Headlines for Sunday, February 24, 2008

  • Tiz Elemental returned from a 10 month layoff to capture the Honest Lady Stakes Feb. 24 at Santa Anita.

    Tiz Elemental Gives Honest Effort

    Tiz Elemental, a promising filly whose 3-year-old campaign ended abruptly last spring, returned in style with a late-running victory in the $109,300 Honest Lady Stakes on the Santa Anita main track Feb. 24.

  • Viva Pataca

    Viva Pataca Wins Hong Kong Gold Cup

    Vengeance of Rain may be retired but there will be no respite for his intended Dubai Sheema Classic opposition, with Viva Pataca's dominating victory in the HK$8 million Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup (2,000m) Feb. 23 proving he's ripe and ready for the world stage.

  • Juvenile champion War Pass romps in seasonal debut.
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    Layoff Not a Problem For War Pass

    Juvenile champion War Pass was impressive in his 3-year-old debut Feb. 24 at Gulfstream Park, looking sharp in a one-mile allowance race against four overmatched foes.

  • Cool Coal Man holds off Elysium Fields in the Fountain of Youth (gr.II) Feb. 24 at Gulfstream.
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    Zito's Cool Coal Man Takes FOY

    Cool Coal Man took over at the top of the stretch and then held off a stubborn Elysium Fields by a half-length to take the $350,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 24 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Vermilion winning the Japan Dirt Cup (JPN-I).

    Vermilion On Target; World Cup Next

    Favored Vermilion, Japan's champion dirt horse last year, dominated the field in his debut for 2008 with a 1 3/4-length win in the February Stakes (Jpn-I) at Tokyo racecourse Feb. 24 before a crowd of 53,029.

  • Weekend Hussler won Autralia's group I Oakleigh Plate by a widening two lengths.

    Weekend Hussler Lives up to Hype

    "Get on this, he is unbeatable today," declared trainer Ross McDonald as his powerhouse 3-year-old Weekend Hussler was lining up for a return to racing in the group I, Oakleigh Plate over 5 1/2 furlongs at Caulfield in Australia on Feb 23.