Headlines for Sunday, March 1, 2009

  • Battle of Hastings is a clear winner in the Davona Dale. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2F69713%2Fphoto%2Fbloodhorse%3A7836325%2F%3Fo%3D1">Order This Photo</a>

    Battle of Hastings Conquers Baldwin Foes

    Battle of Hastings, an English-bred import making his second North American start for trainer Jeff Mullins, overhauled favored Flashmans Papers inside the final furlong en route to a 7-1 surprise in the $100,000 Baldwin Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Santa Anita hillside turf course March 1.

  • Justwhistledixie is all alone at the finish of the Davona Dale. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2F69713%2Fphoto%2Fbloodhorse%3A7836322%2F%3Fo%3D1">Order This Photo</a>

    Justwhistledixie Easy Davona Dale Winner

    West Point Thoroughbreds and partners' Justwhistledixie stalked the pace, took over leaving the turn, and cruised to a 3 3/4-length victory in the $150,000 Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Gulfstream Park March 1.

  • Tiago edged Awesome Gem in the 2007 Goodwood. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS658791%2Fphoto%2F2388199%2F%3Fo%3D0">Order This Photo</a>

    Large Big 'Cap Field Could Benefit Tiago

    The stretch-running Tiago is expected to face 13 rivals in the $1- million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 7, but as far as jockey Mike Smith is concerned, the packed field will be better for the 5-year-old son of Pleasant Tap.

  • Affirmatif easily won his debut at Gulfstream Feb. 28.

    Pletcher May Have Another Late Bloomer

    The dust wasn't completely settled from the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 28 when trainer Todd Pletcher threw another 3-year-old on to the stage in a big way as the Wertheimer Brothers' Affirmatif rolled to a nine-length victory in his career debut.

  • Marble Cliff coasts home at Mountaineer the evening of Feb. 28

    Marble Cliff Wins--Fair and Square

    Marble Cliff, the Ohio-bred turned Kentucky-bred stripped of stakes wins in 2008 after a racing commission investigation, finally got his first "official" victory--in West Virginia.

  • Stardom Bound won the Las Virgenes in her most recent start. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS658764%2Fphoto%2F7685866%2F%3Fo%3D1">Order This Photo</a>

    Stardom Bound Breezes for 'Anita Oaks

    Stardom Bound, champion 2-year-old filly of 2008, breezed five furlongs on Pro-Ride in 1:01 2/5 March 1 for the $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) March 7, which is expected to be her second start of the year.

  • Marsh Side won the 2008 Canadian International at Woodbine.

    Marsh Side Pointed to Sheema Classic

    Trainer Neil Drysdale has decided that the best target for grade I winner Marsh Side would be the $5-million Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I) at Nad al Sheba on March 28.