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‘Unparalleled Reputation’: Benson Appointed Chief Veterinary Officer For Stronach

The Stronach Group has announced that well-respected equine veterinarian Dr. Dionne Benson has been appointed as the Chief Veterinary Officer for The Stronach Group. For the past seven years, Dr. Benson has been the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the internationally-renowned Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) in Lexington, KY. “We are thrilled […]

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$159,584 Easter Sunday Jackpot In Santa Anita Rainbow 6

Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick 6 Jackpot went unsolved again on Saturday, creating a tidy Jackpot carryover of $159,584 into Sunday. With $157,240 in “new” Rainbow 6 money wagered Saturday, the total Jackpot pool reached $280,825.  Although there was no single ticket winner, there were 27 consolation tickets with six, each […]

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Cistron Switches From Turf To Dirt For Kona Gold Win

Raced exclusively on turf in his last 13 starts, Hronis Racing’s Cistron, who was supplemented at a cost of $4,000, completely dominated Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes at Santa Anita, as he whistled 6 ½ furlongs on the main track in 1:16.33 while winning by 5 ¼ lengths under Victor Espinoza. Trained by […]

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‘A Good Listener Never Fails’: Assistant Mora Celebrates 42 Years In Horse Racing

With fifteen dollars in his pocket and not much else, 18-year-old Leandro Mora spoke no English and possessed few marketable skills when he arrived at the Santa Anita barn of trainer Gary Jones in March, 1977. Jones, who would eventually earn induction into racing’s Hall of Fame, gave Mora his first shot at attaining the […]

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Kona Gold Stakes Part Of Santa Anita Rainbow 6; Jackpot At $123,585

With the Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes highlighting a nine-race card, Santa Anita fans will also be greeted with a 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $123,585 on Saturday. The Kona Gold, for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs, is headed by the Bob Baffert-trained Dr. Dorr, who has been […]

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‘A True Stayer,’ Campaign Wins Marathon Tokyo City Cup At Santa Anita

Fourth eight days ago in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., Woodford Racing’s Campaign, who was about nine lengths off the lead when the field crossed the finish line for the first time in Sunday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup, rallied five deep turning for home en […]

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Helping Horses: Cold Salt Water Spa Employed At Santa Anita Park

With equine medicine more readily embracing holistic treatments and procedures, Tyler Cerin, 31, son of veteran conditioner Vladimir Cerin, is treating dozens of horses per week at Santa Anita with a Jacuzzi-like machine called an Equine Spa, which employs ice-cold salt water. “It’s made in England and we use it as preventative maintenance and also […]

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Danuska’s My Girl Makes It Look Easy In Las Flores

Under aggressive handling from Geovanni Franco, Jerry Hollendorfer’s Danuska’s My Girl registered a 3 ¼ length win in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes at Santa Anita. Sent from the gate in her first stakes assignment, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Shackleford got six furlongs in 1:10.23. Head and head the first eighth of […]

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80 Winning Pick Six Tickets Pay Out $53,312 Saturday At Santa Anita

Although early prognostications forecast today’s Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot pool would reach approximately $3 million, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent minimum wager, with a mandatory payout in place, generated a massive total pool on Saturday of $5,352,827. With a carryover from Friday of $815,939 serving as a catalyst, $4,536,888 in “new” Rainbow Six […]

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Vasilika Achieves Millionaire Status In Royal Heroine

One of the best claims of all-time, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s Vasilika became racing’s newest millionaire with an authoritative 2 ¾ length win in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes at Santa Anita. Handled by her regular partner Flavien Prat, the 5-year-old Skipshot mare got a mile on turf in 1:33.53. Attentive to the early […]

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