Headlines for Friday, December 26, 2008

  • 33,112 Return to Santa Anita for Opener

    Santa Anita Park dodged the rain, which hit Southern California Christmas day but left skies sunny for the traditional Dec. 26 opening day. A crowd of 33,112 attended, an increase of 9.8% over the 30,156 fans at the 2007 opener.

  • Gio Ponti under Garrett Gomez pulls away in the Sir Beaufort Stakes.<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%3D7226458%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Surface Switch No Problem for Gio Ponti

    Favored Gio Ponti waited for room under a patient Garrett Gomez and blasted through the pack mid-stretch to win the $100,000 Sir Beaufort Stakes going away in a race taken off the Santa Anita Park turf course and transferred to the Pro-Ride main surface Dec. 26.

  • Bob Black Jack went gate to wire to easily win the $250,000 Malibu Stakes.<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%3D7221715%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Bob Black Jack Deals a Winner in Malibu

    Bob Black Jack went gate to wire to easily win the $250,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-olds on opening day of the 2008-09 season at Santa Anita Park Dec. 26. It was the first graded stakes win for the California-bred Bob Black Jack.

  • Unusual Suspect Fingers Silveyville

    Unusual Suspect, guided by Chantal Sutherland, overtook the leaders in upper stretch en route to a one-length win in the $73,500 Silveyville Stakes on opening day of the 118-day Golden Gate Fields winter/spring meet Dec. 26.

  • Clever Allemont, a 26-year-old stallion, has been rescued from slaughter.

    Rescued Clever Allemont to Old Friends

    Clever Allemont, a 26-year-old stallion, has been rescued from the road to slaughter and will be shipped to Kentucky to spend the rest of his days at Old Friends near Georgetown.

  • Pioneerof the Nile winning the CashCall Futurity (gr. I).<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%3D7146565%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Pioneerof the Nile Growing Sire's Status

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Pioneerof the Nile, winner of the CashCall Futurity (gr. I), is one of three Empire Maker sons whose recent performances have helped grow their sire's reputation among breeders. The others are Daiwa Prevail (JPN) and Summer's Empire.

  • Quarter Horse Jockey Thompson Dies

    Jockey Sam Thompson, who was injured during a spill at Los Alamitos Dec. 20, died at 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 25. Since the accident, Thompson was on life support in the coronary care unit at Los Alamitos Medical Center. When he began to fail, the decision was made to remove the life support. He was 36.

  • Trainer Blackie Huffman Dead

    William G. "Blackie" Huffman, a trainer whose son Ben Huffman serves as racing secretary at Churchill Downs and Keeneland, died Dec. 24 following a short illness.

  • Parade Ground to Legend Farm

    Parade Ground, a multiple graded stakes winner, will stand at Ted Griffith's Legend Farm near Coleman, Okla.