Headlines for Sunday, February 5, 2006

  • Baze, Garcia Tie in Bay Meadows Jockey Race

    Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze gained a share of his 35th riding title at Bay Meadows when he and apprentice Martin Garcia both won two races on Sunday's closing-day program at the 2005-06 holiday meeting.

  • Spellbinder and jockey Martin Pedroza  win the San Antonio Handicap, Sunday at Santa Anita.

    Spellbinder Weaves Magic in San Antonio Win

    Tough luck Spellbinder gained his first graded stakes victory Sunday when he defeated With Distinction by three-quarters of a length in the $250,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Universal Form, 53-1, Shocks Deputy Minister

    The former claiming horse Universal Form got the heated pace he was looking for, scoring a come-from-behind shocker at odds of 53-1 in the $100,000 Deputy Minister Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Sunday.

  • 'Rafael Winner Brother Derek in Easy Breeze

    San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) winner Brother Derek, preparing for a rematch with 2-year-old champion Stevie Wonderboy and new face Bob and John in the Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) on March 4, breezed four furlongs early Sunday morning in :49 2/5.

  • Harlington Makes Return in Gulf Allowance

    Big things have been expected of Melnyk Racing Stable's 4-year-old Harlington, a $2.8 million Keeneland yearling who's likely to be favored in Wednesday's 'three other than' allowance feature at Gulfstream Park.

  • Todd Pletcher leads all trainers with 38 3YOs nominated to Triple Crown 2006.

    Triple Crown Nominations Up; Pletcher Has Record Number

    A new era is about to begin for Triple Crown Productions, with a first-time sponsor and new name for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), a new television contract, a significant increase in nominations from 2005, and a record number of nominations from trainer Todd Pletcher.