Headlines for Saturday, December 6, 2008

  • Niconero Wins Kingston Town in Australia

    Niconero charged home at a great rate to claim the Dec. 6 Kingston Town Stakes at Ascot again. And it was the same result, with the same jockey--Brad Rawiller--for the same trainer David Hayes, at the same price of 9-2.

  • Champs Elysees powers home in the Hollywood Turf Cup.

    Champs Elysees Sweeps to Turf Cup Win

    Favored Champs Elysees sliced the corner impressively and flew past pacesetter Mr. Chairman in the homestretch to win the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT), earning his first grade I win in the United States for Juddmonte Farms and trainer Bobby Frankel.

  • Golden Yank Earns Stripes in Zia Derby

    Odds-on choice Golden Yank overtook Por Que in the homestretch and drew off for a 6 3/4-length romp in the $158,730 Zia Park Derby, giving the 3-year-old son of Yankee Gentleman back-to-back Derby victories for trainer Gary Thomas.

  • Slew's Tizzy pulls away in the Native Diver.<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%3D6978690%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Stalking Slew's Tizzy Nabs Native Diver

    Slew's Tizzy, bounding home from between horses for red-hot jockey Joel Rosario, outfought favored Past the Point and pacesetter Ball Four to win the $108,200 Native Diver Handicap (gr. III) in a 7-1 surprise at Hollywood Park Dec. 6.

  • Spice Route (right) gets the nod over Soldier's Dancer in the Tropical Turf.

    Spice Route Ekes Out Tropical Turf Win

    It took a wild stretch run and the perfect head bob, but Harlequin Ranches' Spice Route earned his first victory on American soil, prevailing by the narrowest of margins over Soldier's Dancer in the $100,000 Tropical Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) Dec. 6 at Calder Race Course.

  • Jessamine winner Laragh will head to California for the Hollywood Starlet.<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%3D6253595%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Laragh Expected for Hollywood Starlet

    Laragh, third-place finisher as the favorite in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT), is to be flown west from New York to compete in the $250,000 Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) on Dec. 13, trainer John Terranova said.

  • Wild Promises rolls in the My Charmer under Aaron Gryder.

    Wild Promises Wins Fifth Straight Stakes

    Harry Aleo's Wild Promises shipped in from California to notch her fifth consecutive score Dec. 6 on the Calder Race Course turf, displaying a determined run in the final furlong to take the $100,000 My Charmer Handicap (gr. IIIT) by a length.

  • Alix Road Sets Pace at Arqana Sale

    Alix Road, a 5-year-old daughter of Linamix, brought the top price of 310,000 euros to top the opening session of the Arqana December breeding stock sale in France. Xaviar Bozo's Intercontinental Bloodstock purchased her from Hara des Capucines Dec. 6.

  • Patena fights off Hooh Why to take the Display Stakes at Woodbine.

    Display: Patena Holds On For Victory

    Patena, an impressive maiden winner last out, had no problem in his first stakes test, as the 2-year-old Seeking the Gold colt gamely hung on for a narrow victory in the $150,000 Display Stakes on a cold and snowy day at Woodbine Dec. 6.

  • Portland Meadows Makes Schedule Changes

    The Oregon Racing Commission has approved a schedule change for Portland Meadows that will drop four Sunday programs in January while adding eight Wednesday dates through the end of February, the track announced.

  • Big Drama cruises to victory in the Delta Jackpot.

    Big Win for Big Drama in Delta Jackpot

    Big Drama proved over the summer and fall that he could win big at Calder Race Course. He now has proved he can win big outside the friendly confines of the South Florida track.