchased for record price.

    Live Oak Buys Giant's Causeway Filly for Record Price

    Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Stud at Ocala, Florida, set an auction record at Tattersalls Friday when purchasing a Giant's Causeway filly foal out of Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Urban Sea for 1.8 million guineas -- the highest amount ever paid for a weanling filly at public auction.

  • Foot Injury Flares; Perfect Drift Done for Year

    A recurrence of a foot infection knocked Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift out of Friday's $400,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs and has ended the season for the third-place finisher in this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • My Boston Gal in Juvenile Churchill Spotlight

    Churchill Downs brings down the curtain on its 113th Fall Meet on Saturday with a pair of $200,000-added stakes races for 2-year-olds, the Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) for colts and geldings and the Golden Rod (gr. II) for fillies.

  • Day Aboard Generous Choice Lismore Knight

    Pat Day rides Eastern invader Lismore Knight, co-high weight at 121 pounds with Man Among Men among nine entrants in Saturday's $200,000 Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-olds at a mile on the Hollywood Park grass.

  • Good Journey a Solid Fit in Saturday's Citation

    Good Journey, whose four-race victory began with last year's Citation Handicap and ended last month when narrowly beaten in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), will be a solid favorite Saturday to repeat in Hollywood Park's $500,000 Citation (gr. IIT) at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

  • Mountain General sets record in Thanksgiving Handicap.

    Mountain General Sets Track Record in Fair Grounds Opener

    Going into this week, trainer Steve Asmussen ranked second in the country in wins with 353. But none ran as fast as Mountain General on Thursday in Fair Grounds' traditional opening day feature, the $75,000 Thanksgiving Handicap.

  • Cigar Mile, Demoiselle, Remsen Highlight Aqueduct Meet

    Saturday is the best day of racing at Aqueduct's fall meet. The grade I, $350,000 Cigar Mile features the best milers in the country, while the grade II, $200,000 Remsen is an important stop on the road to next year's Kentucky Derby, as 2-year-olds will go nine furlongs around two turns.

  • Mountain General Sets Track Record in Fair Grounds Opener

    Going into this week, trainer Steve Asmussen ranked second in the country in wins with 353. But none ran as fast as Mountain General on Thursday in Fair Grounds' traditional opening day feature, the $75,000 Thanksgiving Handicap.

  • Pivotal filly tops day two of Tattersalls Foal Sale.

    Pivotal Filly Tops Tattersalls Second Session

    As on day one, Pivotal provided the top lot at Thursday's second session of the Tattersalls December Foal Sales in Newmarket, England when when a filly sired by the Cheveley Park Stud stallion was sold for 75,000 guineas.