Mike Pender

Gorajec: What CHRB Got Right, Wrong In Animal Welfare Case

Former racing regulator Joe Gorajec takes readers inside a recent stewards hearing in California that considered the case of a trainer charged with an animal welfare violation after working and entering a horse to race that his veterinarian said should undergo surgery because of a fractured sesamoid. Writing in his InsideRacingRegs blog published at The […]

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Santa Anita Officials Order Trainers Pender, Polanco To Vacate Stalls

The Daily Racing Form reports that a pair of Southern California trainers, Mike Pender and Marcelo Polanco, have officially been ordered to vacate their stalls at Santa Anita Park. The citations behind those orders include “an undisclosed horse welfare issue” for Pender and “training a horse on behalf of another person” for Polanco. A hearing into […]

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Andrew Lerner: From Owner, To Hotwalker And Groom, To Trainer

Andrew Lerner is a new face among Santa Anita trainers, but not necessarily a new face in racing, even at the young age of 28. He is still looking for his first win at the winter meet, but even with only 10 starters to date, resulting in a second and two thirds, his passion for […]

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How Unusual, Nakatani Team Up For Red Carpet Handicap Upset

Masterfully-ridden by jockey Corey Nakatani, longshot How Unusual spurted between horses at the top of the stretch to enter contention and outfinished 2-1 favored Responsibleforlove in the final sixteenth to win the featured Grade III $100,000 Red Carpet Handicap on Thanksgiving holiday Thursday at Del Mar. How Unusual, sent to the gate at 9-1 for […]

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Trainer Pender Fined for Bute Overages

Trainer Mike Pender was handed a $2,500 fine by Santa Anita Park officials for two overages of phenylbutazone, according to a Daily Racing Form report. The overages in question were for trainees Would You and Street Car, both of whom raced at Hollywood Park on Dec. 1. Stewards advised Pender that another violation during this calendar […]

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Jeranimo Flies From Last to Capture San Gabriel

With Track Announcer Trevor Denman bellowing “It’s Jeranimo, coming like a rocket on the outside, and Jeranimo–from last to first, a scintillating performance!…,” 8-year-old Jeranimo, with Rafael Bejarano aloft, overhauled pacesetting Slim Shadey and Corey Nakatani to win Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths, winning for a record third time […]

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Triple Dead-Heat Behind Boat Trip in Turf Express

A return to Betfair Hollywood Park proved the tonic for Boat Trip, a last-to-first winner of the $99,998 Hollywood Turf Express Sunday. Some five weeks removed from a 12th-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, the 4-year-old son of Harlan’s Holiday took full advantage of a three-pronged pace duel to win for the fourth […]

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Ultimate Eagle likely to head east for Charles Town Classic

Ultimate Eagle, who ran tenth as the 2-1 favorite in the Santa Anita Handicap on Mar. 3, will likely make his next start in the $1-million Charles Town Classic on Apr. 14, according to the Daily Racing Form. Trainer Mike Pender said Ultimate Eagle emerged from the mile and one-quarter Big ‘Cap in good condition […]

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Ultimate Eagle has landed in the Strub

Ultimate Eagle romped home an easy winner of the Grade 2 Strub Stakes at Santa Anita. Jaycito finished second, in front of Prayer for Relief. Ultimate Eagle, a 4-year-old colt by Mizzen Mast, is trained by Mike Pender for B.J. Wright. He was ridden to victory by Martin Pedroza. Running time for the mile and […]

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