Tim Yakteen

14 Take Aim At Saturday’s Del Mar Oaks; Mucho Unusual Faces East Coast Duo

Mucho Unusual, a change-of-tactics last-to-first winner of the Grade 2, $200,000 San Clemente Stakes on July 20, will be facing her stiffest competition in the biggest field of her career in Saturday’s  $300,000 Del Mar Oaks presented by The Jockey Club at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif. The second Grade 1, […]

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Mucho Unusual Circles Field In San Clemente

Last of the 10 sophomore fillies in the clubhouse turn of Saturday’s G2 San Clemente Stakes, George Krikorian’s homebred Mucho Unusual was able to circle the field in time to hit the wire first under jockey Joel Rosario. The daughter of Mucho Macho Man, trained by Timothy Yakteen, covered a mile over Del Mar’s firm […]

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Upsetter Macho Unusual Wires Field To Take $200,000 California Cup Oaks

Dismissed at odds of 10-1, George Krikorian’s homebred Mucho Unusual went to the front and never looked back in Monday’s $200,000 California Cup Oaks at Santa Anita, as she breezed by three lengths under Joel Rosario. Trained by Tim Yakteen, the California-bred daughter of Mucho Macho Man, out of the Unusual Heat mare Not Unusual, […]

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Head-On Collision Proves Fatal During Santa Anita Training Hours

A horse in front of the breezing 3-year-old colt Xten ducked in to the rail during Friday morning’s training hours at Santa Anita Park, causing a collision shortly after the 6:30 a.m. training session began. According to bloodhorse.com, the exercise rider, Baltazar Contreras, was taken to the hospital and found to have fractured his knee. Xten initially […]

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California-Based Big Score, Cistron Among 10 Contesting Grade 2 Penn Mile

George Krikorian’s graded stakes winner Big Score heads a field of 10 in the marquee event of Penn National’s racing season as he contests the $500,000 Penn Mile, which will be run as the first Grade 2 in track history this Saturday. In only four editions, the Penn Mile has become an important stop on […]

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Oscar Performance, Big Score Lead Nominations For $500,000 Penn Mile

June 3rd is set to boast a blockbuster card at Penn National with 7 stakes races anchored by the $500,000 Penn Mile, which will be contested as a Grade 2 for the first time.  Among the 42 nominations for the Penn Mile are 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) winner Oscar Performance, Transylvania (G3) winner […]

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Big Score Upsets Transylvania Over Longshot Trifecta

George Krikorian’s homebred Big Score gave his owner just that on Friday afternoon at Keeneland, closing down the lane to win the G3 Transylvania Stakes by a half-length on the wire. The sophomore son of Mr. Big, well-ridden by Javier Castellano, earned his first graded stakes victory by covering 1 1/16 miles on a turf […]

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Santa Anita Turf ‘Perfect’ Before 2016 Breeders’ Cup

With the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships two weeks away on Nov. 4 and 5, local horsemen weighed in this morning with consensus praise for Santa Anita’s newly installed Bandera Bermuda turf course.“It’s fast, but it has good bounce to it and the horses are coming back well,” said Hall of Fame conditioner Neil Drysdale. […]

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Big Score Impresses In Zuma Beach, Earns Spot In BC Juvenile Turf

George Krikorian’s homebred Big Score overcame his outside post position and rocketed to a scintillating 3 ¼ length victory under Flavien Prat in Monday’s $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Tim Yakteen, the Kentucky-bred colt by Mr. Big negotiated one mile on turf in 1:33.56 and stamped himself a leading candidate for […]

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Krikorian Thinking ‘Big’ With Dynaformer Stallion Now Standing In California

When Big Score rallied from more than seven lengths back under jockey Flavien Prat to win a one-mile maiden race for 2-year-olds on turf at Del Mar on Sunday, I glanced down at my program to look at the colt’s pedigree. Bred in Kentucky by George Krikorian and carrying his magenta, black and silver silks […]

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