NEW YORK (AP) -- Highway Star edged High Ridge Road by a nose Saturday in the $250,000 Go For Wand Handicap for fillies and mares at Aqueduct. It was the third straight win for the lone 3-year-old in the field. The 7-1 shot trained by Rodrigo Ubillo improved
Will Axton was 7 years old and already a two-year veteran in the sport of kart racing, when he was profiled in the Daily Pilot for the first time. The article, published nearly 10 years ago, focused on Axton's second-place finish in his class at the California State Championships. The story closed with the line: "The story of Willy Axton continues …" Indeed, it has. Axton, now 17 and a junior at Newport Harbor High School, has more trophies, victory cups and plaques than can fit on the top of furniture and on his bedroom walls. "We've got boxes full of them," said Jeff Axton, Will's dad. "We just don't have room for them." That's because the Costa Mesa resident has accomplished pretty much all
The stakes will only get bigger for Vale Dori in the coming year, but she showed she's headed in the right direction on Saturday at Del Mar by making her final start of 2016 a significant one as she earned her first graded stakes victory since arriving on these shores in the Grade 2, $201,035 Bayakoa Handicap. Vale Dori was heavily favored at 1-2 odds and delivered as hoped by her backers, rolling to a three-length victory under jockey Mike Smith. In the coming year she will potentially be taking on the likes of champions Songbird and Stellar Wind in the older female dirt division, but she's lightly raced -- having made just 10 starts -- and still has plenty of upside, according to her trainer, Bob Baffert. Vale Dori pressed the early pace of Glozyzapper during the early going of the 1-1/16-mile race, put away that rival a quarter-mile out, pulled clear in upper stretch and was never threatened through the final furlong.