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Racehorses Taught California Owner Nick Alexander ‘Patience And Humility’

A day of racing which showcases California-breds without a Nick Alexander owned or bred horse would be rare indeed these days, like an NFL game without a single review. Not to worry Saturday when the 77-year-old native of Santa Monica has three horses he owns and bred entered on Santa Anita’s nine-race program featuring runners […]

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At 67, Baffert Just Five Wins Shy Of 3,000 Career Victories

Bob Baffert, already with a resume good enough to be in the Hall Fame twice over, is approaching another milestone, career victory number 3,000. The two-time Triple Crown winner, who is celebrating his 67th birthday (Monday), has eight wins through eight days of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, and 2,995 overall from 13,214 starters. He also […]

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Italian-Born Rider Umberto Rispoli Has Been ‘Well Received’ Thus Far At Santa Anita

Umberto Rispoli is a new name to California but under the tutelage of world-class agent Ron Anderson, it could become familiar in a hurry if his first eight days riding at Santa Anita are an indication. The 31-year-old is a native of Italy where he won riding championships in 2009 and 2010, most recently having […]

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Ashleyluvssugar: 9-Year-Old Readies For Third Start In Unusual Heat Turf Classic

Ashleyluvssugar, as familiar to fans at Santa Anita as its art deco façade, could make his last start in Saturday’s $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic. The 9-year-old gelded son of Game Plan has raced 18 times at Santa Anita, winning six, with two seconds and four thirds, earning almost a million dollars here, at $948,963. […]

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Sentiment Runs Deep For Bejarano In Kalookan Queen

Rafael Bejarano will be riding Show It N Moe It for the 17th time in her last 19 races Sunday in the $75,000 Kalookan Queen Stakes for fillies and mares, three and older, at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track, but sentimental familiarity will be absent in the person of Gary Sherlock, the five-year-old […]

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Green-Running Sham Winner Authentic May Be Fitted With Blinkers, Ear Plugs For Next Start

Bob Baffert was sitting pretty Sunday morning after Authentic emerged in good order from his authoritative 7 ¾-length victory in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes, the West Coast’s first major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4 and beyond that the Kentucky Derby on May 2. “He looked good […]

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Good Horses Have Been ‘Scarce,’ But Desormeaux Hoping For Big Things From Zimba Warrior

It’s been a while since Keith Desormeaux developed the likes of Texas Red and Exaggerator from unheralded youngsters into Grade I stakes winners. But the savvy trainer hopes to return to those glory days and raise the status of an as yet unaccomplished colt in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes for three-year-olds at one mile […]

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Sham Stakes Set To Kick Off California’s 2020 Road To The Triple Crown

California’s road to the 2020 Triple Crown begins Saturday at Santa Anita with the running of the Grade 3 Sham Stakes, a mile test for youngsters that just turned 3 years old and offering 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, four to the runner-up, two to the third-place finisher and one to the […]

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‘Yesterday Was Really A Celebration’: Fans Enjoy Santa Anita’s Opening Day

Should the racing gods ever decree that the consummate book be written on the glory that is Santa Anita, the final chapter is poised for history. It was written yesterday, when everything that makes Santa Anita great was in full flower, frenetic yet tranquil, in all its natural splendor. Scenic mountains, verdant palms, azure skies, […]

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Espinoza: Bellafina ‘Ran An Awesome Race’ In Defeat

Victor Espinoza was happy to pick up the mount on 3-5 favorite Bellafina in Saturday’s Grade I La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita Park, but understandably disappointed she finished second to 11-1 shot Hard Not to Love, who rallied from ninth and last at the half-mile marker to win by 2 ¼ lengths. “The race […]

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