Headlines for Sunday, January 18, 2009

  • Life Is Sweet cruises home a convincing winner in the El Encino. <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%3D7466403%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Life Is Sweet Enjoys El Encino Triumph

    Marty and Pam Wygod's homebred Life Is Sweet returned from a more than seven-month layoff to become a graded stakes winner in her 4-year-old debut, coming from off the pace to take the $150,000 El Encino Stakes (gr. II) by 2 1/2 lengths Jan. 18 on the Santa Anita Pro-Ride surface.

  • Patchen Prince at Turfway Jan. 18

    White Horse Wins at Turfway

    It doesn't happen very often but Jan. 18 at Turfway Park, a white horse was led into the winner's circle when Patchen Prince broke his maiden in the last race on the card.

  • Game Face won the First Lady Handicap by 2 3/4 lengths. <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%3D7466401%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Game Face Gets it Done in First Lady

    Just over a year after Game Face earned her first graded stakes victory at Gulfstream, the Menifee filly collected another blacktype win at the South Florida racetrack, as she rallied under John Velazquez to score by 2 3/4 lengths in the First Lady Handicap (gr. III).

  • Proceed Bee won his last start, the Grand Canyon in November on the grass at Churchill Downs.

    Professor Z Leads Smarty Jones Field

    A special Monday race card at Oaklawn Jan. 19 features the second running of the Smarty Jones Stakes. The one-mile race will feature a talented field of 3-year olds that could stamp their ticket for a chance at the Arkansas Derby (gr. II), and maybe a shot at the Triple Crown.

  • Dendrology to Outlaw Farm

    Dendrology, a 7-year-old son of Fusaichi Pegasus, will stand at Outlaw Farm near Harrodsburg, Ky.

  • Einstein won the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap in 2008. <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%3D3655479%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Einstein Working Toward Donn Handicap

    Midnight Cry Stables' Einstein, a two-time winner of the Gulfstream Park Turf (gr. IT), won't go for the three-peat in that race, but will challenge the other grade I race that weekend, the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) on Gulfstream main track Jan. 31.

  • Thumbs Up Takes HK Classic Mile

    It should have happened 12 months earlier, but when opportunity knocked a second time there was only one result Christophe Soumillon would accept in the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Classic Mile with his chance pick-up ride, Thumbs Up.

  • Chocolate Candy wins the California Derby by 1 3/4 lengths

    Chocolate Candy Impressive in Cal Derby

    Odds-on favorite Chocolate Candy split horses as the field straightened away, struck the front nearing the eighth-pole and drew clear to post a 1 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 California Derby Jan. 17 at Golden Gate Fields.