Headlines for Sunday, July 27, 2003

  • Kona Gold won the 2000 Breeders' Cup Sprint.

    Champion Sprinter Kona Gold Retired

    Champion sprinter Kona Gold has been retired, co-owner and trainer Bruce Headley said Sunday, one day after the 9-year-old gelding finished fifth in the Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar.

  • Special Ring, in record performance.

    Special Ring Smashes Del Mar Turf Mark

    Prestonwood Farm's Special Ring clipped a remarkable four-fifths of a second off the 1 1/8-mile turf track record while going gate to wire Sunday in Del Mar's $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT).

  • Ten Most Wanted Works in Blinkers for Travers

    Grade II winner Ten Most Wanted worked for the first time since his runner-up finish in the July 13 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park, logging a bullet half-mile in :47 4/5 over a fast Santa Anita main track Sunday morning . Trainer Wally Dollase caught the son of Deputy Commander in :11 for the final eighth.

  • Jockey Mark Johnston Returns to Maryland

    Jockey Mark Johnston, the third leading rider in Maryland history, has decided to return to Pimlico and Laurel Park on a fulltime basis after spending the spring on the Southern California circuit.

  • Retirement Considered for Kona Gold

    Trainer Bruce Headley said Sunday that he is considering retiring his 9-year-old warrior Kona Gold, winner of the 2000 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) and the Eclipse Award as America's finest sprinter that year.

  • Sightseek Sails in Saratoga's Go for Wand

    Juddmonte Farms' prohibitive favorite Sightseek cruised to her third straight grade I victory Sunday for jockey Jerry Bailey and trainer Bobby Frankel, dusting her five opponents by 11 1/2 lengths in the Go for Wand at Saratoga.

  • Ocean Drive Can Make Grade in Lake George

    Ocean Drive, whose maiden victory on closing day last year gave Todd Pletcher his first training title at Saratoga, leads a field of 14 into Monday's $100,000-added Lake George (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies.

  • Voodoo Dancer Wins Diana Photo This Time

    Green Hills Farm's Voodoo Dancer, widest of five pressing for the lead in deep stretch, pulled away from the others while edging favored Heat Haze for a neck victory in Saturday's $500,000 Diana Handicap (gr. IT) at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Megahertz, left, rallies to win the John C. Mabee Handicap at 8-1 odds.  Golden Apples (partially obscured), Dublino (#2) and Tates Creek, far right, finished in a photo for second.

    Ignored Megahertz Wins Mabee for Frankel

    Michael Bello's Megahertz, overlooked in the wagering at a generous 8-1, rallied from last place under Alex Solis to win the featured $400,000 John C. Mabee Handicap (gr. IT) Sunday, taking a four-horse blanket finish that resulted in a triple dead-heat for second place.

  • Lady Tak, winning the Test Stakes.

    Lady Tak Turns Table on Bird Town in Test

    Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Lady Tak hit the stretch in front with jockey Jerry Bailey in the saddle and kicked away from Bird Town for a convincing 4 1/2-length victory in the $250,000 Test Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga Race Course Saturday.

  • McPeek Going to Haskell with Wild and Wicked

    Trainer Kenny McPeek said Sunday morning that his unbeaten Ohio Derby (gr.II) winner Wild and Wicked will run in the Haskell Invitational (gr.I) instead of the Jim Dandy (gr.II) at Saratoga.<br>

  • Tagg Works Funny Cide Ahead of Schedule

    Fearing a wet track for Monday's scheduled breeze, trainer Barclay Tagg worked Kentucky Derby (gr.I) and Preakness (gr.I) winner Funny Cide early Sunday morning at Saratoga Race Course.<br>