Headlines for Saturday, September 4, 2004

  • Futurity Bound Roman Ruler Impresses in Drill

    Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) favorite Roman Ruler sped a half-mile in 47 seconds flat Saturday morning to show his readiness for Wednesday's 57th running of the $250,000 closing-day feature at seven furlongs on the main track.

  • Blackdoun Goes For Del Mar Derby Sweep

    Blackdoun heads a field of 10 3-year-old grass runners who will go to the post Monday in the 60th edition of the $400,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) at 1 1/8 miles.

  • Woodbine Jockey Sabourin 'Doing Well' After Fall

    Jockey Ray Sabourin is "alert and doing well" according to his agent Neal Wilson after the veteran rider was involved in a one-horse spill in the fifth race of Saturday's afternoon card of racing at Woodbine.

  • Midas Eyes scores stunning victory in Saturday's Forego Handicap.

    Quick Return Pays Off for Midas Eyes

    Wheeled back on only 10 days of rest, Edmund Gann's Midas Eyes put away favored Strong Hope inside the final furlong and went on to a powerful victory in the $250,000 Forego Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Saturday.

  • Etoile Montante, with Jose Valdivia Jr. aboard, runs to victory in the Palomar Breeders' Cup Handicap, Saturday at Del Mar.

    Etoile Montante Shines Again in Palomar 'Cap

    Class showed as Juddmonte Farm's 4-year-old filly Etoile Montante, ridden patiently by Jose Valdivia Jr., rang up her third graded or group victory in the $200,000 Palomar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Del Mar turf Saturday.

  • Zippy Chippy Drops 99th in a Row

    Zippy Chippy ran his notorious losing streak to 99 straight races without a victory with a seventh-place finish in a maiden race at Northampton fair in Massachusetts on Saturday.

  • Queen's Plaza Strolls to Monmouth's Sorority

    Candy Stables' homebred Queen's Plaza took the lead soon after the start and never looked back, romping to a 3 1/4-length victory in the $100,000 Sorority Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Monmouth Park Saturday.

  • Adoration Cruises in Arlington Matron

    Front-running Adoration tuned up for a possible defense of her Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) title with a convincing two-length win in the $150,000 Arlington Matron (gr. III).

  • Nomination Deadlines Extended at Woodbine

    The closing date for nominations to Woodbine's fall turf classics, the Pattison Canadian International and its filly and mare companion, the E.P. Taylor Stakes (both Can-I), have been extended to Oct. 6.

  • Prince Arch Heads Closing-Day Saranac Field

    Trainer Ken McPeek hopes to close the 136th Saratoga Race Course meet on a winning note when he ships Prince Arch from Kentucky for the $100,000-added Saranac Handicap (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds at 1 3/16-mile on the turf.

  • Tante Rose upset winner of Haydock Park's Sprint Cup.

    Tante Rose Pricks Somnus in Sprint Cup

    Taking on 18 opponents – the largest field in the history of Haydock Park's Sprint Cup (Eng-I) – surprising Tante Rose rallied from the back of the pack to overtake defending champion Somnus near the wire to win by a short head.

  • Former NTRA commissioner Tim Smith will not assume position with NYRA.

    Tim Smith Decides Against NYRA Post

    Tim Smith, former National Thoroughbred Racing Association commissioner, announced Sept. 4 that he will not become president and chief executive officer of the troubled New York Racing Association.

  • Dogwood Stables' Cot Campbell to chair task force.

    Dogwood Chief to Head Sales Integrity Task Force

    Cothran "Cot" Campbell, founder and manager of Dogwood Stables and a regular participant at Thoroughbred auctions, was tabbed as chairman of the recently formed Sales Integrity Task Force during its first meeting Sept. 2 at Keeneland.

  • Perfect Moon Shines Over Borrego in El Cajon

    Royce S. Jaime's Perfect Moon, who last summer won the Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) and then was third to Siphonizer in the Del Mar Futurity (gr. II), cruised to a decisive 4 1/2-length victory Friday night in the $79,550 El Cajon Stakes for 3-year-olds.

  • TVG Pact Aids New York Horsemen's Fund

    The New York Racing Association and Television Games Network have reached a $13.5 million deal giving the network exclusive simulcasting rights outside of New York, according to a published report.