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Gift Box ‘Excellent’ In Latest Work, To Be Reunited With Rosario In Gold Cup

Santa Anita Handicap winner Gift Box is on course for the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Memorial Day after working six furlongs Saturday in 1:13.60. “It was an excellent work on this track,” said John Sadler, who won two races yesterday to move into third place in the standings, six wins behind […]

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‘One Of The Greatest’: Shoemaker Mile Memorializes Late Hall Of Fame Jockey

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, America honors its patriotic veterans with a day of respectful remembrance. Santa Anita, in a lesser sense, shares in that grateful reflection with the running of the Shoemaker Mile, one of three Grade I events that day offering a total of $1.5 million in purses. The Shoemaker is named for […]

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Omaha Beach’s Return To California Delayed, Colt’s Throat ‘Not Healed Enough Yet’ After Surgery

Omaha Beach’s landing at Santa Anita has been delayed. Originally scheduled to arrive tomorrow, the pre-race favorite for the May 4 Kentucky Derby was declared out of the race on May 1 due to an entrapped epiglottis, necessitating throat surgery that was performed May 3 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington. The son of […]

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Donald Warren Dead At 67; Trained Eclipse Award Winner Acclamation

Trainer Donald Warren, a hard-working fixture in California for almost half a century, died at his Laguna Woods home in Orange County early Thursday morning. He was 67 and had been in ill health since a failed back surgery. “He had been taking pain medication for a degenerative back disease, which caused his kidneys to shut […]

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‘Emotional’ Mandella Returns To Santa Anita; Omaha Beach To Follow

This morning, Richard Mandella was back at the last place he expected to be four days ago—his home base of Santa Anita. It was late Wednesday afternoon in Kentucky when it was announced that the three-year-old he trains, Omaha Beach, who happened to be the favorite to win today’s 145th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, would […]

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Clocker Harrington: Game Winner Should ‘Show Up,’ Roadster ‘Just Keeps Coming At You’

Andy Harrington has been assiduously clocking horses at his Club House locale since Santa Anita’s two-tiered meet began last Dec. 26, so who better to solicit an opinion from on locally based three-year-olds that will try to win the 145th Kentucky Derby a week from today? He has been meticulous in his observation of not only […]

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11-Year-Old Soi Phet Defends Title In Crystal Water Stakes

Soi Phet returns in the Crystal Water Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita, almost a year after posting a 47-1 upset in the race when he won by a nose under Alonso Quinonez, who is back aboard. Now 11, the California-bred Tizbud gelding trained by Leonard Powell has not raced since last Sept. 8, when […]

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Roadster ‘Pretty Fit,’ Game Winner ‘Awesome’ In Final Works

Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster and champion Game Winner, two-thirds of Bob Baffert’s Talented Triple Crown Triumvirate, each had his final major workout this morning for next Saturday’s 145th Kentucky Derby, in which the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer will be seeking his sixth victory. Working in company after the 6:45 a.m. renovation break, Roadster went […]

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Jockey Iggy Puglisi ‘Back On The Upswing’ At Santa Anita

Ignacio Puglisi is back on track in a career that began 29 years ago when he was a mere pup of 16. Now 45, but still fit, formidable and friendly, the jockey pals refer to as ‘Iggy’ is doing what he loves best–riding horses. “I’ve been back since mid-November now, so it’s been a while,” said […]

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Mike Smith Optimistic With ‘Now Horse’ Omaha Beach

Mike Smith stunned the racing world in 2005 when he piloted Giacamo to a 50-1 upset in the Kentucky Derby, although it was no great surprise to him. If he wins the Kentucky Derby on Omaha Beach in less than two weeks, May 4 to be exact, it will have minimal shock value both in the […]

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