Headlines for Saturday, February 9, 2008

  • Well Armed (inside) holds off Heatseeker in the San Antonio.<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%3D3535901%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    A Well Armed Robbery in San Antonio

    WinStar Farms' homebred Well Armed, thanks to a well-crafted ride from Aaron Gryder on the front end, had just enough to hold off the surging Heatseeker by a head in winning the $250,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Feb. 9.

  • Golden Doc A comes from off the pace to take Las Virgenes.<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%3D3535738%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Golden Doc A Gets Room to Operate

    Favored Golden Doc A proved her big effort against 2007 Juvenile Filly champion Indian Blessing last time out was no fluke, coming from off the pace to become a grade I winner in the $250,000 Las Virgenes at Santa Anita.

  • Spotsgone steals away with the Essex.

    Spotsgone Gets it Done in Essex

    With the focus of many racing fans on Fair Grounds and the 3-year-old efforts of Derby hopefuls, 5-year-old Spotsgone quietly stole the $150,000 Essex Handicap at Oaklawn Park.

  • Pyro goes from last to first in the Risen Star.

    Pyro Smokes Field in Risen Star

    From the cavalry charge that entered the head of the lane for the $300,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds, a star emerged. Winchell Thoroughbreds' Pyro smoked the competition, making a huge last-to-first move under Shaun Bridgmohan at Fair Grounds Feb. 9.

  • Indian Blessing holds off Proud Spell to take the Silverbulletday.

    Indian Blessing Stays Perfect

    Last year's 2-year-old champion filly and Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Fillies (gr. I) winner won at her fifth different racetrack and captured her fourth graded stakes.

  • Shinzig (outside) powers to victory in the Orr Stakes.

    Shinzig Delivers Shock in Orr

    Traditionally a brilliant stallion making race, this year's rivetting rendition boasted nine previous group I winners, and the remaining seven runners had all placed at group I level.

  • Double Trouble draws off in the Santa Maria.<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%3D3535774%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Double Trouble Rumbles in 'Maria

    Double Trouble attained grade I glory in her first try for trainer Bobby Frankel with a come-from-behind victory in the $245,000 Santa Maria Handicap (gr. I) on Santa Anita's Cushion Track Feb. 9.

  • Daytona goes wire-to-wire to take the Fair Grounds Handicap.

    Daytona Wires Fair Grounds Handicap

    Daytona, coming off a Dec. 30 win in the San Gabriel Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita, kicked off his 4-year-old campaign with an emphatic wire-to-wire win in the $150,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. IIIT) Feb. 9.