David Hofmans

Los Alamitos’ Sunday Card Features Pick Six Carryover Of $79,000

For the second consecutive day, there were no perfect Pick Six tickets Saturday, so there will be a carryover of $79,378 when racing resumes Sunday, closing day of the Winter Thoroughbred meet at Los Alamitos. The carryover was assured when first time starter Kaleidoscope Kid, a 2-year-old gelded son of Papa Clem, scored a 6-1 upset under […]

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Melatonin Drills Half-Mile In Final Tune Up For Classic

Santa Anita Handicap winner Melatonin turned in his final work Wednesday morning ahead of this weekend’s G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic. The Daily Racing Form reports that the 5-year-old gelding completed a half-mile in 47.98 seconds. Regular rider Joe Talamo was in the irons. Melatonin has not raced since capturing the G1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita in June […]

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Melatonin ‘Peaking At The Right Moment’ For Classic

Meet David Hofmans, the Giant Killer of the Breeders’ Cup. Consider the fact that he saddled Adoration, at 40-1 the longest shot on the board, to win the 2003 Distaff under Patrick Valenzuela; Desert Code at 36-1 with Richard Migliore up to win the 2008 Turf Sprint; and Alphabet Soup to upset two-time Horse of […]

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Melatonin Pleases Hofmans With One-Mile Breeze For Classic

Santa Anita Handicap winner Melatonin, training up to the Classic since his last start, a victory in the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 25, continued towards his ultimate goal with a one-mile workout Saturday in 1:41.20 under regular rider Joe Talamo. “I’m very happy and Joe was very happy,” said David […]

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Melatonin Continues To Impress In Breeze For Classic

Santa Anita Handicap winner Melatonin moved another step closer to his first race since winning the Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 25 when he worked seven furlongs in 1:27 flat under regular rider Joe Talamo, preparing for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 5. “He looked real good,” said […]

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‘Nice, Easy Work’ For Melatonin Ahead Of Classic

Santa Anita Handicap winner Melatonin, unraced since capturing the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 25, continued preparing for a meeting with Horse of the World California Chrome in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 5, working seven furlongs at Santa Anita in 1:27 Sunday morning under regular rider Joe […]

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‘Happy’ Melatonin Fires Bullet For Breeders’ Cup Classic

Santa Anita Handicap and Gold Cup winner Melatonin continued working his way towards the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 5 with a six furlong move Sunday in a bullet 1:11.80 under regular rider Joe Talamo at Santa Anita. “He worked in company with a couple other horses (Bluegrass Bronco, 1:12.60 and Majestic Kitten, 1:13.20) and […]

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Illness Knocks Melatonin Out Of Pacific Classic

Santa Anita Handicap winner Melatonin will be forced to miss the G1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar due to a “persistant illness”. Trainer David Hofmans told the Daily Racing Form on Wednesday that the 5-year-old gelding by Kodiak Kowboy has not had a workout since capturing the G1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita June 25. The trainer […]

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‘Overnight Sensation’ Melatonin Could Wait For Awesome Again As Next Start

Melatonin, racing’s newest “overnight sensation,” was resting on his expanding laurels Sunday at Santa Anita, where the son of Kodiak Kowboy is unbeaten in four races, including two Grade I’s, the Santa Anita Handicap and yesterday’s Gold Cup at Santa Anita. The growing fan base of the five-year-old gelding trained by David Hofmans for Susan […]

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Melatonin Completes Big ‘Cap-Gold Cup Double In Style For Hofmans

Susan Osborne’s (Tarabilla Farm) Melatonin was the stylish 1 1/2-length winner of The Gold Cup at Santa Anita Saturday, completing the elusive Santa Anita Handicap-Gold Cup double for trainer David Hofmans. The Gold Cup at Santa Anita, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” event, earns the 6-year-old son of Kodiak Kowboy an […]

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