Sunday, January 4, 2004

Sports digest


Foley trainee wins Turfway Prevue race by 5 lengths

The Enquirer and wire reports

Jockey Rafael Bejarano and trainer Greg Foley teamed to win the $50,000 Turfway Prevue with odds-on favorite Silver Minister on Saturday at the Florence track. The 5-length victory was Bejarano's fourth on the day, his second for Foley.

The 6 1/2-furlong race for 3-year-olds is the first of three local preps for the Grade II Lane's End Stakes.

Foley said his decision to race Silver Minister in the Prevue was based partly on the gelding's second-place finish to Wildcat Shoes at Churchill Downs. The latter went on to set a stakes record in the recent Sugar Bowl Stakes at Fair Grounds.

"I may have run him back a little too quickly in his next start," Foley said, "so we gave him a little freshener, brought him here to break his maiden and then gave him the 30 days (leading up to the Prevue)."

Noting his success with Champali last year in the Turfway winter stakes for Kentucky Derby-aged horses, Foley plans to follow a similar road with Silver Minister, and "this year get the big one," the Lane's End Stakes on March 20.

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WORLD JUNIORS: The United States reached the final in Helsinki, beating Finland 2-1 behind goals from Stephen Werner and Ohio native Daniel Fritsche of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Americans will play for the gold medal Monday against Canada, which defeated the Czech Republic 7-1 in the other semifinal.

Last year, Canada beat Team USA in the semifinals.

AROUND THE NHL: Mark Messier set up the Rangers' first two goals and Jussi Markkanen withstood a penalty shot and a sizable Pittsburgh shots advantage to beat the Penguins 4-1.

 Red Wings 3, Ducks 1: Brendan Shanahan scored his 550th career goal to break a tie. Tomas Holmstrom and Kirk Maltby scored the other Detroit goals, and Manny Legace made 31 saves. The Wings (25-12-4-1) lead the NHL with 55 points. Andy McDonald scored for Anaheim.

• Panthers 1, Jackets 0: Roberto Luongo stopped 42 shots for his third shutout and Stephen Weiss scored. Columbus had won two straight road games after starting the season 0-11-1-2 away from home.

• Senators 5, Capitals 2: Daniel Alfredsson and Bryan Smolinski scored two goals each, and Ottawa extended its season-high unbeaten streak to nine games.

• Predators 3, Devils 2: David Legwand scored two goals, one on the power play, and Tomas Vokoun made 38 saves to lift Nashville past New Jersey.

• Leafs 3, Sabres 3: Toronto's Matt Stajan tied it with 3:02 left in regulation.

• Lightning 6, Flyers 1: Fredrik Modin scored three goals and Dan Boyle had a plus-5 rating.

• Bruins 3, Isles, 3, OT: New York's Trent Hunter and Adrian Aucoin scored four minutes apart midway through the third period.

• Sharks 3, Blues 1: Backup goalie Vesa Toskala made 25 saves for San Jose.

• Canadiens 5, Thrashers 1: Richard Zednik and Joe Juneau each had a goal and an assist.

AHL DUCKS LOSE: Vaclav Nedorost scored his second goal of the game in overtime to lift the San Antonio Rampage to a 5-4 win over Cincinnati at the Gardens.

Defenseman Mark Popovic, who appeared in his first NHL game Friday in Buffalo, was re-assigned to Cincinnati by Anaheim.

San Antonio1121-5
Cincinnati0400- 4

First period: 1. San, Beaudoin 12 (Shvidki, Dzieduszcki), 13:45.

Second period: 2. Cin, Martensson 6 (Lupul, Armstrong), 0:29 (ppg). 3. San, Nedorost 3 (Olson), 4:21. 4. Cin, Reirden 2 (Hankinson, Armstrong), 9:54 (shg). 5. Cin, Hankinson 6 (Aucoin), 12:56. 6. Cin, Mottau 3 (Kunitz), 17:04.

Third period: 7. San, Olson 9 (Paul, Nedorost), 5:49. 8. San, Beaudoin 13 (Shvidki, Green), 6:44 (ppg).

Overtime: 9. San, Nedorost 4 (Huskins, Shvidki), 1:59.

Shots on goal: San 13-4-7-1=25; Cin 11-12-11-6=40. Power play opportunities: San 1-for-5; Cin 1-for-6. Goaltenders: San, Lajeunesse (40 shots, 36 saves; record 1-3-0); Cin, Bryzgalov (25-20; record 11-13-4). A: 4,523. Records: San Antonio 14-12-4-0; Cin 12-16-5-1.




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