Rgirldoesn’tbluff beat Stolen Prayer by 3 1/2 lengths Saturday in the $100,000 U Can Do It Handicap at Calder Race Course. Rgirldoesn’tbluff, ridden by Jose Rivera II, ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.25 and paid $27.40, $5 and $5.20. Stolen Prayer returned $3.20 and $2.80, and Annabill paid $3.20 to show.
Denny Hamlin caught NASCAR by surprise last season, quietly winning two races and finishing third in the standings, the first rookie to make the Chase for the championship.
Baltimore Orioles closer Danys Baez has a partial tear in his right elbow and likely will miss the rest of the season. Orioles manager Dave Trembley said Saturday that Baez will seek a second opinion after an MRI exam Friday revealed the partial tear. “I would expect that he’s not going to pitch for us the rest of the season,” Trembley said.
One out away from having their wild-card lead trimmed to one-half game, the San Diego Padres bounced back for a big victory. Khalil Greene homered to left field with one out in the 10th inning to give the struggling Padres a desperately needed 5-4 win over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night. It was the third homer of the game for the Padres, who scored three runs in the last two innings.
Eli Manning took some snaps with the New York Giants’ first unit on Friday for the first time all week, but the team is still cautious about the fourth-year quarterback’s injured throwing shoulder. Manning split time with Jared Lorenzen, who will make his first NFL start on Sunday if Manning is unable to.
Shaun Alexander bobbled a short pass from Matt Hasselbeck in practice — and it was the best thing Mike Holmgren saw all day. “I’m glad that happened,” the Seahawks coach yelled across the field Friday to his star running back. Holmgren was happy Alexander was getting to test the usefulness of the soft, padded cast he was wearing over his left wrist, halfway up his forearm.
Bad news for NFL linebackers, good news for soap opera fans: Ricky Williams is planning another comeback. The suspended running back is eligible to seek reinstatement by the NFL after Oct. 1 and will do so, his attorney said Friday. In recent years, Williams has made more headlines than first downs, playing in only 12 NFL games since the start of the 2004 season.
The filly phenom can be beaten after all. Lear’s Princess overtook Belmont Stakes winner Rags to Riches in the stretch and pulled off an upset Saturday in the $250,000 Gazelle Stakes at Belmont Park. Rags to Riches, one of racing’s most popular stars after becoming the first filly in 102 years to win the Belmont, was sent off as the 2-5 favorite by the small crowd of 7,361.
Although everyone in NASCAR’s Chase for the Nextel Cup championship would love to get off to a great start in the 10-race playoff, Jimmie Johnson has proven that it isn’t a necessity.
The Green Monkey sure didn’t look like a $16 million horse in his greatly anticipated debut at Belmont Park on Saturday. The most expensive horse purchased at auction started slowly and never mounted a serious threat, finishing third in a six-furlong maiden special weight several races before Rags to Riches ran in the Gazelle Stakes.
One year ago, Tony Stewart was on the outside looking in.