Headlines for Saturday, October 1, 2005

  • Diamond Omi, right, battles Wild Fit down the stretch to win the Oak Leaf Stakes.

    Diamond Omi Sparkles in Oak Leaf Win

    Diamond Omi held off a heavily favored Wild Fit in a stretch duel to win the $200,000 Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds by three quarters of a length Saturday at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting.

  • Preemptive Strike clears the final hurdle en route to victory in the Somerset Medical Center Steeplechase at the Meadowlands.

    Preemptive Strike Wins Meadowlands 'Chase

    Polaris Stable's Preemptive Strike broke on top and was never headed, winning the $75,000 Somerset Medical Center Steeplechase (NSA-II), a race for cancer awareness, at the Meadowlands on Saturday night by five lengths.

  • Lost in the Fog scores a perfect 10 with Bay Meadows Speed 'Cap win.

    'Foggy' Wins 10th Straight for Home Crowd

    Thrilling fans and packing stands, Lost in the Fog maintained perfection with his 10th consecutive win, romping to an impressive 7 3/4-length victory before his hometown crowd in Saturday's $100,000 Bay Meadows Speed Handicap.

  • Overlooked 'Sunrise Shines at Turfway

    The bettors overlooked Artemus Sunrise in the crowded $100,000 Turfway Park Fall Championship (gr. III) at Turfway Park Saturday, but at the wire he was right in front where they could see him.

  • Jockey Garrett Gomez looks back as Borrego pulls away to an impressive win in Saturday's Jockey Club Gold Cup.

    Borrego Blows Away Gold Cup; Pletcher Duo Unplaced

    West coast invader Borrego roared to the lead leaving the second turn and drew off to an impressive victory in the $1-million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) that highlighted Saturday's Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Preview Day at Belmont Park.

  • Riskaverse wins second consecutive Flower Bowl.

    Riskaverse Lights Up in Flower Bowl Repeat

    She had not won a race in four starts, going back to Oct. 2, 2004. But Saturday afternoon, Fox Ridge Farm's 6-year-old Riskaverse woke up at Belmont Park at odds of 35-1 to win the $750,000 Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT) for fillies and mares at 10 furlongs on the inner turf course.

  • Megahertz bids farewell to Southern California fans with this victory in the Yellow Ribbon Stakes, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Megahertz Rules Again on Santa Anita Turf

    Prohibitive choice Megahertz, who has made a career of winning grass stakes at Santa Anita Park, said good-bye to her Southern California fans Saturday with a trademark victory in the $500,000 Yellow Ribbon (gr. IT) at Oak Tree.

  • Peeress Surprises at Newmarket

    Sir Michael Stoute appeared to be holding a strong hand going into Saturday's Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (Eng-I) for fillies and mares at Newmarket.

  • Mosse Makes Winning Return to Longchamp

    Court Masterpiece claimed the first of Longchamp's seven group I races this weekend when getting up in the final strides to claim the Prix de la Foret Casino Barriere de Biarritz (Fr-I) on Saturday.

  • Rock Hard Ten, center, runs by Roman Ruler, right, and Choctaw Nation, left, to win the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Rock Hard Ten Picks Up Where He Left Off

    Returning from a seven-month layoff, Rock Hard Ten swept past reluctant pacesetter Roman Ruler in the final furlong to win Saturday's $484,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting.

  • The Daddy's in Charge in Super Derby

    Owner Greg Norman and trainer Salvador Gonzalez figured they had the speed edge heading into the 1 1/4-mile Super Derby (gr. II). That advantage was the difference as The Daddy held off A.P. Arrow in the $750,000 test for 3-year-olds at Louisiana Downs Saturday.

  • Ashado (inside) moves by Happy Ticket on the way to the win in Saturday's  Beldame Stakes.

    Ashado Bounces Back Into Winner's Circle

    Ashado, last year's champion 3-year-old filly, rebounded nicely from her worst career defeat with a game triumph Saturday in the Beldame Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park and will now move on to attempt to win the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), which she won last year.

  • Taste of Paradise tastes victory in the Vosburgh.

    Hunch Pays for Taste of Paradise in Vosburgh

    Trainer Gary Mandella played a hunch that Taste of Paradise would appreciate the wide turn and sandy surface of Belmont Park and came away with a shocking victory in the Vosburgh (gr. I) Saturday at odds of 26-1.

  • First Samurai Drills Bullet Five Furlongs

    First Samurai, trainer Frank Brothers' undefeated winner of Saratoga's Hopeful (gr. I), worked five furlongs over Belmont Park's main track handily Saturday morning in :58 2/5. It was the fastest of 42 works at the distance.

  • Flying Glitter Soars to Indiana BC Oaks

    Fourth choice Flying Glitter broke sharply from the gate and wired the field on her way to a comfortable victory in the $405,100 Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. III) Friday night at Hoosier Park.