Kalookan Dancer led all the way to win Thursday’s $64,000 feature by a half-length over So Long Sonoma at Del Mar. Ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr., Kalookan Dancer covered 6 1/2 furlongs in 1 minute, 18.14 seconds and paid $21.20, $8 and $4.20 at 9-1 odds. So Long Sonoma returned $3 and $2.20 as the 6-5 wagering favorite, while Excessiveobsession was another 2 lengths back in third and paid $3.20.
Former Florida State forward Alexander Johnson signed with the Miami Heat on Friday after playing last season with the Memphis Grizzlies. Johnson appeared in 59 games last season as a rookie with the Grizzlies, averaging 4.4 points and 3.1 rebounds. Johnson was drafted in the second round in 2006 by Indiana and was later traded to Portland, then Memphis.
David Wells is coming back to a pennant race with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wells and the Dodgers agreed to a contract, and the big lefty plans to make his first start for Los Angeles on Sunday night against the Mets in New York. The 44-year-old Wells was designated for assignment by his hometown San Diego Padres on Aug.
Hal Handel, a longtime racing executive in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer of the New York Racing Association on Thursday. Handel, 60, has been the chief executive officer at Greenwood Racing since 1998. He oversaw the renovation of Philadelphia Park’s grandstand and the development of New Jersey’s first off-track wagering facility.
Wait a While snapped trainer Todd Pletcher’s losing streak when she came from off the pace to win Thursday’s $200,000 Ballston Spa Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. Pletcher, the leading trainer at Saratoga for the past four consecutive years, had saddled only nine winners from 78 starters going into Thursday’s card at the Spa.
Adrian Chip, a 3-year-old bay colt, has drawn the No. 5 post position for the finals of the $724,770 Yonkers Trot at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday. The American-born, Swedish-owned Adrian Chip won one of the eliminations in 2:01.2 on Saturday. Primary As, a 3-year-old bay colt who won the other elimination in 1:58.2, has drawn the sixth hole.
The last of three men who ran an illegal sports gambling ring was sentenced to two-years’ probation Friday. James Ulmer, 42, was charged with conspiracy and promoting gambling and faced six months to a year in county jail under a plea agreement for his role in the bookmaking operation with links to the NHL and the Phoenix Coyotes.
Toronto rookie Jesse Litsch settled down after a rough start, and the Blue Jays continued their mastery of the Los Angeles Angels. Litsch gave up three runs in the first three innings, then held the Angels scoreless as he pitched into the seventh inning of a 5-4 victory Thursday night, Toronto’s 24th in 35 games against Los Angeles.
Michael Vick’s father said he asked his son to give up dogfighting, or to at least put property used in the venture in the names of others to avoid being implicated, according to a report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Also Thursday night, a report on ESPN.com cited an unidentified ESPN source saying Vick will not admit to killing dogs or gambling on dogfights when he enters a guilty plea in…
Some of the world’s most valuable thoroughbred stallions have been placed in quarantine after a suspected outbreak of equine influenza, threatening this year’s lucrative Australian breeding season. The racehorses, which shuttle between Britain and Australia for the northern and southern seasons, are among 52 in New South Wales and 27 in the state of Victoria placed under 30-day quarantine by…