La Brea Stakes

Photos of the Week: 12.30.13

Santa Anita kicked off its winter-spring meet with three graded stakes races Dec. 26. Heir Kitty sprang a 13-1 surprise when winning the Grade 1 La Brea. A short time later, Shakin It Up kept the parade of longshots going when he took the G1 Malibu at 17-1. At Gulfstream Park, Singanothersong captured the G3 […]

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Heir Kitty Pounces, Wins La Brea at 13-1

Longshot Heir Kitty put away Sweet Lulu nearing the wire to capture the $300,000 G1 La Brea Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths at Santa Anita Dec. 26. It was the first graded stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Wildcat Heir, who was winning for the fourth time in 14 career starts. A field of […]

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Santa Anita Opening Day: Baffert Confident in Executiveprivilege

Bob Baffert is optimistic that Executiveprivilege will strut the sensational stuff she showed as a 2-year-old when the daughter of First Samurai runs in the Grade I La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs on opening day at Santa Anita Thursday. Executiveprivilege is winless in two starts at three, but has not raced […]

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My Miss Aurelia works toward La Brea

Crowd favorite My Miss Aurelia worked four furlongs in 48 3/5 at Santa Anita Thursday on her way to her next start in the G1 La Brea Stakes on December 26. The Smart Strike filly took her first loss in this year’s G1 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, and will cut back to seven furlongs in […]

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Turbulent Descent looks to make amends in La Brea

Solidly favored in each of her nine races and a winner of three Grade I stakes, Turbulent Descent might have some explaining to do after her fifth-place failure in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint on Nov. 4. Trainer Mike Puype stepped into the breach as the 3-year-old bay filly prepared for […]

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Home Sweet Aspen returns to main track for Grade 1 debut in La Brea

Home Sweet Aspen is set for her Grade 1 debut in the La Brea Stakes over 7 furlongs on the dirt at Santa Anita on Saturday, Dec. 31, reports the Daily Racing Form. The race is led by Turbulent Descent, winner of Saratoga’s Grade 1 Test Stakes in August. Home Sweet Aspen, winner of the […]

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Turbulent Descent preps for La Brea with Santa Anita work

Multiple Grade 1 winner Turbulent Descent worked six furlongs in 1:12.20 at Santa Anita Saturday morning in preparation for the $300,000 La Brea Stakes on Dec. 31, reports the Daily Racing Form. Turbulent Descent finished fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on Nov. 4 after being bumped at the start and racing […]

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Veitch: It is wonderful to see Sagamore Farm and Calumet Farm return to the winner’s circle

Part of racing’s rich history are two farms that seem to be enjoying a bit of resurgence in Sagamore Farm and Calumet Farm. Sagamore’s recent successes include long shot Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf champion Shared Account and Count Fleet Stakes winner Monzon. Calumet Farm’s biggest win of late came when Switch won the […]

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The Lane’s End Weekender Pedigree: Switch

Few farms have an international reputation equal to that of Calumet Farm, now owned by the de Kwiatkowski family, and the historic Thoroughbred nursery with the picturesque white fences just outside Lexington added another Grade 1 winner on Sunday when the Quiet American filly Switch won the La Brea Stakes on the opening-day card at […]

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