Unusual Heat

Apache Princess Takes To The Slop In Off-The-Turf Sweet Life At Santa Anita

A California-bred daughter of Unusual Heat, KMN Racing’s homebred Apache Princess relished a change in surface from Santa Anita’s hillside turf course to 6 1/2 furlongs on a sloppy main track on Sunday as she rallied up the rail to take the $100,000 Sweet Life Stakes by 3 1/4 lengths. Trained by Keith Desormeaux and […]

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Three Entrants Out Of Same Dam To Start In Sunshine Millions F&M Turf Sprint

Jon White, who is in his 11th year as Santa Anita’s morning line oddsmaker, has observed something highly unusual regarding Saturday’s $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint. “If all three of them start, there will be three siblings next to each other when they break from the starting gate,” White said. “Pulpit Rider, […]

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Frank Conversation To Stand At New York’s Rockridge Stud In 2019

Frank Conversation (2013) by Quality Road out of Rushen Heat (Unusual Heat) will stand at Rockridge Stud in Hudson beginning in 2019. The multiple graded stakes winner and Grade 1 stakes-placed runner raced in the colors of J. Paul Reddam. The son of Quality Road broke his maiden at two at Santa Anita and won […]

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$250,000 Unusual Heat Colt Tops Barretts Select Yearling Sale

A colt from the final crop of the late Unusual Heat sent the perennial top California sire out on a high note Tuesday, leading the Barretts Select Yearling Sale at $250,000. The transaction highlighted a sale that saw significant gains in gross, average, and median, but a significantly higher buyback rate. Tuesday’s sale at Del […]

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Barretts Catalogs 86 Yearlings For Aug. 28 Select Sale

Barretts has cataloged 86 yearlings for its Select Yearling Sale scheduled for Tuesday, August 28. The afternoon session will begin at 2:00 p.m. at Del Mar’s Surfside Race Place. The majority of the yearlings catalogued are eligible for the lucrative Golden State Series in addition to the California-bred/sired Maiden Bonus program. Leading California sires and major Kentucky […]

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‘Our Way Of Giving Back’: Auerbach Talks CARMA

CARMA stands for California Retirement Management Account. But we’re not talking about a retirement account for people. This retirement account is a fund for horses. Not just any horses, though; these are Thoroughbred racehorses. Thoroughbreds are true athletes. They are just like the human athletes sitting on top of them, the jockeys. Some of these […]

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G2 Winner Majestic Heat Retired, To Be Bred To Uncle Mo

Majestic Heat, winner of the 2017 Bayakoa Stakes (Grade 2), has been retired from racing after her fifth-place finish on Saturday in Santa Anita Park’s Grade 1 Santa Margarita Stakes as announced by owner-racing manager Madeline Auerbach. A California-bred daughter of Unusual Heat, Majestic Heat was trained for the bulk of her career by Hall […]

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Former Claimer Rye Up In Time For Unusual Heat Turf Classic Win

As he’s done literally thousands of times throughout his Hall of Fame career, Kent Desormeaux timed it to the minute when the big money was down in Saturday’s $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic at Santa Anita, as he was just up to win by head aboard aboard Rye, a 5-year-old full horse by English Channel.  […]

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Majestic Heat Parlays Eight-Day Layoff Into Dominating Betty Grable Victory

Unveiling a new dimension to her ability, Majestic Heat, whose 14 previous races had been run on grass, made the first start of her career on a dirt surface and romped to an impressive triumph in the featured $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes Sunday at Del Mar. Surging to the lead bending into the stretch under jockey […]

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Betty Grable Stakes: Majestic Heat ‘Always Trained On The Dirt Like She Likes It’

Bringing back Majestic Heat on short notice would not have been a surprising move from the 5-year-old daughter of Unusual Heat’s former trainer Barry Abrams. Abrams, who was forced by health problems to step away from training in 2016, was known for rapid turnarounds and, in fact, raced Majestic Heat four times over a 41-day […]

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