Headlines for Sunday, September 28, 2003

  • Halfbridled, ridden by Julie Krone, leads the field en route to winning the Oak Leaf Stakes Sunday at Santa Anita.

    Halfbridled Impresses Again in Oak Leaf

    Wertheimer Farm's unbeaten Halfbridled, the likely favorite for next month's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), showed her versatility in winning Sunday's $250,000 Oak Leaf States (gr. II) for jockey Julie Krone at Santa Anita.

  • Tates Creek, right, defeats Musical Chimes, in the Ribbon Stakes.

    Daring Valenzuela, Tates Creek Win Yellow Ribbon

    Jockey Patrick Valenzuela guided Tates Creek through a narrow opening in the stretch and the multiple graded stakes winner did the rest, winning the $500,000 Yellow Ribbon (gr. IT) by three-quarters of a length over fast-closing Musical Chimes.

  • Bowman Mill Takes the Stage in Sky Classic

    The featured $271,750 Sky Classic Stakes (Can-II) Sunday at Woodbine looked like a two-horse race on paper and on the tote board. But instead of Strut the Stage, the 1-2 favorite and multiple stakes-winning Mobil, at 2-1the contenders were 6-1 Bowman Mill and 24-1 outsider Lenny the Lender.

  • Perfect Drift Puts Away Tenpins at Hawthorne

    Perfect Drift edged away from Tenpins in the stretch to win Sunday's $750,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) on opening day at the Illinois track, but his trainer remained doubtful about a run in the Breeders's Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) Oct. 25 at Santa Anita.

  • Got Koko, right, winning the Lady's Secret. Azeri, left, finished third but was moved up to second.

    Azeri's Streak Over; Got Koko Grabs Lady's Secret

    Azeri's 11-race winning streak came to a surprising halt Sunday – 27 days before the Breeders' Cup – when Got Koko rallied past the reigning Horse of the Year and went on to a half-length win in the $300,000 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita.

  • Enterprising Win for Werner in Bertram Bongard

    Flagshipenterprise out-fought relentless Bond Arbitrage at Belmont Park on Sunday afternoon, pulling away to 4 ½-length victory in the $109,500 Bertram F. Bongard for 2-year-old New York breds at a mile.

  • Capeside Lady Finds Winning Belmont Spot

    Trainer Todd Pletcher put Capeside Lady back in against New York breds, and the 2-year-old filly enjoyed a laugher, leading at every call to win the $108,900 Joseph A.Gimma at seven furlongs by nine lengths.

  • Storming Home, ridden by Gary Stevens (3), en route to winning the Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship Sunday at Santa Anita.

    Storming Home Makes Amends in Hirsch

    Maktoum al Maktoum's odds-on favorite Storming Home, ridden by Gary Stevens, caught a determined Johar in deep stretch and went on to a half-length victory in Sunday's $245,000 Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship (gr. IT) on opening day of the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita.

  • Ghostzapper, impressive Vosburgh winner.

    Ghostzapper Won't Run in Sprint, Frankel Says

    Despite his eye-catching performance in Saturday's $500,000 Vosburgh (gr. I), Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel said Stronach Stable's Ghostzapper is most likely done for the year.

  • Sulamani, winning the Turf Classic.

    Sulamani Superb in Turf Classic Romp

    Godolphin Stable's Sulamani recovered after stumbling badly on the final turn, impressively sweeping past the field in the stretch to record an easy 2 3/4-length victory in Saturday's $750,000 Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park.

  • Dimitrova, Breeders' Cup bound.

    BC-Bound Dimitrova Impressive in Flower Bowl

    Joseph Higgins' Dimitrova, ridden by Jerry Bailey, edged in front in deep stretch and drove to a one-length victory in the $750,000 Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT) over the German entry Walzerkoenigin Saturday at Belmont Park.

  • Falbrav Wins Ascot's QE II; Breeders' Cup Next

    Falbrav, a horse with something to prove after his controversial loss to High Chaparral in the Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I), swept to a two-length victory over Russian Rhythm in the $535,000 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot on Saturday.