Headlines for Saturday, May 14, 2005

  • Ace Blue and David Flores, right, outduel Ender's Shadow and Rene Douglas for the victory in the Mervyn LeRoy Handicap, Saturday at Hollywood Park.

    Ace Blue Captures Mervyn LeRoy Jackpot

    Brazilian-bred Ace Blue, ridden by David Flores, battled the pacesetter Ender's Shadow and Rene Douglas all the way through a sensational stretch drive, emerging with a head victory in the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) Saturday at Hollywood Park.

  • Garrett Gomez guides Runaway Dancer to an upset victory in the Jim Murray Memorial Handicap.

    Runaway Dancer Waltzes to Murray Stunner

    Runaway Dancer, last at the head of the stretch, stormed down the center of the track under enthusiastic urging from Garrett Gomez to win the $350,000 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap (gr. IIIT) going away on the Hollywood Park turf Saturday.

  • Southern Africa Won't Be Denied at Lone Star

    Al and Saundra Kirkwood's Southern Africa took the overland route with Jon Court but proved to be much the best in winning the $300,000 Walmac Lone Star Derby (gr. III) for 3-year-olds Saturday in Grand Prairie, Texas. Trainer Mike Puhich says the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) could be next for the well-bred son of Cape Town.

  • Razor Zips to 4-Length Matt Winn Victory

    Razor, ridden by Mike Smith, seized the lead soon after the start and was never seriously threatened en route to a four-length win over Crimson Stag in the $109,700 Matt Winn Stakes for 3-year-olds Saturday at Churchill Downs.

  • Forest Grove Slips Through to Win L.A. Times

    Forest Grove, guided through an opening along the inside on the turn by jockey Corey Nakatani, held off the late charge of Areyoutalkintome to register his first graded stakes victory in the $150,000 Los Angeles Times Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park Saturday.

  • Services Set for Longtime Owner Bohanon

    Funeral services are May 16 in Louisville for longtime Thoroughbred owner James Bohanon, who died on May 11 at University of Louisville Hospital.

  • Greeley's Galaxy Sharp in Churchill Slop

    Greeley's Galaxy, winner of the Illinois Derby (gr. I) and 11th in last week's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), tuned up for an expected run in the Preakness (gr. I) with a sharp five furlong work in the slop on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

  • Magic Weisner's Comeback Abandoned

    Magic Weisner, the Maryland-bred who nearly won the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at 45-1 in 2002 has been retired, Nancy Alberts, his trainer, owner, breeder and exercise rider announced Saturday.

  • Rakti Roars to Lockinge Triumph

    Jockey Philip Robinson guided the 6-year-old Rakti to the front early and went on to a five-length romp and a Newbury track record in the Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (Eng-I) Saturday.

  • Barretts Previews 2-Year-Old in Training Sale

    Kitty Street, a California-bred daughter of Sir Cat out of the Runaway Groom mare Stormy Street, turned in the fastest eighth of a mile Friday in the first training preview for the 2005 Barretts May Two-Year-Old in Training Sale.

  • Bullish Luck, right, beats Silent Witness to win the Champions Mile at the Sha Tin racecource in Hong Kong on Saturday.

    Silent Witness' 17-Race Win Streak Ends

    International racing's longest winning streak of recent years bit the dust in the very final strides of Saturday's Champions Mile (HK-I) as stablemate Bullish Luck wrested the lead from the hitherto undefeated Silent Witness to score by a short head.