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Bailey breaks record for wins at Saratoga

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Published August 7, 2004

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Jerry Bailey became the leading rider in Saratoga Race Course history Friday with his second victory of the day, aboard Taittinger Rose.

The win in the third race gave the Hall of Fame jockey his 641st victory at the historic racetrack, one more than retired Hall of Fame rider Angel Cordero Jr. Bailey tied Cordero's mark in Friday's first race, winning aboard Seaside Salute.

"It feels great," Bailey said. "I've got a lot of people to thank, every owner and every trainer that put me on a horse. Without them I couldn't have done it."

Bailey, a seven-time Eclipse Award winner as the nation's outstanding jockey, has won seven Saratoga riding titles, the most recent in 2001. He set records for most wins during the summer meet with 50 in 2000 and 55 in 2001. John Velazquez now holds the mark after winning 61 races at Saratoga last year.

HALL OF FAME TRAINER DIES: Hall of Fame trainer Phil Johnson, who won the 2002 Breeders' Cup Classic with long shot Volponi, died Friday. He was 78.

TENNIS: Capriati's return spoiled

Jennifer Capriati, playing for the first time in more than a month, lost to unseeded Russian Elena Likhovtseva 6-2, 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal. Capriati, recovering from a hamstring injury, was in her first event since Wimbledon.

Amelie Mauresmo also advanced to the semifinals and faces No. 10 Vera Zvonareva.

Likhovtseva plays No. 3 Anastasia Myskina. Myskina accused GQ magazine in a federal lawsuit of failing to prevent a photographer it had hired to take photos of her for a profile from reselling two topless pictures to a Russian magazine.

CINCINNATI MASTERS: Andre Agassi won a nerve-testing first-set tiebreaker, then closed out a 7-6 (14-12), 6-3 victory over fourth-seeded Carlos Moya that sent him to his first tournament semifinal in five months.

"That was definitely one for the memories," Agassi said after his 806th career win tied Stefan Edberg at fifth place on the career list. Agassi meets No. 2 Andy Roddick, who overpowered Tommy Haas, in the semifinal. Lleyton Hewitt faces unseeded Tommy Robredo in the other semifinal.

COLLEGES: Ex-Brandon star joins Tide

Former Brandon High star Kiana Robinson, who left women's basketball champion Connecticut, will play for Alabama, her father, Stanley, said.

Robinson, a 5-8 guard who was the Times' Hillsborough County Player of the Year as a junior and then was graduated from Laurinburg (N.C.) Institute, appeared in 18 games as a freshman for the Huskies. She averaged 1.7 points and 1.4 rebounds and decided she needed to play for a team that relied on more of an up-tempo, full-court trapping style. She will sit out the year in accordance with NCAA transfer rules but will have three years of eligibility left.

SOCCER: Call for pacific Asian Cup

China appealed to its soccer fans to tone down hostility toward Japanese players who have been booed and harassed throughout the Asian Cup. Coaches of both teams and the Chinese media urged good sportsmanship for today's final between the two countries. KENYA SUSPENSION LIFTED: Kenya's suspension was lifted by FIFA, allowing the country to resume World Cup qualifying.

TRACK: Greene loses again

Jamaican Asafa Powell beat Maurice Greene in the 100 meters in Zurich, Switzerland, establishing himself as a top contender for gold at the Olympics. Powell also beat Greene on July 31.

Times staff writer Brian Landman contributed to this report.

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