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Bolt D’Oro Gets ‘A Little Air’ In Breeze; Mor Spirit, West Coast Work For Baffert

Headed by undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile favorite Bolt d’Oro, several Santa Anita-based stalwarts had their final major breezes for their Breeders’ Cup races Sunday morning at The Great Race Place. Bolt d’Oro, 7 ¾-length winner of the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes on Sept. 30, worked five furlongs in company at 8:05 a.m. following the 7:45 renovation break, getting a time of […]

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Santa Anita Workouts: Sadler Gives Stellar Wind ‘B+’ For Final Distaff Move

Pacific Classic winner Collected and champion Stellar Wind had their final major works for their Breeders’ Cup engagements Nov. 3 and 4 on a refreshingly brisk Saturday morning at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., which basked in brilliant sunshine nonetheless. Collected, one of four probable Breeders’ Cup Classic starters on Nov. 4 for Bob Baffert, […]

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Eclipse Award-Winning Apprentice Kyle Frey Returns To The Saddle At Santa Anita

Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey of 2011 Kyle Frey is expected to resume riding at Santa Anita shortly, according to his agent, Mark North. A 25-year-old native of Tracy, California, Frey (pronounced FRAY) last rode during the first week of Del Mar’s Bing Crosby meet before he was sidelined with an abscess caused by an infection […]

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10-Year-Old Royal F J Retired, ‘Very Sound’ After 102nd Start

Royal F J, a popular campaigner who paid his way under the guidance of trainer Jack Carava for most of his lengthy career, has been retired from racing after his 102nd start in Thursday’s eighth race at Santa Anita. The 10-year-old gelded son of Royal Academy bred in Kentucky finished seventh at odds of 4-1 in the six […]

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Paradise Woods ‘Couldn’t Be Doing Any Better’ Ahead Of BC Distaff

Santa Anita Oaks winner Paradise Woods and two-time Rodeo Drive Stakes winner Avenge each worked for their Breeders’ Cup engagements Friday morning, Paradise Woods breezing for the Distaff on Nov. 3 going six furlongs in 1:14, while Avenge, a contender for the Filly & Mare Turf on Nov. 4, went six furlongs in company in […]

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Years Later, Breeders’ Cup Veteran California Flag Still ‘Hard To Replace’

California Flag, for whom Saturday’s $100,000 stakes race at Santa Anita Park is named, didn’t come close to the laudatory achievements of Goldikova, but he did exceed the magnificent mare in one respect: running in Breeders’ Cup races five consecutive years. Goldikova ran in Breeders’ Cup races four straight years, that being the Breeders’ Cup […]

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Santa Anita’s ‘Octo-Plus’ Club Advises Against Retirement

Huey Barnes, Vince DeGregory, Larry Gilligan, Bruce Headley, Ron McAnally, Hector Palma and Art Sherman, all members of Santa Anita’s Octoplus Club. That’s not octopus, but Octoplus, as in 80 years of age or older. Each has passed the eight-decade mark and still plies his trade at the race track, their years on the planet […]

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Ruis Keeping Bolt D’Oro ‘Happy And Fit’ Ahead Of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile favorite Bolt d’Oro worked four furlongs Sunday at Santa Anita in 48.80 for owner/trainer Mick Ruis, with regular rider Corey Nakatani in the irons. “He went just like we were hoping,” Ruis said. “Corey never moved on him, he galloped out seven-eighths. That’s all we wanted him to do. We know he has […]

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Van Dyke Sinks Hole In One In John Morris Golf Classic, Plans To Donate Prize To PDJF

Drayden Van Dyke was back on the beat working horses Saturday morning, five days after posting a hole in one on Tuesday in the sixth annual John Morris Golf Classic at Santa Anita Golf Course in Arcadia, which benefited the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund, Easter Seals Cardinal Hill and Project Walk (SpinalCordRehabilitationCenter). One hundred percent of the proceeds benefited […]

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Stellar Wind ‘Going In The Right Direction’ For Distaff

Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza worked champion Stellar Wind six furlongs at 6:30this morning in 1:13.60 for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 3, the penultimate breeze at Santa Anita for the daughter of Curlin before her move south for the Big Dance. Trainer John Sadler worked Stellar Wind in company with That’s a Lady, who […]

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