Headlines for Saturday, August 28, 2004

  • Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone, with jockey Edgar Prado, returns to action with a decisive win in the 135th running of the Travers Stakes, Saturday at Saratoga.

    Travers Puts Birdstone on Division's Perch

    Marylou Whitney Stable's Belmont-winning Birdstone gave trainer Nick Zito his first victory in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) Saturday at Saratoga Race Course, just moments before an intense rainstorm hit the track.

  • Pomeroy, with Edgar Prado aboard, set a stakes record and missed a track record by a mere two-fifths of a second in winning Saturday's King's Bishop at Saratoga.

    Pomeroy Makes His Move in King's Bishop

    Pomeroy, who had always been in the shadow of Lion Heart in the Patrick Biancone stable, captured his first grade I race Saturday with a smart victory in the $250,000 King's Bishop (gr. I) for 3-year-olds at Saratoga.

  • Canani's Maiden Steps Out in Debutante

    Sweet Catomine, a well-bred maiden filly making only her second career start for trainer Julio Canani, ran down Souvenir Gift in deep stretch to win the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) Saturday by three quarters of a length.

  • Soaring Free Dominates Play the King Again

    Sam-Son Farm's heavily favored Soaring Free overcame a bumping incident coming out of the gate to register a three-quarter of a length win in the $173,400 Play the King (Can-III) at Woodbine Saturday.

  • Nothing to Lose outruns Silver Tree in the stretch to take the Fourstardave, Saturday at Saratoga.

    Nothing to Lose Trims Silver Tree in 'Dave

    Nothing to Lose, guided by John Velazquez through a couple of narrow gaps in the stretch, squeezed through along the hedge close to home and went on to a narrow victory over Silver Tree in the $200,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Saratoga turf Saturday.

  • Nakatani Takes a Punch, Delivers Knockout

    Jockey Corey Nakatani took at least one punch in a jockeys' room fracas after the first race Friday at Del Mar, then came back to register a knockout of his own with three victories in his final four rides.