Santa Ynez Stakes

Sunday’s Santa Anita Card Features $532,695 Pick Six Jackpot Carryover

Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot continues to grow, as there is a Jackpot carryover of $532,695 into Sunday’s nine-race program, which is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. With the prospect of rain in the forecast, all nine races for Sunday have been carded for the main track, including the […]

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Bellafina Facing Four In Sunday’s G2 Santa Ynez

Both Kaleem Shah’s Bellafina, a Grade I winner two starts back, and Bob Baffert’s up and coming Mother Mother, cut back in distance and head a cast of five sophomore fillies in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes at seven furlongs. Throw in Doug O’Neill’s Sold It, who pressed the early pace going two […]

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Santa Ynez: Sold It Should Be ‘Best’ At Two Turns, Says O’Neill

Sold It, a gray daughter of multiple Grade I winner The Factor, is ticketed for this Sunday’s Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes at Santa Anita, carded for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs. Sold It broke her maiden in a turf sprint at Del Mar on Nov. 15, then weakened to fifth after prompting the pace […]

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Unique Bella Ready For ‘A Big Race’ In Beholder Mile

Unique Bella, the latest in a seemingly endless line of stalwarts from the barn of Jerry Hollendorfer, will be favored for the 10th time in 11 career races Saturday in the Beholder Mile. Santa Anita linemaker Jon White has the striking four-year-old gray daughter of Tapit listed at 3-5 against five rivals in the Grade I event, but […]

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Midnight Bisou Puts It All Together For Santa Ynez Victory

Two noses shy of being unbeaten, trainer Bill Spawr’s Midnight Bisou put it all together on Sunday at Santa Anita as she rolled to an emphatic 4 ½ length win in the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes. Piloted by “Big Money” Mike Smith for the first time, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Midnight Lute got seven furlongs in 1:23.40 while defeating […]

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Weekend Lineup: Flying South

With a winter freeze taking over most of the northeast this weekend, horseplayers will focus their attention on racing in those warm, sunshine-filled climates of Florida and Southern California. Saturday’s card at Gulfstream Park features five listed stakes races, three with $100,000 purses and two for $75,000. Tampa Bay Downs will offer a 10-race card […]

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Unique Bella A Class Above In Santa Ynez

Don Alberto Stable’s Unique Bella was quite simply a class above her rivals in Sunday’s G2 Santa Ynez, taking a four-wide trip in stride and drawing away to win by 7 1/2 lengths under Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith. The 3-year-old daughter of Tapit covered seven furlongs over Santa Anita’s fast main track in […]

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Weekend Lineup: New Year, New Derby Contenders

Happy New Year, readers! This weekend features another 10-point prep race for the 2017 Kentucky Derby, the Grade 3 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Saturday afternoon. The road to the Kentucky Oaks continues as well, with the G2 Santa Ynez on Sunday at Santa Anita. Kicking off the graded stakes action is the […]

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Forever Darling Surprises In Santa Ynez, Collects Oaks Points

Forever Darling attended the pace set by favored Pretty N Cool, took command a sixteenth of a mile out and held off the late run of Code Warrior to take Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Trained by Richard Baltas and ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Forever Darling prevailed by a half […]

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Bloodlines: A Pair of Fillies That Shine With Potential

If spring turns one’s thoughts to love, surely frozen winter turns them to prospects for the classics. The past weekend presented a set of fillies with the potential to become serious milers, and with that accomplishment, one of this group of 3-year-old fillies could have the ability to stay the distance of the Kentucky Oaks, […]

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