Headlines for Sunday, August 15, 2004

  • Straight Man Filly Tops New York-Bred Sale Opener

    A filly by Straight Man was purchased by trainer Linda Rice, as agent, for $180,000 to top Sunday's first session of the Fasig-Tipton sale of New York-bred yearlings at the Humphrey S. Finney pavilion in Saratoga Springs.

  • Kela carries Tyler Baze to victory in the Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Handicap, Sunday at Del Mar.

    Kela KO's Pico Central in Pat O'Brien

    Pico Central had won spotlight grade I races in New Yorkin his last two starts, but he ran into a hotter horse Sunday in the Mike Mitchell-trained Kela, who blew past the 2-5 choice in mid-stretch to win the $194,000 Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar.

  • Moonshine Justice Gains Vandal Verdict

    Moonshine Justice kept his added-money record unblemished with a late stretch charge to take the featured $164,550 Vandal Stakes for 2-year-old Canadian breds Sunday at Woodbine.

  • Albanova Takes Second German Group I

    British invader Albanova won her second group I in Germany in the past two weeks, taking the 1 1/2-mile Rheineland-Pokal der Stadtsparkasse Koln with a final 100-yard burst Sunday at Cologne.

  • Birdstone Breezes for Upcoming Travers

    Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone, owned by Marylou Whitney Stables, breezed six furlongs in 1:16 Sunday over the fast Oklahoma training track at Saratoga with regular exercise rider Maxine Correa up.

  • Hind Injury Could End Mystery Giver's Career

    Team Block's millionaire Mystery Giver, who finished 10th in Saturday's Arlington Million (gr. IT), was diagnosed with a non-life threatening injury to his right hind.

  • Whipper Wins, Attraction Fades at Deauville

    A soft course at Deauville helped the Kentucky-bred 3-year-old Whipper win Sunday's Prix Jacques Le Marois (Fr-I) at the same time it extracted a promise from the connections of Attraction to never try that footing again.

  • Pie N Burger Dominates Evangeline Mile

    Favored Pie N Burger led at every call, disposing of Meteor Impact in the stretch while recording an easy three-length victory Saturday in the $100,000 Evangeline Downs Mile Handicap in Lafayette, La.

  • Separato's Late Kick Wins Presidents Cup

    Separato swept from last to first with a dazzling closing kick to post a convincing five-length win Saturday in the $100,000 Larry Riviello Presidents Cup, Philadelphia Park's major prep for the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II).

  • Molto Vita Posts Front-Running Upset at Ellis

    Breaking quickly from the inside post, Molto Vita led every step of the way, holding off 4-5 favorite Tina Bull by a neck to win the $100,000 Ellis Park Breeders' Cup Handicap for fillies and mares Saturday.

  • Tim Smith, left, is greeted by Nick Nicholson, center, and Ambassador Will Farish, right, at the Jockey Club Round Table in Saratoga Springs.

    Round Table: Cooperation, Aggregation Still Needed

    Thoroughbred racing continues to take steps on its way to becoming a true league sport, but officials at the Aug. 15 Jockey Club Round Table again beat the drum for cooperation and aggregation in what some still believe is a largely fragmented industry.