Originally created 09/14/03


Horse racing

Perfect Drift runs down Congaree

Perfect Drift spoiled Congaree's prep for the Breeders' Cup, winning by a length Saturday in the $350,000 Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky.

Perfect Drift, ridden by Pat Day, stalked 4-5 favorite Congaree and Crafty Shaw until the top of the stretch. Perfect Drift caught the favorite and then pulled away as Congaree was eased a bit in the closing yards.

There were three Grade 3 stakes on the Day of Champions card.

Mr. Jester, trained by Steve Wren, was the 20-1 winner of the Juvenile after Edgar Prado's mount, Pomeroy, was disqualified for interfering with the third-place finisher, The Cliff's Edge.

Prado was aboard favored Smok'n Frolic, a Dogwood Stable horse trained by Todd Pletcher, for a win in the Turfway Breeders' Cup. The win was the seventh of Smok'n Frolic's career.

Cajun Beat, with Cornelio Velasquez aboard, won the Sprint.

  • In New York, two of Bobby Frankel's fillies were on display Saturday at Belmont Park, with favorite Wild Spirit and You finishing 1-2 in the $300,000 Ruffian Handicap.
  • Wild Spirit broke last from the No. 1 gate, but was moved outside by jockey Jerry Bailey and made her winning move around the final turn. The 4-year-old filly ran off with a 3 1/2 -length victory over You.


  • In Brazil, top-seeded Rainer Schuettler downed defending champion Gustavo Kuerten6-4, 2-6, 7-5 Saturday to reach the Brasil Open final.
  • Schuettler will meet second-seeded Sjeng Schalken, who won his semifinal when Gaston Etlis quit in the second set.


    Lithuania, Spain to play for title

    Lithuania and Spain won semifinals Saturday and will play for the title at the European Basketball Championships in Stockholm, Sweden.

    Lithuania rallied from a late 5-point deficit to beat France 74-70 and clinch an Olympic berth. Lithuania won its only European titles in 1937 and 1939 and last reached the finals in 1995.

    Tony Parker of NBA champion San Antonio scored 24 points but made a key turnover for France, runner-up to the United States at the Sydney Olympics.

    Spain, led by Juan-Carlos Navarro's 23 points, held off Italy 81-79 to get a chance at its first European title.


    Thirty-two boats qualify for Olympics

    In Gainesville, Ga., New Zealand's Ben Fouhy won the one-person 1,000-meter kayaking event Saturday at the flatwater world championships as 32 boats qualified for the Athens Olympics.

    For the first time, no Europeans finished in the top three in this division at a world championship.

    Fouhy rallied to win the gold medal and was followed by Adam Van Koeverden of Canada and Nathan Baggaley of Australia.

    The other Olympic qualifiers in the event, finishing fourth through eighth, were from Norway, Britain, Poland, Argentina and Israel.

    No Americans competed in any of the Olympic-qualifying events.

    The championships, held for the first time in the United States, featured more than 500 athletes from 66 nations.


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