Headlines for Sunday, November 23, 2008

  • Paul Pompa, Jr. with the 2008 Preakness trophy

    Pompa Well Positioned Again

    Here we go again. It didn't take long after second-time starter Well Positioned crossed the finish line 14 1/4 lengths in front in the sixth race at Aqueduct Nov. 22 for owner Paul Pompa to begin getting phone calls from prospective buyers. It was deja vu for Pompa and trainer Pat Reynolds after playing out the same scene last year with Big Brown.

  • Spring Waltz heads a field of 12 in the Falls City Handicap Nov. 27 at Churchill Downs.

    Spring Waltz Ready for Falls City Dance

    Spring Waltz, winner of the Rampart Handicap (gr. II) for trainer Bobby Frankel earlier this year, carries top weight of 120 pounds in a full field of 12 fillies and mares for the $150,000 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 27.

  • Jack o' Lantern wins the Hollywood Prevue at 19-1.

    Jack o' Lantern Lights Board in Prevue

    Jack o' Lantern, the longest shot in the field at 19-1, enjoyed a dream run along the inside for jockey Isaias Enriquez to post a half-length upset over favored Azul Leon in the Hollywood Prevue (gr. III) at Hollywood Park Nov. 23.

  • Zenyatta poster to be given away Sunday, Nov. 30 at Hollywood Park.

    Hollywood to Give Out Zenyatta Posters

    Patrons will receive a Zenyatta poster autographed by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith when the unbeaten Horse of the Year candidate is honored at Hollywood Park Sunday, Nov. 30.

  • Prophesy's Nov. 23 win at Remington Park gave trainer Steve Asmussen a single season record 556th win.

    Asmussen Sets Record for Most Wins

    Steve Asmussen broke his own North American record for most wins in a calendar year when Prophesy won the first race Nov. 23 at Remington Park.

  • Rayina Shines as Goffs Sale Ends

    Rayina, a 3-year-old winning Irish-bred daughter of Sinndar, brought the most expensive price of 100,000 guineas during the second and final session of the Goffs November breeding stock sale in Ireland. Spratstown Stud purchased her from the Aga Khan Studs Nov. 23.

  • Curlin, who got the red carpet treatment at Churchill Downs this spring, will again be paraded at the track Nov. 29.

    Curlin to be Paraded at Churchill Downs

    Curlin, North America's reigning Horse of the Year and the continent's richest racehorse of all time with earnings of $10,501,800, will be paraded at Churchill Downs Nov. 29.

  • Steve Asmussen

    Asmussen Ties Record for Most Wins

    Trainer Steve Asmussen tied his own North American record for 555 wins by a trainer in a calendar year when Padua Stables' Union Strike won a Nov. 22 maiden event on turf at Fair Grounds. Asmussen also won 555 races in 2004.

  • Egpytian Ra

    Hong Kong's Horse of the Year Upset

    Egyptian Ra took the points but Good Ba Ba's Hong Kong Mile (HK-I) claims remain very much intact after a sensational ride from Felix Coetzee turned the favorite over in the HK$3 million Cathay Pacific International Mile Trial (HK-II).