Headlines for Saturday, July 30, 2005

  • Shining Energy wins the San Clemente Handicap, Saturday at Del Mar.

    Shining Energy Streaks to San Clemente Win

    Off since early May while recovering from a pulled muscle, Shining Energy returned in top form. With an amazing burst of speed in mid-stretch, she coasted to a surprise victory in the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old fillies on the Del Mar turf course Saturday.

  • Sterling Gold's Big Finish Takes Don Bernhardt

    Sterling Gold let entry mate Korbyn Gold set a quick early pace and used his late-running style to take over in the stretch with Rodney Prescott aboard, posting a 2 1/4-length victory in Saturday's $75,000 Don Bernhardt Stakes at Ellis Park.

  • Velvet Snow Faces 10 in Canada's Royal North

    Velvet Snow, a 4-year-old daughter of Subordination, takes on 10 rivals in the $170,700 Royal North Handicap (Can-III), on the Civic Holiday Monday at Woodbine.

  • One for Rose Bests Males Again in Seagram Cup

    Tucci Stables' champion mare One for Rose captured her second straight Seagram Cup (Can-III) Saturday at Woodbine, besting a field of older colts and geldings in the $161,500 (Canadian) feature.

  • Southern Cal Horseman McClellan Dies

    R.H. "Chick" McClellan, a long-time successful jockey agent and constant presence at his home racetrack, Santa Anita Park, died at his home in Arcadia Friday night at the age of 86.

  • Flower Alley gives team of Todd Pletcher & John Velazquez third straight Jim Dandy win.

    Pletcher's Budding Star Wins Jim Dandy

    The only graded stakes winner in Saturday's $500,000 Jim Dandy (gr. II), budding Flower Alley outclassed his 3-year-old foes at Saratoga Race Course to establish himself as one of the favorites for the upcoming Travers (gr. I).

  • Perfect Drift Ends Dry Spell in Washington Park

    Perfect Drift, a millionaire three times over, hadn't won a stakes in 22 months. But thanks to an aggressive move by jockey Mark Guidry, the 6-year-old gelding brought his drought to an end in the $300,000 Washington Park Handicap (gr. II) Saturday.

  • Sand Springs effortless in Diana win.

    Sand Springs Steps Lightly to Win Diana

    Favored Sand Springs, with John Velazquez aboard, dictated the pace into the stretch before pulling away to an easy victory in the $500,000 Diana Handicap (gr. IT) on the inner Saratoga turf course Saturday.

  • Big Week for Yakteen Includes Daisycutter Win

    It's been quite a week for trainer Tim Yakteen. On Wednesday, he became a father for the first time when wife Millie Ball, an on-screen analyst for HRTV, delivered a son. Friday, on his 41st birthday, Yakteen saddled his first Del Mar winner since he started training on his own last summer in the $75,000 Daisycutter.

  • Artie Schiller reunites with Migliore for Baruch run.

    'Schiller, Migliore Together Again in Baruch

    With Richard Migliore back aboard Artie Schiller, trainer James Jerkens is hoping that a familiar rider will bring familiar results in Monday's $150,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Saratoga grass course.

  • Afleet Alex will recuperate at Saratoga.

    Afleet Alex Doing Well; to Ship to Saratoga Next Week

    Trainer Tim Ritchey said Saturday morning from his barn at Belmont Park that Preakness (gr. I) and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Afleet Alex is likely to arrive at Saratoga Race Course with nine stablemates as early as Friday, Aug. 5.

  • Roman Ruler leads growing Haskell field.

    Haskell Field Continues to Grow

    It is no surprise that the prospective field for the $1-million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on Aug. 7 is growing by the day since Afleet Alex's defection, and could now draw as many as 13 starters.