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Shirreffs ‘Very Happy’ With Honor A.P. Ahead Of Santa Anita Derby

Honor A.P., a leading contender for the Santa Anita Derby, continues to train well for Santa Anita’s marquee three-year-old event on April 4, offering 100 qualifying points to the 146th Kentucky Derby Sept. 5. The 3-year-old son of Honor Code worked five furlongs in 1:00 on Sunday morning at Santa Anita, 16th of 98 works […]

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‘Racing Is Secondary Right Now’: Keeneland Cancellation Keeps Rafael Bejarano In California

On second thought, Rafael Bejarano is staying in Southern California. Citing “scarce opportunities,” in Southern California two weeks ago, agent Tora Yamaguchi said the 37-year-old native of Peru would be riding regularly in Kentucky after the Santa Anita Derby on April 4. At that time, Bejarano had four wins from 66 mounts here, but has […]

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Scotty McClellan To Represent ‘Very Focused’ Umberto Rispoli In Southern California

It was pretty much a foregone conclusion that Scotty McClellan become a jockey’s agent. His late father, Chick McClellan, had a long and successful career as an agent, teaching Scotty everything he knew along the way. His son learned well, reaping the rewards representing Hall of Fame members Chris McCarron and Alex Solis, the former […]

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Multiple Graded Stakes Winner Queen Bee To You Retired

Rags-to-riches Queen Bee to You has been retired and will be sent to Kentucky to be bred, trainer Andrew Lerner said. Claimed by Michael Pender for $50,000 in December 2016, the California-bred daughter of Old Topper would go on to win four stakes under the care of 30-year-old Lerner, the last three in a row […]

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Big ‘Cap Day ‘An Emotional Roller Coaster’ For Sadler, Hronis; Gift Box’s Injury Appears Minor

Trainer John Sadler weathered the unexpected storm unleashed by Gift Box in relatively good order, looking at the glass as half full on Sunday morning. Gift Box, the morning-line favorite for the Santa Anita Handicap, was scratched on Saturday morning due to pressure in an ankle. Later on Saturday afternoon, the Sadler-trained longshot Combatant gave […]

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‘I Don’t Even Think About Retiring’: Ron McAnally Marks Another Milestone At Santa Anita

Ron McAnally, whose victories are as scarce as hen’s teeth in his 87th year, captured No. 706 at The Great Race Place on Saturday afternoon, good for fourth on the all-time list. Only Bobby Frankel, Charlie Whittingham and Baffert stand ahead of him. McAnally scored a front-running victory in the ninth race with his homebred […]

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Bejarano Shifting Tack To Kentucky After Santa Anita Derby

Rafael Bejarano, a long-time successful fixture on the Southern California circuit, will make a fresh start come April, his agent, Tora Yamaguchi, said Friday morning. “He’s enjoyed his time here, but as of late, opportunities here have been scarce,” Yamaguchi said. “He’ll remain here through the Santa Anita Derby (April 4), then will consider going […]

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Shirreffs ‘Optimistic’ About Starting Maiden Winner Honor A.P. In San Felipe

Tomorrow, trainer John Shirreffs could enhance a resume already worthy of Hall of Fame consideration. The 74-year-old former Marine and surfing aficionado sends out promising Triple Crown prospect Honor A.P. in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes, the West Coast’s major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4, and […]

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‘Hit Me Like A Thunderstorm’: Hot-Riding Umberto Rispoli Seeking New Agent

Umberto Rispoli made a sudden and sensational impact with both horsemen and handicappers through 32 days of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet with 27 victories, three of them yesterday, but in a classic example of what have you done for me lately, today he is looking for a new agent. The 31-year-old two-time champion in his native […]

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