Headlines for Saturday, July 16, 2005

  • Desert Boom Wears Claiming Crown Jewel

    Robert Bone's Desert Boom, a grade III winner in his last start, broke on top and never looked back in capturing the $138,000 Claiming Crown Jewel, the central attraction of Saturday's annual series of races for Thoroughbred racing's blue collar workers at Canterbury Park.

  • What A Song, outside, moves past Bashert to win the Hollywood Juvenile Championship.

    What a Song Makes Booming Stakes Debut

    Bob and Beverly Lewis' $1.9 million colt What a Song is unbeaten in two starts after winning a thrilling duel with Bashert in Saturday's $104,500 Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at Hollywood Park.

  • Tanaka's Noble Stella Takes Dance Smartly

    Well-traveled Noble Stella made her second start in Canada a winning one when the Gary Tanaka-owned 4-year-old captured Saturday's $340,800 Dance Smartly Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine.

  • Park Avenue Ball earns shot in the Haskell with convinsing Long Branch win.

    Park Avenue Ball Passes Test in Long Branch

    Char-Mari Stable's favored Park Avenue Ball proved he could be successful going two turns when he ran away from seven rivals for a 6 1/4-length victory in the $150,000 Long Branch Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Monmouth Park Saturday.

  • Devilment Delivers Stakes Record in Round Table

    Devilment rallied with a wide move on the second turn and took command at the top of the stretch to easily win the $100,000 Round Table Stakes for 3-year-olds by two lengths Saturday at Arlington Park.

  • English Channel Rolls to Virginia Derby Win

    John Velazquez mirrored tactics used in his Colonial Turf Cup win three weeks ago in Saturday's $750,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIIT) and produced the same result. With a 3 1/4-length romp, trainer Todd Pletcher's turf standout now has captured two legs of the $5 million Grand Slam of Grass.

  • Stupendous Miss Posts Comeback in All Along

    Headed at the quarter pole, favored Stupendous Miss battled back along the inside to post a one-length victory over Humoristic in the $200,000 Mede Cahaba All Along Breeders' Cup (gr. IIIT) at stormy Colonial Downs Saturday.

  • Jerry Meyer, Trainer of Verbatim, Dies

    Jerome C. "Jerry" Meyer, whose big horse, Verbatim, was a powerful presence in the late 1960s in New York, died July 15 after a bout with cancer. The 78-year-old Meyer was a patient at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto at the time of his death.

  • Cacht Wells holds off late charge by Relaxed Gesture to win the Bowling Green Handicap by a head.

    Cacht Wells Mows Down Bowling Green Field

    Argentine-bred Cacht Wells, sent off at odds of 26-1, took the lead down the stretch and held on through the drive to the wire to upset the even-money favorite Relaxed Gesture by a head in Saturday's $150,000 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Belmont Park turf.

  • Mud-Loving R Lady Joy Takes Delaware Oaks

    Surprising R Lady Joy withstood determined challenges from favored Round Pond and Dance Away Capote in the stretch to spring a 17-1 upset in the $500,300 Delaware Oaks (gr. II) at sloppy Delaware Park Saturday.

  • Storm Forces Colonial Dirt Races to Grass

    People at Colonial Downs have joked for years that it is one of a few tracks in the country where racing could be pulled off the dirt to the turf. On one of its biggest racing days in its history Saturday, it actually happened.

  • Sunset favorite Runaway Dancer romped to victory in the Jim Murray at odds of 17-1 for jockey Garrett Gomez.

    Sunset 'Cap Brings Down Hollywood Curtain

    Runaway Dancer, who swept from last to win the May 14 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap (gr. IIIT), will attempt to repeat that dramatic effort in Sunday's $150,000 Sunset Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT), closing day feature of Hollywood Park's 64-day spring/summer meet.