Echo Eddie and jockey Patrick Valenzuela bulled their way past Rocky Bar on the inside and went on to a two-length victory in Sunday's autumn meet-closing $85,970 Dayjur Handicap at Hollywood Park.
California shipper Outta Here, with Kent Desormeaux riding, rallied to defeat local favorite Comic Truth by less than a length in the inaugural running of the rich $500,000 Delta Jackpot for 2-year-olds at Delta Downs Saturday night.
K.K. & Vilasini Jayaraman's Comic Truth, winner of the Lafayette Stakes at Evangeline Downs, heads a field of 10 2-year-olds entered Wednesday for Delta Downs' $500,000 Delta Jackpot Stakes at a mile Saturday.
Warren Stute was occupied mastering a new cell phone in his stable office in Barn 63 South at Hollywood Park on Thursday. For a trainer who some think is a contemporary of Alexander Graham Bell, the adaptation to the marvels of modern technology is no small feat.
Harris Farms-bred Hot Market, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, registered a 3 1/2-length victory over Grey Memo in the $107,700 On Trust Handicap for California breds Saturday at Hollywood Park.
Wildenstein Stable's Rolly Polly won the $76,970 Safely Kept Handicap on turf for older fillies and mares at Hollywood Park Sunday for the second straight year.
Rolly Polly, who last year became the first 3-year-old to win Hollywood Park's Safely Kept Handicap, on Sunday attempts to become the first repeater in the eight-year history of the $70,000 turf sprint for fillies and mares at 5 1/2 furlongs.
Although victorious in his only previous start over Hollywood Park's turf course, Music's Storm attracted little attention before posting a 24-1 upset in Wednesday's $73,450 Bien Bien Stakes, the opening-day feature of the track's 35-day Autumn Meet.
Trainer Frank Monteleone hopes that the Cinderella story for Rio Oro can continue Saturday in the $150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint.
Favored Puxa Saco posted a one-length victory over Forest Native in Sunday's Anoakia Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Santa Anita.
Although there are a few mounts still open, the jockey assignments for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships are pretty much confirmed. Of the leading riders, Mike Smith, Jerry Bailey, Pat Day, and Edgar Prado are particularly deep in talent.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux said Wednesday that he will not ride for the next few days at Santa Anita in order to be with his 3-year-old son, Jacob, who is scheduled to undergo emergency surgery on his right ear Thursday at the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles.
Making his first United States start, Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier's Landseer may have landed a spot in the Breeders' Cup Oct. 26 by winning the $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland Sunday
In what is becoming routine at Pimlico during the five-week summer/fall meet, apprentice jockey Ryan Fogelsonger is making multiple, daily visits to the winner's circle.
Green Hills Farm's favored Voodoo Dancer came from mid-pack in the stretch to mow down the front runners and score an easy win in the $150,000 Palomar Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares at Del Mar Sunday.
Favored Joey Franco captured the $75,000-added El Cajon Stakes for 3-year-olds at Del Mar Friday night, prevailing by a head in an all-out stretch duel with Taste of Paradise and a fast-closing Paxtecum.
Juddmonte Farm's Dance Dreamer, the 4-5 favorite in a five-horse field, hit the front in mid-stretch and cruised to a 1 1/4-length victory in the $75,000 Escondido Handicap at Del Mar Wednesday.
Little Treasure made her United States debut a winning one, taking the San Clemente Handicap (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Del Mar in stakes-record time.
Megahertz gets the win when Dublino is disqualified in the inaugural American Oaks.
Astra takes her place in history with a repeat victory in the Beverly Hills Handicap.
Paraneck Stable's Artax Too, who may go off the biggest price on the toteboard in the Belmont Stakes, turned in his final workout Monday at Aqueduct.
Benefiting from a gutsy move by jockey Kent Desormeaux, Touch of the Blues charged through a wall of horse to post an upset victory in Friday's $200,000, grade II Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland.
Peter Abruzzo and Barry Thiriot's multiple stakes winner U S S Tinosa blew out three furlongs in :36 3/5 Thursday in preparation for Sunday's San Felipe Stakes (gr. II).
Cigar, the two-time Horse of the Year (1995-1996) who won 16 consecutive races, is among the three horses nominated to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in the Contemporary Male Horse category.
- By Steve Haskin
Using his vast experience over the field to his advantage, USS Tinosa drew off to a 4 1/2-length victory in Friday's Sham Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, USS Tinosa had already won or placed in six stakes, while most of his opponents were coming out of either maiden or allowance races.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux will return from a 10-week stint in Japan to ride at Hollywood Park on Sunday. Included in Desormeaux's four mounts on the card is Astra, the Santa Barbara Handicap winner who will carry 121 pounds in the Beverly Hills Handicap (gr. IT).
Kent Desormeaux made history at Tokyo Racecourse Sunday when he brought Lady Pastel from far back to post a neck win in a thrilling stretch drive of the filly classic Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks, Jpn-I). With the win, Desormeaux, who is only the second foreigner to ride in a classic race in Japan, became the first to win one.
Kent Desormeaux got off to a good start, with three wins, two seconds, and two third-place finishes in 11 rides his first weekend in Japan.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Point Given first got my attention last year in the 1 1/16-mile Champagne Stakes (gr. I).
Kent Desormeaux won the Kentucky Derby in 1998 and 2000, but in 2001 his best Derby hope may come on May 27 in the Japanese Derby at Tokyo racecourse. Desormeaux has agreed to ride in Japan on a three-month license from the Japan Racing Association, beginning on April 28, the date of a key trial race for the Japanese classic.
The Fourth Annual British Airways International Jockey Challenge is all set for March 11, at Santa Anita Park.
- By Ray Paulick
by Ray Paulick-- Julius Boros led professional sports in a new direction in 1971 when he donned a hat bearing the logo of the Iowa appliance maker Amana during a televised tournament. He may have gotten nothing more than a Radar Range out of the deal, but Boros opened the doors to what is now a multimillion-dollar endorsement business for many professional athletes, including some jockeys.
Racing and breeding news and information.
Eight of the world's finest Thoroughbred jockeys will compete in the fourth annual British Airways International Jockey Challenge at Santa Anita Park on Sunday, March 11. The four-race event has proven an instant hit with fans and has been enthusiastically supported by horsemen. The competition has been keen, Team USA winning the event two of the first three years including a 56-28 margin in 2000. The event features four of Europe's best jockeys competing against four of America's finest riders.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux posted his 4,000th career victory when he won Sunday's first race at Santa Anita Park with Temporary Appeal. Desormeaux, 30, is a three-time Eclipse Award winner who became the youngest rider to reach 3,000 wins when he rode Maisonsaire to victory on April 16, 1995, at Santa Anita at age 25.
If Wednesday's action at Happy Valley Race Course in Hong Kong is any indication, Germany's Caitano and Samum could top their respective divisions in Sunday's Hong Kong International Races. The reason? Their jockey, Andrasch Starke, won the International Jockeys' Championship Races over 13 of the world's top jockeys.
Trudy McCaffery and John Toffan's homebred 3-year-old filly Kumari Continent edged Queenie Belle in deep stretch to win the $150,000 Hollywood Oaks (gr. II) Saturday at Hollywood Park. Under Kent Desormeaux, Kumari Continent stopped the timer in 1:49.13 after running 1 1/8 miles over a fast track.
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