Headlines for Sunday, December 7, 2008

  • Golden Missile Colt Tops WTHA Sale

    The Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association held its annual winter mixed sale at the Morris J. Alhadeff Sale Pavilion at Emerald Downs Dec. 7.

  • Briecat scores an upset win the Bayakoa at odds of 13-1.

    Smooth Bayakoa Win for Speedy Briecat

    Upsetter Briecat used her speed to best advantage in Hollywood Park's $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) Dec. 7, turning back a challenge from even-money favorite Model in the homestretch and posting a 2 1/4-length front-running win.

  • Joel Rosario gives the "high five" at the end of his big day at Hollywood Park Dec. 6.

    Flight Change Key in Rosario's Quintet

    A late change in flight plans played a key role in Joel Rosario connecting for five winners, including a graded stakes win, at Hollywood Park Dec. 6.

  • Alpine Rose Reaches Arqana Sale Summit

    The Aga Khan Studs sold the four most expensive horses – including Alpine Rose, who brought 550,000 euros -- during the second session of the Arqana December breeding stock sale in France Dec. 7.

  • Cold Weather Ends Woodbine's Closing Day

    Closing day at Woodbine for the 2008 racing season was abandoned Dec. 7 after the second race due to extreme cold weather. Jockey Patrick Husbands and trainer Mark Casse swept to titles in their respective divisions for the second straight year.

  • Hong Kong Sale Breeze-Up Held

    Approximately 450 Hong Kong owners and Hong Kong Jockey Club members turned out at Sha Tin Dec. 7 to witness the Hong Kong International Sale breeze-up (under tack show). Thirty one horses breezed on the turf while the prospective owners, trainers, and guests scrutinized their ability and physique from the grandstands.

  • Kane Hekili wins the Japan Cup Dirt at Hanshin Racecourse on Dec. 7.

    Kane Hekili Captures Japan Cup Dirt

    Kane Hekili beat back the late charges of favored Vermilion and Meisho Tokon to win the $3 million Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) by a head in the first running of the event at Hanshin Racecourse Dec. 7. American hopes Frost Giant and Tin Cup Chalice finished 12th and 13th, respectively.