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Shared Belief Voted ‘Horse Of The Meet’ At Santa Anita

Shared Belief, winner of three rich stakes at the Winter Meet including the Grade I Malibu at seven furlongs and the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap at a mile and a quarter, was unanimously named Horse of the Meet in Santa Anita’s annual Media Poll. The 4-year-old gelded son of Candy Ride trained by Jerry […]

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Espinoza: ‘Look Forward, Never Look Back’

Mired in a career malaise just three years ago, jockey Victor Espinoza now stands at the precipice of superstardom as he contemplates winning a third Kentucky Derby with favored American Pharoah, an initial Kentucky Oaks with Stellar Wind, and possible induction into Racing’s most hallowed fraternity, The National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame. Espinoza, […]

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Trainer Mike Mitchell Dies At 66

Trainer Mike Mitchell, an iconic and dominant figure on the Southern California racing landscape for nearly 40 years, passed away Tuesday, at his home in Monrovia following a lengthy battle with brain cancer at age 66. Born April 25, 1948 in Bakersfield and the son of a trainer, Earl Mitchell, Mike Mitchell worked for legendary […]

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Champion Beholder Returns To Action In Santa Lucia

Richard Mandella’s two-time Eclipse champion Beholder, idle since winning the Grade I Zenyatta Stakes Sept. 27, will resurface in Friday’s $75,000 Santa Lucia Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, with the Grade I, $400,000 Vanity Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on May 9 as the ultimate objective for the 5-year-old mare by Henny Hughes. Owned by […]

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Moreno Family Chasing Million-Dollar Prize With Dortmund

At 17 hands and roughly 1,200 pounds, Bob Baffert’s undefeated Santa Anita Derby winning Dortmund is obviously big on stature and long on talent. Dedicated racing fan Isidro Moreno is hoping the striking chestnut colt by Big Brown has coattails as well, as Moreno, his wife Maria Blanca and their three children are counting on […]

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Crimson Giant ‘Never Been Better’ Leading Up To Big ‘Cap Try

Depending upon who you ask, Crimson Giant is:  a.) A racing rarity.  b.)  A throwback to a bygone era.  c.)  A continuously overmatched iron horse.  Or, d.) Just a healthy, happy horse that likes to play and play often. However he’s defined, he’s running—and he’s running for the 67th time in his career, in Saturday’s […]

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Former Jockey Jerry Lambert Dies At 74

Jerry Lambert, one of California’s leading jockeys through the 1960s and ’70s was found dead Monday morning at his place of employment, Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, Calif., by his daughter, Lacey, who is also employed at the farm. Born in Clyde, Kansas, on Dec. 27, 1940, Lambert, 74, was best known as the regular […]

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Santa Anita To Screen ‘Seabiscuit’ In Paddock Gardens Feb. 28

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the mighty Seabiscuit’s win in the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap, Santa Anita Park has announced that it will host a post race screening of the 2003 blockbuster hit movie “Seabiscuit” following the races on Saturday, Feb. 28. The film, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best […]

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Tamarando Set to Return in California Flag

Idle since April 26, Grade I winner Tamarando may rate top billing in a field of six in Saturday’s $100,000 California Flag Handicap for 3-year-olds and up bred or sired in California at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s Camino Real Turf Course.  Undefeated 3-year-old Red Outlaw and consistent 4-year-old Boozer also bring solid recent […]

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Goldencents To Face Secret Circle in Santa Anita Sprint Championship

Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Secret Circle and last year’s BC Mile champ Goldencents head a field of six going six furlongs in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship. Trained by Bob Baffert, Secret Circle has been idle since running a close second as the 1-2 favorite in the Grade II, six […]

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