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Sport of Kings Isn't a Winner in Daily Derby

Thoroughbred racing: California Lottery's newest game might be based on horse races but it is not designed to help horsemen.

January 24, 1998|BILL CHRISTINE | TIMES STAFF WRITER

By the way, in Thursday's Daily Derby, "Gorgeous George" paid $3 to win. The exacta on "Gorgeous George" and "Hot Shot" paid $19. The trifecta on "Gorgeous George," "Hot Shot" and "Eureka" was worth $315. Man o'War and Secretariat weren't in the field. Picking the correct time was worth $63. I played, lost $6 and have an excuse. Couldn't find any of the 12 starters in the Daily Racing Form.

Horse Racing Notes

Vivid Angel won the Del Mar Debutante and the Oak Leaf at Santa Anita, then went into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies as the third choice. Few expected the filly to beat Countess Diana, who was an 8 1/2-length winner, but Vivid Angel, squeezed inside on the first turn, finished a distant sixth. Three weeks later, she made her grass debut and was eighth in the Miesque at Hollywood Park. Now Vivid Angel, a 3-year-old and back on dirt, is running against six rivals in the $100,000 Santa Ynez Stakes at Santa Anita on Sunday. Others in the field are Nijinsky's Passion, Wild Jaimie, Yolo Lady, Superlative, Well Chosen and Kendra Faye. . . . Because of the Super Bowl, first post Sunday is 11 a.m. . . . Garrett Gomez suffered a bruise to the back of his head when his mount, The Wind Moria, clipped heels and fell on the stretch turn in Friday's third race. Another Laura also stumbled but didn't fall. Lily Do, ridden by Paul Toscano, came out into The Wind Moria's path and was disqualified from third to last place. None of the horses was injured.

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