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Impressive Maiden Winner Enola Gray Headlines Melair Stakes On California Gold Rush Day

A runaway 16 1/4-length first-out maiden winner at 6 ½ furlongs on April 10, Nick Alexander’s homebred Enola Gray heads a field of six California-bred or sired 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s $200,000 Melair Stakes at 1 1/16 miles. Originally run at Hollywood Park in 1996, the Melair was taken last year by trainer Phil D’Amato’s […]

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San Onofre Headlines G2 Kona Gold Stakes

With recent graded stakes winner San Onofre leading the way, several locally based sprinters such as Wild Dude, Coastline, Cherubim, Sahara Sky and Kafister, along with out of state invaders Subtle Indian and Dream Saturday, all loom dangerous in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes, for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs. Named for […]

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Santa Anita Preakness Challenge To Offer $150,000 In Total Prizes

With a $50,000 top cash prize to shoot at, the 2016 Santa Anita Preakness Challenge will be offered to horseplayers wagering on all live races at Santa Anita, along with the Grade I Preakness Stakes and the Grade II LONGINES Dixie Stakes from Pimlico Race Course on May 21-22. This live money contest will include […]

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Beholder To Face Five In Adoration On Sunday

A three time Eclipse Award winner, the great Beholder, idle since winning Santa Anita’s Grade I Zenyatta Stakes on Sept. 26, towers over five rivals as she makes her 6-year-old debut in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes at 1 1/16 miles. Following the Zenyatta, Beholder was shipped to Kentucky to face Triple Crown winner […]

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Effinex To Face Eight Rivals In Santa Anita Handicap

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens’ talented Effinex, along with sharp local contenders Imperative and Donworth, head a field of nine older horses set to go a mile and a quarter in Saturday’s 79th running of the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap. America’s longest continually run “hundred grander,” the Big ‘Cap was first run in 1935, […]

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Santa Anita: Installation Of New Turf Course To Begin In June

Santa Anita Park has announced it will begin installation of a completely new Bermuda turf course on June 20, which will be ready for use in advance of Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet which begins in late September. “With the impact of additional racing dates and increased demand for turf racing, the replacement of the course […]

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Victor Espinoza Honored With 2016 George Woolf Award

As America’s first Triple Crown Champion jockey in 37 years, Victor Espinoza helped Thoroughbred racing project a positive image far beyond the confines of the Thoroughbred industry throughout 2015, thus elevating the sport’s exposure and acceptance to a level perhaps not seen since the 1970s. Accordingly, Espinoza, a 43-year-old native of Mexico City, has been […]

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Eclipse Champion Songbird Returns To Action In Las Virgenes Stakes

Fox Hill Farms’ undefeated Eclipse Award winning Songbird towers over six rivals as she makes her 3-year-old debut Saturday in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at a flat mile. Idle since taking the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies by 5 ¾ lengths on Oct. 31 at Keeneland, the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Songbird […]

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Santa Anita: ESPN’s Kenny Mayne To Take The Mic, Will Call Fifth Race Sunday

Known to millions as an iconic figure on ESPN’s SportsCenter, Kenny Mayne will alter course and step into the role of race caller on Sunday at Santa Anita as he’ll take his unique brand of dry witted humor to the microphone prior to the track’s fifth race, which will be contested at 5 ½ furlongs. […]

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