Congaree frozen out in warmup
By Wire services
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 14, 2003
FLORENCE, Ky. - Perfect Drift spoiled Congaree's prep for the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup, winning by a length Saturday in the $350,000 Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway Park.
Perfect Drift, ridden by Pat Day, stalked 4-5 favorite Congaree and Crafty Shaw until the top of the stretch. Perfect Drift caught the favorite and pulled away as Congaree was eased a bit in the closing yards of the 11/8-mile race.
"He broke sharply, but I eased him back just off the pace," Day said. "Then at the eighth pole, Congaree kind of folded up. He (Perfect Drift) was in hand to the wire. He was an awesome effort."
RUFFIAN HANDICAP: Wild Spirit started slow and finished strong to win the $300,000 race at Belmont Park in New York, and trainer Bobby Frankel could have another star filly for the Breeders' Cup.
After breaking last from the No.1 gate, Wild Spirit was moved outside by jockey Jerry Bailey and made her winning move around the final turn over 11/16 miles, scoring a 31/2-length victory over You, also trained by Frankel.
In winning her third race in four starts this year, 4-year-old Wild Spirit joins stablemate Sightseek as two of the top threats to horse of the year Azeri in the $2-million Breeders' Cup Distaff.
"I'm fortunate to have three very good fillies," Frankel said. "You ran a great race, but Wild Spirit ran super."
In three other graded stakes on the card, During won the Jerome Handicap, Della Francesca took the Belmont Breeders' Cup Handicap and Bauhauser won the Floral Park Handicap.
MLB acts the bully with Expos
AL: Chisox ride Colon's stamina
NL: Marlins thrill a packed house
Penny injury less serious than feared
BoxingSugar gets sweet win vs. De La Hoya
College football'Canes inconsistent but still cruise to win
Gators shake off doubt, slow start
Clarett expected to stay at OSU
'Canes contain big plays
Freshman Harris out until second trial
Special teams a bit more so
UF By the numbers
UF Game balls
'Noles seek new nonconference foe
Defense makes stand when it counts most
FSU By the numbers
FSU Game balls
Buckeyes extend streak by inches
Wolverines devour Irish
ConferencesBig East: Big third helps Pitt pull away
SEC: Georgia stifles South Carolina
State: UCF needs record day to rally, hold off FAU
Big Ten: Wisconsin stumbles, fumbles away game
Pac-10: Trojans click in all phases
Big 12: Hogs upset 'Horns
C-USA: Golden Eagles punish Tigers' errors
Nation: Air Force finds it can pass, rush
ACC: Boilermakers don't fall short this time
GolfDent's 65 within a stroke of his age
Sorenstam, Pettersen strike a blow at U.S.
Gotta minute?Rocco Baldelli
Horse racingCongaree frozen out in warmup
In briefeBay item has James agitated
MotorsportsM. Schumacher wins F1 pole
NASCAR remains a family business
NFLPicks, Week 2
Same Tuna, different diversion
Things make you go hmmm
OutdoorsDaily fishing report
Preparation vital ahead of a storm
PrepsKotchman, Quick can't catch King's Bowerman
Biladeau never looks back as Jesuit wins
DQ aids Plant girls at relays; Jesuit tops boys
Jesuit's Biladeau runs away with title
King's Bowerman cruises to victory
Lecanto has strong showing
PHU gets best of Seminole
Practice as targets pays as PHU wins at Keswick
SoccerThis won't be a party like it was in 1999
Letters: Ex-Seminole should have been kicked out
RaysRays detect no signs of a Yankees decline
Lou's worst club still inspires hope
In upside, this OF is peerless
BucsHitting the high spots
A shutout as only Rice can see it
Waitress's joke hard for Sapp to swallow
Carolina blueprint should look familiar
Kickin' back with Thomas Jones
Letters: Eagles fans reach the ultimate low
LightningLecavalier, Stillman highlight first day
Success depends on growth