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‘One Of The Good Ones’: Former Trainer Barry Abrams A Winner In Twilight Derby

There were miles of smiles after Saturday’s third race at Santa Anita Park. Barry Abrams was coming to the Winner’s Circle. The former trainer, who has gallantly battled throat cancer for 15 years, is part owner as Bardy Farm of Mo Forza, winner of the Grade II Qatar Twilight Derby at odds of nearly 19-1. […]

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Cedillo, Prat Neck And Neck In Santa Anita Jockey Race

The race for leading rider could go down to the wire on closing day, Sunday. Through 19 days of Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet, Abel Cedillo holds a 19-18 lead over Flavien Prat, with apprentice Jorge Velez five wins behind in third. Cedillo also leads Prat in money won, $1,142,682 to $998,837. “It’s enjoyable to […]

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Eight Rings ‘Very Good’ In Final Work For Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Working in company with Azul Coast on Sunday morning, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile contender Eight Rings had his final breeze for Saturday’s $2 million race, going four furlongs in 47.20. Azul Coast, inside of Eight Rings throughout, was timed in 47.60 over Santa Anita’s main track. “I wanted to give him a target,” Bob Baffert said […]

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Distaff: Top Clocker Young Says Midnight Bisou Stands Out For Him

Gary Young has observed Breeders’ Cup horses up close and personal on a professional level since the inception of the championship events at Hollywood Park in 1984. The respected private clocker and bloodstock agent is back on the beat in his Club House perch at Santa Anita these days, scrutinizing daily workouts by the best […]

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Mandella: Dirt Mile A ‘Perfect Fit’ For Omaha Beach, But He Deserved The Classic

In a perfect world, Omaha Beach would be running in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. As it is, and after negotiating through mazes just to get to this point, Richard Mandella will have to settle for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile the same […]

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Baffert: ‘No Such Thing As A Weak Classic’

Bob Baffert has four for the money come Breeders’ Cup weekend, Nov. 1 and 2: McKinzie for the Classic, Improbable for the Dirt Mile, Eight Rings for the Juvenile and Bast for the Juvenile Fillies. “I was really happy with McKinzie’s work (six furlongs in 1:12.80 Wednesday),” Baffert said on Thursday morning at Santa Anita. […]

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Mandella: Omaha Beach Bound For Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

The envelope, please . . . (Dramatic pause for suspense . . .) “And the winner is, the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile!” So said Richard Mandella at 10 a.m. Thursday regarding the $1 million Breeders’ Cup race in which Omaha Beach will run at Santa Anita on Nov. 2, after days of contemplation, speculation and deliberation by […]

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Blacker Preparing For First Breeders’ Cup With ‘Very Smart’ Hit The Road

Dan Blacker is looking forward to this year’s Breeders’ Cup races more than most horsemen. It will mark the first time the 37-year-old trainer born in Oxford, England, competes in the championship event, having upstart Hit the Road primed for the $1 million Juvenile Turf at one mile on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. Blacker […]

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Midnight Bisou ‘Just Cruised’ Through Santa Anita Workout

Monster Midnight Bisou, undefeated in seven races this year, each a graded stakes, three of them Grade I’s, hopes to enhance her Horse of the Year credentials with a victory in the Grade I, $2 million Longines Distaff at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. With regular rider Mike Smith aboard for trainer Steve Asmussen, the […]

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Gary Stevens Enjoying ‘New Chapter’ As Racing Analyst

Gary Stevens didn’t call it a career on his own terms, but blessed with a good head on his shoulders with an affinity for common sense, he knew when told to retire or else, he did. The advice he received was unquestionably sound. He didn’t quibble. “It’s long gone,” Stevens said with genuine resolve of […]

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