Headlines for Saturday, February 14, 2009

  • Santa Teresita cruises to victory 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%3D7752599%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    It's Santa Teresita's Day in Santa Maria

    Santa Teresita, with just a minor stakes win previously, pulled a big surprise when she bettered a top-notch field of older fillies and mares in the Valentine's Day $300,000 Santa Maria Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Feb. 14.

  • Chocolate Candy holds off Massone to win the El Camino Real Derby.

    No Melting Chocolate Candy in El Camino

    Chocolate Candy sweetened trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's Triple Crown hopes on Valentine's Day with the colt's first graded stakes win in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields.

  • Duke of Homberg powers home in the Hallandale Beach at Gulfstream.<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%3D7752330%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    First U.S. Win for 'Duke' in Hallandale

    Duke of Homberg shook free in the homestretch under jockey Alan Garcia to capture the $125,000 Hallandale Beach Stakes on the Gulfstream Park turf for his first American win in four starts Feb. 14.

  • General Quarters takes the Sam F. Davis under James Lopez.

    General Quarters Pulls Sam Davis Upset

    Thomas McCarthy's General Quarters pulled a shocker and threw his name into the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) mix, as he stalked the pace, took over rounding the far turn and pulled away for a convincing 3 1/2-length score in the $221,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Tampa Bay Downs Feb. 14.

  • Royale Michele pulls away in the Barbara Fritchie.

    Royale Michele Steps Up, Wins Fritchie

    Royale Michele came from off the pace to win the $150,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (gr. II) Feb. 14 at Laurel Park, holding sway over unlucky favorite Seventh Street for her first graded victory.

  • Ballymore Lady fights to the lead in the Endeavour Stakes.

    Ballymore Lady Wins Thrilling Endeavour

    Ballymore Lady made a late burst in the final yards and got the jump over three rivals at the shadow of the wire to take a thrilling edition of the $125,000 Endeavour Stakes (gr. IIIT) Feb. 14 on the Tampa Bay Downs turf.

  • Old Fashioned preps for the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

    Southwest Starts Old Fashioned's Season

    Unbeaten Old Fashioned, at the top of many early prognostications for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), makes his 2009 debut in the $250,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park Feb. 16.

  • Longshot How's Your Halo overtakes Ikigai in the Richter Scale.<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%3D7751821%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    How's Your Halo Lights Up Richter Scale

    How's Your Halo, off at odds of 47-1, caught Ikigai in the final strides to earn his first graded stakes win in the $150,000 Richter Scale (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 14.

  • Apache Cat Captures Australia Stakes

    As the field crossed the line in the $400,000 Australia Stakes (Aust-I) over six furlongs Feb. 14 at Moonee Valley, the race caller Greg Miles excitedly roared: "Always beware of a cat backed into a corner."

  • Fabulous Strike is the 4-5 morning line favorite in the General George.<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%3D7224777%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Fabulous Strike Headlines General George

    The $150,000 General George Handicap (gr. II) has attracted a short, but stellar band of older runners. The seven furlong headliner at Laurel Park Feb. 16 features Fabulous Strike, one of the top sprinters in the country.

  • Ocala Horsewoman Sanders Dead

    Adrienne Sanders, a member of the Ocala, Fla. Thoroughbred community, died Feb. 9 in an auto accident.