Horse Racing News by Jay Privman
Victor's Cry, returning to the scene of his biggest win, rallied from ninth to first in the final half-mile of the $250,000 Citation Handicap to take the Grade 2 race for older turf horses on Saturday at Hollywood Park.
Garrett Gomez, a two-time Eclipse Award winner who won three Breeders' Cup races earlier this month, tops a list of five finalists for the 62nd George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, Santa Anita announced on Tuesday.
The Santa Anita Derby has been enriched from $750,000 to $1 million for next year's running on April 9, part of an enhancement to the purse structure of Santa Anita's prep races to the Triple Crown, the track announced Tuesday.
A pick six carryover just shy of $100,000 awaits players on Thursday at Hollywood Park.
There's plenty of action on Friday, what with six Breeders' Cup races. There will be cameras, what with ESPN2 televising four hours, beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern time.
Gio Ponti will remain on turf and run in the Breeders' Cup Mile instead of making his first start on dirt in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday at Churchill Downs, owner Shane Ryan of Castleton Lyons announced Monday afternoon.
Led by the sensational mares Zenyatta and Goldikova a total of 184 horses were announced on Wednesday as the pre-entries for the 27th Breeders' Cup, a 14-race, $26 million extravaganza to be held Nov. 5-6 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
The Breeders' Cup Classic is worth considerably more than the Breeders' Cup Mile, no more so than in the case of Gio Ponti, who is under consideration for both races.
Proviso has developed into one of the leading female turf runners in the country. She has won three straight Grade 1 races and will go for a fourth Saturday, when she heads a field of nine in the $400,000 First Lady at Keeneland.
Richard's Kid stamped himself as one of her major rivals in the Breeders' Cup Classic by rallying to take the Grade 1, $250,000 Goodwood Stakes at the Oak Tree meeting at Hollywood Park.