Santa Anita Oaks

Unique Bella Sidelined Indefinitely Due To Shin Injury

Unique Bella, the early favorite for the G1 Kentucky Oaks, will be forced to miss that race due to a shin injury. The Daily Racing Form reports that the 3-year-old daughter of Tapit has been taken out of training. She will also miss her next planned start in the G1 Santa Anita Oaks April 8. Unique Bella […]

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Unique Bella ‘On Target’ For Santa Anita Oaks

Don Alberto Stable’s Unique Bella put in another lovely workout Sunday morning at Santa Anita, officially timed in 1:11.20 for six furlongs. According to drf.com, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer timed the sophomore daughter of Tapit in 59 seconds for five furlongs, and caught her galloping out in 1:25.35. “If she continues like she is now, then […]

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Unique Bella ‘Rewarding’ Hollendorfer’s Plans To Stick To Female Competition

Jerry Hollendorfer’s newest superstar, 3-year-old filly Unique Bella, overcame a good dose of adversity in winning Saturday’s Grade III Santa Ysabel Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, winning her third consecutive graded stakes and her fourth race in a row under Mike Smith. Slower into stride than is her custom, the Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Tapit was […]

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Songbird Back On Worktab With ‘Easy’ Half, Sets Tentative Race Target

In her first work since developing a fever after the Santa Anita Oaks, Songbird was recorded as “breezing” a half-mile in :46 2/5 at Santa Anita Sunday morning, according to the Daily Racing Form. “He wasn’t asking her to do anything,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said of exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez, up for the work. “I […]

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Go Maggie Go, Mokat Late Nominees To Kentucky Oaks

The roster of 3-year-old fillies eligible to compete in the 142nd running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) at Churchill Downs Racetrack has grown to 114 with the addition of  Mike Tarp’s Go Maggie Go, the unbeaten winner of the Gulfstream Park Oaks (GII), and J K Racing Stable’s Mokat, the California-based […]

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Songbird To Miss Kentucky Oaks, Developed Fever After Santa Anita Oaks

Unbeaten champion Songbird will be forced to miss this year’s Kentucky Oaks after developing a “low grade fever” following the Santa Anita Oaks, announced owner Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm Sunday evening. The full statement from the farm’s Facebook page is as follows: “Unfortunately we have to report that Songbird will miss the Kentucky Oaks. […]

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‘Perfect’ Songbird Exits Race Well, Will Train Up To Oaks In California

Superstar filly Songbird, who soars over her prey like a raptor, won her seventh straight race with consummate ease Saturday, taking the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks by 3 ¾ lengths, leading throughout the 1 1/16-mile race as is her wont despite breaking from the rail and running over a sloppy track. Now, it’s on […]

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Songbird Takes Santa Anita Oaks In Another Tour De Force

Undefeated and still untested after seven career starts, Rick Porter’s brilliant 3-year-old filly Songbird cruised to another facile triumph on Saturday in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks at Santa Anita Park. Under jockey Mike Smith, the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro went right to the front at the start, controlled all the fractions and won […]

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Songbird Towers Over Six Rivals In G1 Santa Anita Oaks

With six perfect starts to her credit, Fox Hill Farms’ Songbird seeks to enhance her resume as she looms a prohibitive favorite among a field of seven 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks at 1 1/16 miles. SONGBIRD: A winner of last year’s Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and eventual […]

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Mor Spirit, Songbird Receive ‘Breezing’ Designation Monday At Santa Anita

Only two horses of the 122 working over Santa Anita’s main track on Monday received the designation of “breezing” from the clocker; the rest had their moves listed as “handily.” Mor Spirit covered a half-mile in :47 flat with a gallop-out time of :59 4/5, and Songbird was recorded for a half-mile in :46 4/5 […]

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