San Felipe Stakes

California Chrome Gets ‘Perfect’ Breeze at Los Alamitos

California Chrome, seeking to become the first California-bred to win the Kentucky Derby since Decidedly in 1962, worked towards his ultimate goal Saturday morning at Los Alamitos, going four furlongs in 48 seconds under regular rider Victor Espinoza. “Perfect,” is how trainer Art Sherman described the move for the chestnut son of Lucky Pulpit, owned […]

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Hear the Ghost, Flashback Could Face Off Again

On the morning after the San Felipe Stakes, trainers Jerry Hollendorfer and Bob Baffert said Hear the Ghost and Flashback could both be headed for the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby on April 6. Hear the Ghost shipped back to Betfair Hollywood Park right after the San Felipe, where Hollendorfer reports the colt is “very […]

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Hear the Ghost Smokes Flashback, Goldencents in San Felipe

Hear the Ghost was a horse few people saw or heard coming until Saturday at Santa Anita. Six lengths behind well fancied favorites Flashback and Goldencents at the quarter pole, Hear the Ghost suddenly appeared larger than life as he unleashed a furious stretch rally under veteran Corey Nakatani to take the Grade II, $300,000 […]

Continue reading Weekend Stakes: Where to Watch

Racing is truly a global affair this weekend with 12 graded stakes on tap from Dubai to Santa Anita. Meydan Racecourse gets things started Saturday morning as they host ‘Super Saturday’, with seven stakes races on the card (two listed, five group) that are designed as preps for Dubai World Cup day March 30. Always […]

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Baffert: No Kentucky Derby for Fed Biz

Fed Biz became the latest runner Monday taken off the road to the 2012 Kentucky Derby.  Trainer Bob Baffert told the Daily Racing Form the son of Giant’s Causeway isn’t 100% after skipping Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita. “I took him back to the track, and he’s still not comfortable,” said Baffert.  “I’m […]

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Creative Cause, Bodemeister rematch likely in Santa Anita Derby

The one-two finishers in Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes are both expected to make their next starts in the Santa Anita Derby.  Winner Creative Cause will have his final Kentucky Derby prep in that race, according to trainer Mike Harrington, while Bob Baffert hopes to see improvement from second-place finisher Bodemeister. “I wasn’t real hard on […]

Continue reading Weekend Stakes: Where To Watch

The road to the Kentucky Derby this weekend takes us to three different tracks—Tampa Bay, Gulfstream Park, and Santa Anita. In the G2 Tampa Bay Derby, the three top contenders appear to be Take Charge Indy, Battle Hardened, and Spring Hill Farm. Take Charge Indy was second in his 2012 debut in an allowance optional […]

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TCI: Tampa Bay Derby, San Felipe Previews

In this edition of Triple Crown Insider, Jon and Joel check in with handicapper Ed DeRosa, and fill you in on everything to look for in this weekend’s key Kentucky Derby preps on both coasts, including the Tampa Bay Derby and San Felipe. Watch it. Comment.

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Top West Coast 3-year-olds set for San Felipe

Bob Baffert, who has trained the winners of nine Triple Crown races, faces a compelling challenge with Liaison and Bodemeister, his two entrants among ten 3-year-olds signed up for Santa Anita’s Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday. Liaison, who has earned $469,560 from 3 wins in 5 starts including […]

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