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© St. Petersburg Times, published December 1, 2002


Good Journey takes Citation

Good Journey became the second horse to win consecutive Citation Handicaps, taking the $500,000 turf race at Hollywood Park by 11/4 lengths Saturday.

In 26 runnings of the Citation, Forlitano was the only other to win in consecutive years (1997-98). For Good Journey, the race may have been the last of his 15-race career.

"We're looking to sell him as a stallion," trainer Wally Dollase said. "He's in the best form of his life and his breeding is impeccable. He should make a great sire."

Good Journey, ridden by Pat Day, paid $4, $3 and $2.60.

MORE HORSES: Congaree won the $350,000 Grade I Cigar Mile Handicap at Aqueduct, returning $11, $5.60 and $3.30. ... Soto won the $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs, returning $14.60, $8.60 and $6. ... Millennium Storm won the Mecke Stakes for 2-year-olds at Calder, returning $38.20, $16.80 and $7.40. Sweettrickydancer took the Hollywood Wildcat Stakes, paying $10.40, $5.60 and $4.

COLLEGES: In volleyball, tournament MVP Kim Kester had 19 kills as Northern Iowa upset Florida 3-2 in the Conference Challenge championship in Orlando.

SOCCER: American Brad Friedel returned from knee surgery and made several key saves, including a stop on a penalty kick, to lead Blackburn over visiting Fulham 2-1 in England's Premier League. ... Fans ambushed Napoli's Francesco Baldini as he drove home from Friday's scoreless tie with Palermo, smashing his car windows with iron bars and leaving him with bruises and a cut eye. According to police reports, fans angered by the poor play of the local team attacked Baldini.

FIGURE SKATING: Japan's Yoshie Onda upstaged world champion Irina Slutskaya of Russia to win gold at the NHK Trophy in Kyoto, Japan, the final leg of the ISU's Grand Prix series. Japan's Takeshi Honda finished first in the men's short program. In ice dancing, world champions Irina Lobacheva and Ilia Averbukh of Russia won gold. Michelle Kwan, who was not supposed to compete in the Grand Prix series, qualified for the final in St. Petersburg, Russia, Feb. 28-March 1. Olympic champion Sarah Hughes' injury and Ann Patrice McDonough's visa problems left Kwan with the last of six qualifying spots.

WINTER SPORTS: Salt Lake City's Tristan Gale won a World Cup skeleton race in Park City, Utah. ... Apolo Anton Ohno was disqualified for blocking an opponent in the 500-meter quarterfinals at a short-course speed skating World Cup meet in St. Petersburg, Russia. ... Austria's Andreas Widholzl won a ski jumping World Cup event in Kuusamo, Finland, with a jump of 143.5 meters. Russia's Vasili Rotchev (38 minutes, 21.4 seconds) won a 15K classic-style World Cup race. Norway's Bente Skari won the women's 10K in 28:23.7. ... Sweden's Anja Paerson won a World Cup slalom in Aspen, Colo., in a combined 1:38.65. ... Germany's Rene Spies and Franz Sagmeister (1:53.04) won a two-man bobsled event in Altenberg, Germany. ... World Cup champion Stephan Eberharter of Austria won the season's first downhill in Lake Louise, Alberta, in 1:42.61.

AMERICA'S CUP: Police in Auckland, New Zealand, are investigating the theft of a laptop computer belonging to Alessandra Pandarese, principal legal adviser for challenger Prada of Italy. Prada spokeswoman Alessandra Ghezzi did not say if the laptop contained information relevant to Prada's case against Seattle's OneWorld Challenge. Prada and Team Dennis Conner said OneWorld used design information belonging to rival teams.

BOXING: David Tua knocked out Russell Chasteen in the second round of a heavyweight bout in Atlantic City, N.J.

GYMNASTICS: Americans Sean Townsend (rings) and Allana Slater (floor) won bronze at the World Cup in Stuttgart, Germany.

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