King David, who was claimed for $35,000 last month by trainer Mike Maker, won the Grade I Jamaica Handicap at 28-1 odds at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

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28-1 shot wins Grade I

event on Belmont turf

King David, who was claimed for $35,000 last month by trainer Mike Maker, won the Grade I Jamaica Handicap at 28-1 odds Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

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Rosie Napravnik rode King David, who beat 23-1 shot King Kreesa by a half-length in the $400,000 race for 3-year-olds. The colt ran 1-1/8 miles on an inner-turf course rated good in 1 minute, 52.91 seconds and paid $58 to win.

Napravnik and Maker also had success in other Grade I races.

Napravnik guided colt Shanghai Bobby ($5.30 to win) to a 5-length victory over Goldencents in the $400,000 Champagne for 2-year-olds at Belmont.

Shanghai Bobby is trained by Todd Pletcher, who also sent out Dreaming of Julia ($2.30) to take the Grade I Frizette — a $380,000 race for 2-year-old fillies.

Shanghai Bobby ran a mile on dirt in 1:35.55, compared with Dreaming of Julia’s time of 1:37.10. Dreaming of Julia beat My Happy Face by a head.

Maker-trained colt Joha ($19.40) took the Breeders’ Futurity, a $400,000 race for 2-year-olds at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

Joha ran 1-1/16 miles on the synthetic track in 1:44.52 and beat Dynamic Sky by a length.

In Grade I races on firm turf at Keeneland, 5-year-old gelding Wise Dan ($3.20) won the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile, and 5-year old mare Tapitsfly ($7.60) took the $350,000 First Lady. Jose Lezcano rode Wise Dan and Tapitsfly.

Baffert has the exacta

Coil and Capital Account, both trained by Bob Baffert, ran 1-2 in the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship in Arcadia, Calif.

Coil, a 4-year-old colt ridden by Martin Garcia, ran 6 furlongs on dirt in 1:09.89 and beat Capital Account by a head. Coil, whose owners include former Mount Vernon resident Mike Pegram, paid $17.20 to win in the $250,000 race.

Several horses competing Saturday were prepping for Breeders’ Cup races on Nov. 2 and 3 at Santa Anita.


Djokovic, Tsonga

advance to title match

Novak Djokovic of Serbia will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in the final of the China Open in Beijing.

Djokovic downed Florian Mayer of Germany 6-1, 6-4 and Tsonga led 6-1, 4-1 when Feliciano Lopez of Spain stopped playing because of a left-wrist injury.

In women’s semifinals, top-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus beat Marion Bartoli of France 6-4, 6-2 and Maria Sharapova of Russia defeated Li Na of China 6-4, 6-0.

Raonic ousts Murray

Milos Raonic of Canada beat top-seeded Andy Murray of Britain 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-4) to reach the Japan Open final in Tokyo.

In the other semifinal match, Kei Nishikori of Japan overwhelmed Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-2, 6-2.


Tyson criticizes

decision to revoke visa

Mike Tyson criticized New Zealand’s decision last week to revoke his visa because of his 1992 rape conviction in the United States.

The 46-year-old former heavyweight champion was to travel to Auckland in November to perform his one-man show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth.”

“If it was a fair organization, a fair fight, I would be there,” Tyson said. “But I got vetoed by the higher power.”


Dirk Nowitzki scored a modest eight points in his return to Germany and the NBA Dallas Mavericks overcame 27 turnovers to beat host Alba Berlin 89-84 in an exhibition game.

• In other exhibitions, the host Memphis Grizzles beat Real Madrid of Spain 105-93; the San Antonio Spurs routed visiting Montepaschi Siena of Italy 106-77; and Denver beat the Los Angeles Clippers 106-104 in Las Vegas on Ty Lawson‘s driving layup with 0.2 seconds left.

Jamal Crawford, a graduate of Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, scored 19 points for the Clippers.

• Oracle Racing’s Jimmy Spithill rebounded from capsizing in a fleet race to win the match-racing championship in the second stop of the second season of the America’s Cup World Series.

Spithill’s crew beat Emirates Team New Zealand, skippered by Dean Barker, by 18 seconds on San Francisco Bay.

Spithill skippered BMW Oracle Racing to victory in the 2010 America’s Cup.

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