Headlines for Sunday, April 14, 2002

  • Mountain Rage Closes for La Puente Win

    Mountain Rage kicked clear of Doc Holiday in the stretch to win Sunday's $82,050 La Puente Stakes at Santa Anita. Under Victor Espinoza, the Bob Baffert-trained son of Mecke completed the mile in 1:34.84 on firm turf.

  • Successful Oaklawn Park Meet Ends on High Note

    Oaklawn Park posted gains in attendance and both on-track and total handle during the Arkansas track's 52-day meet which concluded Saturday, when 52,122 fans attended for Arkansas Derby day.

  • Orientate's victory in the Commonwealth Breeders' Cup capped a successful day for Bob and Beverly Lewis and trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

    Orientate Splashes Home With Commonwealth Win

    The familiar colors of Bob and Beverly Lewis visited the Keeneland winner's circle following consecutive races Sunday, with trainer D. Wayne Lukas there to greet the winning horse on both occasions, most notably following Orientate's victory in the $272,000 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II).

  • Bella Bellucci romps to victory in the Comely Stakes.

    Oaks Next Following Bella Bellucci's Romp in Comely Stakes

    Bella Bellucci drew off in the stretch to win Sunday's $108,200 Comely Stakes (gr. III) by seven lengths, completing the one-turn mile in 1:35.50 on the fast track. The full sister of Japanese champion 3-year-old Kurofune will make her next start in the Kentucky Oaks.

  • Valhol Possible for Texas Mile

    Valhol is being prepared for a start in the April 27 Texas Mile (gr. III) at Lone Star Park. Since finishing a disappointing eighth in the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II), the 6-year-old gelded son of Diazo has been sidelined with a foot ailment.

  • Records Set At Doncaster Breeze-Up Sale

    Sale records were established for gross revenue and average price during the Doncaster breeze-up auction, which ended its two-day run on Friday in England.

  • Aqueduct, Keeneland Do Well with Derby Preps

    Aqueduct registered its largest attendance figure since 1993 for Saturday's card and attendance at Keeneland for the Blue Grass Stakes was the fifth highest total in the Lexington track's history.

  • Puerto Rican Sire Virtua Cop Gets First Winner

    First crop Puerto Rican-sire Virtua Cop was represented by his first winner when Maria Rachel won a five furlong maiden race by 1 1/2 lengths on Friday at El Comandante.

  • Tiznow's Brother, Millionaire Budroyale, Retired

    The fairy tale of Budroyale has come to a quiet end. Dubbed the "Rocky Balboa of racing" by his doting owner, Jeffrey Sengara, the popular 9-year-old gelding has been retired