Brian Koriner

No Place Like Home For Southern Californian Aaron Gryder

Aaron Gryder has ridden all over the globe, but like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, he ultimately found there’s no place like home. That’s why Gryder, who turns 49 on June 5, is plying his trade full time now at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., less than 10 miles as the crow flies from […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Dreaming With ‘Perfection’

From the saddle of a red roan mustang with a “little streak of craziness in him” to following Spiced Perfection into the winner’s circle after the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes, Michael Faber just keeps daring himself to dream a little bigger. Or in this case, maybe Faber was dreaming a little smaller, but it […]

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Spiced Perfection Leads California-Bred Exacta In La Brea Stakes

Dare to Dream Stable’s Spiced Perfection made the leap from California-bred competition to Grade 1 winner in Wednesday’s $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on Wednesday, the first of four graded stakes races on the Arcadia, Calif., track’s opening day program. Spiced Perfection defeated another California-bred Hot Autumn, by 1 1/4 lengths, with Emboldened […]

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California-Bred Spiced Perfection Looking To Upset La Brea Stakes

Spiced Perfection, a three-time stakes winner against California-breds, ventures into open company in the Grade I La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on opening day at Santa Anita on Wednesday. “It’s the last chance this year to run with 3-year-olds and we hope to get some graded type for her,” explained Brian Koriner, who trains […]

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Miller’s Four-Win Saturday Puts Him Atop Trainer Standings At Del Mar

Trainer Peter Miller saddled four winners on Saturday to open a six-win lead over his pursuers and appear to salt away his third straight Del Mar fall training championship and his fourth in the five years of the meet’s existence. Miller’s wins Saturday came with Gray Magician (2nd, Flavien Prat, $3.00), Acker (3rd, Rafael Bejarano, […]

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Del Mar’s Pick Six Hit For $138,889 With $1,152 Ticket

The 4-year-old filly Gypsy Blu closed stoutly on the lawn Sunday afternoon at Del Mar to register a win by a neck and pay $63.60. Her score also gave a lone Pick Six bettor the only winning ticket in the exotic wager for a nifty payout of $138,889. The winning Pick Six ticket was purchased […]

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Spiced Perfection Kicks Away For Betty Grable Victory

Perfectly placed by jockey Flavien Prat behind dueling leaders in the early stages of the $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes, Spiced Perfection surged between rivals to take command entering the stretch and drew off impressively to win the seven-furlong sprint by two and one-quarter lengths Sunday. Spiced Perfection, sent off at 4-1 odds, scored her fourth […]

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Injury Knocks Its Gonna Hurt Out Of Juvenile Turf Sprint; Sharp Samurai Scratched Due To Illness

A pair of scratches from Breeders’ Cup races were announced on Friday, according to bloodhorse.com. Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint contender Its Gonna Hurt was diagnosed with a suspensory injury, said trainer Brian Koriner, while Breeders’ Cup Mile hopeful Sharp Samurai came down with a throat infection this morning. Its Gonna Hurt (Violence), winner of the […]

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Its Gonna Hurt Stamps Breeders’ Cup Ticket In Speakeasy

Fresh off a maiden win on dirt Aug. 4, longshot Its Gonna Hurt blasted from his rail post position and never looked back in winning Saturday’s $100,000 Speakeasy Stakes at Santa Anita by three quarters of length under Tiago Pereira.  Trained by Brian Koriner, the Louisiana-bred colt by Violence got five furlongs over the Santa […]

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Take The One O One Up The Rail For Real Good Deal Score

Taking the shortest way home, even-money favored Take the One O One rallied on the rail turning into the stretch to take the lead and continued on gamely to win the featured $150,000 Real Good Deal Stakes under jockey Joe Talamo Friday. “I thought I was going to go outside in this one, but the way […]

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