Headlines for Sunday, October 29, 2006

  • Beautyandthebeast Provides Fairy Tale Close

    Favored Beautyandthebeast rallied between rivals in the stretch to take the lead and narrowly held off the furious charge of Clinet to win the $150,000 Las Palmas Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares Sunday as the Oak Tree meet ended at Santa Anita.

  • Moth Ball Breaks Through After 14 U.S. Starts

    The 33-1 shot Moth Ball registered his first win in 14 United States starts when he dug in tenaciously in the stretch to defeat Apalachee Tiger in the $100,000 Morvich Handicap (gr. IIIT) on Santa Anita's hillside turf course Sunday.

  • Change Up Baffles Pocahontas Challengers

    Favored Change Up gave jockey Garrett Gomez a sweep of Saturday's opening-day stakes for juveniles when she wore down the stubborn Mistical Plan in the stretch and scored a two-length victory in the $114,300 Pocahontas (gr. III) for fillies at Churchill Downs.

  • Tiz Wonderful Turns In Terrific Iroquois

    Odds-on choice Tiz Wonderful, ridden by Garrett Gomez in his second start, emerged from a speed duel to romp to a 6 ¾-length victory in the $110,900 Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at Churchill Downs Sunday.

  • Robyn Dancer to Shady Lane in Louisiana

    Robyn Dancer, whose daughter, No Sleep, won the Oct. 20 Violet Stakes at Meadowlands, has been purchased by Tommy Metcalf for stallion duty at Shady Lane Farm near Opelousas, La.

  • Grade I Winner Scorpion's First Winner

    Scorpion, a grade I winner, was represented by his first winner when his daughter, Duchess of Stanco, won Oct. 26 at Aqueduct in her debut.

  • Brother Derek Leads Southern Cal Workers Sunday

    Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) contender Brother Derek was put through his final preparations for Saturday by logging five furlongs in :59 1/5 over a fast Santa Anita main track Sunday morning. Also working in Southern California were Quick Little Miss, Malt Magic and Aragorn.

  • Likely Distaff favorite Fleet Indian was among the runners working at Belmont Sunday morning for trainer Todd Pletcher.

    12 From 'Todd Squad' Work at Belmont Park

    The "Todd Squad" was out in full force at Belmont Park on a windy Sunday morning. Twelve Todd Pletcher-trained horses had their final tune-ups for the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup World Championships. Also working were Henny Hughes, Invasor, and Pine Island.

  • High Winds Force Aqueduct to Cancel Again

    High winds again forced the cancellation of racing at Aqueduct on Sunday afternoon after the first race. The horses were in the paddock for the second race when the announcement was made.

  • Hall of Fame Jockey Pat Day poses next to the Raymond Graf statue commemorating his 1992 Kentucky Derby win.

    Churchill Unveils Statue of Pat Day

    A bronze statue of Hall of Fame Jockey Pat Day, his arms raised in triumph, was unveiled during a noon ceremony Sunday at Churchill Downs. The sculpture, created by Louisville artist Raymond Graf, was inspired by Day's victory in the 1992 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) aboard Lil E. Tee.

  • Gorella, Many More Contenders Work at Keeneland

    Martin Schwartz's Gorella worked in the company with a stablemate and got five furlongs in :58 over the Polytrack at Keeneland Race Course Sunday in preparation for the Nov. 4 World Thoroughbred Championships at Churchill Downs. She wasn't alone as several horses with Breeders' Cup aspirations got their final works in on the morning.

  • Morning Line Goes to the Breeders' Cup

    A bronze statue of Pat Day is unveiled in the garden near the paddock at Churchill Downs. John Asher cracks a joke that it will allow Day to live out his dream of being five feet tall since the statue is just slightly larger than life.