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Evin Roman Leads Santa Anita Apprentice Standings After Win For Baffert

Bob Baffert gave seven-pound apprentice Evin Roman a leg up on first time starter Microrithms to win Saturday’s third race. Owned by former CHRB Chairman David Israel and Michael and Nadia Sigband, the three-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding won by 4 ¼ lengths as the odds-on favorite, but the win was the exception rather than the rule […]

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‘A Modern-Day Will Rogers’: Golden’s Fatherly Memories At The Racetrack

Father’s Day is Sunday, when homage is paid to caring and loving paternal members of the family throughout the land. Following is a remembrance of my father that appeared September 1999 in Gaming Today, a weekly publication in Las Vegas: My dad died last week. He had a long and healthy life, until the last […]

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Van Dyke Preparing For Comeback, Working Horses At Santa Anita

The jagged scar on the inside of Drayden Van Dyke’s right forearm that runs from the crook of his elbow to just before his wrist is straight out of Mary Shelley’s imagination. It’s a monster mark the 22-year-old rider will hold in his memory ad infinitum, but he will not let it prevent him from […]

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Big Macher Set To Return June 10 After 18-Month Break

Big Macher, the horse that put Richard Baltas “on the map,” so to speak, is back. The seven-year-old California-bred gelding, claimed out of his first race for $20,000 on July 17, 2013, makes his first start in more than a year and half when he runs in next Saturday’s $100,000 Thor’s Echo Handicap for three-year-olds […]

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Owners’ Groom Elite Program Scheduled For July 10-14, Sept. 25-29 At Santa Anita

The Elite Program Inc., through its Groom Elite programming, is excited to announce a unique opportunity for owners of racehorses to receive the same instruction that has been taught to over 3,000 grooms, inmates and others since 2001. Owners Groom Elite Session I will be conducted at Santa Anita Park July 10-14 followed by Session […]

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Flores ‘Happy To Be Back’ At Santa Anita

David Flores, looking fresh, fit and not a day over 49, was at Santa Anita early Friday morning preparing to resume his riding career at The Great Race Place after an East Coast sojourn that followed a tour in Singapore circa December 2013. “I just got in yesterday,” said Flores, who will be represented by […]

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What A View ‘Sharp’ For Saturday’s Shoemaker Mile

What a View, fresh off his front-running victory as the 1-2 favorite in the Crystal Water Stakes for California-breds on May 20, is on course for his next major objective, Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Shoemaker Mile on turf at Santa Anita. The Shoemaker is the first Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race this […]

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Espinoza: ‘How I Ride Depends On How The Race Sets Up’ For Stellar Wind

Victor Espinoza has reached racing’s apex thanks to victories all over the globe, from Dubai with California Chrome to America with Triple Crown champion American Pharoah. That’s why he is one of the newest members of racing’s Hall of Fame, in which he will be inducted come Aug. 4 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The 45-year-old […]

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Attendance, Handle Up Slightly On Gold Cup Day At Santa Anita

On-track attendance at The Great Race Place continued its upward trend on Gold Cup Day, as 17,634 fans came out to kick off the three-day Memorial Weekend. Yesterday’s attendance marked an eight percent increase over last year’s Gold Cup Day, and dating back to the 45,514 that attended on opening day, Dec. 26, on-track attendance […]

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Stellar Wind, Finest City Breeze Toward Beholder Mile

Champions Stellar Wind and FinestCity each worked at Santa Anita Saturday morning for the Grade I, $400,000 Beholder Mile a week from today. Stellar Wind, Eclipse Award winner as outstanding three-year-old female of 2015, went five furlongs in company under exercise rider Jose Contreras in 59.80, while FinestCity, winner of an Eclipse Award as best […]

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