Headlines for Saturday, September 17, 2005

  • George Washington Set for National Stakes

    A field of seven 2-year-olds is set to go post ward Sunday in the Laing O'Rourke National Stakes (Ire-I) at the Curragh, led by group I winner George Washington.

  • Vinnie Roe Denied 5th Straight St. Leger

    British raider Collier Hill denied veteran Vinnie Roe a fifth consecutive win in the Irish Field St. Leger (Ire-I) at the Curragh on Saturday.

  • Battle Chant Prevails in Schapiro Breeders' Cup

    Cheveley Park Farm's Battle Chant slipped between horses straightening away for home and bounded to victory Saturday the $150,000 John D. Schapiro Memorial Breeders' Cup on the turf at Laurel Park.

  • Joey P., Picnic Theme Win in New Jersey Festival

    John Petrini's Joey P. wore down pacesetter War's Prospect in the stretch to win the $100,000 Friendly Lover Handicap at Monmouth Park on Saturday before a crowd of 13,018 on the third annual New Jersey Thoroughbred Festival, a day dedicated to horses bred in the Garden State.

  • Estate Collection Finds Extra in Ky. Cup Sprint

    The undefeated Estate Collection, making his stakes debut, set a lively pace for jockey Patrick Valenzuela in the Kentucky Cup Sprint (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Turfway Park Saturday but refused to give in late, winning by three-quarters of a length over 23-1 Humor At Last.

  • Miss Fortunate Proves Luckiest in Turfway BC

    Lyon Stables' Miss Fortunate closed strongest of all to defeat Sheer Luck and Whoopi Cat in an exciting finish to the $175,000 Turfway Breeders' Cup (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares at Turfway Park Saturday.

  • Folklore cruises to victory in the Matron, Saturday at Belmont Park.

    Legend-Making Folklore Dominates Matron

    Bob and Beverly Lewis' homebred Folklore became the early favorite for the Alberto VO5 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) when she routed the field by 14 lengths in Saturday's $300,000 Matron (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

  • Royal Copenhagen Surges Late in Pucker Up

    Royal Copenhagen, a French-bred filly owned by Arlington Park chairman Richard L. Duchossois, rallied from far back to overtake prohibitive favorite Singhalese inside the sixteenth pole to win the $200,000 Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT) by a half-length Saturday at the suburban Chicago racecourse.

  • Shaniko Shakes Loose in Kentucky Cup Classic

    Even-money choice Shaniko, given a confident hand ride by Rafael Bejarano, disposed of pacesetter Ball Four approaching the furlong pole and drew off to a commanding 4 1/2-length victory in the $342,500 Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) at Turfway Park Saturday.

  • Smokey Glacken glided to a two-length victory in the Floral Park Handicap,  Saturday at Belmont.

    Smokey Glacken Fires in Floral Park

    Susan and John Moore's favored Smokey Glacken assumed command soon after the start and glided to a two-length victory in the $109,000 Floral Park Handicap (gr. III) Saturday at Belmont Park, her first graded stakes win since November 2003.

  • Catalano Breaks Own Mark for Arlington Wins

    Wayne Catalano, Arlington Park's leading conditioner in three of the last four years, saddled three winners Friday to break the mark he established three years ago for training victories in a season at the Chicago track.