big ‘cap

Baffert Looking To Pick Up Kentucky Derby Points For Roadster

Bob Baffert had a question after both Roadster and McKinzie drew the rail for their respective races Saturday, the Santa Anita Derby and the Santa Anita Handicap at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.: “Do they put me in the one hole and then draw the races?” The answer, of course, is no. It just […]

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Sadler Hoping To Feast on Santa Anita Stakes Diet

John Sadler goes for back-to-back victories in the Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Casino a week from Saturday, April 6, when he sends out Gift Box in the Arcadia, Calif., Thoroughbred racing track’s marquee race for older horses at a mile and a quarter offering $600,000 in purse money. Sadler won his first […]

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McKinzie ‘Couldn’t Be Doing Any Better’ Ahead Of Santa Anita Handicap

Multiple Grade 1 winner McKinzie recorded a six-furlong breeze toward the Santa Anita Handicap on Tuesday at Santa Anita, covering the distance in 1:13.40 under Joe Talamo. Trainer Bob Baffert was very pleased with the 4-year-old son of Street Sense’s workout, according to drf.com.  “Terrific,” Baffert said. “He couldn’t be doing any better right now. […]

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Sadler Sees Potential For Back-To-Back Big ‘Cap Wins With Gift Box

Just about a year ago John Sadler was celebrating Accelerate’s victory in the Santa Anita Handicap, the trainer’s first ever in the track’s historic race. Now he is poised to win it again with Gift Box, who worked six furlongs Friday in 1:14 for the mile and a quarter classic next Saturday, March 9. “He […]

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Accelerate Pulls Away Late, Gives Sadler His First Big ‘Cap Victory

Hronis Racing’s Accelerate did just that in Saturday’s Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap, pulling away from the field in the final sixteenth of a mile to win by about five lengths. The 5-year-old son of Lookin at Lucky was co-favored at 5-2, along with both runner-up Mubtaahij and fourth-place finisher Giant Expectations. Ridden by Victor […]

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Santa Anita Announces Early Post For Big ‘Cap Card

There will be a special early first post time tomorrow, Santa Anita Handicap Day, of 12 noon as The Great Race Place will present a blockbuster 11-race program, highlighted by the 81st running of the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, the Grade II San Felipe Stakes, the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile and the Grade I Triple Bend […]

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Shaman Ghost Ships West, Takes Home The Money In The Big ‘Cap

Stronach Stables’ Shaman Ghost, a very good runner-up to the World’s Best Racehorse Arrogate last out in the Pegasus World Cup, was able to overcome a bit of trouble to capture the second G1 of his career in Saturday’s Santa Anita Handicap. The 5-year-old son of Ghostzapper bested Midnight Storm by about three-quarters of a […]

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Hanson: Time For A Big ‘Cap Date Change?

Since the Meydan Racecourse made the transfer from a synthetic surface back to dirt two years ago, “virtually every major older horse in serious training has its eyes on the World Cup prize,” says Vance Hanson, editor of Brisnet.com. With a $10 million purse, “it’s all completely understandable — money talks, of course — but […]

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Effinex To Face Eight Rivals In Santa Anita Handicap

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens’ talented Effinex, along with sharp local contenders Imperative and Donworth, head a field of nine older horses set to go a mile and a quarter in Saturday’s 79th running of the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap. America’s longest continually run “hundred grander,” the Big ‘Cap was first run in 1935, […]

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Shared Belief Much The Best In Big ‘Cap Romp

When the gates closed for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap, Shared Belief was 1-5, far shorter than the other 12 horses to face him. The gelding lived up to those odds, looming large on Santa Anita’s far turn and drawing off with ease to score his third straight stakes victory. Shared Belief […]

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