Santa Margarita Stakes

La Force Circles Field To Upset Paradise Woods In Santa Maria

German-bred La Force sprung a major surprise on Saturday at Santa Anita, as she rallied from last to upset heavily favored Paradise Woods by 1 ¼ lengths in the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes under Drayden Van Dyke. Trained by Paddy Gallagher, La Force, a 5-year-old mare, got 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.91. With […]

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Paradise Woods Puts On A Show In Santa Margarita

Sent off as the 1-2 favorite in Saturday’s G2 Santa Margarita Stakes, Steven Sarkowsky and Martin and Pam Wygod’s Paradise Woods delivered on that potential with an open-lengths victory over La Force. The 5-year-old daughter of Union Rags, ridden by Mike Smith on behalf of trainer John Shirreffs, covered 1 1/8 miles over the fast […]

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Weekend Lineup: Grade 1 Winners Hoping To Get Back To Form

Each week, the NTRA will provide a guide to the best stakes races in North America and beyond. Races are listed in chronological order (all times Eastern). Full previews when available can be found through the link for each race. Though the focus of the racing community is rightfully on the sophomores getting set for […]

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Franco’s First Grade 1 Win Leads To Jockey Of The Week Title

With a win in the Santa Margarita Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita, Geovanni Franco captured his first Grade 1 stakes victory and was named Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for March 12 – 18, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, […]

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Fault Totally Dominant In Santa Margarita

A multiple graded stakes winner on turf, she was unproven on dirt—until that is, the Phil D’Amato-trained Fault day-lighted her competition in winning Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes by some 6 ½ lengths.  Ridden by Geovanni Franco, Fault got a mile and one eighth in 1:50.58. Parked on the far outside in a field of […]

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Weekend Lineup: Sophomores At Oaklawn

The major Triple Crown prep race this weekend takes racing fans to Oaklawn Park. Fifty Kentucky Derby points are on the line in the G2 Rebel Stakes, featuring Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Solomini for trainer Bob Baffert. Todd Pletcher has shipped in Magnum Moon, winner of both his career starts, to make his stakes debut, […]

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With Unique Bella Out, Competitive Field Set For Grade 1 Santa Margarita

With Jerry Hollendorfer’s Eclipse Champion Unique Bella sidelined due to a minor illness, Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes shapes up as perhaps one of the best betting races of the Winter/Spring Meet at Santa Anita as a wide-open field of 10 older fillies and mares have signed on to go a mile and […]

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‘No Reason To Take A Chance’: Unique Bella Will Skip Santa Margarita Due To Cough

Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Unique Bella will not run in Saturday’s Grade 1 Santa Margarita after a cough caused her to miss some training, according to drf.com. The filly has not breezed since Feb. 25, though trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said she has returned to galloping. “We’re not going to run in the Santa Margarita,” Hollendorfer said. “She […]

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Eclipse Champion Finest City To Stretch Out In Santa Margarita

Finest City attempts to successfully negotiate the longest distance she’s ever traveled on dirt in Saturday’s Grade 1 Santa Margarita Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile and an eighth. She’ll have to conquer streaking Vale Dori while she’s at it. The five-year-old Argentine-bred mare trained by Bob Baffert has won three straight […]

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Tara’s Tango’s New Blinkers Make The Difference In Santa Margarita

Racing with blinkers on for the first time in her life, Stonestreet Stables’ Tara’s Tango pounced from just off the pace to win the Grade 1 Santa Margarita by a length Saturday at Santa Anita. The 4-year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Song captured the 1 1/8 mile distance in 1:50.44 over the fast main track for […]

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