Headlines for Saturday, February 12, 2005

  • Scipion wins Risen Star.

    Scipion Springs Risen Star Surprise

    Scipion, a half-brother to juvenile champion Vindication who was a bit disappointing last year, rallied impressively to win the $150,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds Saturday at Fair Grounds.

  • Sort It Out, with Timothy Thornton up, wins the Whirlaway, Saturday at Aqueduct.

    Sort It Out Spoils Grocer's Return in Whirlaway

    Preferred Pals Stable's outsider Sort It Out spoiled the sophomore debut of odds-on favorite Galloping Grocer on Saturday, winning the $84,150 Whirlaway for 3-year-olds at a 1 1/16 miles by a neck over Naughty New Yorker.

  • Wanderin Boy comes home first in Mineshaft.

    Zito's Wanderin Boy Dominates Mineshaft

    The lightly raced Wanderin Boy passed his first stakes test with flying colors, leading every step of the way to take the $100,000 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Race Course Saturday.

  • Snowdrops, center, wins the Suwannee River Handicap, Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

    Snowdrops' Late Drive Wins Suwannee River

    Snowdrops tracked the pace set by favored Angela's Love and Binya, then surged to the front inside the sixteenth pole to win Saturday's $100,000 Suwannee River Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the grass at Gulfstream Park.

  • Sharp Lisa and Corey Nakatani, right, battle Memorette and Kent Desormeaux at the top of the stretch before Sharp Lisa wins the Las Virgenes Stakes,  Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Sharp Lisa Slices to Las Virgenes Victory

    Passed by Memorette in upper stretch, odds-on favorite Sharp Lisa refused to give in, coming back powerfully in the final sixteenth of a mile to tally a three-quarters of a length win in the $250,000 Las Virgenes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Saturday.

  • Tarlow, with Patrick Valenzuela aboard, scores a wire-to-wire win in the La Canada Stakes, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Tarlow Never Looks Back in La Canada Win

    Front-running Tarlow pulled jockey Patrick Valenzuela to the lead soon after the start and was never headed while recording a two-length victory in the $200,000 La Canada Stakes (gr. II) for 4-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Saturday.

  • Princess Rooney winner Ema Bovary retired; to be bred in Kentucky.

    Ema Bovary Injured in Workout, Retired

    Ema Bovary, a multiple stakes winner of $721,642 and one of the nation's top female sprinters, sustained an ankle injury while working at Golden Gate Fields Saturday morning and is through racing.

  • Champion broodmare Taba passes away at age 32.

    Taba, Dam of Turkoman, Dies

    Taba, Argentina's 1975 champion 2-year-old filly and dam of Turkoman, has died at Our Mims Retirement Haven. She was 32.

  • Mullins Denies 'Milkshake' Wrongdoing; Cerin Also Cited

    Trainer Jeff Mullins said Friday that Puppeteer, found to have an excessive level of bicarbonate in his bloodstream following his second-place finish in the Jan. 22 San Marcos Handicap (gr. IIT), was subject to an accidental contamination of alkalizing agents.