La Brea Stakes

Grade 1 Winner Spiced Perfection Named California-Bred Horse Of The Year

Grade I winner Spiced Perfection was named the 2018 California-bred Horse of the Year at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner at the Sheraton San Gabriel on Monday, Feb. 25. Spiced Perfection is by Smiling Tiger, out of the Pleasantly Perfect mare Perfect Feat, was bred by Premier Thoroughbreds, is owned […]

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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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Kruljac Junior Proves He’s No ‘Fluke’ As $11,000 Filly Gets Second In La Brea Stakes

“Like father, like son,” the old saying goes, particularly in horse racing, where at Santa Anita, father Eric Kruljac and his 36-year-old son, Ian, train over the same terrain, paternal pride understandably evident in 65-year-old Eric after Ian sent out 33-1 California-bred Hot Autumn to run second in the Grade I La Brea Stakes on […]

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Santa Anita’s Strong Start Includes All-Time Wagering Mark For Opening Day

Santa Anita Park’s 2018-19 Winter Meeting got off to a record-breaking start on Wednesday, as the Arcadia, Calif., track posted all-sources pari-mutuel handle of $20,491,016, a 19 percent increase over a year ago and an all-time opening day record. Wednesday’s opening day crowd of 41,373 contributed to an on-track handle of $3,463,535, a five percent […]

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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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Santa Anita Kicks Off Winter Meet With Grade 1 Duo Of Malibu, La Brea

Santa Anita unwraps its 82nd winter meet on Wednesday with the Arcadia, Calif., racetrack’s traditional day-after-Christmas opening card featuring 10 races, including four graded stakes, two of them – the Malibu and La Brea – Grade 1. Special first post time is 11:30 a.m. PT. This year’s opening-day program offers a vast betting menu with […]

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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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Opening Week Stakes Lure Leading East Coast Jockeys To Santa Anita

Five of the nation’s top six jockeys in purse earnings won this year will put their world-class talent on display opening day Wednesday at Santa Anita and on Saturday, Dec. 29, when the Grade I American Oaks will be run: the sensational Ortiz brothers, Irad Jr. and Jose; Florent Geroux, the regular rider of 2017 […]

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Undefeated Dream Tree Puts Her Record On The Line In La Brea

Bob Baffert trainee and brilliant undefeated filly Dream Tree will attempt to extend her win streak to six as she heads a field of nine sophomore fillies in Santa Anita’s Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes at seven furlongs on opening day, Wednesday, Dec. 26. Owned by Phoenix Thoroughbred III, Dream Tree, a bay filly […]

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Champion Unique Bella Working ‘Really Well’ For Santa Maria Stakes

Eclipse Champion Female Sprinter of 2017 Unique Bella has been firing bullets for next Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes at 1 1/16 miles since winning the Grade I La Brea Stakes last Dec. 26, a victory that no doubt caught the eye of Eclipse Award voters, enabling the gray daughter of Tapit to clinch honors. “We […]

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