Rachel Alexandra gives birth to 125-pound colt by Curlin
Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year, delivered her first foal Sunday, a 125-pound colt by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin at Stonestreet Farm. The bay colt, who is emblazoned with a white star, was born at 2:40 p.m., according to a release by Stonestreet in Lexington. He took his first steps an hour and an half later.
"Rachel is a natural mother, and took to the colt immediately," Stonestreet Farm Manager Gary Megibben said in the release.
Rachel Alexandra was purchased by Stonestreet Farm owner Jess Jackson and Harold McCormick days after her record-setting 201/4-length win in the 2009 Kentucky Oaks. The daughter of Medaglia d'Oro went on to defeat males in the Grade I Preakness Stakes, Haskell Invitational and Woodward Stakes during her historic season that resulted in her year-end honor.
Jackson, who also campaigned Curlin, died in 2011 following a battle with cancer.
Owner Barbara Banke, Jackson's widow, was told of the foal's birth while preparing to cheer on the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC title game at Candlestick Park Sunday.
"I am thrilled with the good news of Rachel's safe delivery and health of the handsome colt that resembles her," Banke said. " For me and my children, this colt represents Jess' dream — to raise and race the best. Co-owner Hal McCormick and I look forward to watching him develop and are excited to see him carry the Stonestreet silks as his mom and dad did before him."
Rachel Alexandra will be bred to Darley stallion Bernardini in 2012.
■ Grade I winner Eskendereya sired his first reported foal on Jan. 20 when a filly was born at Alastar in Nicholasville. The foal is out of Unbridled's Song mare Trendy Lady.
Inherit the Gold prevails at Aqueduct
Inherit the Gold dominated the $73,500 Haynesfield Stakes at Aqueduct on Sunday, beating Socialsaul by 61/4 lengths in the race for New York breds. The 6-year-old gelding trained by James Hooper and ridden by Junior Alvarado rallied from fourth, surging three-wide at the top of the stretch for his ninth win in 21 starts. The time was 1:43.05 for the 11⁄16 miles on the fast track.
■ Include Me Out took the lead in her first-ever trip around two turns and dashed away from the field in the homestretch to win the $150,000 La Canada Stakes on Sunday at Santa Anita. Ridden by Joe Talamo for trainer Ron Ellis, Include Me Out was fifth in the field of six 4-year-old fillies in the early going, then went four wide on the turn to get to the front and finished 41/4 lengths in front of Great Hot, covering 11⁄16 miles in 1:41.89.
Wilson holds on in Humana Challenge
Mark Wilson made a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the Humana Challenge on Sunday, beating Robert Garrigus, John Mallinger and Johnson Wagner by two strokes in a dramatic dusk finish to the wind-delayed tournament in La Quinta, Calif. Moments after Garrigus barely missed a 35-foot eagle putt that would have given him the lead, Wilson coolly made his birdie try in the disappearing light, calmly celebrating his fifth career PGA Tour victory.
"It just came down to 18, and I didn't want to give (Garrigus) a chance to make that putt to tie me. ... That's what we play for. You want somebody to win it, not necessarily to lose it."
Wilson led by three strokes Sunday morning after finishing his third round, which was delayed by ferocious wind Saturday. Wilson quickly gave away the lead on the low-scoring Palmer Private course, but played bogey-free over the final 15 holes while every other competitor dropped back — including Garrigus, who fell out of the lead when he missed a 51/2-foot par putt on the 17th.
Wilson closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 24 under, taking the $1,008,000 winner's share of the $5.6 million purse.
Grace bests Els and Goosen in playoff
South African Branden Grace beat his more experienced countrymen Ernie Els and Retief Goosen in a playoff to win the Volvo Golf Champions on Sunday in George, South Africa. Grace birdied the first playoff hole — the par-five 18th — to earn his second consecutive victory on the European Tour, having won last week's Joburg Open. Both Els and Goosen parred the hole.
Forsman wins Champions Tour opener
Dan Forsman won the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship on Sunday for his third Champions Tour title, closing with a 3-under 69 in windy conditions for a two-stroke victory over Jay Don Blake in Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii. The 53-year-old Forsman, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour, finished with a 15-under 201 total at Hualalai Resort. He opened with rounds of 67 and 65 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round. Blake finished with a 67.
Quigley closes in on UK record
The seventh-ranked Kentucky men's tennis team started its season with a pair of victories — 6-1 win against No. 53 Michigan State and 7-0 against IUPUI — in a doubleheader at the Indianapolis Tennis Center. Senior co-captain Eric Quigley earned two singles wins on the day, moving him into sole possession of second place on UK's career singles wins list with 143 victories. Quigley is one win shy of tying Paul Varga's school-record 144 wins.
High school basketball
Scott Co. rolls in Toyota Classic finals
Scott County's boys took a six-point lead into the fourth quarter and went on to rout Woodford County 71-52 in the finals of the Toyota Classic in Georgetown on Saturday night.
The Cardinals, ranked second in this week's Dave Cantrall's Rating the State, forced 23 turnovers and turned those into 35 points.
Isaiah Ivey scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Scott County. Quin Richardson was next with 18 points, and Tamron Manning scored 18.
The Yellowjackets' David Greenwell hit three three-pointers and all seven of his free-throw attempts and finished with 22 points.
The last word
Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff missed what would have been a game-tying field goal at the end of his team's 23-20 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, but teammate Ray Lewis said Cundiff shouldn't be blamed for the loss:
"Not one play won or lost this game. There's no 'Oh, Billy's the fault.' ... There's no freaking 'Billy missed the kick.' It happened. Move on."