Santa Anita Oaks

Santa Anita To Remain Closed; Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby Will Be Rescheduled

Santa Anita Park will remain closed for live racing through this weekend as it abides by the order issued last week from the Los Angeles County Health Department as it relates to essential businesses. At this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 at Santa Anita Park. The prestigious Santa Anita Derby and Santa […]

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‘The Best Filly I’ve Ever Had’: Venetian Harbor To Wait For Santa Anita Oaks

In her first recorded work since daylighting her competition by 9 ¼ lengths in the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes Feb. 8, the Richard Baltas-trained Venetian Harbor drilled a half mile in a bullet 46.20 Friday at Santa Anita under Flavien Prat. “I was very happy to see she was so relaxed,” said Baltas, the […]

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‘Special Filly’ Venetian Harbor Targets Santa Anita Oaks En Route To Kentucky

To no one’s surprise, Richard Baltas has Oaks on his mind after Venetian Harbor’s smashing 9 ¼-length triumph in Saturday’s Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes at one mile, the first race around two turns in the three-race career for the daughter of Munnings. Sent off as the 3-10 favorite at Santa Anita, Venetian Harbor went […]

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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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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, 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, 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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