La Brea Stakes

Espinoza: Bellafina ‘Ran An Awesome Race’ In Defeat

Victor Espinoza was happy to pick up the mount on 3-5 favorite Bellafina in Saturday’s Grade I La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita Park, but understandably disappointed she finished second to 11-1 shot Hard Not to Love, who rallied from ninth and last at the half-mile marker to win by 2 ¼ lengths. “The race […]

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‘Excited’ Espinoza Picks Up La Brea Mount On 9-5 Favorite Bellafina

Victor Espinoza, his smile and attitude bright as ever, is looking forward to Santa Anita’s Winter Meet that starts today. “My health and business are both good,” said the 47-year-old Hall of Fame member as his agent, Brian Beach, looked on. “I’m excited to be back again and looking forward to winning as many races […]

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Bellafina The Star Attraction In La Brea

Trainer Simon Callaghan’s brilliant Bellafina, a fast finishing second in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint here on Nov. 2, heads a field of nine sophomore fillies in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes, one of six graded offerings on Santa Anita’s Winter Meet opening day. The leading money winner in […]

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Young Trainer Lerner Aiming For Next Milestone With Longshot Free Cover In G1 La Brea

Trainer Andrew Lerner, at the tender age of 30 one of racing’s young lions, won his first graded stakes when Queen Bee to You captured the Grade 3 Bayakoa at Los Alamitos on Dec. 8 and is now being pointed to the G2 La Canada Stakes on Jan. 11. On opening day at Santa Anita […]

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Pair Of Laurel Stakes Offer ‘Win And In’ Qualifications To Santa Anita Grade 1’s

Two of the four stakes on Laurel Park’s Saturday, Nov. 30 program will serve as ‘Win and In’ qualifiers for a pair of Grade 1 races at Santa Anita Park next month, the Maryland Jockey Club announced today. Winners of the $100,000 City of Laurel for 3-year-olds and $100,000 Safely Kept for 3-year-old fillies, both […]

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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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