Headlines for Saturday, April 8, 2006

  • $8M Colt Mr. Sekiguchi Gets Maiden Win at Santa Anita

    Fusao Sekiguchi's 3-year-old Mr. Sekiguchi, purchased for $8 million at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale, slipped through along the rail and went on to capture his first victory by three-quarters of a length as the 9-10 favorite in a field of seven maidens at Santa Anita Saturday.

  • Patience Pays as Silent Name Wins Arcadia

    Jockey Rafael Bejarano's biggest problem in winning the $150,000 Arcadia Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Santa Anita turf Saturday was trying to keep the Japanese-bred Silent Name patient as they waited for room on the far turn.

  • Buzzard's Bay, Jose Valdivia Jr. up, takes the Oaklawn Handicap.

    Buzzards Bay Streaks to Oaklawn 'Cap Win

    On the day of the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), the 2005 winner of that race, Buzzards Bay, continued his comeback story with a romping 6 1/2-length win in the $500,000 Oaklawn Park Handicap (gr. II) Saturday before 29,841 in Hot Springs, Ark.

  • Foxysox Steps Lively in Providencia Victory

    Warren B. Williamson's British invader Foxysox won her third straight since arriving in the United States with a nifty move along the rail for Alex Bisono, registering a one-length win in the $109,400 Providencia (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Santa Anita.

  • Sweetnorthernsaint Stamps Derby Passport

    Heavy favorite Sweetnorthernsaint, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, continued his fast development with an eye-catching 9 1/4-length win in the $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. II) at Hawthorne Saturday.

  • Bushfire, with jockey Cornelio Velasquez aboard, wins the Ashland, Saturday at Keeneland.

    Bushfire Burns Ashland Field; Balance Third

    Bushfire, winner of the Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay in her previous start, led from start to finish to post a convincing upset victory Saturday in the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) before 21,342 fans at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Ky. as heavily favored Balance finished third.

  • Jockey Alex Solis crosses the finish line aboard Brother Derek after an easy victory in Saturday's Santa Anita Derby.

    Brother Derek On Script in Santa Anita Derby

    The heavily backed Brother Derek heads for next month's Run for the Roses as the likely favorite after he ran as expected in an easy gate-to-wire victory Saturday in the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) before 54,189.

  • Too Much Bling more than enough in sloppy Bay Shore win.

    Too Much Bling Shines in the Bay Shore Slop

    Favorite Too Much Bling turned in a dazzling nine-length victory in the $150,000 Bay Shore (gr. III) on a sloppy, sealed Aqueduct track Saturday, establishing himself as the leading 3-year-old sprinter in the country.

  • Churchill, Magna to Provide Races to UK

    Churchill Downs Inc., Magna Entertainment Corp., and Racing UK announced April 7 that the three organizations have reached agreement to partner in a subscription television channel that will broadcast races from CDI and MEC racetracks, as well as other North American and international racetracks, into the United Kingdom and Ireland.

  • Lawyer Ron, 'Cat Top Derby Wager at Midway

    Unbeaten Discreet Cat, winner of the UAE Derby (UAE-II) at Dubai's Nad Al Sheba, and Lawyer Ron, the likely favorite in next week's Arkansas Derby (gr. II), stood as co-favorites at the midway point of betting in Pool 3 of Churchill Downs' 2006 Kentucky Derby Future Wager.