Headlines for Friday, February 8, 2002

  • USS Tinosa Sails to Impressive Score in Sham Stakes

    Using his vast experience over the field to his advantage, USS Tinosa drew off to a 4 1/2-length victory in Friday's Sham Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, USS Tinosa had already won or placed in six stakes, while most of his opponents were coming out of either maiden or allowance races.

  • Miss Linda wins the Sabin Handicap.

    Miss Linda Starts 2002 With Sabin Victory

    Miss Linda and Forest Secrets, the top two betting choices in Friday's $100,000 Sabin Handicap (gr. III), finished one-two in the race for fillies and mares at Gulfstream Park. Miss Linda was sent off as a slight favorite at the windows, but the Argentine-bred was clearly the best on the track, expanding her lead in the stretch en route to a 4 1/4-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile race.

  • Thunder Blitz Works at Gulfstream Park

    Stronach Stable's Thunder Blitz worked three furlongs at Gulfstream Park Friday morning, a day before stablemate Red Bullet goes to post in the Donn Handicap (gr. I). Also working three furlongs at Gulfstream Park Friday was the $1-million purchase Warners.

  • Machiavellian Filly Tops Tattersalls Sale

    Evidence, a 4-year-old daughter of Machiavellian, sold for 52,000 guineas to top the Tattersalls February mixed sale on Thursday in England. Bloodstock agent Jimmy Byrne purchased the filly for an Irish client from The Royal Studs. Evidence, who has failed to win in three career starts, was produced from the winning Belmez mare Beyond Doubt.

  • Hook and Ladder Climbs Back at Gulfstream

    Hook and Ladder aims to maintain his perfect record over the Gulfstream Park track against eight foes Sunday in the $100,000 Deputy Minister Handicap (gr. III) at six and a half furlongs. The 13th running of the Deputy Minister offers a winner's prize of $60,000 and drew a field of nine, three of them unbeaten over the track.

  • Inside Posts Pay Off at Oaklawn Park

    There were two winning tickets worth $182,026 each in Oaklawn Park's Pick 6 wager called the Classix on Thursday. The winning wagers were made in Las Vegas and at Penn National Racetrack in Granville, Pa.

  • Hong Kong Jockey Club Mum on Race-Fixing Reports

    The Hong Kong Jockey Club has issued a statement saying it cannot comment on published reports saying that anti-corruption officers have arrested 19 people, including two jockeys, as a result of a race-fixing investigation.

  • Welcome to British Racing, Mrs. Farish

    Lord Joshua, a 4-year-old son of King's Theatre with two wins from 12 starts on the Flat to his credit, was the talk of the paddock when he made his hurdling debut at Kempton on Friday, Feb. 8.

  • Whirlaway Stakes Has Something For Everyone

    Normally, the Whirlaway Stakes over Aqueduct's inner track receives very little fanfare, as only a moderate group of winter residents and Maryland shippers bother showing up. But this year, the winter residents appear much stronger than usual, as do the Maryland shippers. Add a pair of invaders from England who have already won a couple of races each on the dirt, and Saturday's Whirlaway takes on a whole different look.

  • Affluent rallies on the outside to win the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland last fall.

    Affluent Seeks La Canada Sweep

    Affluent faces a small but quality-laden field Saturday as she seeks to become just the third filly to sweep Santa Anita's La Canada series of three stakes races for 4-year-old fillies. The daughter of Affirmed has already notched wins in the grade I La Brea Stakes and the grade II El Encino. Only Taisez Vous, in 1978, and Mitterand, in 1985, have accomplished the sweep.

  • Walter Willy to Old English in California

    Rich and Laura Soutar have purchased 11-year-old Walter Willy (Sadler's Wells--Whakilyric, by Miswaki) for stallion duty at Old English Rancho near Sanger, Calif.