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Baltas Jumps Venetian Harbor Into Las Virgenes Off Impressive Maiden Score

A runaway 10 3/4-length maiden winner going 6 ½ furlongs on Dec. 29, the Richard Baltas-trained Venetian Harbor heads a field of five sophomore fillies going one mile in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Don Alberto Stables’ homebred Stellar Sound, who heads a three-horse contingent trained by […]

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River Boyne Tops Wide Open Field Of 10 In Grade 3 Thunder Road

A winner of six of 11 starts over the Santa Anita lawn, Irish-bred River Boyne rates top billing among a wide-open field of 10 older horses in Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Thunder Road Stakes at one mile on turf. Others who merit serious consideration are Majestic Eagle, who comes off a sharp third place finish […]

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Santa Anita’s Saturday Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot Features $66,603 Carryover

There was no single ticket winner in Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot today, creating a Jackpot carryover of $66,603 into Saturday’s nine-race program. With a carryover of $50,049 from Thursday, there was $72,309 in new money bet into the Rainbow Six today, creating a total Jackpot pool of $122,358. […]

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Roadster, Midcourt Square Off In Key Prep For Santa Anita Handicap

In what shapes up as an outstanding prep to the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap March 7, Saturday’s G2, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes has attracted a competitive field of 10 older horses at a mile and one eighth, with C R K Stable’s Midcourt, Speedway Stable’s Roadster and owner/trainer Val Brinkerhoff’s versatile Restrainedvengence all prominent. […]

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Thousand Words Leads Baffert’s 1-2 Punch In Robert B. Lewis

A Grade 2 winner in his second start on Dec. 7, Bob Baffert-trained Thousand Words heads a field of six Derby hopefuls going 1 1/16 miles in Saturday’s G3, $100,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Also prominent are Baffert’s High Velocity, who finished third behind Thousand Words in the G2 […]

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Baffert Relishes Mucho Gusto’s Pegasus Win From Afar; Colt Earns Invitation To Saudi Cup

Idle since fourth in the Grade III Oklahoma Derby Sept. 29, Bob Baffert’s Santa Anita-based Mucho Gusto ran the race of his life in yesterday’s Grade I, $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream, winning by 4 ½ lengths while getting a mile and one eighth in 1:48.85. Ridden for the first time in […]

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Captain Scotty Denies Flagstaff In Palos Verdes

In a race reduced to four horses as the result of a pair of program scratches, trainer Peter Miller’s Captain Scotty went to the front and never looked back as he registered a neck victory over heavily favored Flagstaff in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes. Ridden to victory by Abel Cedillo, who […]

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Chatlos Hopes Instagrand Is ‘Rounding Into Form’ For San Pasqual

A 10 ¼ length winner of the Grade II Best Pal Stakes in his second career start, and third in both the Grade III Gotham Stakes and Grade I Santa Anita Derby in starts three and four, OXO Equine’s Instagrand, who was most recently third as the 9-5 favorite in a one mile allowance here […]

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‘Personal Stuff’ Keeps Trainer John Sadler At Santa Anita On Pegasus World Cup Day

In what is sure to be a Hall of Fame career, trainer John Sadler has opted to keep the home fires burning as he wages a four-front war on Saturday. “We’ve got horses in a four different tracks today, Santa Anita, Gulfstream, Oaklawn Park and Golden Gate Fields,” said Sadler this morning from Barn 56 […]

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