Headlines for Saturday, October 2, 2004

  • Sweet Catomine, ridden by Corey Nakatani, cruises to victory in the Oak Leaf Stakes, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Sweet Catomine Canters to Oak Leaf Victory

    Sweet Catomine emerged from the $200,000 Oak Leaf (gr. II) at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meet as a major contender for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) on Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park with a sweeping victory Saturday.

  • Lundy's Liability, ridden by David Flores, wins the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Lundy's Liability Tops 'Impact to Win Goodwood

    Lundy's Liabililty engaged in a spirited duel with heavy favorite Total Impact through most of Saturday's $480,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) before prevailing on the inside by a head at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meet.

  • Bending Strings Winds to Safely Kept BC Win

    Patiently rated at the back of the pack, Bending Strings bounded into action around the far turn, forced her way between rivals a furlong from home and drew off to win Saturday's $143,000 Safely Kept Breeders' Cup (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Pimlico.

  • Freefourinternet Logs On in Hawthorne Gold Cup

    The $750,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) figured to be the remedy for Perfect Drift and trainer Murray Johnson, both winless in 2004. Perfect Drift looked the best on paper and was sent off at odds of 1-2. But after being part of the pace duel early, Perfect Drift didn't offer much response when Freefourinternet, at 27-1, came from far out of it to swoop by the field for a 1 3/4-length victory.

  • Colorful Judgement Surprises in Sky Classic

    Sam-Son Farm's red and gold silks were in front as expected at the conclusion of the $275,250 Sky Classic Stakes (Can-II) Saturday at Woodbine, but the winning horse wasn't the prohibitive 3-10 favorite Strut the Stage.

  • Hollendorfer Brews Upset at Turfway

    Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer knew something the bettors missed – Cappuchino likes Kentucky. Belying his 31-1 odds, the 5-year-old broke first, finished first, and was never seriously threatened in his successful bid to win the $100,000 Turfway Park Fall Championship (gr. III) Saturday.

  • Ashado, ridden by Eibar Coa, wins the Cotillion Handicap at Philadelphia Park.

    Ashado Set for BC Distaff With Cotillion Romp

    Starlight Stable's Ashado used her speed and class to post a comfortable 2 3/4-length victory in Saturday's $250,000 Cotillion Handicap (gr. II) at Philadelphia Park.

  • Funny Cide and Jose Santos edge out Newfoundland to run away with a dramatic win in the Jockey Club Gold.

    Funny Cide Gets Serious in JC Gold Cup

    The gritty gelding Funny Cide, a loser of six straight grade I races since he won the 2003 Preakness, came back from what appeared to be certain defeat for a spine-tingling victory in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) Saturday at Belmont Park.

  • Kitten's Joy, ridden by John Velazquez, cruises to victory in the Grade I Joe Hirsch Turf Classic.

    Kitten's Joy Delights in Hirsch Turf Classic; BCup Next

    Three-year-old Kitten's Joy found older horses and the 1 1/2-mile distance to be non issues when registering an authoritative victory over favored Magistretti in the $750,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) on a yielding Belmont Park turf course Saturday.

  • Pico Central, ridden by Victor Espinoza, en route to winning the Grade I Vosburgh, Saturday at Belmont.

    Pico Central Dusts Speightstown in Vosburgh

    Gary Tanaka's Pico Central disposed of Cajun Beat and early leader Speightstown with less than a furlong left and drew away to an easy four-length victory in the $500,000 Vosburgh (gr. I) for top sprinters at Belmont Park.

  • Riskaverse Swoops to Flower Bowl Stunner

    Fox Ridge Farm's Riskaverse, winless in seven previous starts at 10 furlongs, made a bold move in the stretch to win the $750,000 Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT) on a yielding turf at Belmont Park Saturday.

  • Daydreaming Wins Indiana BC Oaks in Pinch

    Daydreaming and jockey John Velazquez surged to the lead in midstretch and survived a stewards' inquiry into the closing stages to win the $406,300 Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. III) at Hoosier Park Friday night.