San Felipe

San Felipe Cancelled; Santa Anita Racing Expected To Resume March 22

Though the San Felipe, a Kentucky Derby prep race, from Saturday’s card at Santa Anita will not be rescheduled, drf.com reported Brad Free Tweeted that the officials at the Southern California track are expecting racing to resume on March 22. The resumption of racing is still pending additional safety inspections of the main dirt course. Meanwhile, the […]

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Both Improbable, Game Winner Take Aim On San Felipe

The March 9 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita could draw the top two Bob Baffert-trained Kentucky Derby prospects, drf.com reported on Tuesday. Both the undefeated Improbable and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Game Winner may make their 2019 debuts in the San Felipe, in an effort to avoid shipping to Oaklawn and running back on short […]

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‘If All Goes Well,’ Undefeated Game Winner To Start 2019 Campaign In March 9 San Felipe

Bob Baffert celebrates his 66th birthday today. The two-time Triple Crown winning trainer will highlight the occasion this afternoon by attending the wedding of fellow Hall of Fame member Mike Smith, who rode Horse of the Year finalist Justify to a Triple Crown sweep for Baffert last year and has been a reliable and trusted […]

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‘Tactical With A Lot Of Heart’: Espinoza Excited About Partnership With Bolt D’Oro

If any jockey knows how to win on the Triple Crown trail, it’s Victor Espinoza. In the past four years, the Hall of Fame rider has captured five of the six jewels in racing’s most prestigious prize. They were the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness on California Chrome in 2014, and the Derby, Preakness and […]

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‘Bring Him On’: Ruis Has Bolt D’Oro Ready To Meet Justify

The top two in this weekend’s Kentucky Derby Future Wager, Bolt d’Oro and Justify, are scheduled to meet in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby on Saturday. The two are quite different: Bolt d’Oro brings in a very strong record, including two Grade 1 wins, while Justify has only an allowance race and maiden victory […]

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Further Tests Required For McKinzie; Baffert Possibly Leaning Toward Preakness

Rather than rushing his very talented 3-year-old colt McKinzie, trainer Bob Baffert is definitely planning to skip Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby and possibly even the Kentucky Derby. The son of Street Sense was a little bit off in a hind leg after last week’s breeze, according to drf.com, but both x-rays and a nuclear scan were […]

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McKinzie Will Not Run In Santa Anita Derby; Baffert Being ‘Cautious’

Trainer Bob Baffert will not start McKinzie in next Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby, according to bloodhorse.com. The Hall of Fame trainer said that the 3-year-old son of Street Sense had shown some signs of an injury in a hind leg, though tests have not been conclusive. “The McKinzie thing, we don’t know. The X-rays were […]

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Bolt D’Oro, McKinzie Scheduled For Rematch In Santa Anita Derby

Although Bob Baffert has been known to call more audibles than Brett Favre, the Hall of Fame trainer now appears firm in his decision to send McKinzie against Bolt d’Oro for a rematch of rematches in the $1 million, Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 7. McKinzie finished a head in front of Bolt d’Oro […]

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Mike Smith Earns Three-Day Suspension For San Felipe Incident With McKinzie

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith was given a three-day suspension by the Santa Anita stewards because of the incident in Saturday’s G2 San Felipe Stakes, which resulted in his mount McKinzie’s disqualification. According to drf.com, the dates of Smith’s suspension will be carried out on Mar. 18, 22, and 23. McKinzie, trained by Bob Baffert, […]

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Bolt D’Oro Maintains Top Spot On NTRA 3-Year-Old

Prep races, an allowance race and a disqualification resulted in a flurry of sophomores moving in all directions on the top-ten ladder in week seven of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll, results of which were released today, as the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” continues. The San Felipe Stakes (G2) came with drama and […]

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