Headlines for Saturday, December 11, 2004

  • Fusaichi Samurai wins in first-ever outing.

    Fusaichi Samurai Easily Wins Debut

    Fusaichi Samurai, a record-priced $4.5 million son of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus, was an impressive two-length winner in his debut Saturday at Hollywood Park.

  • Witt Ante Provides Rare Upset on Louisiana Day

    On a Louisiana Champions Day that produced mostly odds-on favorite winners, Witt Ante stole the show with a gutsy gate-to-wire performance in the $150,000 Classic Saturday at Fair Grounds.

  • Silmiral Tops Maryland Foes Again in Geisha

    Silmaril lived up to the expectations of her trainer and the public at Pimlico when she drove to a popular victory in Saturday's $100,000 Geisha Handicap for Maryland-bred fillies and mares.

  • Travelator Captures Garland of Roses

    A muddy track and a blistering pace helped Our Sugar Bear Stable's Travelator to a head victory over Sensibly Chic in the $80,900 Garland of Roses Handicap for fillies and mares at six furlongs Saturday at Aqueduct.

  • Wire Bound Hits Line First in Pete Axthelm

    Silver Diamond Thoroughbreds' Wire Bound won the $100,000 Pete Axthelm Stakes for 3-year-olds at Calder Race Course on Saturday, defeating favored Caballero Negro by half a length. In a very close finish, More Bourb was a neck back in third.

  • Woodbine Cancels Saturday After Two Races

    Very poor weather conditions in the Toronto area forced the cancellation of Saturday's live Thoroughbred racing program at Woodbine after two races.

  • Dr. Wayne Gertmenian, CEO of the Jockeys' Guild.

    Gertmenian: Tracks, Not Guild, Would Fuel 'War'

    The chief executive officer of the Jockeys' Guild has reiterated his calls for cooperation from the racing industry, and indicated the tracks, not the Guild, would be responsible should there be what he called a "war" between the two industry factions.

  • UAE Derby winner Lundy's Liability was one half of trainer Michael de Kock's Dubai Double at last year's Carnival.

    Trainer de Kock Primed for Dubai Success

    South Africa trainer Mike de Kock is assembling a very powerful team for the 2005 Dubai International Racing Carnival as he bids to repeat his success of last year. At that inaugural Carnival, de Kock's horses won nine times and about £1.9 million in the process, as well as a $50,000 bonus for the trainer as leading Carnival handler.

  • Record Price Established at Hong Kong International Sale

    The Hong Kong International Sale realized a record price Dec. 11 at Sha Tin Racecourse when a gelded son of King's Best sold for HK$6 million (US $771,506). The sale was held for the first time inside the new HK$410 million retractable roof walking ring on the Saturday afternoon prior to the Dec. 12 Cathay Pacific International races.