Headlines for Saturday, January 7, 2006

  • High Limit and Patrick Valenzuela, inside, duel down the stretch with Buckland Manor to win the San Pasqual Handicap.

    High Limit Raises Game, Wins San Pasqual

    Favored High Limit and Buckland Manor hooked up shortly after the start and battled all the way to the wire before High Limit prevailed by a nose in a dramatic edition of the $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park Saturday.

  • Brass Hat Wears New Orleans 'Cap Crown

    Brass Hat, making only his third start after a 13-month layoff, took a commanding 2 1/2-length victory in the $435,600 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) Saturday at the Fair Grounds meet at Harrah's Louisiana Downs.

  • Gaff (front) and jockey Shaun Bridgmohan hold off War Front to win the Mr. Prospector Handicap.

    Bridgmohan, Aboard Gaff, Sweeps Gulf Stakes

    Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan enjoyed a spectacular start to the opening weekend of Gulfstream Park's 2006 season, completing a sweep of the track's three features when Gaff won the $100,000 Mr. Prospector (gr. III) Saturday in track-record time.

  • Itty Bitty Pretty and jockey Patrick Valenzuela win the Santa Ysabel Stakes.

    Itty Bitty Pretty Demolishes Santa Ysabel Foes

    Itty Bitty Pretty left the 2-5 favorite Sabatini well behind in the stretch while registering her first stakes win by six lengths in the $109,200 Santa Ysabel (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Park Saturday.

  • Doctor Decherd, right, with Shaun Bridgmohan on board, duels Itsallaboutthechase to the wire to win the Aventura Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

    Doctor Decherd Wins Nose Job in Aventura

    Doctor Decherd commenced a strong rally entering the lane to nip Itsallboutthechase by a nose in a head-bobbing stretch duel to capture Saturday's fifth running of the $125,000 Aventura Stakes, the opening leg of this year's Florida Derby (gr. I) series for 3-year-olds.

  • First Samurai's Breeze Tops Gulfstream Tab

    The highly regarded Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prospect First Samurai continues to work toward his much-anticipated 3-year-old debut, breezing five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park.

  • On Thin Ice Glides to Hal's Hope Triumph

    On Thin Ice, winless in 2005, kicked off his 5-year-old season with his first graded stakes win, romping to a 5 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Hal's Hope Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Saturday.

  • Retired jockey Gary Stevens in line for television role.

    Stevens Ponders Television Series Role

    Less than two months after his Nov. 26 retirement from racing, former jockey Gary Stevens is considering an invitation to guest star in the ABC original family series <i>Wildfire</i>.