A long-running controversy over toe grabs before the California Horse Racing Board could turn into a referendum on trainer authority.
The stalking Bwana Bull circled the pacesetters coming off the final turn of Sunday's $150,000 California Derby and was long gone at the end under substitute rider David Lopez at Golden Gate Fields.
Even-money choice Pussycat Doll, returning from a layoff of nearly nine months, proved anything but vulnerable with her third grade I win in the $250,000 Santa Monica Handicap at Santa Anita Sunday.
California riding apprentice William Antongeorgi III took off his remaining mounts at Santa Anita Sunday after he was thrown during the fifth race at the Southern California track.
A change in his usual tactics contributed to a career-best effort for Anstu Stable's Ramazutti, a handy winner of Sunday's $150,000 Mac Diarmida Handicap (gr. IIT) at 1 3/8 miles on the Gulfstream Park lawn.
The paths of the two California-bred Thoroughbreds crossed like ships in the night Saturday when 7-10 favorite Lava Man won the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Turf at Santa Anita and a rejuvenated McCann's Mojave captured the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic at odds of 33-1 at Gulfstream Park.
- By Claire Novak
The agent for Rene Douglas, the jockey cleared to ride by Gulfstream Park on Jan. 26 after a six-week ban by authorities, says he still doesn't know what's going on but is ready to "start the ball rolling again."
William S. Farish's homebred Student Council blazed to a 3 1/4-length victory in Saturday night's $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup at Sam Houston Race Park.
Barkley Sound kept his perfect Tampa Bay Downs record intact by winning the $75,000 Pasco Stakes for 3-year-olds Saturday in the time of 1:24.1 for the seven-furlong distance.
Rosie Napravnik, Maryland's top rider in 2006, has been released from the hospital but will miss some time after suffering a back injury in a spill at Laurel Park Friday afternoon.
Turfway Park abandoned its live racing card Sunday after the second of nine scheduled races due to temperatures that fell below zero due to wind chill.
The first reported foal by grade I winner Roman Ruler is a colt born Jan. 24 at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington, where Roman Ruler stands at stud.
Prince Arch, a grade I turf winner who beat grass champion Kitten's Joy at Churchill Downs, will stand in 2007 at Bridge House Stud in County Westmeath, Ireland.
The first reported foal for grade I winner Forest Danger is a filly born Jan. 13 at Needham/Betz Thoroughbreds near Lexington.
The first reported offspring by multiple grade I winner Southern Image is a filly foaled Jan. 19 at Lobo Farm near Paris, Ky.
Millionaire Crafty Shaw's first reported foal is a filly born Jan. 26 at Douglas Arnold's Buck Pond Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Oklahoma stallion Expense Account died Jan. 25 in a paddock accident at Joyce Tackett's B-T Ranch near Collinsville, Okla.
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