Premier Pegasus blows out
Jaycito in San Felipe Stakes
Premier Pegasus trounced the Bob Baffert-trained favorite Jaycito and eight other 3-year-olds by more than seven lengths in the San Felipe Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., announcing himself as a hot Kentucky Derby prospect and throwing wide open the West Coast field of Triple Crown contenders.
Ridden by Alonso Quinonez for trainer Myung Cho and racing longer than a mile for the first time, Premier Pegasus was seventh in the early going but made a huge move on the second turn, pulling away to win by a stakes-record 7¾ lengths and covering 1 1/16 miles in 1 minute, 41.23 seconds.
The Kentucky-bred son of 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus won his first three starts, including the Hollywood Prevue Stakes, but finished a well-beaten third behind Baffert’s The Factor in the Feb. 20 San Vicente Stakes.
Cho indicated the colt’s next start would be in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9.
Baffert’s talented but streaky colt Jaycito was bumped early in his 3-year-old debut. He managed to get from last to second under urging from jockey Martin Garcia, but he came nowhere near the leader.
On the same card, major long shot Miss Match rallied to edge heavy favorite Switch by a head to win the $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational for fillies and mares.
Also: Top Triple Crown contender Uncle Mo recovered from a poor start to make a successful 3-year-old debut, winning the $100,000 Timely Writer Stakes by 3¾ lengths at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Uncle Mo, at odds of 1-9, was bumped at the start but quickly took charge on the inside, turned back a challenge from Rattlesnake Bridge at the top of the stretch and drew away.
Ridden by John Velazquez, Uncle Mo covered the mile in 1:36.56. The start was the first for Uncle Mo since he won the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs by 4¼ lengths on Nov. 6. He’s ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press’ Run to the Roses Top 10 Kentucky Derby list, and he has won his four starts by a combined 27 lengths.
Watch Me Go, a 43-1 long shot, won by a neck in the Tampa Bay Derby in Oldsmar, Fla., in one of the biggest upsets in the history of the race, beating a field that included Kentucky Derby hopeful Brethren.
Brethren finished third behind Crimson Knight, who had 86-1 odds in the $350,000 Grade II race. Watch Me Go is now a serious contender to make this May’s Kentucky Derby.
UNLV baseball team sweeps
doubleheader with Valparaiso
The UNLV baseball team swept its doubleheader with Valparaiso, winning 11-5 and 7-4 at Wilson Stadium.
After falling behind 2-0 in the top of the first inning in the opener, the Rebels (15-3) piled up nine runs in their first three at-bats to take control. Rance Roundy had an RBI double in the first and an RBI single in the second, Trevor Kirk had RBI singles in the second and the third, and Travis Feiner and Scott Dysinger had RBI doubles in the third.
In the second game, UNLV trailed 4-2 before scoring five runs in the seventh inning. Kirk had an RBI single, and Danny Higa scored when Dysinger reached on an error, tying the game. Travis Cook and Cash Thomas added RBI singles, and Hunter Beaty capped the rally with an RBI groundout.
The Rebels have won four in a row.
Also: The UNLV softball team got two home runs to beat San Diego 2-0 at the Gaucho Classic II in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Ashli Holland had a leadoff homer in the first inning for UNLV (13-8), and Tayler Aleman homered in the fourth. Amanda Oliveto (10-3) went the distance, allowing five hits and two walks, with five strikeouts.
The UNLV women’s tennis team lost to Southern Methodist 4-3 at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.
The Rebels (10-3) took two of three doubles matches for the first point, but SMU won four of the six singles matches. Aleksandra Josifoska (No. 2) and Anna Maskaljun (No. 6) notched singles wins for UNLV.
The UNLV men’s tennis team (12-7) fell to No. 18 Texas Tech 7-0 in a neutral-site match at Albuquerque, N.M.
UNLV’s Rachelle Zuccaro reached the finals at the NCAA Zone E Diving Regionals in Minneapolis, finishing 12th with a school-record score of 381.10 points.
The College of Southern Nevada baseball team dropped a doubleheader to College of Southern Idaho, losing 3-1 and 11-0 at Morse Stadium.
In the opener, CSN was no-hit into the seventh and final inning by Golden Eagles starter Tyler Vavra before Bobby Shiroky got a one-out single. Cameron Harper then brought Shiroky in with a double.
In the second game, Southern Idaho’s Paul Schaak threw 4 2/3 innings in a game called on the run rule after five innings, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out three.
The CSN softball team swept Western Nevada College 12-4 and 10-5 in Carson City, extending its winning streak to eight games.
A.J. Woodward broke the school single-season home run record with her 14th of the year, and Katie Uriarte and Alicia Firelein also homered for the Coyotes (18-16, 11-9 SWAC).
Schild skis to win; U.S. standout
Vonn closes gap for overall title
Marlies Schild of Austria won her sixth World Cup slalom this season and clinched the discipline title, while Lindsey Vonn narrowed the gap for the overall title after Maria Riesch did not finish in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic.
Schild had the fastest time in both runs to clock 1 minute, 43.85 seconds on the Black course. Kathrin Zettel finished 0.93 second behind, and Tina Maze of Slovenia was third.
Three-time defending overall champion Vonn tied for 16th in the race but decreased Riesch’s overall lead from 38 points to 23.
Also: Michael Walchhofer of Austria won a World Cup downhill in Kvitfjell, Norway, and Ivica Kostelic of Croatia clinched the overall title.
Walchhofer, who is retiring next week, completed the 3-kilometer Olympiabakken course in 1 minute, 45.92 seconds to hold off teammate Klaus Kroell and Beat Feuz of Switzerland.
The Wranglers lost to the Ontario Reign 3-1 in an ECHL game at Ontario, Calif., giving up all three goals in the third period. Blair Riley had given Las Vegas (35-20-5) a 1-0 lead with a goal late in the second period.
Veteran musher John Baker seized the lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on the Yukon River, then extended it to nearly two hours on the 70-mile stretch from Eagle Island to Kaltag, Alaska.
Sergio Martinez stopped Sergiy Dzinziruk in the eighth round, knocking down the Ukrainian middleweight three times at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Casino in Ledyard, Conn.
Referee Arthur Mercante Jr. stopped the bout at 1:43 of the eighth after Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., sent Dzinziruk (37-1) down for the third time.
Martinez won the WBC middleweight title with a knockout of Paul Williams in November but had that belt stripped from him earlier this year.
Ricky Burns, fighting at home in Glasgow, Scotland, successfully defended his WBO super featherweight title against Joseph Laryea after the Ghanaian retired with a hand injury at the end of seven punishing rounds.