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CAPTAIN STEVE REFUSES TO YIELD FOR HOLLYWOOD FIELD

Captain Steve, the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes winner three weeks ago, beat High Yield by four lengths Saturday in the $409,000 Hollywood Futurity at Hollywood Park.

Ridden by Robbie Albarado, Captain Steve covered 1 1-16 miles in 1:43 1-5, and paid $4.60, $2.60, and $2.10. High Yield returned $3.40 and $2.20, and Cosine paid $2.20 to show.

Captain Steve's victory in the Grade I race was worth $245,400 and increased his career earnings to $728,880.

The 2-year-old Bob Baffert-trained colt established himself as a leading prospect for next spring's 3-year-old classics. The Hollywood Futurity has produced five Kentucky Derby champions, including 1998 Baffert-owned winner Real Quiet.

"He doesn't know how good he is," Albarado said after his second win atop Captain Steve.

"This horse reminds me a lot of Real Quiet," Baffert said. "As soon as he went two turns, he was a different horse."

Raceway ends live season

Buffalo Raceway's 1999 live harness season -- which began on Jan. 29 -- closed for the annual winter break after Saturday night's 10-race card.

In the feature race, Mr. Casanova won its track-best 14th race of the season in 2 and 2/5 . Trainer/Jockey James McKnight sewed up the top trainer award with the win. Allamerican Temple finished second, while Easy Ridden took third.

Other awards handed out Saturday include: Top driver (dashes): Jack Flanigen (Buffalo) 186 wins in 1,057 starts, Top driver (UDRS): Rodney LaFramboise (Batavia) 101 wins in 446 starts (UDRS of 388), Top trainer (dashes): McKnight (Lockport) 76 wins, 39 places, 49 shows in 289 starts, Top trainer (UDRS): McKnight 387.

All in all, it was a difficult season for the Raceway, as attendance continues to be a concern.

"We had a tough year here. With the casino over the border, its tough to compete," said Director of Promotions and Marketing Allen Radominski. "With a year behind us and a year ahead of us, we have some good things planned. We have some promotions, some good things for the public and we're full steam ahead for another great year."

Racing returns to the track at the Hamburg Fairgrounds on Jan. 28.

Simulcast racing continues during the shutdown. The facility will be open for afternoon simulcasting every day and evenings from Wednesday through Saturday. There will be no simulcasting on Dec. 25.

Man o'War horse of century

NEW YORK -- Man o'War and Secretariat, two mighty chestnut colts, ran 1-2 in the race for Horse of the Century.

Man o'War, owned by Samuel D. Riddle and trained by Louis Feustel, won nine of 10 starts as a 2-year-old, then was unbeaten in 11 starts in 1920 before being retired. His loss in 1919 was a second-place in the Sanford at Saratoga to a horse named Upset.

Man o'War was selected as the greatest horse of the century by a six-member panel of experts assembled by the Associated Press. He received four first-place votes to one for Secretariat.

Citation and Native Dancer tied for third. Citation once won 16 straight races, while Native Dancer's only loss in 22 career starts was a second place in the 1953 Kentucky Derby.

The great gelding Kelso, Horse of the Year five times (1960-64), was fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 were: Tom Fool -- who received the other first-place vote -- Dr. Fager, Count Fleet, Spectacular Bid, and Forego and Seattle Slew, who tied for 10th.

As a 3-year-old, Man o'War did not start in the Kentucky Derby, but he won the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. He had only one rival in the Belmont, and he beat him by 20 lengths. His margin of victory in the Lawrence Realization at Belmont Park in 1920 was 100 lengths.

Secretariat won 16 of 21 starts in two years of racing. Trained by Lucien Laurin, he was Horse of the Year in 1972 and again in 1973 when he became the first Triple Crown champion since Citation in 1948.

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