Headlines for Sunday, April 20, 2008

  • Big Booster draws away under Rafael Bejarano to take the San Juan Capistrano.<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%3D4240711%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Big Booster Helps Cause in 'Capistrano

    Trainer Mike Mitchell and jockey Rafael Bejarano punctuated their 2007-08 Santa Anita meet titles when they teamed to win the marathon $250,000 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (gr. IIT) with Big Booster on closing day of the stand April 20.

  • Trainer Neil Drysdale sends out Brazilian-bred Colina Verde in the Wilshire Handicap on Hollywood opening day.

    Hollywood Opens Season With Wilshire H.

    Colina Verde, winner of the Brazilian Oaks two years ago, will attempt to win for the second time in three U.S. starts in the $100,000 Wilshire Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the turf as Hollywood Park opens its 70th anniversary spring/summer meeting April 23.

  • My List rallies to take the Whimsical under Eurico Rosa da Silva.

    My List Surprises Bear Now in Whimsical

    The 4-year-old filly My List rallied from far back to defeat even-money favorite Bear Now by three-quarters of a length in the US$156,315 Whimsical Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine April 20, giving trainer Nicholas Gonzalez his third stakes victory of the month.

  • Brother Derek, shown winning the 2006 Santa Anita Derby, ran second in his first race in 14 1/2-months April 20.

    Brother Derek Second in Comeback Race

    Brother Derek, winner of the 2006 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) and fourth in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), returned from a 14 1/2-month layoff April 20 to run second in as the 9-10 favorite in a one-mile classified allowance race at Santa Anita.

  • Sterwins takes the Ben Ali over Go Between.

    Sterwins Comes From Last, Shocks Ben Ali

    Ignored at the betting windows, Melnyk Racing Stables' homebred Sterwins rallied from last, shot through the stretch, and pulled away for a commanding 3 1/4-length victory in the $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) April 20 on the Keeneland Polytrack.

  • Adriano put in his second work over the Churchill Downs surface on April 20.

    Adriano Puts in Five-Furlong Drill

    Courtlandt Farm's Adriano, winner of the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park, continued his preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a five-furlong work April 20 at Churchill Downs.

  • 2006 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Lemons Forever, daughter of Critikola.

    Grade I Producer Critikola Dead

    Critikola, dam of grade I winner Lemons Forever, died at Kip and Suzanne Knelman's Farfellow Farms near Paris, Ky.

  • Kiwi Mare Takes Coolmore Classic

    The mares took center stage at Rosehill Gardens April 19 with the running of the group I Coolmore Classic over seven and a half furlongs - just for females.

  • Fantasy Stakes winner Eight Belles worked at Keeneland April 20.

    Eight Belles, Proud Spell Both Work

    Fox Hill Farms' Eight Belles and Brereton Jones' Proud Spell, two fillies who have either the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) or the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) in their immediate futures, each worked a half-mile April 20 in their final moves at Keeneland before they are shipped to Churchill Downs April 25.

  • OBS Spring Sale Begins Monday

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training begins its four-day run Monday in Central Florida.

  • Captain Thule Upsets Japanese Guineas

    Captain Thule went to the lead and never looked back, comfortably winning the US$1,606,000 Satsuki Sho (Jpn-I), or Japanese Two Thousand Guineas, in an upset before 67,401 at Nakayama Racecourse April 20.

  • Easter Sale Gets Off to Fast Start

    Sunday's opening session of the revamped Inglis national Easter yearling sale got off to an absolute flyer in Australia, with vendors reaping the rewards. It was the best start in the auction's history.