Paulick Report Staff

Paradise Woods Looks For A Return To Form In G1 Zenyatta Stakes

Paradise Woods, hailed as the second coming of Ruffian in some quarters after winning the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks last April by a race record margin of 11 ¾ lengths, will attempt to regain lost luster from her resume in the Grade I, $300,000 “Win and You’re In” Zenyatta Stakes on Saturday, Sept. 30. […]

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Cupid Gearing Up For Start In G1 Awesome Again

Cupid, one of the seemingly endless line of stars in Bob Baffert’s stakes galaxy, worked four furlongs Monday for the Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday, Sept. 30, one of five Grade I, “Win and You’re In” Challenge Races at The Great Race Place that will entitle the winners to […]

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Apprentice Evin Roman Poised To Make History As Leading Rider At Santa Anita Park

In the rich history of Santa Anita Park that emerged from racing’s womb on Dec. 25, 1934, only one apprentice jockey has ever been leading rider at any previous meet, covering a span of more than eight decades. That was Gordon Glisson, who won 57 races in 1948-49. That could change tomorrow. Evin Roman, a 19-year-old […]

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Arrogate ‘Just Cruised’ Through Six-Furlong Breeze For San Diego

Reigning Thoroughbred king Arrogate worked six furlongs in 1:12.60 after the 7:45 renovation break Sunday morning for the Grade II San Diego Handicap at Del Mar on July 22. Jockey Martin Garcia was aboard for the drill, which was watched with more than passing interest by the gray colt’s regular rider, Mike Smith. “He went nice,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “He […]

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Om Hoping For Fireworks In Tuesday’s American Stakes At Santa Anita

What could be more fitting than running the American Stakes on the Fourth of July? Not much, which is why Santa Anita is on board patriotically and then some next Tuesday with the Grade III American Stakes for three-year-olds and up at a mile on turf. Dan Hendricks has a horse well-suited to the conditions […]

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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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