Headlines for Saturday, April 1, 2006

  • Top Of The Bill Captures Carolina Cup

    Getting past two horses at the last fence, Randleston Farm's Top Of The Bill took the $75,000 Carolina First Carolina Cup (NSA-II) at Springdale Race Course Saturday.

  • Baffert's 'Runner Overwhelms WinStar Derby

    Odds-on choice Wanna Runner left the pacesetting Blaze It behind on the far turn on his way to demolishing an overmatched field by 4 3/4 lengths in the $600,000 WinStar Derby at Sunland Park in New Mexico Saturday.

  • Bettarun Fast, 31-1, Sneaks Home in Santa Paula

    Bettarun Fast slipped through along the rail in upper stretch under jockey Aaron Gryder and held off El Mirage Queen and Acceleration in the final strides to spring a 31-1 upset in the $105,650 Santa Paula (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Saturday.

  • West Virginia, ridden by Norberto Arroyo Jr., races ahead of Funny Cide to capture the Excelsior Breeders' Cup.

    Funny Cide Can't Hold Off Surging West Virginia

    Looking for his first win in 18 months, Funny Cide gave a gritty effort in Saturday's $151,900 Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) but couldn't hold off the surging West Virginia, who registered a mild surprise on the Aqueduct main track.

  • Honey Ryder Looks Sweet in Orchid Repeat

    Even-money favorite Honey Ryder soared past Noble Stella near the furlong pole and drove to a powerful victory in the $150,000 Orchid Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares on the Gulfstream Park turf Saturday.