Headlines for Saturday, March 1, 2003

  • Champali Wins Third Straight in Battaglia

    Champali, with Jason Lumpkins riding, took the lead with a wide move on the turn for home, shook off a challenge from Chicken Soup in the stretch and drew off late to capture Saturday's $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes for 3-year-olds by 3 1/4 lengths at Turfway Park.

  • Cherokee's Boy Romps in Deputed Testamony

    ZWP Stable's Cherokee's Boy jumped on the Triple Crown trail by trouncing a small field of Maryland-bred rivals in the $75,000 Deputed Testamony Stakes this afternoon at Laurel Park.

  • King Jerry Gets 4th San Carlos With Halo Cat

    Halo Cat gave trainer Jerry Hollendorfer his fourth victory in the San Carlos Handicap by defeating Fleetstreet Dancer by 1 1/4 lengths in the one-mile feature Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

  • Rain Helps Quick Tip to Bayou BC Victory

    Trainer Neil Howard didn't mind an early-morning sprinkle Saturday, as long as the $150,000 Bayou Breeders' Cup Handicap remained on the Stall-Wilson turf course at Fair Grounds.

  • Elegant Designer Weaves Way to Busher Win

    Michael H. Sherman's favored Elegant Designer and jockey Mario Pino came with a late surge to collar Virgin Voyage and then held off that one's stablemate, Xtra Heart, by head to win Saturday's $81,450 Busher Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 mile.

  • With substitute jockey Alex Solis aboard, Redattore wins the Kilroe Mile.

    Subbing Solis Gets Redattore Home in Kilroe

    Alex Solis made the most of his opportunity to ride Redattore for the injured Laffit Pincay Jr. in the $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (gr. IT) Saturday at Santa Anita. He took the 8-year-old Brazilian-bred son of Roi Normand to the front and kept him there, scoring a one-length victory over the hard-closing favorite, Good Journey.

  • Tabor 3-Year-Old Brancusi Headed for Stakes

    Michael Tabor's Brancusi, who impressed while winning a one-mile maiden event by five lengths at Santa Anita on Feb. 15, may turn up next in either the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields Mar. 8 or the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) on Mar. 16, trainer Patrick Biancone said.

  • Pincay Takes Off Mounts After Santa Anita Spill

    Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr., who was involved in a spill during Saturday's 5th race at Santa Anita, suffered facial abrasions and body soreness, but was reported otherwise uninjured. The 56-year-old Pincay took off the remainder of his mounts on the day, but is expected to be back in the saddle on Sunday.

  • Rojo Toro wins the San Rafael under Jerry Bailey.

    Rojo Toro Storms to San Rafael Victory

    Trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Jerry Bailey teamed up to win Saturday's San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita with favored Rojo Toro, a newcomer to the 3-year-old picture, less than a month after the pair lost undefeated early Kentucky Derby favorite Vindication to injury.

  • Thady Quill Captures Sandy Lane Gold Cup

    Gay Smith's favored Thady Quill closed from midpack on the final turn to take the $110,000 Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup Saturday at Garrison Savannah Racetrack near Bridgetown, Barbados.

  • Aqueduct Delays Opening of Main Track

    Because of the poor weather conditions this winter, the New York Racing Association announced it will delay the opening of Aqueduct Park's main track for racing and until Mar. 14.

  • Omega Code Training, Ready to Work

    Team Valor's Omega Code, forced to miss Saturday's San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita due to a foot bruise, is training and may work again as soon as Tuesday, according to Blake Heap, assistant to trainer Wesley Ward.