Racing

Always A Princess upsets Blind Luck in El Encino

Always A Princess was on the early pace but still had enough left in the tank late to beat Blind Luck in the Grade 2, $150,000 El Encino Stakes at Santa Anita Sunday. Under Rafael Bejarano, Always A Princess sat just off Champagne D’oro through swift early fractions but pulled away in the stretch to […]

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NYRA Race of the Year: Eskendereya’s Wood Memorial

Press Release Eskendereya’s powerhouse victory over a talented field in last year’s Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Racetrack has been voted by fans as NYRA’s “Race of the Year.” The 3-year-old colt’s performance edged four other compelling races on the NYRA circuit, including Horse of the Year finalist Blame’s win over Quality Road in […]

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A vote for Goldikova

Goldikova is unlikely to win the Horse of the Year at Monday’s Eclipse Award ceremony in Miami, but she will be getting some votes. In the Augusta Chronicle, turf writer Bill Marshall explains why he has gone with the European champion: “Goldikova did not make her seasonal debut until May 23 of last year and, […]

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By the “sheets”, Blind Luck would be HOTY

If Horse of the Year were based solely on Ragozin numbers, Len Friedman with Ragozin Thoroughbred Data says neither Zenyatta nor Blame would win.  The winner would be Blind Luck, who Friedman says had a longer and faster string of races than either of those two. “On her best day, Blind Luck could have beaten […]

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Indian Firewater noses Tweebster in San Fernando

Indian Firewater led gate to wire and won a photo finish with late-running Tweebster to take the Grade 2, $150,000 San Fernando Stakes at Santa Anita Saturday. Jockey Mike Smith and Indian Firewater were game through the stretch as a hard-charging Tweebster looked like he might steal the race late.  The winning time for the […]

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California Nectar wires field in Santa Ynez

California Nectar set stout fractions but could not be run down by the favorite, Zazu, in the Grade 2, $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes at Santa Anita Park Saturday. Under Patrick Valenzuela, 3-1 California Nectar led the seven furlong sprint from gate to wire and held off the late-charging Zazu by a head.  The winning time […]

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Tar Heel Mom holds off Hilda’s Passion in Sugar Swirl

Tar Heel Mom held off a late charge from Hilda’s Passion to win the Grade 3, $100,000 Sugar Swirl Stakes by a head at Gulfstream Park Saturday. Under Alan Garcia, 5-2 Tar Heel Mom stalked the early leaders, then surged to the front late and hit the wire before the favorite could catch her.  The […]

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Tapizar runs away with Sham Stakes

Tapizar led virtually the whole way to beat four three-year-old rivals and take the Grade 3, $100,000 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita Saturday. With Garrett Gomez on board, Tapizar kicked away in mid-stretch to win by nearly four lengths in 1:40.38 for 1 1/16 miles. Tapizar is owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds and was bred in […]

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Big Drama sets Gulfstream record, takes Mr. Prospector Stakes

Odds-on favorite Big Drama outdueled second choice Custom For Carlos in mid-stretch and pulled away to win the Grade 3, Mr. Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream Park Saturday. Under Eibar Coa, Big Drama set a new track record for six furlongs, beating Custom For Carlos by four lengths in 1:08.12. Big Drama is owned by Harold […]

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Kauto Star denied fifth straight King George VI

Kauto Star’s bid for a fifth consecutive King George VI Chase at Kempton Saturday was thwarted by Long Run, who scored a 12-length victory over stablemate Riverside Theater.  Kauto Star was third.

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