Apple Blossom

Budding Star Ce Ce Leads Small Field For Sunday’s Santa Maria Stakes

Currently poised as a potential superstar on the rise, Bo Hirsch’s homebred Ce Ce heads a field of five fillies and mares three and up going a mile and one sixteenth in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Michael McCarthy, Ce Ce, a 4-year-old daughter of Elusive Quality out […]

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‘We’ve Got Her Figured Out Now’: Baltas High On Horologist Ahead Of Sunday’s Santa Maria

Richard Baltas hopes the fifth time’s the charm when he runs Horologist in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/16 miles on the main track at Santa Anita Park. A rarity in that she is a New Jersey-bred racing in California, the four-year-old daughter by […]

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Ce Ce, Whitmore Join NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll After Big Wins At Oaklawn

Rising star Ce Ce and veteran Grade 1 winner Whitmore made the most of their respective opportunities this past weekend, scoring victories which allowed each to crack the top 10 in the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top Thoroughbred Poll. With limited racing options available due to the coronavirus pandemic, Oaklawn Park was the only […]

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‘Like A Breeders’ Cup In April’: Saturday’s Grade 1 Apple Blossom Features Full Field Of 14

Serengeti Empress had to beat 13 rivals to win the country’s biggest race for 3-year-old fillies last year. She will have to beat the same number to win one of the country’s biggest two-turn races for older fillies and mares Saturday at Oaklawn Park. Joel Politi’s Serengeti Empress is among 14 horses entered in the […]

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Better With Age: Weaver Believes Point Of Honor Has Legitimate Chance In Apple Blossom

George Weaver’s only Oaklawn stakes history involves the Arkansas Derby, but that will change Saturday when the trainer sends out Point of Honor in the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles. Weaver has started only one horse at Oaklawn, with Christine’s Outlaw finishing third in the 2003 […]

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Weekend Lineup: Apple Blossom, Count Fleet Draw Star-Studded Fields

A handful of tracks continue to try and navigate the coronavirus pandemic by holding cards without spectators and only allowing essential personnel on the ground, including Oaklawn Park, which hosts the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap this Saturday. TVG will partner with NBC Sports to bring live horse racing into the homes of fans across […]

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Equibase Analysis: Horologist Should Get Perfect Stalking Trip In Apple Blossom

The Grade 1, $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap drew a big field of 14 and although there are a number of horses with the qualifications to win, it appears there is only one which will be in front shortly after the gate opens. That one is Serengeti Empress, who drew the 11 post position and who […]

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Apple Blossom, Count Fleet Highlight TVG’s Weekend Coverage

TVG, America’s horse racing network, will partner with NBC Sports to bring live horse racing into the homes of fans across the country for the fourth consecutive weekend with twelve hours of coverage, including the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (GI) and $350,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) from Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19h […]

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‘Very Impressive’ Ce Ce Ships To Oaklawn For Apple Blossom

The $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) for older fillies and mares has attracted a strong contender for prominent California breeder/owner Bo Hirsch in lightly raced Ce Ce. Trained by Mike McCarthy, Ce Ce is unbeaten in two starts this year, including a 3 ¼-length score over Grade 1 winner Hard Not to Love in the […]

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