Overanalyze made a three-time winner out of trainer Todd Pletcher at the Arkansas Derby in Hot Springs. The colt stormed down the homestretch...
Overanalyze wins Arkansas Derby
Overanalyze made a three-time winner out of trainer Todd Pletcher at the Arkansas Derby in Hot Springs. The colt stormed down the homestretch to win the $1 million race by 4 ¼ lengths Saturday.
Overanalyze overcame the lead pack and held off Frac Daddy and Carve to earn Pletcher his first win in the Kentucky Derby prep since winning back-to-back Arkansas derbies in 2000 and 2001.
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Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Overanalyze paid $9.40, $5.60 and $4.60 in the 1-1/8 mile race at Oaklawn Park. Frac Daddy paid $16.80 and $11, while Carve paid $8.60.
Pre-race favorite War Academy pulled up on the backstretch but left the track under his own power.
Java’s War takes
Blue Grass Stakes
Java’s War edged Palace Malice by a neck to win the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., and solidify his credentials for the Kentucky Derby.
Ridden by Julien Leparoux, Java’s War trailed the field after starting from the fourth position, then came on in the backstretch to challenge Palace Malice down the stretch and pull ahead.
Java’s War covered 1-1/8 miles in 1:50.27 and paid $11.20, $5.60 and $4. Palace Malice returned $6 and $4.60, and Charming Kitten paid $11.20 to show.
Isner, Almagro in final
American John Isner and Spain’s Nicolas Almagro, two of the biggest servers in tennis, aced their way into the final of the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston.
Top-seeded Almagro, the ATP Tour leader with 261 aces, needed only 58 minutes to beat American wild card Rhyne Williams 6-2, 6-1.
Isner, second in tour aces with 251, recovered from a slow start to top defending champion Juan Monaco of Spain 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the other semifinal to set up the booming showdown Sunday.
Michigan’s Burke expected to turn pro
Michigan point guard Trey Burke, the Wooden Award winner, is expected to announce Sunday he is skipping his last two seasons of college to enter the NBA draft.
Yale wins title
Jeff Malcolm stopped 36 shots and Yale won its first NCAA hockey championship with a 4-0 victory over top-seeded Quinnipiac in Pittsburgh.
Drew LeBlanc of St. Cloud State won the Hobey Baker Award, given to the nation’s top player.
Arizona loses receiver
Arizona will be without standout wide receiver Austin Hill for an unknown amount of time after he suffered a torn ACL in practice Wednesday. Coach Rich Rodriguez made the announcement after Saturday’s spring game.
In other spring games, Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns for Texas A&M; former Skyline High School quarterback Jake Heaps threw for 257 yards and four touchdowns for Kansas; and another former Skyline QB, Max Browne, threw for one TD for USC.
• Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0) retained his WBA super bantamweight championship and added the WBO belt, unanimously outpointing Nonito Donaire (31-2) in New York City.
• Tommy Robredo of Spain and Kevin Anderson of South Africa rallied to semifinal victories, setting up a title match at the Grand Prix Hassan in Casablanca, Morocco. Robredo beat top-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. Anderson, seeded second, downed Martin Klizan of Slovakia 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.
• NCAA enforcement director David Didion is leaving to take a job at Auburn.
• Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold finished on the podium in the free skate to help the United States win the figure skating World Team Trophy in Tokyo.
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