HOT SPRING, ARK. — HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- The real Bayakoa never showed up for her going-away party.
In her absence, yesterday's $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap turned from a one-horse show into an old-fashioned shootout. Degenerate Gal, a 6-year-old who couldn't be sold as a baby, battled to a 1 1/4 -length victory over Charon on the next-to-last day of the Oaklawn Park season.
If the 7-year-old Bayakoa had won her final career start, she would have eclipsed Lady's Secret's earnings record for a female racehorse.