Nelson Homebred Wound Tight Runs Away With Unusual Heat Turf Classic

It what was virtual walk in the park, Matt Nelson’s homebred Wound Tight was in complete control throughout as he waltzed to a front-running 3 ½ length victory in Saturday’s $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic presented by City National Bank. Ridden by Abel Cedillo and trained by Bob Hess, Jr., the 5-year-old gelding by top […]

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Racehorses Taught California Owner Nick Alexander ‘Patience And Humility’

A day of racing which showcases California-breds without a Nick Alexander owned or bred horse would be rare indeed these days, like an NFL game without a single review. Not to worry Saturday when the 77-year-old native of Santa Monica has three horses he owns and bred entered on Santa Anita’s nine-race program featuring runners […]

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Queen Bee To You Shows Her Heart With Nose Victory In La Canada

When you’re hot you’re hot. Not just according to the late Country Music star Jerry Reed, but with horses the same applies, as evidenced by Queen Bee to You’s thrilling nose victory in Saturday’s Grade III, $200,000 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Andrew Lerner and ridden by Ruben Fuentes, the California-bred Queen […]

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Alexander Has ‘One-Two Grazen Punch’ In California Distaff Handicap

Longtime California owner/breeder Nick Alexander will be represented by another daughter of Grazen in addition to favored S Y Sky in Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap at 5 ½ furlongs on Santa Anita’s turf. That would be Just Grazed Me, gray like the five-year-old S Y Sky, and like her stablemate, never out of the […]

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Cal-Bred Acclimate In Front All The Way In San Juan Capistrano

In sharp recent form and blessed with an abundance of natural speed, California-bred Acclimate took six rivals on a merry chase that resulted in a stirring half length victory in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Martin Garcia and trained by Phil D’Amato, the 5-year-old gelding by Acclamation […]

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S Y Sky Finishes Fast In Off-The-Turf Monrovia

Nick Alexander’s homebred S Y Sky got the job done in an off-the-turf edition of the $200,000 Monrovia Stakes at Santa Anita on Sunday, finishing fast down the lane to hit the wire three-quarters of a length in front of favorite Belvoir Bay. The 5-year-old daughter of Alexander’s Grazen completed five furlongs on the fast […]

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Cal-Bred Eddie Haskell Up Late For Daytona Victory

Under patient handling, California-bred Eddie Haskell rallied late to take Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Daytona Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths under Kent Desormeaux. Trained by Mark Glatt, who took the 6-year-old gelding by Square Eddie nine starts back for a $50,000 claiming tag, Eddie Haskell got five furlongs on the Santa Anita turf in 55.49. […]

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Desormeaux Guides Rye To Defend His Title In Unusual Heat Turf Classic

In his second start off a lengthy layoff, owner/trainer William Morey’s Rye saved every inch of ground under Kent Desormeax as he successfully defended his title in Saturday’s $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic at Santa Anita Park. A 6-year-old full horse by English Channel, out of the Unusual Heat mare Phi Beta Heat, Rye got […]

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Make Happy Bests The Boys On Japan Road To The Kentucky Derby

California-bred filly Make Happy remained perfect from two starts when bossing the boys in Saturday’s Cattleya Sho at Tokyo, the first scoring race on the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby. Sent off as the heavy 2-5 favorite, the Kazuko Yoshida color-bearer prevailed by 2 ½ lengths from Godolphin’s Kingen. Make Happy was bred by […]

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