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Oh, Zuzanna! Claimer Of The Meet ‘A Doll To Ride’

It’s been a storybook ride the last three months for the five-year-old mare Zuzanna. Claimed for $8,000 on Sept. 13, 2018 by a partnership group that includes TVG host and analyst Kurt Hoover, the bay daughter of Wilburn won three of four subsequent races, the most recent yesterday’s second at Santa Anita, a $46,000 starter allowance […]

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Distance Specialist Causeforcommotion Takes On Males In Sunday’s San Juan Capistrano

Eric Kruljac is trying something new with Causeforcommotion in Sunday’s Grade III San Juan Capistrano Stakes for three-year-olds and up at about 1 ¾ miles on turf: the five-year-old mare will be making her third stakes start in six weeks and be running against males for the first time in her 18-race career. “It’s a […]

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Santa Anita’s Backstretch Workers ‘To Gather In A Display Of Unity Before The Media’

The legion of dedicated Hispanic workers on Santa Anita’s backstretch will make their voices heard Thursday in an effort to counter attacks in the media that threaten their love and care of horses, their livelihood and their financial survival. “The attacks against our jobs continue in the press and we must respond,” reads a flyer […]

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Southern California Trainer Louis Bradvica, 91, Dies

The racing community in Southern California mourns the passing of trainer Louis Andrew “Lou” Bradvica, who died at his home in Riverside June 4 at the age of 91. “Lou was a farmer at heart, and while he loved all plants and animals, he loved the horse the most,” said his nephew, George Bradvica. “It […]

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Martin Garcia Back In A Big Way At Santa Anita After Time Away

Martin Garcia is on a roll. In the past week, the resurgent 34-year-old native of Veracruz, Mexico, has won seven races including three yesterday to give him 14 at the Spring portion of Santa Anita’s meet, placing him in the lofty position of sixth in the standings. He also remains a trusted member of Bob […]

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‘The Competition Is Stiff,’ But Maldonado Tall In The Saddle In Southern California

Edwin Maldonado is not the leading jockey at Santa Anita this meet, but at five feet six, he’s certainly among the tallest, and with 13 wins from 63 mounts, a gaudy 21 percent, he is fifth in the standings, thanks in the main to good luck and hard work. The 35-year-old native of Columbus, Ohio, […]

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‘Looking Forward To My Next Champion’: Espinoza Continues ‘Courageous’ Comeback

The fairytale saga that is Victor Espinoza’s moves ever forward, chapter by chapter. His riding career in serious jeopardy following a training accident at Del Mar last July, the 47-year-old Triple Crown winner and Hall of Fame member remains his ever-affable self after a recovery just short of miraculous, back riding winners like nothing ever […]

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Trainer, Radio Host Roger Stein Dies At 65

Trainer Roger Stein died this morning at his home in Hidden Hills after a lengthy battle with a myriad of illnesses. He was 65. Stein, who hosted a horse racing radio show on KLAA AM 830 for many years until June of 2017, began training Thoroughbreds in 1987 but obtained his harness trainer’s license in […]

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No Place Like Home For Southern Californian Aaron Gryder

Aaron Gryder has ridden all over the globe, but like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, he ultimately found there’s no place like home. That’s why Gryder, who turns 49 on June 5, is plying his trade full time now at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., less than 10 miles as the crow flies from […]

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Causeforcommotion ‘Squealing’ Her Way Into Gamely Starting Gate

Causeforcommotion’s nine-length victory in the Grade III Santa Barbara Stakes at a mile and a half on turf May 11 caused trainer Eric Kruljac and his partners in an ownership group to do something uncharacteristic: supplement her for $10,000 and run back in two weeks tomorrow in the Grade I Gamely Stakes at a mile […]

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