Headlines for Thursday, August 29, 2002

  • Record Purchase Atlantic Ocean Breaks Her Maiden

    Atlantic Ocean, a record $1.9 million filly purchase at the March Barretts' sale for 2-year-olds, broke her maiden in her third attempt Thursday at Del Mar, defeating a field of seven opponents going a mile.

  • Zabenz Takes New York Writers Cup Steeplechase

    New Zealend-bred Zabenz, making his second start in the United States, took command of the $100,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase Handicap (NSA-gr. I) in the final turn and pulled away for a 7 1/4-length victory in rainy conditions Thursday at Saratoga.

  • California Stakes Producer Crystal Cop Dead

    Crystal Cop, dam of California champion Ex Marks the Cop, was euthanized in February at Vessels Stallion Farm near Bonsall, Calif., after laminitis set in following surgery to repair a twisted colon.

  • Stallion Stakes Rematches in Affirmed and Susan's Girl

    Both the Dr. Fager and Desert Vixen first-round Florida Stallion Stakes divisions for 2-year-olds at Calder Race Course produced mild upsets of favorites and round two comes Saturday in the $125,000 Affirmed and $125,000 Susan's Girl divisions at seven furlongs.

  • Saratoga Special winner Zavata tops Hopeful Stakes field.

    Zavata the Heavy in 98th Hopeful

    Zavata established himself as the horse to beat in the Hopeful with powerful victories in Belmont's Tremont (gr. III) and the Saratoga Special (gr. II). He will seek to become the fourth consecutive favorite to win Saratoga's most prized race for 2-year-olds.

  • Stevens to Test Knee With One Ride Friday

    Healing quickly, Hall of Fame rider Gary Stevens will give his right knee a serious test Friday at Del Mar when he rides for the first time since having arthroscopic surgery Aug. 1.

  • Godolphin Not Finished Yet at Del Mar

    The familiar all blue colors of Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin Racing could show up again soon at the seashore, trainer Eoin Harty said the morning of Aug. 29.

  • Kachamandi Pushes Possible Del Mar 'Cap Field to 11

    Supplemented nominee Kachamandi, a Chilean-bred winner of last Friday's Harry Brubaker Stakes, has raised the possible field for Sunday's $250,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) to 11 for the 1 3/8-mile run on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

  • 'Buffy' Faces Eight in Del Mar Debutante

    Undefeated Buffythecenterfold heads a field of nine scheduled to go postward Saturday in the premier 2-year-old filly race of the meeting, the $250,000, Del Mar Debutante (gr. I).

  • "America's Day at the Races" Has Holiday Pick Three

    The three races involved will begin at River Downs with the $200,000 Miller Genuine Draft Cradle Stakes, move on to Arlington Park for the Arlington Matron (gr. III) and finally go to Del Mar for the Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II).

  • Atto Mile: Win City Still on Fence

    Trainer Robert Tiller says a decision on whether Win City, Canada's reigning Horse of the Year, will run in the $1-million Atto Mile (gr. IT) on Sept. 8 has not been made.

  • Fourstardave, Ballston Spa Races Downgraded

    The Fourstardave Handicap and Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup Handicap, both taken off the turf course and switched to a sloppy main track at Saratoga on Aug. 24, have been downgraded by the American Graded Stakes Committee.

  • Sweetest Thing, winning the Bewitch Stakes.

    Canadian Champion Sweetest Thing Retired

    Sweetest Thing, who won the July 6 Dance Smartly Handicap (Can-IIIT) at Woodbine in what turned out to be her final start, has been retired after trainer and former co-owner Roger Attfield detected some swelling in an ankle following a workout.

  • Surgery Successful for Bosque Redondo

    Bosque Redondo is resting comfortably at Equine Medical Center near Cypress, Calif., after successful surgery to repair a sesamoid fracture of his right ankle and a condylar fracture of the cannon bone suffered during his fifth-place finish in the Aug. 25 Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar.

  • Tribunal Retired to Washington

    Grade I stakes-placed Tribunal, a $1.8 million yearling purchase, has been sold by Robert and Beverly Lewis to a group of investors from the Pacific Northwest who are in the process of syndicating the 5-year-old son of Deputy Minister

  • Harrah's to Buy Louisiana Downs

    Casino operator Harrah's Entertainment has announced it has signed a letter of intent to purchase a 95% stake in Louisiana Downs for $157 million.