Belmont Stakes winner Rags to Riches will miss the Alabama Stakes on Saturday, and is now scheduled to run in the $300,000 Ruffian Stakes at Belmont Park on Sept. 8. Despite an encouraging workout at Saratoga on Sunday, trainer Todd Pletcher said his star 3-year-old filly missed too much training time while undergoing a complete physical examination after two scheduled workouts were canceled last…
Testament, who has won three of 20 career starts, collapsed near the winner’s circle at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday after apparently suffering from heat exhaustion. The 4-year-old gelding, trained by Daniel Conway, Jr., finished fifth in a field of seven in the first race. Testament returned to the area in front of the clubhouse, and had been unsaddled when he fell.
New York Jets running back Thomas Jones limped off the practice field after injuring his lower right leg Sunday. There was no immediate word on the nature or severity of the injury, but it appeared to be either to his ankle or calf. Jones wasn’t made available to the media, and coach Eric Mangini had already addressed the media before practice.
The last time Troy Smith played a significant football game, he was vying for a national championship. In his NFL debut Monday night, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner will be competing for a job. Smith and former UCLA standout Drew Olson are seeking to begin the season as the Baltimore Ravens’ third-string quarterback behind Steve McNair and Kyle Boller.
Travis Kvapil led 47 of the final 48 laps to win the NASCAR Trucks Series’ Toyota Tundra 200 at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday night.
Rick Ankiel has a simple message for St. Louis Cardinals fans. “Don’t hold me to days like this,” he said. Ankiel homered twice and drove in three runs, the latest power display by the former pitcher, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 on Saturday. Ankiel, who scored three times, hit the first pitch he saw in the first and seventh innings to right field, giving him three home…
With another strong performance at Boston’s favorite home away from home, Josh Beckett became the first major leaguer to reach 15 wins. His only regret was that he couldn’t finish what he started. Beckett came within one out of his third career shutout, and Julio Lugo and J.D. Drew each drove in two runs to help the Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 Saturday.
Cowboys linebacker Greg Ellis is no longer worried about losing his job to a rookie or about wanting a new contract. His new concern is whether he may be forced to retire because of an injury. Ellis tore his left Achilles’ tendon last November and went through an aggressive rehabilitation to trim a few months off the usual 12-month recovery so he could be back for the start of training camp.
Three-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais, trying to end his run of futility at the Road America circuit, captured pole position for Sunday’s Generac Grand Prix here Saturday.