Headlines for Saturday, October 25, 2003

  • Cup Sets Handle Records; Ultra Pick 6 Pays $2.6 Million

    The 2003 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships was a record-setter in terms of handle, both on track at Santa Anita Park and throughout the world via simulcasting. Meanwhile, despite several longshots, there was one winning ticket worth more than $2.6 million in the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6.

  • Pleasantly Perfect's win in Classic sets record for trainer Richard Mandella.

    Mandella Sets Record As Pleasantly Perfect Takes Classic

    Richard Mandella won his fourth race on the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship card, and Alex Solis continued a celebration that began Friday when notching his 4,000th win, as Pleasantly Perfect won the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) at Santa Anita.

  • Johar, 9, and High Chaparral, finish in a dead heat in the Breeders' Cup Turf at the  World Thoroughbred Championships at Santa Anita Park.

    Turf Has First Breeders' Cup Dead-Heat

    For the first time in Breeders' Cup history, a race ended in a dead-heat. In a thrilling three-horse stretch drive, High Chaparral and Johar finished on even terms, with Falbrav just a nod behind those two in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I).

  • Action This Day finishes ahead of stablemate Minister Eric in come-from-behind Juvenile strike for trainer Richard Mandella.

    Juvenile: Action This Day Has His Day

    Coming from off the pace, Action This Day delivered a longshot blow to the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) with a shocking last-to-first score at 26-1. Trainer Richard Mandella ran 1-2 as Minister Eric also rallied to run second.

  • M B Sea Surprises Tenpins in Fayette Stakes

    M B Sea, a 34-1 shot with veteran jockey Craig Perret aboard, upset heavily favored Tenpins to win the $163,800 Fayette Stakes (gr. III) Saturday as Keeneland's record-breaking fall meeting ended.

  • A perfect mile for Jerry Bailey and Six Perfections.

    Six Perfections Lives Up to Name in Mile

    After delaying the start by refusing to load into the gate, Flaxman Holdings homebred Six Perfections more than made up for it by storming to the front around the far turn and rolling to victory in the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).

  • Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone gets first 'Cup win aboard Halfbridled.

    Krone in History-Making Ride with Halfbridled

    Jockey Julie Krone became the first female winner of a non-steeplechase Breeders' Cup race when she booted home favored Halfbridled to a 2 1/22-length victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Santa Anita on Saturday.

  • Randaroo Holds Off Shine Again in First Flight

    Randaroo, leading from the outset, held off the late charge of Shine Again to win the $150,000 First Flight Handicap (gr. II) on Breeders' Cup Saturday at Belmont Park.

  • Voodoo Spells Trouble in Sports Page

    Voodoo took the lead on the turn for home and nobody came close to him in the stretch as he won the $112,700 Sport Page Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park by 2 1/2 lengths over Bowman's Band, the 6-5 favorite.

  • Longshot Adoration, with Pat Valenzuela aboard, wires 20th Breeders' Cup Distaff.

    Adoration Pulls Shocker in Breeders' Cup Distaff

    Adoration, the longest shot on the board, went wire-to-wire to take the Breeders' Cup Distaff – Presented by Nextel (gr. I) by 4 1/2 lengths, a shocking beginning to the 20th Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Santa Anita.

  • The day dawns clear and bright for the 20th anniversary celebration.

    Sun Shining Bright at Santa Anita for Breeders' Cup

    The sun is shining brightly on Santa Anita as the early post time for the first race on the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships approaches. With the races in California, the television viewing time necessitates the first Breeders' Cup post time be 10:20 P.D.T.

  • Ultra Pick 6: Security in Place, Races Very Contentious

    As the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships approached the morning of Oct. 25, officials were hoping this year's $3-million guaranteed Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick 6 would be a success in light of last year's well-publicized incident of insider tampering. Measures are in place to avoid a similar scenario.

  • Lonhro Denied Cox Plate Glory Once Again

    Longshot Fields of Omagh grabbed the lead with a quarter of a mile to go and held off Defier by a neck in the $3 million (Australian) Draught Cox Plate (Aus-I) at Moonee Valley Saturday, denying favored Lonhro for the second straight year.