Bill Hartack was not the easiest jockey to get along with, and that was fine with him. He simply let his riding take him to the top of the thoroughbred racing world. “What we’ll remember is his tenacity, his competitiveness,” said Chick Lang, Hartack’s agent in the 1950s and the former general manager of Pimlico Race Course.
Admire Moon took the lead in the stretch and then held off three rivals to win the $4.6 million Japan Cup Turf at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday. Chosan held the lead before tiring with just over 200 yards remaining, with Admire Moon taking charge and finishing a head in front of Pop Rock, who was a neck ahead of Meisho Samson.
Deweycheatumnhowe extended his unbeaten streak to 10 on Saturday night in the Breeders Crown. The Meadowlands Racetrack hosted the eight Breeders Crowns, harness racing’s season-ending championships for 2- and 3-year-olds. Deweycheatumnhowe came through on a night when Donato Hanover, Tell All and Always A Virgin went down to defeat.
Benny the Bull won the Grade I $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash on Saturday, beating Talent Search by 1 1/2 lengths at Laurel Park. Benny the Bull, ridden by Edgar Prado, ran 6 furlongs in 1:9.86 seconds, and paid $4.60, $2.40 and $2.10. Talent Search returned $3 and $2.10, and Miraculous Miss paid $2.20 to show.
Veteran jockey E.J. Perrodin remained in intensive care Saturday, a day after a filly threw him and then fell on top of him during warmups for a race at New Orleans Fair Grounds. The 50-year-old rider has a broken pelvis and ribs and a lacerated liver, his agent, Tony Martin, said Saturday. Perrodin is in stable condition at Tulane Medical Center, the agent added.
Trainer Bob Baffert may have expected too much too soon from Midnight Lute. Four weeks after winning the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, Midnight Lute was upset by Daaher in the $300,000 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Saturday. Midnight Lute, who staged an explosive rally to win the BC Sprint at Monmouth Park, appeared in perfect position to take on Daaher as the two turned for home.
A.P. Arrow won the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Friday, taking the lead for good at the 16th pole and holding off Brass Hat by three-quarters of a length in the $500,000 race A.P. Arrow, ridden by Ramon Dominguez, was never far back while racing between horses three and four wide under light restraint.
A jockey whose horse had to be euthanized following a spill at Churchill Downs on Thanksgiving Day broke his collarbone. Jockey Rafael Mojica Jr. spent Thursday night in the hospital and will be sidelined for about six weeks, agent Julio Espinoza said Friday in a release from Churchill Downs. Espinoza said Mojica was thrown clear of his mount, Midway Station, when the horse fell after clipping heels…
The Fair Grounds Race Course kicked off its 81-day thoroughbred meet Thursday with an added attraction: 245 slot machines the track hopes will boost purses and help it compete against other winter racing ovals. After delays caused by the track’s sale to Churchill Downs Inc. in 2004 and a season wiped out after Hurricane Katrina, the Fair Grounds has converted the first floor of its off-track…
Sales improved 8.6 percent at this year’s Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale over 2006 figures, officials said after the last session on Monday. Last year’s total of $313,843,800 was for 14 days, though, while this year the sale lasted 15 days and produced $340,877,200 in sales. The average price of $100,821 was also up, 1.1 percent over $99,728 in 2006.
Good Night Shirt raced to his third Grade I victory in National Steeplechase Association competition and may have wrapped up the Eclipse Award on Sunday in the $150,000 Carolina First Colonial Cup Steeplechase. The 6-year-old Harold Via-owned gelding, ridden by William Dowling, edged Three Carat by 2 lengths, running 2 3/4 miles in 5:19.
Hambletonian winner and previously undefeated Donato Hanover was upset Saturday night in an elimination race at the Meadowlands for the $4.7 million Breeders Crown Championships. Donato Hanover, who had won 19 straight races and captured trotting’s triple crown, was outdueled in the stretch by Arch Madness in one of $610,000 3-year-old colt trot eliminations.