Santa Anita Oaks

Bellafina Cruises To Easy Santa Anita Oaks Win

Kaleem Shah’s Bellafina was at least three-wide around both turns in Saturday’s G1 Santa Anita Oaks, but still pulled away to win by an easy 5 1/4 lengths in the stretch. The 3-year-old daughter of Quality Road was favored at 1-5 in the field of four, and completed 1 1/16 miles over the fast main […]

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Weekend Lineup: Derby Prep Trio

This weekend features a massive slate of graded stakes racing across the nation including a trio of major Kentucky Derby preps in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby and Grade 2 Wood Memorial and Blue Grass Stakes. NBC Sports continues its extensive coverage of Derby prep races this Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET with live […]

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Bellafina, Chasing Yesterday Meet For First Time In Santa Anita Oaks

A pair of tremendously talented 3-year-old fillies, owner Kaleem Shah’s Bellafina and Summer Wind Equine’s Chasing Yesterday, will face each other for the first time as they head a field of five sophomore fillies in Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks. Fresh of a gutty three-quarter-length win in the Grade II, one mile Las […]

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Callaghan ‘Couldn’t Be Happier’ With Santa Anita Oaks Contender Bellafina

Three major players seeking gold and glory on Santa Anita’s sensational stakes spectacular this Saturday, April 6, worked toward their goals this morning– Bellafina for the Santa Anita Oaks, Gift Box for the Santa Anita Handicap and Nolo Contesto for the Santa Anita Derby, prestigious Grade I races all. As fellow Frenchman Brice Blanc deputized […]

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Dual Grade 1 Winner Paradise Woods Moved From Mandella To Shirreffs

Steve Sarkowsky and Marty and Pam Wygod’s Paradise Woods won a pair of Grade 1 races under the care of trainer Richard Mandella, but a sub-par 2018 campaign led her connections to make a change. According to drf.com, the soon-to-be 5-year-old daughter of Union Rags has been transferred to trainer John Shirreffs’ barn at Santa Anita […]

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Santa Anita Oaks Winner Midnight Bisou Transferred To Asmussen

Bloom Racing’s Midnight Bisou, winner of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks and most recently third in the Kentucky Oaks, has been turned over from trainer Bill Spawr to Steve Asmussen, reports the Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman. Privman said the impetus for the move was the ownership’s desire to race in big East Coast […]

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‘Confident’ Midnight Bisou Right On Target Ahead Of Kentucky Oaks

Potential favorite for the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, Midnight Bisou breezed at Santa Anita Park at about 4:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. According to drf.com, the 3-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute covered five furlongs in 1:01.60 under jockey Martin Pedroza. “She’s getting better,” trainer Bill Spawr said. “She’s scary. Her bodyweight is right. She’s confident in […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Bargain Oaks Winner

Midnight Bisou is living proof that you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to buy a Grade 1 winner. Dominating victress of the G1 Santa Anita Oaks on April 7 under jockey Mike Smith for Bloom Racing Stable and Allen Racing LLC, the 3-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute is the fourth lifetime […]

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G1 Prep Sweep Nets Smith Jockey Of The Week Title

Mike Smith’s performances in two Grade 1 Kentucky Derby and Oaks preps earned the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week title for April 2-8, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. […]

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Midnight Bisou Takes Santa Anita Oaks With Electrifying Run

Bloom Racing Stable and Allen Racing’s Midnight Bisou continued her dominance of the West Coast 3-year-old filly division on Saturday, rallying from far back to win the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks by 3 1/2 lengths under Mike Smith, who also won the G1 Santa Anita Derby aboard Justify. Trained by Bill Spawr, Midnight Bisou, […]

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