Jimmie Johnson knew this year’s trip to New York was going to be different from the moment he began packing.
NASCAR driver Aaron Fike understands where he was headed when he was arrested while shooting up heroin in an amusement park parking lot this summer. “After four months of intense rehabilitation, I know that if it were not for my arrest, I would be dead,” he said. “At one point during my addiction, I stopped breathing and nearly died.
Jeff Gordon lost his car chief on Monday when Jeff Meendering joined Petty Enterprises as crew chief for Bobby Labonte.
Romance is Diane led all the way in winning the $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap by a length in a track and stakes record time at Hollywood Park on Saturday. Ridden by Michael Baze, Romance is Diane covered 1 1-16 miles in 1:40.90 and paid $7, $3.40 and $3.20. Tough Tiz’s Sis returned $3 and $2.20, while Fonce De was another two lengths back and paid $3.60 to show.
Control System beat More Angels by 2 3/4 lengths in the $81,700 Garland of Roses Handicap for fillies and mares at Aqueduct on Saturday. Ridden by Eibar Coa, Control System had a clear journey all the way around the six-furlong course. She was second in the early stages behind Lakes Tune, and then took charge turning for home to finish in 1:10.50 for her fourth win in six starts.
Santa Anita will close its main track to training from Dec. 3-10 to ensure the new artificial surface is draining properly ahead of anticipated winter rain. Santa Anita’s winter meeting opens Dec. 26, but the track is used heavily for training while racing is held at Hollywood Park in Inglewood. The Cushion Track surface, installed last summer, was well received by jockeys and trainers during the Oak…
Harness driver Tim Tetrick broke the single-season record with his 1,078th victory of the year Tuesday night at Dover Downs. Tetrick, 26, got the win on a pacing mare, Stonebridge Kisses, taking the lead in the final one-eighth of a mile to finish in 1 minute, 51.4 seconds and break the record previously set by Walter Case Jr.
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.