Headlines for Saturday, January 26, 2013

  • Joyful Victory runs away from her competition in the Houston Ladies Classic.

    Joyful Victory Sets Track Mark at Sam Houston

    A freshened Joyful Victory was too much to handle for her rivals in the inaugural $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic at Sam Houston Race Park on the night of Jan. 26, setting a track record while drawing away for an easy win.

  • Derek Brugman - Variety Club

    Derek Brugman, Racing Manager - Markus & Ingrid Jooste talks about 2012 South African Horse of the Year Variety Club, whose future plans include the Breeders' Cup Mile.

  • Teddy's Promise rolls to victory in the Santa Monica Stakes.

    Teddy's Promise Delivers Santa Monica Victory

    Jockey Victor Espinoza put favored Teddy's Promise on the outside where she likes to be and the daughter of Salt Lake did the rest, rolling to an easy victory in the $250,000 Santa Monica Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Garrett Gomez, shown aboard Tiz a Minister, won both divisions of the California Breeders Champion Stakes.

    Gomez Boots Home Pair of Cal Breeders Winners

    Jockey Garrett Gomez won both divisions of the $300,000 California Breeders Champion Stakes for 3-year-olds in remarkably similar fashion Jan. 26 at Santa Anita Park, bringing both Qiaona and Tiz a Minister from far back.

  • J&B Met Robert Bloomberg

    Robert Bloomberg, Director & Analyst Western Cape Racing, previews the 2013 J&B Met.

  • Optimizer leads the way home in the Col. E.R. Bradley Handicap.

    Optimizer Wins E.R. Bradley for Red-Hot Lukas

    Optimizer went wire-to-wire in the $125,000 Col. E.R. Bradley Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Jan. 26 for red-hot Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, who has won three stakes races in eight days.

  • Kauai Katie cruises in the Forward Gal Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2337169645&k=ntRZXJG">Order This Photo</a>

    Kauai Katie Romps in Forward Gal

    Kauai Katie, who had begun her 3-year-old campaign with a smart eight-length score in the Old Hat Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 1, captured the Forward Gal at seven furlongs in 1:22.13.

  • Cerro was an allowance winner on January 26.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2337167084&k=fbLjfTL">Order This Photo</a>

    Olympian Phelps Has Derby in His Sights

    After rewriting the Olympic record books for swimming, Michael Phelps and his longtime coach may have the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) in their sights with a 3-year-old colt named Cerro.

  • Fiftyshadesofhay and Rafael Bejarano win the Santa Ysabel at Santa Anita.

    Santa Ysabel: Clean Trip for Fiftyshadesofhay

    Returning to the dirt for trainer Bob Baffert, Fiftyshadesofhay shook loose of her rivals and romped to her first stakes victory in the $100,000 Santa Ysabel (gr. III) over a wet/fast track at Santa Anita Park Jan. 26.

  • Daisy Devine and James Graham take the Marie G. Krantz Memorial Handicap.

    Daisy Devine Streaks On in Marie Krantz

    Grade I winner Daisy Devine went wire-to-wire on good turf at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Jan. 26, taking the $72,750 Marie G. Krantz Memorial Handicap at odds of 1-10 for her third straight victory.

  • Jockey Ramon Dominguez

    Dominguez Transferred Out of ICU

    Jockey Ramon Dominguez, a patient at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, was transferred Jan. 24 from the neurological intensive care unit to a medical step-down unit where he will continue recovery.

  • Historian Springs Thorndon Mile Surprise

    Ngai Chun-Hung's former New Zealand classic-placed Historian posted an unlikely win at the group I level Jan. 25 at Trentham when edging Lady Kipling in the Harcourts Thorndon Mile.