Irish Smoke blew past the field and remained unbeaten with a victory in the $250,000 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday. While More Happy led through a fast early pace, Irish Smoke benefited from a patient ride from Julien Leparoux. The 2-year-old daughter of Smoke Glacken kicked clear of the field and went on to win by 3 lengths for West Point Stables and trainer Patrick Biancone.
Lantana Mob took command in the stretch and coasted to an easy win in the $150,000 Sapling Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sunday, beating Preachin Man by 3 1/4 lengths on the final day of the meet. Trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Stewart Elliott, Lantana Mob covered the six furlongs on the fast main track in 1:09.97 and paid $8.60, $5.60 and $2.60.
Forward Fernando Pisani will be out of the Edmonton Oilers’ lineup indefinitely after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disorder. “We are very concerned about Fernando’s medical condition and we wish him nothing but a full and healthy recovery,” general manager Kevin Lowe in a statement Tuesday.
Alex Rodriguez grimaced in pain after rolling his right ankle in a collision at third base. Chien-Ming Wang walked off the mound gingerly with a stiff lower back. Even blowouts are tense for the New York Yankees these days. “It was a little scary,” Rodriguez said Tuesday night after New York beat the Mariners 12-3 and boosted its AL wild-card lead to two games over the Mariners and 3 1/2 in front of…
Clay Buchholz isn’t the only September callup helping out the Boston Red Sox in the pennant race. Jacoby Ellsbury homered, tripled and singled on Tuesday night to help Josh Beckett become the majors’ first 17-game winner and lead the Red Sox to a 5-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. The victory was Boston’s fourth straight, a streak that began with Buchholz’s no-hitter.
Equinox Bi took advantage of a late break by the leading Corleone Kosmos and won the $726,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot Final in 1:52 at Mohawk Racetrack. Winning driver Trevor Ritchie was a last-minute replacement for Mike Lachance, who competed at the World Trotting Derby in Illinois. “I got the call when I was home lying on the couch that I was going to drive the horse,” Ritchie said.
Donato Hanover extended his winning streak to 14 in a row by holding off Adrian Chip and winning the $600,000 World Trotting Derby at the Du Quoin State Fair on Saturday. Driven by Ron Pierce, Donato Hanover pulled away in the stretch and won by 1 1/2 lengths, covering the mile in 1:51.2 on breezy afternoon.
Shaquille O’Neal has filed to divorce his wife after nearly five years of marriage, his attorney said Tuesday night. Attorney Ira Elegant said the petition was filed on behalf of the Miami Heat center in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear who is representing Shaunie O’Neal in the case.
Seeking a possible fifth starter, the San Diego Padres signed veteran right-hander Brett Tomko on Tuesday. Tomko went 2-11 with a 5.80 ERA in 33 games, including 15 starts, for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The club designated him for assignment on Aug. 24 to make room in the rotation for David Wells. The Padres don’t need a fifth starter until Sept.
Carlos Zambrano apologized to Chicago Cubs fans Tuesday, one day after he criticized them for booing him following another poor performance. The Cubs’ ace, who recently signed a $91.5 million contract and is winless since July 29, said his apology came from his heart. He said he was sorry during a news briefing after he’d met earlier with team president John McDonough and general manager Jim…
Roger Clemens walked onto the field, dressed in full pinstripes, and stood alongside his New York Yankees’ teammates behind home plate for a team photo Tuesday. He hopes to rejoin them in games soon. The Rocket will have a cortisone shot Wednesday on his ailing right elbow and is confident he will be able to pitch again this season.