A.C. Avila

Masochistic To Make 2017 Debut In Triple Bend

Star crossed Masochistic, who has by any measure, a most unusual lifetime resume, will make his 7-year-old debut going seven furlongs in Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Triple Bend Stakes—his first start since being disqualified from second place purse money in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. Fifth in his […]

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California Officials Increase Fine, Suspension For Avila In Masochistic Case

The California Horse Racing Board released the following update on trainer Antonio “A.C.” Avila on Friday. Avila trains Masochistic, who tested positive for acepromazine at nearly 40 times the legal limit after a fifth-place finish on March 15. Stewards later investigated the ride given to Masochistic in that race. The horse ran on the Kentucky Derby […]

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Kentucky Stewards’ Investigation into Avila, Trainer of Masochistic, Closed

According to a Daily Racing Form report, an investigation by Kentucky stewards into trainer A.C. Avila has been closed after the trainer paid a fine of $750 for falsifying information on his license application in the state. After Avila’s trainee Masochistic won a race on the Kentucky Derby undercard by 14 lengths at odds of 2-1 […]

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Owners Protest CHRB’s Regulatory Inaction on Masochistic Race

If you weren’t outraged at the stunning form reversal by a 4-year-old California-bred gelding named Masochistic in a Kentucky Derby undercard race at Churchill Downs, then it’s likely you either cashed a nice bet on the horse when he breezed home by 14 lengths or you think deception of the wagering public is part of […]

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California Stewards Investigate Race Ride, Barn of Churchill Maiden Winner

California Chrome wasn’t the only California-bred to make an impression at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May. Seven hours before the Kentucky Derby, trainer A. C. Avila sent a 4-year-old Cal-bred with one prior start out to win the day’s third race, a six-furlong maiden special weight contest, by a whopping 14 lengths. […]

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Stevens, Great Hot steal the Santa Maria

In a manner eerily similar to so many other stakes wins covering parts of four decades, comebacking Gary Stevens sent longshot Great Hot to the early lead in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes for older fillies and mares and put on a textbook exhibition on how to ride a frontrunner, guiding the 5-year-old […]

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Avila’s Great Hot set for Saturday’s Santa Maria

Arcadia, CA – Save for a troubled trip in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint last Nov. 4, Great Hot has never failed to earn a check in nine U.S. starts. The Brazilian-bred filly by 2002 Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Orientate hopes to enhance that mark in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes […]

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Imponente Purse shines in Sunset

Imponente Purse and jockey Chantal Sutherland surged past Falcon Rock and Celtic New Year to win the Grade 3 Sunset Handicap at Hollywood Park by two lengths. First Settler was fourth. Imponente Purse, a 5-year-old Brazilian-bred gelding by Public Purse, is trained by A.C. Avila for Coudelaria Jessica. Time for the mile and a half […]

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Celtic Princess zooms to Royal Heroine victory

Celtic Princess overcame an awkward start to capture the Grade 2, $150,000 Royal Heroine Mile Stakes on the Hollywood Park turf July 4th. With Rafael Bejarano aboard, Celtic Princess bumped with a rival coming out of the gate but quickly recovered and accelerated to a nice stalking position down the backstretch.  In the lane, she […]

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