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Santa Anita Park Announces Complete Winter/Spring Meet Stakes Schedule

Santa Anita Park, which will open for its 83rd Winter/Spring Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 26, has announced a complete stakes schedule through closing day, June 21. The schedule, which includes a total of 93 added money races, will be keynoted by a pair of Grade I stakes on opening day—the $300,000 Malibu, for 3-year-olds at […]

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Toinette Proves Deserving Favorite In Sunday’s Goldikova

Attentive to the early pace, heavily favored Toinette proved much the best in winning the Grade II, $200,000 Goldikova Stakes by 2 ¼ lengths Sunday at Santa Anita. Ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Neil Drysdale, the 4-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy got a flat mile on turf in 1:33.38. With longshot Streak of […]

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Longshot Mo Forza Upsets Twlight Derby

Rank early but composed thereafter, trainer Peter Miller’s longshot Mo Forza went from maiden winner on Sept. 29 to a Grade II stakes winner on Saturday, as he took Santa Anita’s $200,000 Twilight Derby under Joel Rosario by 1 ¾ lengths. On a picture perfect late morning in Arcadia, the 3-year-old colt by Uncle Mo […]

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Santa Anita’s Rainbow Pick Six Features $351,352 Carryover For Sunday Card

Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot went unsolved again on Saturday, creating a Jackpot carryover into Sunday of $351,352. If there is no single ticket winner on Thursday, the Jackpot pool will carry over into closing day Sunday, with a mandatory payout as the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships will […]

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$314,503 Jackpot In Saturday’s Single Ticket Pick 6 At Santa Anita

Hopes ran high on Friday at Santa Anita, as Wild Cat Canyon, Go Sammy Go and Artcrilic represented the hopes of three “live” tickets in Friday’s eighth and final race at Santa Anita—each with a shot at winning just under $400,000 in the 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick 6 Jackpot.  It wasn’t to be […]

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Breeders’ Cup Flashback: ‘Iron Lady’ Cements Horse Of The Year Status In 1986 Distaff

Although she had already won nine graded stakes, seven of them Grade I’s, from 14 starts in 1986, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Klein’s Lady’s Secret didn’t have Horse of the Year honors firmly in her grasp until she demolished seven rivals going a mile and one quarter in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff on […]

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Fore Left Does It All Right In Sunny Slope Stakes

Reddam Racing’s Fore Left relished a return to sprinting as he rocketed from the gate and was all heart late in holding off stablemate Strongconstitution to take Sunday’s $70,000 Sunny Slope Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Fore Left, a Kentucky-bred colt by Twirling Candy, got 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.54. Seventh, beaten […]

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Castle Goes All The Way In California Flag Handicap

Claimed for $40,000 last time out, trainer Mark Glatt’s Castle broke sharply and made every pole a winning one in Saturday’s $100,000 California Flag Handicap, as he prevailed by neck under Abel Cedillo in 1:01.51—the fastest 5 ½ furlongs on turf at Santa Anita’s current Autumn Meet. With even money favorite Tribalist unexpectedly far back […]

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‘All You Have To Do Is Let Him Go’: Pincay Recalls 1986 Classic Win With Skywalker

It’s often said that pace makes the race, but in the 1986 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita, legendary Hall of Famer Laffit Pincay, Jr., aboard the Michael Whittingham-trained Skywalker, ignored the clock and made the critical decision that resulted in a stirring 1 ¼ length win over 8-5 favorite Turkoman, who was ridden by […]

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‘Just A Ding-Dong Battle’; Delahoussaye, McCarron Relive Dramatic Distaff Finish Of 1993

With the Breeders’ Cup World Championships coming to Santa Anita for a record 10th time on Nov. 1 and 2, memories of great performances from years gone by are bound to be rekindled. Decided by a scant nose, the 1993 Distaff, which involved a pair of Hall of Fame distaffers and four Hall of Fame […]

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