Headlines for Sunday, February 11, 2007

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    Miesque's Approval Named Florida-Bred Horse of the Year

    Reigning Eclipse Champion Male Turf horse Miesque's Approval was named 2006 Florida-bred Horse of the Year -- while also being honored as Florida-bred champion as older male, grass horse, and sprinter -- at the Florida TBOA awards banquet Sunday evening in Ocala.

  • Big Shift in Oaks Future Bet for Rags to Riches

    An eventful weekend of potential Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) preps that saw star-making performance by Rags to Riches and a surprise setback for reigning 2-year-old filly champion Dreaming of Anna jumbled the odds in Pool 1 of Churchill Downs' 2007 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager. But the mutuel field, -- the "all others" bet -- closed as the pool's narrow 3-1 favorite.

  • Balance and Victor Espinoza (left) hit the head of the stretch on the way to the win in the La Canada Stakes.

    Balance Beaming Again in Crisp La Canada Win

    John Amerman's Balance, a two-time grade I winner last year, resembled her old self while winning the $200,000 La Canada Stakes (gr. II) for 4-year-old fillies by 4 1/4 lengths over Bai and Bai Sunday at Santa Anita.

  • Noble Court (right) runs by Law Breaker on the way to a determined San Vicente win, Sunday at Santa Anita.

    Noble Court Holds Off Law Breaker in San Vicente

    Joy Ride Racing's odds-on favorite Noble Court was all out to do it, but under a strong-armed ride from Corey Nakatani they held off the determined closer Law Breaker to win the $150,000 San Vicente (gr. II) for 3-year-olds by a head at Santa Anita Sunday.

  • Trainer Atkins-Tippett's First Starter Wins at Turfway

    Trainer Ellen Atkins-Tippett's first career starter came home a winner Sunday when Silent Desert won Turfway Park's fourth race, a one-mile event for $5,000 claimers. Atkins-Tippett has held her trainer's license just since January 26.

  • English Stallion Groom Dancer Dead

    Groom Dancer, a Kentucky-bred who developed into a French group I winner and a successful international stallion, died at Cheveley Park Stud near Newmarket, England.

  • Meditations Faces Surgery for Cannon Bone Fracture

    Lucy Bassett's homebred 3-year-old filly Meditations has been shipped by van to Ocala where she will undergo surgery for a fracture in her left front cannon bone suffered Saturday at Gulfstream Park during the running of the $150,000 Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II), trainer Ralph Ziadie reported Sunday morning.