Bayakoa Handicap

Shock And Awe At Hollywood Park: December 7, 1997

The date of December 7 is my signpost for both of two powerful psychological responses to witnessed events. Shock and awe are two of the few emotions that immerse us in the present moment while remolding our sense of time. Seventy-six years ago was the occasion that President Franklin Roosevelt would immortalize as the date […]

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Majestic Heat Wins G2 Bayakoa Handicap At Los Alamitos

Three weeks after an easy win in her dirt debut, Majestic Heat became a graded stakes winner on the surface with another decisive victory in the $201,035 Bayakoa Sunday at Los Alamitos. After dispatching of fellow California breds by 3 ¼ lengths going seven furlongs in the Betty Grable Nov. 12 at Del Mar, the […]

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Vale Dori Skips Home Easily In Bayakoa

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum’s Vale Dori was an easy three-length winner of Saturday’s Grade 2 Bayakoa Handicap at Del Mar, sitting just off the leader and galloping away from the field in the stretch. A 4-year-old daughter of Asiatic Boy ridden by Mike Smith, Vale Dori covered 1 1/16 miles over the fast […]

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Weekend Lineup: Be Seeing You, Del Mar

Like the Bing Crosby song says, “I’ll be seeing you in all the old familiar places.” This weekend closes out the fall Bing Crosby meeting at Del Mar, highlighted by a pair of Grade 1 stakes. A trio of East coast invaders trained by Chad Brown will line up against a full field in Saturday’s […]

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Multiple Stakes Winner Mufajaah Retired, To Be Bred To Quality Road

Shadwell Stables’ Mufajaah, winner of the Grade 3 Bayakoa Stakes at Oaklawn Park in February, has been retired from racing and will be bred to Quality Road this season. The Daily Racing Form reports that the 4-year-old filly, who finished third in the G2 Azeri Stakes in her last start, was shipped to Shadwell Farm […]

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Frontrunning Broken Sword Upsets Fiftyshadesofhay in Bayakoa

Trainers Jerry Hollendorfer and Bob Baffert reversed finish positions from the Hollywood Starlet earlier in Saturday’s card to the Bayakoa Handicap as Broken Sword, returning to Southern California after a 5 1/2 length win Nov. 10 at Golden Gate Fields, was never menaced in her first appearance in a graded race, easily handling the Baffert-trained Fiftyshadesofhay, […]

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Ellafitz a dominant winner of Bayakoa Handicap

Ellafitz went wire to wire for a dominating 3-3/4 length win over Miss Mittagong in the Grade 2 Bayakoa Handicap at Hollywood Park. Bauble Queen finished third. Ellafitz is a 4-year-old daughter of Tiznow trained by Bob Baffert for D & E Racing LLC. She was ridden to victory by Martin Garcia. Running time for […]

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Washington Bridge takes G2 Bayakoa at Hollywood

Three-year-old filly Washington Bridge exploded late to overtake pacesetter Sister Dawn and win the Grade 2, $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap at Hollywood Park Sunday. Under Rafael Bejarano, Washington Bridge was the only closer making ground on the leader in the stretch.  She won the 1 1/6 mile race by two lengths in a time of 1:44.25.  […]

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Zardana goes for repeat in Bayakoa Handicap

Most well-known for pulling an upset on Rachel Alexandra in the New Orleans Ladies Classic earlier this year, Zardana will look to repeat her success from last year in the Bayakoa Handicap.

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by KBC Horse Supplies

December brings the American graded stakes racing schedule into the homestretch. This weekend there will be a pair of graded stakes for juveniles at Delta Downs, in Vinton, Louisiana, and a pair at Hollywood Park. Friday night racing at Delta Downs offers $1.6 million in purse money and is capped off by the Grade […]

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