Headlines for Saturday, February 17, 2007

  • Staten Island Cruises Home in Arizona Oaks

    Staten Island pounced on her foes in the $75,000 Arizona Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at Turf Paradise, drawing away to a 2 3/4-length victory for locally based trainer Kevin Lewis at odds of better than 5-1.

  • Any Given Saturday adds his name to the list of Derby Trail winners with Sam Davis victory.

    Any Given Saturday Clearly Best in Sam Davis

    WinStar Farm's Any Given Saturday went off at odds of 1-5 in his 3-year-old debut Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs. He gave his supporters little reason for concern with a 2 3/4-length triumph in the $146,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes.

  • Tie Rod Makes Connection in Turf Paradise Derby

    Phoenix-based Tie Rod duplicated his success in the Rattlesnake Stakes last month with a 2 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Turf Paradise Derby for 3-year-olds Saturday.

  • Latent Heat, with jockey Edgar Prado aboard, duels down the stretch with Proud Tower Too (6) to win the San Carlos Handicap, Saturday at Santa Anita.

    Latent Heat Sizzles in San Carlos

    A pair of grade I winning sprint standouts dueled throughout Saturday's seven-furlong San Carlos Handicap (gr. II) before the Bobby Frankel-trained 4-year-old Latent Heat prevailed in the final strides by a neck over an equally determined Proud Tower Too at Santa Anita.

  • Takedown On Top in Borderland Derby

    Takedown, a son of Point Given, made his stakes debut a winning one Saturday at Sunland Park, capturing the $100,000 Borderland Derby for 3-year-olds by 1 1/4 lengths over Jack Hes Tops.

  • Jerkens Wins Again as Any Limit Takes 'Bertie

    Trainer Allen Jerkens scored a graded stakes double at Gulfstream Park when Joseph V. Shields Jr.'s homebred filly Any Limit was a prompt winner of Saturday's $108,500 Hurricane Bertie Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares as the 17-10 favorite.

  • Oprah Winney Has Last Word in Barbara Fritchie

    New York shipper Oprah Winney fought off all comers to record her first graded stakes win, a front-running three-quarters of a length victory over Silmaril in the $285,000 Barbara Fritchie Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at Laurel Park Saturday.

  • Swap Fliparoo and Javier Castellano win the Sabin Handicap, Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

    Swap Fliparoo Springs to Easy Sabin Win

    Hobeau Farm homebred Swap Fliparoo swept past the leaders on the outside approaching the eighth pole and drew away effortlessly to win the $140,000 Sabin Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares at Gulfstream Park Saturday.

  • Ron Franklin to Seek Maryland License Reinstatement

    Ron Franklin, who became a teenage sensation in 1979 when he rode Spectacular Bid to victory in the first two legs of the Triple Crown, is expected to appear before the Maryland Racing Commission Feb. 20 to ask for reinstatement as a jockey.

  • Turcotte Named 'Sports Legend,' to be Honored Feb. 23

    Jockey Ron Turcotte, a winner of more than 3,000 races whose career was cut short in 1978 when he was paralyzed from the waist down in a racing accident at Belmont Park, is among the honorees at the 16th annual Sports Legends Awards to benefit spinal cord research.

  • Beulah Park Cancels Saturday Card

    Due to inclement weather conditions in the Columbus area Beulah Park has been forced to cancel its live racing program for Saturday, Feb. 17.

  • TOBA's Sales Integrity Task Force to Reconvene

    The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, which facilitated the Sales Integrity Task Force in 2004, has agreed to reconvene the task force to address Kentucky House Bill 388 and other issues relating to the sale of horses in the state.