Headlines for Saturday, March 27, 2004

  • Megahertz, blue cap on left, goes around the field, including the ultimate winner, Katdogawn, pink silks, at the top of the stretch in the Santa Ana Handicap, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Katdogawn Wins Santa Ana on Megahertz DQ

    Katdogawn was awarded victory in Saturday's $150,000 Santa Ana Handicap (gr. IIT) when 3-5 favorite Megahertz was disqualified for interference in the stretch at Santa Anita Park.

  • Snorter on Fire in Berkeley BC Handicap

    Favored Snorter wore down Yougottawanna in mid-stretch to register his first graded stakes win for trainer Bobby Frankel, winning the $94,375 Berkeley Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) by one length at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

  • Unbeaten Placid Star Beats Louisiana Breds

    Heavy favorite Placid Star kept her perfect record intact, streaking home to win the $100,000 Sarah Lane's Oates Handicap for 3-year-old Louisiana-bred fillies in impressive fashion Saturday at Fair Grounds.

  • Preemptive Strike lands after a jump on the way to winning the 72nd running of the Carolina Cup, Saturday in Camden, S.C.

    Preemptive Strike Arrives Late in Carolina Cup

    Polaris Stable's Preemptive Strike caught favorites Hirapour and Al Skywalker in the stretch to win the $50,000 Carolina First Carolina Cup Saturday before a crowd estimated at 70,000 at Springdale Race Course in Camden, S.C.

  • Speedy Falcon Flies to WinStar Oaks Win

    Sprinter Speedy Falcon, making her first start around two turns, got loose on the front end and ran her foes ragged in the stretch, romping home in the $260,193 WinStar Sunland Park Oaks in New Mexico by six lengths.

  • Northern Dancer in the Florida Derby

    On This Day...

    March 28, 1964<br><b>Northern Dancer at Gulfstream Park</b>

  • Water Cannon Fires Best in Private Terms

    Water Cannon put visions of the Preakness squarely in the minds of those who watched the Maryland-bred gelding trounce a field of six 3-year-olds in this afternoon's $60,000 Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park.

  • Purse Hike, New HBPA Contract for Oaklawn

    Oaklawn Park will increase purses for all non-stakes races by $1,500 through closing day, April 10, Eric Jackson, the general manager of Oaklawn Park, announced Saturday.

  • Randaroo wins the Distaff Breeders&#39; Cup Handicap.

    Randaroo Wins Early Duel, Romps in Distaff

    Joseph Allen's Randaroo had everything going her way in Saturday $147,900 Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at seven furlongs at Aqueduct. With Richard Migliore aboard, she got an early lead and left Storm Flag Flying in her wake.

  • Pleasantly Perfect, right, crosses the line to win as Medaglia D`oro follows at Nad Al Sheba.

    Pleasantly Perfect Outruns Medaglia d'Oro in World Cup

    The ninth running of the world's richest horse race, the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) over ten furlongs at Nad Al Sheba on Saturday, was billed as a match between the American duo of Pleasantly Perfect and Medaglia D'Oro. For once, the main protagonists had read the script as Pleasantly Perfect outran Medaglia d'Oro in the stretch.

  • Death of mentor and friend dims the World Cup victory celebration for trainer Richard Mandella.

    Dubai World Cup Victory Bittersweet for Mandella

    As happy as trainer Dick Mandella was after winning the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), that's how crushed he was moments after the race when he was told on the phone by his son, Gary, in California, that his longtime friend and mentor, V.J. "Lefty" Nickerson, had died in his sleep just hours earlier.

  • Funny Cide's N.Y. Return Expected in Excelsior

    Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide and Mary and Joe Grant and T.J. Kelly's Evening Attire - are scheduled to square off Saturday in the 92nd running of the $200,000 Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at 1 1/8 mile on Aqueduct's main track.

  • Dynever to Run in Gulfstream Park Handicap

    Dynever, the Christophe Clement-trained colt who captured the 2003 Aventura Stakes at Gulfstream, is to make his first start this year in the upcoming Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) April 3.

  • Polish Summer, left, wins the Dubai Sheema Classic at Nad Al Sheba.

    Stevens, Fabre Combine With Polish Summer

    Jockey Gary Stevens' immense talent was much in evidence Saturday night in the Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I) over the 12-furlong turf track at Nad Al Sheba, when the Americam maestro guided Polish Summer to a convincing victory.

  • Dubai Duty Free Ends With First Dead-Heat in World Cup History

    On paper it looked the race of the night and the Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I) at 1 1/8 miles over the Nad Al Sheba grass track certainly lived up to that billing. At the end, German raider Paolini and Right Approach flashed past the post together, and the race declared a dead heat, the first in World Cup history.

  • Firebreak Facile Winner of Godolphin Mile

    Godolphin's Firebreak, a 5-year-old son of Charnwood Forest, ran out a facile winner of the Godolphin Mile (UAE-II) on the Nad Al Sheba dirt Saturday night.

  • Lundy&#39;s Liability, with jockey Weichong Marwing, after winning the UAE Derby.

    Lundy's Liability Wins UAE Derby for De Kock

    South African trainer Mike de Kock had a 100% record at the Dubai World Cup meeting, after the victories of Ipi Tombe and Victory Moon last year. He maintained that faultless form when his Lundy's Liability won the UAE Derby (UAE-II), following in the hoofprints of stable companion Victory Moon.

  • Our New Recruit, pulled Golden Shaheen upset.

    American Our New Recruit Pulls Golden Shaheen Upset

    The Golden Shaheen (UAE-I), over the straight six furlongs of the Nad Al Sheba track, was expected to be won by an American horse, and so it proved. But very few predicted the winner. Cajun Beat, winner of the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), was a warm favorite but could manage only fourth behind compatriots Our New Recruit and Alke.

  • Mandella's Mentor, Lefty Nickerson, Dead

    Retired New York trainer V.J. "Lefty" Nickerson, a huge influence on the career of Hall of Fame conditioner Richard Mandella, died March 26 in his sleep at his Smithtown, N.Y., home.

  • Prairie Bayou

    On This Day

    March 27, 1993<br><b>Prairie Bayou</b>

  • Lion Heart may skip Santa Anita for Toyota Blue Grass.

    Biancone: Lion Heart May Run in Blue Grass

    Trainer Patrick Biancone revealed late Friday that he's considering skipping the April 3 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) with grade I winner Lion Heart in favor of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland a week later.

  • Pappy's Halo Sires First Foal

    Stakes-placed Massachusetts stallion Pappy's Halo's first foal was born March 25 in Shapleigh,Maine.