La Rosa Enterprises' Red Dirt Road leads the points standings with 42 after three rounds in the $50,000 Fall Sprint Stakes at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg. He is followed by Lamorge Streaker (36) and Flying Macbeth (34). The top eight dogs in points after Wednesday's final qualifying round advance to Saturday night's 550-yard final.
Horse of the year Curlin arrived in Arcadia, Calif., Sunday to begin training on Santa Anita's new synthetic surface in anticipation of a possible start in the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct. 25. Owner Jess Jackson wants to test Curlin on the surface before committing to run him against Big Brown. Also, Street Hero won the $250,000 Norfolk Stakes and Hyperbaric won the $200,000 Oak Tree Mile, giving both automatic berths in the Breeders' Cup. … Jockey John Velazquez, 36, rode his 4,000th career winner, guiding Rogue Agent to a 6-length win at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Also, Tam Lin won the $250,000 Kelso Handicap by 41/4 lengths.
Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires