11/02/2005 12:00AM

Turf Paradise track report


Local owner Dennis Weir had himself quite a weekend. The 12-time leading owner at Turf Paradise took down both weekend stakes, capturing the $40,000 Saguaro on Saturday with Scottsbluff and the $23,700 Zip Pocket on Sunday with Moore's Bridge.

Scottsbluff has emerged as a top 3-year-old sprinter for Weir and trainer Dan Morgan. Under leading rider Miguel Hernandez, Scottsbluff scored an easy 3 1/2-length win, covering six furlongs in 1:08.76. Moore's Bridge, ridden by Glen Corbett and trained by Molly Pearson, stalked the pace in the Zip Pocket, took over in midstretch, and held gamely to win by a half-length, getting the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.55.

* A record daily handle was established on Breeders' Cup Day as more than $2.8 million was bet on live racing and simulcasts. That was a hefty jump from last year's $2.3 million. On the Breeders' Cup races alone, handle was up more than $180,000 compared to last year.

* The Pima County Board of Supervisors recently approved emergency funds to repair the grandstand at Rillito Park near Tucson, Ariz., ensuring that the yearly meet can be held there this winter.

The board voted unanimously for a $225,000 allocation for limited repairs to the grandstand, which should keep the structure safe for another several years. It will allow the Pima Horseman's Association to hold its annual three-month winter race meet that starts in January.

The track was built in the 1940's as a venue for Quarter Horse racing and other events.