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‘Stand-In’ Espinoza To Work Bolt d’Oro Tuesday At Santa Anita

Bolt d’Oro, a leading contender for the Triple Crown who is scheduled to make his 3-year-old debut in the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 10, will work towards that goal Tuesday morning with Victor Espinoza aboard the son of Medaglia d’Oro. “He’ll go five-eighths in company,” owner/trainer Mick Ruis said Monday morning […]

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Franco Pick Three: Newcomer Rides Three Winners In A Row Saturday At Santa Anita

With three straight victories Saturday, including a rail-skimming, one-length triumph on 12-1 shot Fault for trainer Phil D’Amato in the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes, jockey Geovanni Franco has climbed to eighth with 14 wins in Santa Anita’s Winter Meet standings after 31 days. “I’ve won three in a row before,” the 27-year-old native of Mexico […]

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Chrome’s Brother Faversham Takes Aim At Monday’s California Cup Derby

California Chrome’s full brother, the maiden Faversham, goes from his first start at six furlongs on Jan. 15 to Monday’s co-feature, the $200,000 California Cup Derby at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita Park. The chestnut ridgling, a son of Lucky Pulpit-Love the Chase, closed from eighth and last after a slow start to finish second by a length-and-a-quarter […]

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Hess Sr. And Hess Jr. To Face Off For First Time In Stakes Company

You can’t tell the players without a scorecard, the old saying goes, and at Santa Anita on Presidents Day, fans may need a magnifying glass to scrutinize fine print on the racing program to see which Hess, Bob Sr., or Bob Jr., runs which horse in the California Derby. History will be made in the […]

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Chrome’s Brother Faversham ‘Smoldered’ In Work For Cal Cup Derby

Faversham, a full brother to two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, worked five furlongs early Saturday morning in 1:01.20 for the $200,000 California Cup Derby at a mile and one-sixteenth on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 19 at Santa Anita. The chestnut ridgling by Lucky Pulpit-Love the Chase was ridden by Stewart Elliott, winner of the 2004 Kentucky […]

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Santa Anita: Bolt D’Oro Works Half-Mile; Castellano To Be Aboard For Feb. 26 Work

Javier Castellano, named to ride Bolt d’Oro in the March 10 San Felipe Stakes when the Triple Crown contender makes his first start as a three-year-old, will be aboard the runner-up for an Eclipse Award as champion two-year-old male of 2017 when he works the colt on Feb. 26, owner/trainer Mick Ruis said after the […]

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Ax Man Heads Baffert Trainees Pointing To San Vicente

Ax Man is one of three possible starters for Bob Baffert in next Saturday’s San Vicente Stakes, a race the Hall of Fame trainer has won a record nine times, starting with Silver Charm in 1997 and culminating with Lord Nelson in 2015. Baffert also plans to run Nero, and possibly Zulfikhar, in the Grade II, $200,000 […]

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Champion Unique Bella Working ‘Really Well’ For Santa Maria Stakes

Eclipse Champion Female Sprinter of 2017 Unique Bella has been firing bullets for next Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes at 1 1/16 miles since winning the Grade I La Brea Stakes last Dec. 26, a victory that no doubt caught the eye of Eclipse Award voters, enabling the gray daughter of Tapit to clinch honors. “We […]

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Baffert Taking His Time With Sham Winner McKinzie

McKinzie, who stamped himself as a leading Kentucky Derby contender based on his authoritative 3 ½-length victory in the Grade III Sham Stakes at one mile on Jan. 6, worked four furlongs in 49.40 at 7:55 on a picturesque Saturday morning under jockey Drayden Van Dyke at Santa Anita. Going in company with Downtowner, McKinzie was outside his workmate […]

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Bolt D’Oro Works ‘Easy’ At Santa Anita Friday

Bolt d’Oro continued to prepare for his three-year-old debut after a tardy start on the Triple Crown trail, working four furlongs at 9:10 a.m. Friday in 48.40, galloping out five furlongs in 1:01, according to Santa Anita clockers. “I’m super-happy,” owner/trainer Mick Ruis said after the breeze. “He did it easy.” Ruis had Agapito Delgadillo aboard for the drill. […]

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