Headlines for Saturday, October 15, 2005

  • Play Bingo Captures Maryland Million Classic

    Erdenheim Farm's Play Bingo went from last to first to win the $250,000 Maryland Million Classic Saturday at Laurel Park, the centerpiece of a day of stakes races for the progeny of Maryland breds.

  • Supervisor Controls B.B. Best in Spend A Buck

    Rodney G. Lundock's homebred Supervisor put his strong late kick to good use when he rallied along the rail to win the $100,000 Spend A Buck Handicap (gr. III) at Calder Race Course by a neck over a determined B. B. Best.

  • Sweet Talker (8), noses out Karen's Caper (4) and Gorella in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland.

    Sweet Talker Has Final Say in Challenge Cup

    Sweet Talker, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, prevailed by a nose in a three-horse photo finish Saturday at Keeneland to give trainer Helen Pitts her first graded stakes win in the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. IT).

  • Aragorn, right, noses out Eastern Sand in the Oak Tree Derby.

    Aragorn Nips Eastern Sand in Oak Tree Derby

    With the expected heavy favorite Willow O Wisp scratched from the Oak Tree Derby (gr. IIT) due to a slight virus, Irish-bred Aragorn nosed out Eastern Sand in a stirring stretch battle on the Santa Anita turf Saturday.

  • Blazing Rate Spoils Summation's FSS Sweep

    Ralph C. Sessa's Blazing Rate nailed a resolute In Summation in the final stride to win the $400,000 In Reality Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes, spoiling the previously undefeated colt's bid to sweep the series on Saturday during Calder's $1.6 million Festival of the Sun card.

  • Consider Thesource Pulls Calder Shocker

    Rustlewood Farm's Consider Thesource came flying down the middle of the track at odds of 52-1 to overtake frontrunner Stolen Prayer to win the $400,000 My Dear Girl Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths.

  • Riskaverse won her second consecutive Flower Bowl in early October.

    Riskaverse Gamble Paying Off for Kelly, Schiff

    With two grade I victories and earnings of more than $1.5, no one would have been surprised had trainer Patrick Kelly and owner Peter Schiff retired Riskaverse after the 2004 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT). But with the event returning to Belmont Park in 2005, they decided on another season of racing for the 6-year-old mare.