Headlines for Saturday, January 8, 2005

  • Slew's Final Answer Has Minaret Solution

    Slew's Final Answer had the solution to a fast pace in Tampa Bay Downs' $60,000 Minaret Stakes on Saturday. She tracked the leaders and swept around the far turn to run down tiring front-runner Beautiful Honor and bold 100-1 long shot Diablosangeleyes for a convincing 3 ½-length win in the six-furlong dirt stakes for older fillies and mares.

  • Crimson Stag, with Robby Albarado up, wins the Crescent City Derby for Louisiana-bred 3YOs, Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course.

    Crimson Stag Outclasses Crescent City Foes

    Odds-on favorite Crimson Stag made every pole a winning one, turning back longshot Zarb's Music Man to win the $75,000 Crescent City Derby for 3-year-old Louisiana-breds Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course.

  • High Fly Romps to Impressive Aventura Win

    Live Oak Plantation's undefeated High Fly overtook Magna Graduate coming off the turn and put in an explosive stretch run to win the $125,000 Aventura Stakes for 3-year-olds by nine widening lengths.

  • Congrats and jockey Tyler Baze sprint through the mud to win the San Pasqual Handicap, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Congrats Takes Bow in San Pasqual

    Proven in sloppy conditions, Congrats relished the off track Saturday at waterlogged Santa Anita Park, splashing away to an easy victory in the $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap (gr. II).

  • Fencelineneighbor, with jockey Luis Jauregui, runs to the win in the San Gorgonio Handicap, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Fencelineneighbor Scales Sloppy 'Gorgonio

    Favored Fencelineneighbor claimed her first graded stakes win Saturday at sloppy Santa Anita Park, overcoming a slow break to lead at every call in the $150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap (gr. III), which was reduced to a five-horse field when heavy rain forced the race off of the turf course.

  • Legendary New Orleans broadcaster, Buddy Diliberto, dead at 73.

    New Orleans Media Personality Diliberto Dies

    Bernard "Buddy" Diliberto, whose coverage of sports in New Orleans over the past five decades included the Fair Grounds, died Friday night of an apparent heart attack. He was 73.

  • Fermin Jumps Into First Day as CHRB Chief

    Ingrid Fermin's first day as executive director of the California Horse Racing Board on Friday was an eventful one. Not only did the former steward have the Patrick Valenzuela controversy to deal with, but the e-mails and telephone calls went well into the night.

  • Lewis, TOC Donate to Winners Foundation

    Recognizing the work Winners Foundation has done for members of the racing industry, the Thoroughbred Owners of California announced Jan. 7 that it has made a special $25,000 charitable contribution, which was immediately matched by former TOC chairman and director Bob Lewis.

  • Koch Named to TOC Board

    Billy Koch was appointed by the Thoroughbred Owners of California at its Jan. 6 meeting to fill a vacant slot on its board.

  • Trainer Graeme Rogerson Front and Center at Magic Millions

    That man Rogie (trainer Graeme Rogerson) has done it again. He never seems far from the headlines at Magic Millions time and when his hunky gray colt by Redoute's Choice--Skating won the $1 million Magic Millions 2-Year-Old Classic over 1,200 meters, he was surrounded by media yet again.