Sunday, December 14, 2003

Sports digest

Bejarano wins stakes, 4 other races at Turfway

The Enquirer and wire reports

Rafael Bejarano rode Ask the Lord to a head victory over Sonic West in the $50,000 Prairie Bayou Stakes in 27-degree temperatures and amid blowing snow Saturday at Turfway Park.

The win was Bejarano's fourth of five on the day.

Willie Martinez, who won last week's My Charmer Stakes at Turfway on Affirmed Dancer, rode Sonic West after Berjarano had committed to ride Ask the Lord for trainer Bernie Flint.

Bejarano has 30 wins, 20 seconds and 13 thirds from 90 mounts this meet. The holiday record is 39 wins, set in 1991 by Fabio Arguello. The meet ends Dec. 31.

• Jockey Siggy Golibrzuch injured his hip when Local Bum reared before the fifth race and fell on him. X-rays were negative.

HOLLYWOOD PARK: Gary Stevens guided Excess Summer to a 3 1/2-length victory in the On Trust Handicap, the jockey's first race since the Breeders' Cup in October.

Stevens rode in place of Julie Krone, who sustained severe bruises to her upper chest and right shoulder in a spill Friday and spent the night in the hospital.


SPINKS STUNS MAJORGA: A quarter-century after his father shocked everyone by beating Muhammad Ali, Cory Spinks pulled off a nice little upset of his own Saturday night in Atlantic City.

Moving and jabbing and staying away from Ricardo Mayorga's wild punches, Spinks, the son of Leon Spinks, boxed his way to a majority decision over the heavily favored Mayorga to win the undisputed welterweight title.

The loss derailed a planned March 13 fight between 154-pound champion Shane Mosley and Mayorga.

The fight was part of a marathon card at the Boardwalk Hall that included middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins against William Joppy later.

• John Ruiz won a unanimous decision in an ugly fight with Hasim Rahman for what was billed as the WBA interim heavyweight title. Ruiz would become champion if Roy Jones Jr. doesn't give him a rematch within four months.

• Super welterweight Zab Judah stopped Jaime Rangel in the first round.

• Travis Simms surprised Alejandro Garcia by stopping him the fifth round in a battle of unbeaten super welterweights.

• Luis Perez retained his IBF junior bantamweight title, outlasting former champion Felix Machado in a rematch of the left-handers' Jan. 5 fight.

• WBC cruiserweight champ Wayne Braithwaite won his 20th straight bout, knocking out Luis Pineda in the first round.

Figure skating

GRAND PRIX: The new figure skating scoring system has its first truly controversial result after world champion Evgeni Plushenko was upset by Canada's Emanuel Sandhu in the finals at Colorado Springs. Later, Fumie Suguri of Japan, the two-time world bronze medalist, carried a lead over American Sasha Cohen into the women's free skate.


PBA TOUR: Cincinnatian Brian Himmler advanced to the final four of the Dexter Tournament of Champions (1-2:30 p.m. today, ESPN) at Uncasville, Conn. First prize is $100,000.

Local hockey

DUCKS PLAY TODAY: Cincinnati Mighty Ducks Mike Mottau, Mark Popovic, Andy Reierson, Tony Martensson and Casey Hankinson will sign autographs and pose for photographs in the Gardens Legends Museum after today's 5:05 p.m. AHL game at against Milwaukee.


NCAA COLLEGE CUP: No.  8 Indiana will face No. 6 St. John's for the title today at Columbus Crew Stadium.

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