Fans at Churchill Downs who want to light up after picking a winner will have to find another starting gate. A state judge struck down an exemption to Louisville’s ban that allowed patrons to smoke at Churchill Downs. Jefferson Circuit Judge Denise Clayton said in a ruling issued Monday that there was no logical basis for the exemption.
Irish-bred mare Naissance Royale beat Black Mamba by 3 lengths Sunday in the $150,000 Las Palmas Handicap on closing day at Santa Anita. Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Naissance Royale ran a mile on turf in 1:34.14. The victory was the 69th stakes win of the year for Gomez, leaving him one short of Jerry Bailey’s record of 70 heading into the Hollywood Park fall meeting.
Maryfield, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint last month, was sold for $1.25 million Sunday at the Fasig-Tipton Selected Fall Mixed Sale. The 6-year-old mare was purchased by Southern Equine Stables LLC, based in Lafayette, La. The stables are owned by Michael Moreno, who co-owns Better Than Honour, the dam of back-to-back Belmont Stakes winners Jazil and Rags to Riches.
Bold Chieftain won the $250,000 Classic by a half-length Saturday, when Russell Baze led racing’s first family to six California Cup victories at Santa Anita. Lava Man, racing’s richest claiming horse with earnings of $5.2 million, faded to sixth as the 8-5 wagering favorite in the Classic. Baze, thoroughbred racing’s winningest jockey, was aboard Bold Chieftain.
Patrick Valenzuela returned to racing for the first time in nearly a year Saturday, riding two winners at Zia Park. Valenzuela hadn’t ridden since sustaining a rib injury in a paddock accident at Hollywood Park on Nov. 26. The 45-year-old jockey won a pair of claiming races Saturday aboard Devil Action and Must Be a Topper.
JAMAICA, New York (Ticker) – Aqueduct Racetrack canceled its horse racing card Saturday afternoon when jockeys refused to ride due to strong winds.
Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Curlin is up for sale, with a new group of more than 400 owners interested in a payday for the best thoroughbred in the country. Details haven’t been worked out about where and when the likely Horse of the Year will go on the block, but lawyers involved with the horse’s owners said it could be soon.
Garrett Gomez guided Vice Admiral to victory in Oak Tree’s $48,600 allowance feature at Santa Anita on Wednesday. Vice Admiral beat River Island by a nose, with Dawn’s Early Sky another nose back in the mile race for California-breds. The winner was finished in 1:35.58 and paid $7, $4 and $3. River Island returned $7.60 and $5, and Dawn’s Early Sky paid $6.40 to show.
Henrik Sedin wasn’t worried how his goals looked, as long as they counted. Probably only one of them should have. Sedin scored his first goal on a controversial high stick early in the second period, and added his second of the game 1:22 in overtime, lifting the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.
Andy McDonald scored the tying goal with 14:04 left in the third period and beat Evgeni Nabokov again for the clinching goal in the shootout, leading the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Friday night. McDonald got the puck in the neutral zone from Kent Huskins, sped past Jonathan Cheechoo along the right boards and beat Nabokov to the stick side with a short wrist shot…
The Chicago Blackhawks got off to a fast start against the Blues, and their special teams were special enough to hold off St. Louis. Rookie Patrick Kane and Jim Vandermeer scored power-play goals and the Blackhawks beat the Blues 4-2 on Friday night. The Blackhawks went 2-for-4 with the advantage. Kane, the NHL’s rookie scoring leader and first overall pick in the 2007 draft, also recorded an assist.