John Henry Turf Championship

‘Very Smart, Very Strong’ Cedillo Celebrates First Grade 1 Win By Going Back To Work

It was business as usual for Abel Cedillo Sunday morning after winning his first Grade I stakes at Santa Anita yesterday aboard longshot Mongolian Groom for trainer Enebish Ganbat in the Awesome Again Stakes. For good measure, the 30-year-old native of Guatemala won his first graded stakes three races earlier by capturing the Grade II […]

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Cleopatra’s Strike Surprises At 9-1 In John Henry Turf Championship

Slam Dunk Racing and Michael Nentwig’s Cleopatra’s Strike got the first graded stakes triumph of his career on Saturday, striding home a determined 3/4-length winner of the G2 John Henry Turf Championship. Sent off at odds of 9-1, the gelded 6-year-old son of Smart Strike ran down frontrunner and 5-2 second choice and stablemate Acclimate […]

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United, Acclimate Set To Battle In John Henry At Santa Anita

Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella’s highly regarded United and a pair of Phil D’Amato trainees, Acclimate and Cleopatra’s Strike, rate big chances in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 John Henry Turf Championship at Santa Anita, which has attracted a wide open field of eight 3-year-olds and up at a mile and one quarter. UNITED: Owner:  LNJ […]

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11-Year-Old Millionaire Slim Shadey Pensioned To Old Friends

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement farm based in Georgetown, KY., today welcomed long-time turf hero Slim Shadey. The 11-year-old gelding was pensioned by current owner Michael Hui after a nine-year career. Slim Shadey made his final start on August 2 at Indiana Grand. A two-time graded-stakes winner, Slim Shadey was bred in Great Britain by […]

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Itsinthepost Up In Time For John Henry Turf Championship

Unlucky to lose as the 5-2 favorite last time out, consistent Itsinthepost overhauled pacesetter Prime Attraction in the shadow of the wire to take Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 John Henry Turf Championship at Santa Anita by a head. Trained by Jeff Mullins and owned by Jed Cohen’s Red Baron’s Barn, LLC, Itsinthepost got a mile and quarter […]

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Ashleyluvssugar Just Hangs On In John Henry Turf Championship

Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable, and Ciaglia Racing’s Ashelyluvssugar was just able to hold off the late closers in Sunday’s Grade 2 John Henry Turf Championship, maintaining a winning margin of a half-length on the wire. The 5-year-old gelded son of Game Plan, ridden by Gary Stevens, covered 10 furlongs over Santa Anita’s firm turf […]

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Bright Thought Shines in John Henry Turf Victory

Sitting just off a sharp pace, Bright Thought took the lead at the top of the stretch and held off all comers under jockey Tyler Baze to win the Grade 2, $200,000 John Henry Turf Championship at Santa Anita Park on Sunday. Finnegans Wake closed for second; odds-on favorite Big John B, coming from the […]

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McAnally Remembers John Henry

History marks mankind’s epitome of greatness with statues. From Grant to Lincoln, they’re eternally memorialized in bronze. In the equine category, John Henry’s likeness stands for the ages near the Kingsbury Fountain area adjacent to the walking ring at Santa Anita, where the grand gelding and two-time Horse of the Year won 11 of his […]

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Indy Point Cruises in John Henry

Six weeks after finishing last as the favorite in the Grade 1 Arlington Million, Argentine-bred Indy Point made short work of his 11 opponents in Sunday’s G2 John Henry Turf Championship at Santa Anita Park. Ridden by Gary Stevens and trained by Richard Mandella – a pair of Hall of Famers – Indy Point raced […]

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