Headlines for Sunday, February 29, 2004

  • Very Vegas Lights Up Tote Board in La Habra

    Very Vegas sprinted to a clear early lead and held off favored Aspen Gal in the stretch for a neck victory in the $111,350 La Habra Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Sunday at Santa Anita Park.

  • Southern Image Sizzles in Final Big 'Cap Drill

    Southern Image worked five furlongs Sunday on Santa Anita's fast main track in :58 3/5 in his final major prep for Saturday's $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I). Afterward, trainer Mike Machowsky pronounced the winner of the Malibu Stakes (gr. I) and the Sunshine Millions Classic ready to go.

  • Peace Rules, right, takes the lead at the top of the stretch in the New Orleans Handicap.

    'Peace' Prevails in Battle of New Orleans

    Peace Rules proved to be the toughest in Sunday's controversial Fair Grounds rodeo, also known as the $500,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II), prevailing by a short head over Saint Liam.

  • Stakes-Winning Mare Angel Gift Retired

    Angel Gift, a multiple stakes winner and second to Azeri in the 2002 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (gr. II), has been retired and will become a broodmare this spring in Kentucky.

  • Pesci Recovering From Eye Injury, Ward Says

    Trainer Wesley Ward expects Pesci to make a full recovery after being hit in her left eye during the Sunshine Millions Distaff at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 24.

  • Services Set March 8 for John Russell

    Memorial services for trainer John Russell are scheduled for March 8 at noon at Church of the Ascension on Laurel St. in Sierra Madre, Calif.

  • Veteran Mitchell has Derby 'Gold Rush' in Mind

    Mike Mitchell has been training nearly 30 years but has never run a horse in the Kentucky Derby. If the 55-year-old Bakersfield, Calif. native gets to Churchill Downs on May 1, his hopes rest with Quinton's Gold Rush.

  • Magna 5 Pays $205,703 Saturday

    The Magna 5, a $2 pick five wager linking races from four Magna Entertainment racetracks in an hour, paid $205,703 to two winners Saturday. The winning tickets were purchased from the Philadelphia Park hub and Richmond, VA offf-track facility.

  • Barretts Under Tack Show Moved to Monday

    The under tack show for the Barretts March Sale select sale of 2-year-olds in training has been postponed from Sunday to Monday. It will begin at 9:30 a.m. (PST).

  • Hill Rise after the Santa Anita Derby.

    On This Day...

    Feb. 29, 1964<br><b>Hill Rise in the Santa Anita Derby</b>