Headlines for Saturday, February 18, 2012

  • Ellafitz repels all challenges to win the Santa Maria.

    Ellafitz Keeps Fighting to Win Santa Maria

    Front-running Ellafitz demonstrated her gritty determination when she turned back several challenges to capture Santa Anita's $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 18.

  • Daddy Nose Best (right) holds off Lucky Chappy to win the  El Camino Real Derby.

    Daddy Nose Best Gets El Camino Real Nod

    Daddy Nose Best, getting a great ground-saving trip from Julien Leparoux, won an all-out duel with Lucky Chappy to capture the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) by a nostril at Golden Gate Fields Feb. 18.

  • Unbridled's Note Looks Tough in Southwest

    The first division of the grade III Southwest Stakes looks like the stronger of the two, so we may have to work that much harder to find the winner. Let's get right down to it for both divisions.

  • Force Freeze runs away from the competition in the Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship.

    Force Freeze Dazzles in GP Sprint

    After losing a couple of tough grade I races at the end of last season, Force Freeze served notice that he will be one of the top sprinters in 2012 with a dominating performance in the Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship.

  • Fair Grounds Cancels After Race 5

    The live racing program at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots was canceled after the fifth race Feb. 18 due to torrential rain.

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    Animal Kingdom Sharp in Return

    Team Valor International's Animal Kingdom made a successful return after being off for nearly nine months, as he kicked away from rivals in the stretch to win an optional claimer by two lengths Feb. 18 at Gulfstream Park.