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Delgadillo To Return From Collarbone Injury In Mid-April

Jockey Agapito Delgadillo, 50, suffered a collarbone injury on Feb. 19 at Santa Anita Park. The rider has since returned to exercising horses in the mornings, and is planning a mid-April return to the races, according to “It got better and better,” said Sue McBrayer, explaining that Delgadillo did not need surgery. On that […]

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Dortmund galloping in December at Santa Anita.
Dortmund Back On The Dirt In Next Saturday’s Santana Mile

Dortmund may like to eat grass but he doesn’t fancy running on it. That was the message trainer Art Sherman got from the oversized son of 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown after he finished last by more than 10 lengths in his turf debut in the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on March […]

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Santa Anita’s Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot Up To $413,075 For Sunday

There were no winning tickets in the Pick Six on Saturday at Santa Anita, resulting in a carryover into Sunday of $126,168. With a nine-race card on tap, track officials project Sunday’s total Pick Six pool will reach $750,000. Additionally, Santa Anita’s Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover has now swelled to $413,075. First post […]

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Itsinthepost wins the San Luis Rey
Itsinthepost Scores Black Type In San Luis Rey

Red Baron’s Barn’s Itsinthepost was able to hold off the late charge of Syntax in Saturday’s G2 San Luis Rey Stakes, capturing his first black-type victory by about three-quarters of a length on the wire. The 5-year-old son of American Post, ridden by Tyler Baze, covered 1 1/2 miles on Santa Anita’s firm turf in […]

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Gary Stevens smiles as he enters the winner's circle
Stevens ‘Feeling Great,’ Plans To Stay On California Circuit

Anyone who witnessed the rail-skimming victory by Gary Stevens aboard European invader September Stars at 5-1 for trainer Paddy Gallagher in Thursday’s seventh race at a mile and an eighth on turf at Santa Anita might have thought the Hall of Fame rider was 23, not 53. Back in action on March 9 following hip […]

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She's Not Here and jockey Drayden Van Dyke, outside, overpower Fresh Feline (Victor Espinoza), inside, to win the Grade II, $200,000 Yellow Ribbon
Drayden Van Dyke Two Months Away From Return To The Saddle

Drayden Van Dyke, the nation’s Eclipse Award winner as outstanding apprentice of 2014, is expected to resume riding in two months after recovering from a major injury in a spill at Santa Anita in the fourth race on Jan. 26, suffering “an open break” in which the bone went through the skin on his right […]

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Iliad (inside) breezes at Santa Anita for trainer Doug O'Neill
O’Neill Has Four Under Consideration For Santa Anita Derby

San Vicente Stakes winner Iliad, one of four possible starters in the Santa Anita Derby for Doug O’Neill, worked five furlongs Friday morning in 1:01.40 for the $1 million, Grade I event on April 8, the West Coast’s major steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby on May 6. Also working for the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita […]

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Vale Dori and jockey Rafael Bejarano win the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes
Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Finding Dori

Vale Dori earned her fifth straight victory – and fourth straight graded stakes win – when she put away champion Finest City in the stretch and captured the G1 Santa Margarita Stakes by 1 ½ lengths. The Santa Margarita marked the 5-year-old mare’s first North American Grade 1 win and kept her undefeated in three […]

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Frank Mirahmadi
Colorful Race Caller Mirahmadi Grateful For His ‘Bonus Time’

Frank Mirahmadi first drew national media attention when he got the job calling races at Oaklawn Park in 2012. The enigmatic man with a penchant for frighteningly accurate impersonations was a big hit with the locals, an enthusiastic bunch of racing fans. When Mirahmadi turned away from them in 2015 to try for his “dream […]

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Trainer Richard Baltas and jockey Corey Nakatani (Benoit Photo)
Baltas Hoping His Success With Former Claimers Pays Off In San Luis Rey

A day without Baltas at Santa Anita is like a day without sunshine, and while there has been more than enough erratic weather during the 12-week old Winter Meet, trainer Richard Baltas has been a constant, a racing secretary’s dream with 125 starters, second only to three-time Santa Anita training king Doug O’Neill’s 150. Baltas […]

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