Headlines for Monday, February 18, 2008

  • Costume holds on to win the Buena Vista, Feb. 18 at Santa Anita.

    Costume Dressed Up for Buena Vista

    Juddmonte Farms' Costume took advantage from the inside when Alexandra Rose blew the far turn and lasted for the victory in the $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares at Santa Anita Park Feb. 18.

  • Fierce Wind holds off Big Truck to take the Sam F. Davis.

    Ky. Derby Trail: Fierce Wind Blows

    Three-year-olds around the country continue to get "zapped" by the Derby trail's three-headed monster. You know, zap, as in Nick Zito, Steve Asmussen, and Todd Pletcher.

  • Denis of Cork scores big win in Southwest Stakes.

    Southwest a Real Corker

    Denis of Cork came with a three-wide move into the stretch and ran away with the Southwest Stakes (gr. III) to score a 2 1/4 length win Feb. 18 at Oaklawn. The $250,000 mile race for 3-year-olds was run in 1:37.59.

  • Alec Wildenstein (left), owner of Westerner, receives the Ascot Gold Cup.

    French Owner Alec Wildenstein Dead

    Alec Wildenstein, co-owner of a prominent racing stable with his brother, Guy, died Feb. 18 in Paris after a long illness.

  • Bustin Stones (right) rolled to his fifth straight win Feb. 18, taking the General George (gr. II) at Laurel Park.

    Bustin Stones Wins Fifth Straight

    Bustin Stones led from gate to wire and held off a late challenge by Lord Snowdon to notch his fifth consecutive win, and first graded-stakes score, in the General George Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel Park Feb. 18.

  • Millions on Line in Pick 6 Pool

    When 28-1 shot Cheroot prevailed in a blanket finish in the $98,650 Daytona Handicap, the Feb. 17 feature at Santa Anita Park, it triggered a massive three-day pick six carryover of $1,269,223 for the Feb. 18 holiday racing program.

  • CBA Elects New Board Members

    The Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association recently elected Darrell Brown of Stonereath Farm, Neil Howard of Gainesway Farm, and Martha Jane Mulholland of Mulholland Springs to its board of directors.

  • Pyro had an eventful five-furlong workout Feb 18 at his Fair Grounds base.

    Pyro Works; Avoids Loose Horse

    Winchell Thoroughbreds' Pyro, impressive winner of the Feb. 9 Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds, worked Feb. 18 at the New Orleans track and had to avoid a loose horse in the process.

  • The Delaware Handicap highlights a $5.3-million stakes slate at Delaware Park.

    Delaware Offers $5.3M Stakes Slate

    The $1-million guaranteed Delaware Handicap (gr. II) highlights a $5.3-million stakes program at Delaware Park in 2008. The 136-day meet runs from April 19-Nov. 11.

  • Maggie Estep

    Inside Track: The Perfect Ending

    Sherpa Guide found a friend in author Maggie Estep, who followed the New York-bred throughout his 39-race career and claimed him so he would be guaranteed a good retirement home.

  • Kazoo won the 2006 Toboggan Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct.

    Kazoo to Stand at Bogart Stables

    Graded stakes winner Kazoo has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Bob Bogart's Bogart Stables near Houston, Ohio.

  • Curlin, shown working out at Fair Grounds, has arrived in Dubai Feb. 17 and will be quarantined for 48 hours before resuming training Feb. 20.

    Curlin Settles in at Nad Al Sheba

    Horse of the Year Curlin arrived in Dubai the evening of Feb. 17 with "pep in his step," in the words of assistant trainer Scott Blasi, and seems eager to begin an assault on Cigar's all-time earnings record with two starts at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse topped by the $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 29.