Headlines for Saturday, February 7, 2009

  • Matto Mondo streaks down the stretch in the Thunder Road.<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%3D7685928%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Matto Mondo Motors to Thunder Road Win

    Matto Mondo grabbed the lead from favored pacesetter Monterey Jazz at the head of the stretch and rolled on to register a 3 1/4-length win in the off-the-turf Thunder Road Handicap at Santa Anita Feb. 7.

  • Pioneerof the Nile overtakes Papa Clem to win the Robert Lewis Stakes. <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%3D7694056%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Pioneerof the Nile On Course in Lewis

    Triple Crown contender Pioneerof the Nile, overcoming traffic problems on the final turn, charged from the back of the pack to win the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) in the final strides over 17-1 shot Papa Clem at Santa Anita Feb. 7.

  • Parade Clown Celebrates WEBN Victory

    Parade Clown got a wise ride from veteran rider Bill Troilo Feb. 7 at Turfway Park to take home the $50,000 WEBN Stakes trophy. It was the first stakes win for the son of Distorted Humor and a decisive step toward the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) next month.

  • Stardom Bound streaks home in the 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%3D7685666%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Stellar Comeback Win for Stardom Bound

    Stardom Bound, champion 2-year-old filly of 2008, could be headed for the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) after turning in a big effort in winning the $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I) for new connections in her 2009 debut Feb. 7 at Santa Anita.

  • Friesan Fire takes the Risen Star at Fair Grounds.

    Friesan Fire Turns Back 12 in Risen Star

    Vinery Stables and Fox Hill Farms' Friesan Fire stamped himself as a legitimate Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender by winning his second consecutive graded stakes race at Fair Grounds. This time, the A.P. Indy colt posted a two-length victory in the $200,000 Risen Star (gr. III) Feb. 7.

  • War Echo and Shaun Bridgmohan take the Silverbulletday.

    War Echo Rallies to Take Silverbulletday

    Winchell Thoroughbreds' homebred War Echo passed stablemate Four Gifts inside the sixteenth-pole and went on to win the $150,000 Silverbulletday (gr. III) by 1 1/2 lengths Feb. 7 at Fair Grounds.

  • Haynesfield cruises in the Whirlaway.<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%3D7683568%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Gotham Next for Romping Haynesfield

    Bigger things await Haynesfield after the 3-year-old colt outclassed five rivals in the $107,600 Whirlaway Stakes Feb. 7 for his third consecutive win on Aqueduct's inner track.

  • Diamond Tycoon powers home in the Fair Grounds Handicap.

    Late Run Earns Diamond Tycoon FG 'Cap

    Charlotte Musgrave's Diamond Tycoon, far back for most of the way, came charging down the center of the racetrack under Julien Leparoux to take the $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. IIIT) Feb. 7.

  • HANA's Top Tracks - #6 Evangeline Downs

    The Horseplayers Association of North America has introduced this year a rating system for 65 Thoroughbred racetracks in North America. Featured exclusively on BloodHorse.com is a countdown of the top 10 tracks. Evangeline Downs is #6.

  • Honest Man pulls away in the Mineshaft.

    Honest Man Cruises to Mineshaft Score

    Fox Hill Farms' Honest Man stayed close to a slow pace, passed My Pal Charlie in upper stretch, and easily pulled away for a 4 1/4-length score in the $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III), the first of four graded stakes at Fair Grounds Feb. 7.

  • Beaulah Park Cancels Feb. 7 Program

    Beulah Park, which has lost several live racing programs since the meet began Jan. 10 because of bad weather and track conditions, has canceled its card for Feb. 7.

  • Lady Tak Produces First Foal

    Lady Tak, a two-time grade I winner at Saratoga, produced her first foal, a filly, born Feb. 4.

  • Vibank's First Foal

    The first foal by Canadian stakes winner Vibank is a filly born Feb. 1 in Ontario, Canada.