All those who thought Kevin Durant is already out of school haven’t been watching the teenage star this week. The SuperSonics’ second overall draft choice got a lesson Friday night in the ways the NBA is quickly adopting on how to stymie Durant: The more the lanky rookie stays outside, the more an equally tall defender jumps out to keep his nose in the skinny teenager’s chest.
Gentle Romeo rallied to beat River Echo by a half-length Friday in the $45,000 feature race for California-bred 3-year-olds at Hollywood Park. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Gentle Romeo ran 7 furlongs in 1:22.42 and paid $6.20, $2.80 and $2.40. River Echo returned $3.20 and $2.60, and One On the House paid $2.80 to show.
A mare in foal to Mingun fetched the top price of $520,000 Friday at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale. Dhamma, a 7-year-old Broad Brush mare, is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Dietrich, and from the family of European highweights Chimes of Freedom and Spinning World, and champion sprinter Aldebaran.
Them There Eyes overcame a bumpy start Friday to pull off the upset in the $78,500 Scoot Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct. At the break, Them There Eyes took a hard hit and Jean-Luc Samyn steadied his filly. After dropping back to ninth, Them There Eyes launched a five-wide rally on the final turn that carried her to a 1 3/4 -length win over Unspoken Word.
Gone Overboard edged Princess Westly by three-quarters of a length Thursday in the $50,000 turf allowance for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs. Ridden by Julien Leparoux and trained by Ralph Nicks, Gone Overboard covered the mile in 1:38.05, and $6.80, $4.40 and $2.80. Princess Westly returned $4 and $3.20, and R Vicarious Girl paid $3.60 to show.
Any Given Saturday, who won the Haskell Invitational in August, has been retired to stud.
The ownership of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Curlin underwent another shakeup: One prominent owner has sold his stake in the 3-year-old colt to two of his partners. Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables and investment banker George Bolton bought out the interest held by Satish Sanan’s Padua Stables in a private sale, with Stonestreet lawyer Richard Getty confirming the deal but declining to divulge…
Any Given Saturday, winner of the Grade I Haskell Invitational over Hard Spun and Curlin, has been retired and will stand at stud at Darley at Jonabell in Lexington. The stud fee will be $40,000, the stable announced. Shiekh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum “considered keeping Any Given Saturday in training but it was decided that it was in the horse’s best interest to retire him to stud,” said John…
Mario Pino became the 15th jockey to win 6,000th career races, riding Pass Play to victory Wednesday at Laurel Park. Pino, who rode Hard Spun to a second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, reached 5,999 earlier Wednesday aboard Golden Shades before winning atop Pass Play. “It was more pressure than riding Hard Spun,” Pino said.
A quarantine was lifted on 19 horses who had been inside a Churchill Downs barn for nearly two weeks after a horse tested positive for equine herpes virus. A third round of blood and nasal tests revealed none of the horses showed evidence of illness and the risk of exposure to the infection was “minimal,” state equine programs manager Rusty Ford said.
Efficient unleashed a devastating late sprint to win Tuesday’s 147th running of the Melbourne Cup, Australia’s richest and most popular horse race.
New Zealand-bred Efficient beat Purple Moon by three-quarters of a length Tuesday in the $4.6 million Melbourne Cup, Australia’s richest and most prestigious horse race. Irish-trained Mahler was third in the nearly two-mile race. Ridden by Michael Rodd, Efficient, a 4-year-old gelding, won for the sixth time in 13 starts.