Headlines for Monday, September 2, 2002

  • Singapore Cup winner Grandera, among the leading Breeders' Cup contenders from Europe.

    Europeans Gearing Up For Classic Invasion

    We've been warned. If it weren't for Tiznow, America's top 3-year-olds and older horses would be waving a white flag right now. While America narrowly escaped the ignominious fate of dropping back-to-back Breeders' Cup Classics to European invaders, we're not out of the woods by any means.

  • Ibn Al Haitham, kept turf record intact with Saranac victory.

    Ibn Al Haitham Finds Home On Saratoga Turf

    Ibn Al Haitham, eight times a loser as a maiden on dirt, won his second straight race on the Saratoga turf, taking the $100,000 Saranac Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at 1 3/16 miles on closing day Monday.

  • Saratoga Enjoys Another Successful Summer Run

    Lousy weather on key days, and for that matter, much of the rest of the meeting, and a virus that infected dozens of horses couldn't keep the New York Racing Association from calling the 134th summer at Saratoga a success.

  • Lakenheath Nips With Ability in Arlington Matron

    James B. Taefel's Lakenheath outdueled favored With Ability down the stretch of the 1 1/8-mile Arlington Matron Handicap (gr. III) to prevail by a head bob on a muddy track Monday.

  • Lone Star Sky Draws Away in Cradle at River Downs

    Heavily favored Lone Star Sky overcame a bumping incident on the first turn that forced him to steady and pulled away for a 2 3/4-length win over Christmas Away in the $200,000 Cradle for 2-year-olds at River Downs Monday.

  • Comebacker Band Is Passing Takes Miami Mile

    Band Is Passing, coming into the Miami Mile Breeders' Cup Handicap (IIIT) off a 5 ½-month layoff for his breeder/owner/trainer Stanley Ersoff, showed he was worth the wait by winning the $150,000 feature by two lengths.