Headlines for Sunday, December 2, 2012

  • Debbie Hoonan Wins Seven at Portland Meadows

    Jockey Debbie Hoonan racked up seven victories Portland Meadows Dec. 2, setting a new personal record for wins in a day and tying Joe Crispin and Felipe Valdez for most victories on a card at the Oregon track.

  • Smiling Tiger returns to winner's circle in Underwood

    Alan Klein and Philip Lebherz's Smiling Tiger put in a game rally down the center of the track in Sunday's Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/vernonunderwood12.pdf"> Vernon O. Underwood Stakes</a> at Hollywood Park and gutted out a one-length victory over Private Zone for trainer Jeff Bonde. The chestnut sprinter's most recent score came seven starts ago when taking the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap in 2011, but he got back to his winning ways when completing this six-furlong contest in 1:11 1/5 over the Cushion Track.

  • Fifty Proof wins the Sir Barton Stakes.

    Fifty Proof Returns With Sharp Sir Barton Win

    Favored Fifty Proof, Canada's champion older male of 2011, returned from 16-month layoff to take the $127,321 Sir Barton Stakes in front-running style at Woodbine Dec. 2.

  • Game On Dude, Nonios in good order after Native Diver

    &quot;I thought he was impressive,&quot; said Marlow, who is a longtime assistant to Bob Baffert. &quot;He was tested all the way. Mike Smith's move on the first turn was a key factor in the race.&quot;

  • Executiveprivilege

    Executiveprivilege to Run in Starlet Dec. 8

    Executiveprivilege, beaten favorite for the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) one month ago, runs next in the $500,000 Starlet Stakes (gr. I) Dec. 8.

  • Dust and Diamonds gears up for Pletcher debut; Romacaca ready for South Beach

    Dust and Diamonds was timed in an easy :52 in advance of her debut for new connections, while Turbulent Descent drilled in a bullet :47, tying for the fastest of 23 moves at the distance on the fast main track. Both four-year-olds are kept on edge for their first start since the Breeders' Cup Filly &amp; Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on November 3.

  • Nihonpiro Ours conquers Japan Cup Dirt in record time

    Hyakutaro Kobayashi's homebred Nihonpiro Ours swept from just off the pace to dominate Sunday's Grade 1 Japan Cup Dirt in stakes-record time. By finishing nine furlongs at Hanshin in 1:48 4/5, the five-year-old son of White Muzzle handed jockey Manabu Sakai and trainer Yuki Ohashi their first career Grade 1 victory.

  • BHA Equine Science, Welfare Director to Depart

    The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced Nov. 19 that Tim Morris, DVM, PhD, director of equine science and welfare, will leave the organization in January. His departure forms part of the ongoing restructure of BHA services, led by chief executive Paul Bittar.