© St. Petersburg Times, published February 23, 2003
HALLANDALE BEACH -- Favorite Harlan's Holiday overcame a bad post to win by 2 1/2 lengths over Hero's Tribute in the $500,000 Grade I Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.
Puzzlement and Keats finished third and fourth, respectively, in a field of 11 older horses. Harlan's Holiday, ridden by John R. Velazquez, was the first to win from post 11 in a distance race on dirt at Gulfstream this season.
Holiday is the first Florida Derby champion to return the next year and win the Donn. He was the favorite at last year's Kentucky Derby, but finished seventh.
"He overcame a lot," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "I was concerned about the post position, but Johnny got him out of there in good order and was right where I hoped he'd be. When they came under the wire the first time, I was confident he was going to win it."
Holiday ran the 11/8 mile in 1 minute, 49 seconds, paying $6.40, $4 and $3.20.
LAUREL PARK: Xtra Heat won the $200,000 Barbara Fritchie Stakes, returning $4, $2.60 and $2.10. It was the 5-year-old's 25th stakes victory, which moved her ahead of 1970s champion Susan's Girl for most added money victories by a filly.
FAIR GROUNDS: Ifyouprefersilver won by more than 9 lengths in the $150,000 Chou Croute Handicap, the 4-year-old filly's fifth win in six starts. She paid $13.20, $5.40 and $4.40.
SANTA ANITA: Spring Meadow won the $135,000 Las Flores Handicap for older fillies by a neck, returning $7.20, $4 and $2.60.
OAKLAWN PARK: Colorful Tour won by 1 1/2 lengths in the $100,000 Essex Handicap, returning $12.20, $5.40 and $5.20.
AQUEDUCT: Second in Command won the $82,800 Best Turn Stakes by 83/4 lengths, returning $40, $11.40 and $7.20.
OBITUARY: Marie Krantz, a 45-year veteran of the Louisiana thoroughbred industry who was chief of Fair Grounds for 13 years, died in New Orleans after a long illness. She was 67.
Justine Henin-Hardenne recovered after dropping the first set, beating Monica Seles 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 to win the Dubai Open. Martina Navratilova added another title to her career, winning doubles with Svetlana Kuznetsova. It was Navratilova's 168th doubles championship to go with her 167 singles titles -- both tops for a man or woman.
RODDICK IN FINAL: Andy Roddick proved his wrist is fine, beating an ailing Brian Vahaly (stomach virus) 7-5, 6-1 to reach the Kroger St. Jude tournament in Memphis. Roddick faces Taylor Dent, who defeated Vince Spadea 6-2, 6-4. Roddick missed the past four weeks recovering from a sore wrist that knocked him out of the Australian Open semifinals.
COLLEGES: The South Florida men's soccer team will play an exhibition against the under-17 U.S. national team at 1 p.m. today at IMG Academies in Bradenton.
LAWSUIT: An Austin, Texas, jury awarded more than $1-million to a family whose son died after taking a supplement that contained the stimulant ephedrine. In 1999, 24-year-old Charles Bryant Scurlock II took the energy-booster Ripped Fuel and collapsed while taking an Army National Guard physical fitness test. Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Steve Bechler died Monday, a day after he was unable to complete a workout. Xenadrine, which contains ephedrine, was found in his locker. Twinlab Corp. of Hauppauge, N.Y., will appeal, said attorney Joe Thomas.
WINTER SPORTS: Colorado's Gretchen Bleiler won the women's World Super Pipe Championship in Park City, Utah. ... Austria's Stephan Eberharter won his second straight World Cup downhill title in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, adding to his overall lead (710 points). American Daron Rahlves, who finished third, is second with 533.