Sunday, February 8, 2004

Sports digest


'Medaglia' outraces Funny Cide in Donn

The Enquirer and wire reports

Medaglia d'Oro outran pacesetter Predawn Raid and Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide on Saturday, taking the lead on the far turn and winning the $500,000 Donn Handicap by 4 3/4 lengths at Gulfstream Park.

Seattle Fitz finished second after passing Predawn Raid and Funny Cide, who hasn't won a stakes race since his back-to-back victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. The gelding settled for third, 3 3/4 lengths behind Seattle Fitz.

Medaglia d'Oro, under Jerry Bailey, covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:47 3/5. The race was his first since his runner-up finish Oct. 25 in the Breeders' Cup Classic, where Funny Cide was ninth.

SANTA ANITA: A colt Bob Baffert once trained beat one he now saddles. Domestic Dispute, formerly in Baffert's barn, surged ahead in the final strides to edge Baffert-trained During in the $300,000 Strub Stakes. Domestic Dispute finished a head in front to end an eight-race losing streak. Patrick Gallagher took over when the horse was sold before the Kentucky Derby last year.

• Earlier, Baffert's Imperialism rallied from last to overtake front-running and previously undefeated Hosco and win the San Vicente Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths.

TURFWAY PARK: Odds-on favorite Silver Minister, under national leading rider Rafael Bejarano, drew off to win the $50,000 WEBN Stakes for 3-year-olds by 5 1/4 lengths. The Greg Foley trainee won the Turfway Prevue Jan. 3. The colt is 3-for-5 lifetime with two seconds.

Next: the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes, which is the third of three Lane's End Stakes preps that Foley won with Champali last year.

Saturday's final three races were canceled, including the Likely Exchange Stakes, which will be rescheduled for next weekend.

Hockey

AHL DUCKS WIN: Keith Aucoin and Cory Pecker scored 34 seconds apart in the second period to help Cincinnati to a 3-1 victory over the league-leading Grand Rapids Griffins at the Gardens.

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Second period: 1. Gra, Picard 10 (Robinson, Groulx), 1:54. 2. Cin, Aucoin 13 (Perrault), 8:38. 3. Cin, Pecker 6 (Smith, Severson), 9:12. 4. Cin, Parenteau 9 (Reierson), 15:07.

Shots on goal: GR 7-14-11=32; Cin 12-11-8=31. Power play opportunities: GR 0-for-4; Cin 0-for-4. Goaltenders: GR, Lamothe (31 shots, 28 saves; record 18-12-5); Cin, Bryzgalov (32-31; 17-15-5). Attendance: 6,105.

Records: GR 30-14-8-0; Cin 19-22-7-1.

MIAMI SWEEPS IRISH: The No. 7 RedHawks shut out Notre Dame 2-0 to complete a two-game weekend sweep at Goggin Arena, retain first place in the CCHA and avenge last season's first-round playoff series ouster by the Irish (13-11-4, 9-10-3).

Senior Greg Hogeboom scored a goal and assisted on freshman Andy Nelson's first-period goal. Freshman Brandon Crawford-West made 33 saves. MU (18-9-3, 15-5-2) plays at No. 4 Michigan Friday and Saturday.

ECHL CYCLONES LOSE: The Wheeling Nailers, on J.C. Druid's deflection, edged Cincinnati 4-3 in overtime at U.S. Bank Arena. Evan Cheverie, Josh Harrold and Garrett Prosofsky scored Cincinnati (20-25-3), winless in its last four.

NHL: Anaheim's Joffrey Lupul scored three goals and Colorado's Philippe Sauve stopped 18 of 21 shots for the Western Conference in a 7-3 victory over the Eastern Conference in the YoungStars game at St. Paul, Minn. Lupul, the Mighty Ducks' first-round draft pick in 2002 who is ninth among NHL rookies with eight goals, scored twice in the third period.

Soccer

OLYMPIC QUALIFIER: Alecko Eskandarian scored three goals to lead the United States to a 4-3 win over Honduras, setting up a showdown with host Mexico for a spot in the Athens Olympics. Team USA won this Group A regional qualifier and will play Mexico. Costa Rica plays Honduras, and the winners of those games Tuesday advance to the Olympics.




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