Headlines for Sunday, March 12, 2006

  • Balance, with Victor Espinoza up, wins the Santa Anita Oaks.

    Balance On the Beam in Santa Anita Oaks

    Amerman Racing's Balance overpowered her eight rivals in Sunday's $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) to make it back-to-back grade I victories for trainer David Hofmans and established herself as Southern California's leading contender for the May 5 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

  • Purim looks sharp in Razorback win.

    Razor-Sharp Purim Sinks 'Harbor at Oaklawn

    Edward Sukley's homebred Purim tracked the pressed pacesetter Rockport Harbor and 80-1 shot Chippewa Trail coming off the far turn and assumed command in upper stretch, rolling to victory in the $150,000 Razorback Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park Sunday.

  • Go Between (right) edges out Up an Octave (center) and Devil's Preacher to win the Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

    Go Between Rides Rail to Palm Beach Victory

    Peter Vegso's homebred Go Between, guided through a hole along the rail by Edgar Prado, outlasted a determined Up an Octave to win a neck decision in the $100,000 Palm Beach Handicap (gr. IIIT) at 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds on the Gulfstream Park turf Sunday.

  • <a target="_blank" href="http://www.vassarphotography.com/">Cal Derby winner Cause to Believe headed to Illinois Derby.</a>

    Illinois Derby Next for Cause to Believe

    Following his impressive win in Saturday's $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate, Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contender Cause to Believe is likely to make a visit to Hawthorne for the $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. II) on April 8.

  • Still More Cause to Believe in California Derby

    Launching an impressive bid on the turn for home, odds-on choice Cause to Believe rallied from last to register an easy victory over his four rivals in Saturday's $100,000 California Derby for 3-year-olds at Golden Gate Fields.

  • Desormeaux Moving Tack East After All

    Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux is planning to move his tack to New York beginning on March 28 and ride on that circuit until late November, his agent, Jim Pegram, said Sunday.

  • NYRA Seeks Rebate OK With New Phone Bet System

    The New York Racing Association, through its contract with United Tote, linked with VeCommerce Inc., of Littleton, Mass., on March 7 to provide automated telephone account management and wagering functions to its current NYRA One account holders and any new subscribers from New York and Connecticut.

  • Barretts 2-Year-Old Preview Reset for Monday

    Due to persistent rain in Southern California, the training preview for the 2006 Barretts March Sale of Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training scheduled for Sunday has been rescheduled to Monday at 9 a. m. at Fairplex Park.

  • Highest-priced colt named The Green Monkey.

    Record-Priced Forestry Colt Named The Green Monkey

    The $16-million record-priced Forestry colt that was bought by Demi O'Byrne for John Magnier and partners' Coolmore Stud at the Fasig-Tipton Calder 2-year-old sale has been named The Green Monkey.