Simon Callaghan

Espinoza: Bellafina ‘Ran An Awesome Race’ In Defeat

Victor Espinoza was happy to pick up the mount on 3-5 favorite Bellafina in Saturday’s Grade I La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita Park, but understandably disappointed she finished second to 11-1 shot Hard Not to Love, who rallied from ninth and last at the half-mile marker to win by 2 ¼ lengths. “The race […]

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‘Excited’ Espinoza Picks Up La Brea Mount On 9-5 Favorite Bellafina

Victor Espinoza, his smile and attitude bright as ever, is looking forward to Santa Anita’s Winter Meet that starts today. “My health and business are both good,” said the 47-year-old Hall of Fame member as his agent, Brian Beach, looked on. “I’m excited to be back again and looking forward to winning as many races […]

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Bellafina The Star Attraction In La Brea

Trainer Simon Callaghan’s brilliant Bellafina, a fast finishing second in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint here on Nov. 2, heads a field of nine sophomore fillies in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes, one of six graded offerings on Santa Anita’s Winter Meet opening day. The leading money winner in […]

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‘Thanks Is Not Enough’: Callaghan’s Assistant Receives Life-Saving Kidney Transplant

Assistant trainer Carlos Santamaria received a life-saving kidney transplant on Monday at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, according to a report on Cincinatti’s Fox 19. The long-time employee of Simon Callaghan has worked with this year’s Kentucky Oaks hopeful Bellfina, as well as Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies runner-up Donna Veloce. Earlier this year, Santamaria met […]

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Bellafina To Remain In Training For 2020, Withdrawn From Fasig-Tipton November Sale

Multiple Grade 1 winner Bellafina, who finished second in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita Park, will be withdrawn from the Fasig-Tipton November Sale and remain in training for a 2020 campaign. The decision was announced Sunday morning via the Twitter account of Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms, which was slated to […]

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Kentucky Oaks Winner ‘Serengeti,’ Beaten Favorite Bellafina Shorten Up In Spa’s Test

Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks winner Serengeti Empress will shorten up to seven furlongs when attempting her second Grade 1 victory in Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Longines Test for 3-year-old fillies over the Saratoga Race Course main track. Joel Politi’s dark bay daughter of Alternation won the Kentucky Oaks gate-to-wire on an uncontested lead and ran […]

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