Headlines for Saturday, April 21, 2007

  • Bonfante Wins San Simeon Stretch Duel

    Saturday's $103,488 San Simeon Handicap at Santa Anita, pared to four starters from an original field of nine when switched from the hillside turf course to the main track at 6 1/2 furlongs, went to Bonfante, the longest shot in the field who won a stirring stretch battle with Battle Won.

  • Forest Code Takes Outside Path in Giant's Causeway

    Favored Forest Code, overcoming a tough outside post, battled on the lead from the outset and drove clear in the final stages for a 1 1/2-length win in the $115,000 Giant's Causeway for fillies and mares sprinting 5 1/2 furlongs on grass Saturday at Keeneland.

  • Closing Kettleoneup Soars Home in Sixty Sails

    Fast fractions and a well timed ride by veteran jockey Calvin Borel, enabled Kettleoneup to roll through the stretch en route to a widening 2 1/2-length victory in the $250,000 Sixty Sails Handicap (gr. III), for fillies and mares competing at Hawthorne Saturday.

  • Xchanger takes Tesio by 8 lengths.

    Xchanger Back in Form for Tesio Romp

    Circle Z Stables' Xchanger opened up by eight lengths and cruised to victory in the $100,000 Federico Tesio Stakes for 3-year-olds, while odds-on favorite Etude had nothing to offer when asked and finished off the board.

  • Naughty Rafaela and jockey David Flores win the Santa Barbara Handicap, Saturday at Santa Anita.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1043478%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Naughty Rafaela Catches Fire in Santa Barbara

    T N T Stud's Brazilian homebred Naughty Rafaela picked up her first graded win in the United States, wearing down the pacesetting Sweet Belle in the final furlong and going on to win the Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIT) by one length Saturday on the Santa Anita turf.

  • Master Command Dominates 3 Rivals in NJC 'Cap

    Aaron and Marie Jones' Master Command made short work of three overmatched rivals when he drew off to win the $250,000 National Jockey Club Handicap (gr. III) at Hawthorne by a convincing 3 3/4 lengths Saturday, helping him to eclipse $1 million dollars in earnings.

  • Slew's Tizzy puts an exclamation mark on this year's Derby preps with Coolmore Lexington romp.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1042455%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    'Tizzy Leaves Foes Dizzy in Lexington Stakes

    Slew's Tizzy, a hard luck colt on the Fair Grounds Triple Crown path this spring, woke up when returned to Polytrack Saturday, going virtually gate to wire to spring a 40-1 upset in the $325,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.

  • Carmandia Dances to Bed o' Roses Victory

    Everything came up roses for Carmandia, who made a bold move on the rail for jockey Mike Luzzi to sweep past the speedy Magnolia Jackson and register a two-length win in the $153,900 Bed o' Roses Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at Aqueduct Saturday.

  • Norman Suspension Upheld in Louisiana

    The Louisiana Racing Commission on Friday upheld trainer Cole Norman's six-month suspension and $1,000 fine for two separate incidents late last year involving total carbon dioxide violations.

  • Pletcher, Velasquez Win Gulfstream Park Titles

    Gulfstream Park closes its 2007 racing season Sunday with Eclipse-winning trainer Todd Pletcher capturing his fourth consecutive title at the South Florida track. Jockey Cornelio Velasquez has sealed his first riding title.

  • Cowtown Cat in sharp workout at Keeneland.

    Cowtown Cat Drills :58 2/5 at Keeneland

    Illinois Derby (gr. II) winner Cowtown Cat, one of trainer Todd Pletcher's horses currently being pointed toward the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), worked five furlongs in :58 2/5 at Keeneland on the Polytrack surface Saturday.

  • Bill Would Allow Calif. Tracks to Keep License Fees

    California State Senator Dean Florez announced April 20 that he intends to introduce legislation that allows California racetracks to retain their license fees, using those funds, amounting to about $40 million a year, to increase purses and provide breeders' awards and incentives.

  • Straight Man Filly Speeds :10 Flat at OBS Preview

    A filly by Straight Man consigned by agent Eisaman Equine zipped an eighth in :10 flat, the fastest time at the distance at Friday's third session of the Under Tack Show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2007 Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training.