Santa Margarita

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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Paradise Woods Trying To End Winless Skein In Santa Margarita

A multiple Grade I winner at three, but winless since September 2017, Paradise Woods, who will be making her third start for trainer John Shirreffs, heads a field of eight older fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Margarita Stakes at Santa Anita. Bred in Kentucky by the late […]

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Stephen Foster, Zenyatta Among Six Grade 1 Stakes Downgraded For 2019

The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association presented on Friday its listing of U.S. Graded and Listed Stakes Races for 2019, the results of its annual grading session conducted November 27 and 28 in Lexington. The Committee reviewed 807 U.S. stakes races with a purse of at least $75,000, and […]

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Fault Suffers Hind Leg Injury During Gallop, Could Be Retired

Grade 1 Santa Margarita winner Fault suffered what could be a career-ending injury during a routine gallop on Sunday morning at Santa Anita, reports The 2014 daughter of Blame was found to have a non-displaced condylar fracture in her rear left leg, and surgery has been scheduled for Monday to insert stabilizing screws. Fault is […]

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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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‘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 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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Vale Dori Ruled Out Of Breeders’ Cup, To Get ‘A Couple Months Off’

Though the Bob Baffert-trained Vale Dori has been one of the top mares in the country this season, the 5-year-old daughter of Asiatic Boy will not appear in next month’s Breeders’ Cup Championships at Del Mar. According to, Baffert has been displeased with the way Vale Dori has been training, and feels that the mare […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Finding Dori

Vale Dori earned her fifth straight victory – and fourth straight graded stakes win – when she put away champion Finest City in the stretch and captured the G1 Santa Margarita Stakes by 1 ½ lengths. The Santa Margarita marked the 5-year-old mare’s first North American Grade 1 win and kept her undefeated in three […]

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Vale Dori Stretches Win Streak To Five, Bests Champion Finest City In Santa Margarita

Challenged from the opening bell, Argentine-bred Vale Dori repelled a serious challenge from Finest City to take Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes by 1 ½ lengths under Rafael Bejarano.Trained by Bob Baffert, Vale Dori made every pole a winning one as she got a mile and one eighth in 1:48.81. Breaking from post […]

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