Malibu Stakes

‘Pretty Amazing’: Mike Smith Surpasses Jerry Bailey As All-Time Grade 1 Stakes-Winning Jockey

Mike Smith, still vanquishing Father Time at the age of 54, won four stakes races on Saturday at Santa Anita Park. Three of them were Grade I’s, setting a record for career Grade I successes at 217, one more than fellow Hall of Fame member Jerry Bailey. “I think yesterday epitomized what Mike is all […]

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Omaha Beach Never Had To Be Asked In Malibu Romp

Rick Porter’s Omaha Beach made it look easy for Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith on Saturday, cruising to the lead around the far turn and pulling away under a hand ride to win the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita Park. The 3-year-old son of War Front covered seven furlongs over the fast […]

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Weekend Lineup: Big Opening Day At Santa Anita Park

The opening day of Santa Anita Park’s winter meet features six graded stakes races, three of which are Grade 1 tests. Omaha Beach, the morning-line favorite in the Kentucky Derby before having to scratch due to a throat ailment, headlines the loaded slate of action by taking on a compact field in Malibu Stakes. Though […]

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Omaha Beach Takes On Roadster, Complexity In Opening Day Malibu

The morning line favorite for this year’s Kentucky Derby, Richard Mandella’s Omaha Beach rates top billing in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Runhappy Malibu Stakes, one of four graded offerings on opening day at The Great Race Place. The Runhappy Malibu, for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs, has attracted a field of five, including this year’s Santa […]

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Omaha Beach Lays Down Bullet Three-Furlong Work For Malibu

Fox Hill Farm’s Omaha Beach put in an impressive breeze on Sunday morning at Santa Anita Park, rolling through three furlongs in 34 seconds flat. reports the Daily Racing Form. The 3-year-old War Front colt is scheduled to run in the Grade 1 Malibu later this week, which was postponed from Thursday to Saturday by […]

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Omaha Beach ‘Couldn’t Look Better’ Ahead Of Grade 1 Malibu

Omaha Beach, a horse of unfulfilled potential, is expected to add to his gaudy but abbreviated resume in the prestigious Malibu Stakes on opening day Thursday, Dec. 26. The Runhappy Malibu is one of two Grade I races to be featured that day as historic Santa Anita Park begins its 83rd season of world class […]

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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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Mandella: Dirt Mile A ‘Perfect Fit’ For Omaha Beach, But He Deserved The Classic

In a perfect world, Omaha Beach would be running in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. As it is, and after negotiating through mazes just to get to this point, Richard Mandella will have to settle for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile the same […]

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Omaha Beach: Malibu, Pegasus Named As Post-Breeders’ Cup Targets

While trainer Richard Mandella has not announced a final decision on a Breeders’ Cup race for Omaha Beach, the 3-year-old son of War Front is expected to race after the Nov. 2 World Championships. According to, the Grade 1 Malibu over seven furlongs on Dec. 26 is the current mid-range target, while the G1 […]

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