Santa Anita Oaks

Weekend Lineup: Triple Crown Trio

A trio of prep races for the 2018 Kentucky Derby highlight this weekend’s racing action across the United States. The Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby features an exciting match-up between the gutsy Bolt d’Oro and upstart Justify, while the G2 Blue Grass has drawn a big field including champion Good Magic and Grade 1 winners […]

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Midnight Bisou Goes For Graded Stakes Hat Trick In Santa Anita Oaks

Trainer Bill Spawr’s Midnight Bisou seeks her third consecutive graded victory as she heads of field of nine sophomore fillies going 1 1/16 miles in Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks. A winner of the Grade II, seven furlong Santa Ynez Stakes on Jan. 7, Midnight Bisou then romped by 2 ¼ lengths in […]

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Dream Tree Stays Undefeated With Facile Las Virgenes Win

Heavily favored Dream Tree ran her unbeaten skein to four as she demolished five rival sophomore fillies in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes, winning by 3 ¾ lengths under Drayden Van Dyke.  Conditioned by Bob Baffert, the 3-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo got a flat mile over Santa Anita’s main track in 1:39.45. […]

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Santa Anita Oaks Winner Paradise Woods Heavily Favored In Sunday’s Torrey Pines

Paradise Woods, brilliant winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks in April but a serious disappointment as the favorite in the Kentucky Oaks May 5, returns to action Sunday when she heads a field of eight three-year-old fillies in the Grade III $100,000 Torrey Pines at one mile over Del Mar’s main track. The […]

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Unique Bella ‘Doing Very Well’; Long-Term Goal Could Be Sept. 23 Cotillion

Don Alberto Stable’s talented sophomore filly Unique Bella had to be withdrawn from consideration from both the Santa Anita Oaks and the Kentucky Oaks with shin soreness, but it appears the daughter of Tapit will be returning to training soon. According to bloodhorse.com, Unique Bella has been walking the shed row at Santa Anita and visiting […]

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G1 Winner Paradise Woods To Undergo Precautionary Nuclear Scan

Grade 1 winner Paradise Woods, who finished off the board as the heavy favorite in the G1 Kentucky Oaks, will undergo a nuclear scan to check on her physical condition. Trainer Richard Mandella told the Daily Racing Form that the upcoming tests were being done as a precautionary measure. Paradise Woods arrived back in California earlier […]

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Abel Tasman Exits Oaks Victory In Good Shape; Paradise Woods Scheduled For Vacation

An authoritative, last-to-first victory by China Horse Club and Clearsky Farms’ Abel Tasman in Friday’s Longines Kentucky Oaks is the latest example of why the world’s most prominent owners seek out Bob Baffert to care for their most talented horses. Yes, retaining the Hall of Fame trainer of four Kentucky Derby winners and now three […]

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Paradise Woods’ Final KY Oaks Work Has Mandella ‘Pretty Excited’

Paradise Woods, winner of the Santa Anita Oaks by a race record margin of 11 ¼ lengths on April 8, worked six furlongs under regular rider Flavien Prat Thursday morning for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks May 5, in company with Milhaud. Paradise Woods was clocked in a bullet 1:12.40 while Milhaud went in 1:12.80. […]

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Paradise Woods Crushes Santa Anita Oaks Foes In Stakes Debut

Making her stakes debut after breaking her maiden  going 5 1/2 furlongs last month, Martin Wygod and Steven Sarkowsky’s Paradise Woods absolutely demolished her 3-year-old filly rivals in Saturday’s Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks at Santa Anita Park. Ridden by Flavien Prat, the Richard Mandella-trained daughter of Union Rags went to the front at the start […]

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Abel Tasman Headlines Field Of Seven For Santa Anita Oaks

Highly accomplished Abel Tasman and It Tiz Well, along with upstart Paradise Woods head Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks, which has a attracted a field of seven 3-year-old fillies at a mile and one sixteenth. To be run for the 78th time, the Santa Anita Oaks, which was run as the Santa Susana […]

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