Headlines for Sunday, February 17, 2002

  • Record Handle for Future Wager; 'Field' 5-2 Favorite

    A record $577,889 was wagered into pool one of the pari-mutuel Kentucky Derby future wager offered this weekend, with the mutuel field emerging as the first-round favorite for the fourth straight year.

  • Favorite Funtime holds off Verruma to win the Santa Maria.

    Santa Anita Race Report: Funtime Filly

    Another eagle has landed. A golden eagle, that is. Once a national star on the national breeding and racing scene, the Golden Eagle Farm of John and Betty Mabee has played a quieter role in recent months, stepping back from the spotlight they once dominated with headliners like General Challenge, Excellent Meeting, Beautiful Melody, and the inimitable Best Pal.

  • Astra Returns Vs. Clement Shipper in Monday's Buena Vista 'Cap

    Astra returns Monday to make her first start since August in Santa Anita's $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap (gr. II). The two-time grade I winner will go to post as the 121-pound highweight in the one mile turf test for older fillies and mares.

  • Repent continued on the road to the Kentucky Derby with a victory in the Risen Star Stakes.

    Fair Grounds Race Report: McPeeking in New Orleans

    It was the same old song but with a different beat. In 1995, trainer Kenny McPeek brought Tejano Run to Fair Grounds for his sophomore debut in the Risen Star Stakes. Tejano Run staggered home in fifth as the 1-2 favorite that year but went on to finish a fast-closing second to Thunder Gulch in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Despite Saturday Ride, Dunkleberger to Miss Two More Weeks

    Jockey Travis Dunkleberger will likely miss two more weeks of racing while recovering from a Feb. 9 spill at Aqueduct. Despite not having fully recovered, Dunkleberger rode Prized Stamp to a second-place finish in Saturday's Barbara Fritchie Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel Park.

  • Six Crowns, Dam of Chief's Crown, Dead

    Six Crowns, dam of champion Chief's Crown and multiple grade I winner Classic Crown, was euthanized Feb. 14 due to the infirmities of old age.

  • Sakhee, at Belmont Park prior to the Breeders' Cup.

    Sakhee to Get World Cup Prep Thursday

    Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) runner-up Sakhee will make his 5-year-old debut Thursday at Nad al Sheba in a 1 1/4-mile race on the dirt track.