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Mizdirection Tops Boys Again in Turf Sprint Ahead of Dead Heat For Second

Mizdirection kept her Santa Anita record strong with a second career win in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Saturday afternoon. Under the guidance of Mike Smith, the gray filly bounced back from a fifth-place effort in the Grade 1 Just A Game Stakes at Belmont in June. With the exception of the Just A […]

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Ria Antonia Wins Juvenile Fillies After DQ of She’s A Tiger; Secret Compass Euthanized

Ria Antonia won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies via disqualification after making contact with rival She’s A Tiger in the Santa Anita stretch on Saturday afternoon. She’s A Tiger, who took a stalking trip, challenged early leader Ria Antonia in the stretch and, despite a right-handed stick from rider Gary Stevens, drifted out and bumped […]

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Pop Quiz Brought to You by Ky-Bred Quality: Linda Rice

Trainer Linda Rice is part of a long line of horsemen and horsewomen, and grew up breaking and training young horses for father Clyde Rice. She was an exercise rider and assistant trainer for years before taking out her trainer’s license in 1987 at the age of 23. She became the first woman to saddle […]

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BC Marathon: London Bridge Surprises Smith With Victory

London Bridge surprised even his jockey with a come-from-behind win in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Marathon at Santa Anita Park on Friday. The 3-year-old British native had not been training over the Santa Anita dirt course particularly well this week, according to jockey Mike Smith, but he clearly handled the surface sufficiently well on Friday. […]

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Three Chimneys Presents Good News Friday: Secretariat Lives On … in the Showring

As the 40th anniversary of Secretariat’s Triple Crown run has come and gone, Big Red’s blood seems to fade further into the distance of today’s Thoroughbred breeding. But in the sport horse world, that blood is still very much in demand. In 1988, the Mr. Prospector mare Sue Babe foaled a strapping bay colt by […]

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Breeders’ Cup Trainers Discuss Small But Select Distaff Field

In a teleconference following Wednesday’s release of Breeders’ Cup pre-entries, trainers Bill Mott, Richard Mandella, Todd Pletcher, and Bob Baffert agreed that this year’s Distaff could rival the Classic in terms of challenging fields. “I think there’s some very good fillies in there. If you remember last year it was nearly the same,” said Bill […]

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Local Officials Oppose Revision of Northern California Race Dates

Sonoma County lawmakers are butting heads with the California Horse Racing Board as the board tries to plan racing dates for the northern part of the state for next year. The Board is considering a plan that would give Alameda County, Sonoma County, and the state fair three weeks of racing next summer–more than any […]

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Pop Quiz Brought to You by Ky-Bred Quality: Michelle Nihei

Michelle Nihei is a trainer who took a somewhat unconventional path to the racetrack. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Saskatchewan and got her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky, followed by postdoctorate work and teaching in environmental science, neuroscience, and pediatrics at Johns Hopkins. A lifelong rider, she realized […]

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Jockey Franklin Injured in Spill at Indiana Downs

Jockey Malcolm Franklin is recovering from injuries sustained in a spill in Friday’s seventh race at Indiana Downs, according to a post on the jockey’s Facebook page. Franklin was aboard even-money favorite Coffee Dance when the filly took an awkward step in midstretch and fell. Franklin had broken his leg above the knee and said […]

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Rider Castillo Recovering After Surgery

Jockey Oliver Castillo, who was injured in a spill on Saturday’s Monmouth at Meadowlands card, is resting comfortably at home following surgery to fuse his C6 and C7 vertebrae. Castillo fell from his mount Dutyhonorcountry when the horse clipped heels with rival Neva Masquarade, fracturing Castillo’s lower leg and tearing ligaments in his neck. Joe […]

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