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Luck’s John Ortiz to assist in Big ‘Cap post position draw

Actor John Ortiz, who portrays trainer Julio Canani as trainer Turo Escalante on HBO’s hit series, “LUCK,” will assist with the Santa Anita Handicap draw next Wednesday at the FrontRunner Restaurant. “He’s really looking forward to it,” said Canani. “He’s fallen in love with this role and with horse racing. He’s here all the time […]

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HRTV to air historic Big ‘Caps this week

HRTV will air special programs during Big ‘Cap week, starting with the 1982 Santa Anita Handicap as presented by On-TV. This is the original broadcast from 30 years ago when John Henry was awarded first place via the disqualification of Perrault. Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas was a guest analyst. The second program […]

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Big ‘Cap defending champ Game On Dude assigned top weight of 123

Defending champion Game On Dude has been assigned top weight of 123 pounds for next Saturday’s Santa Anita Handicap, spotting his rivals from 3 to 13 pounds, according to the Daily Racing Form. The assignment is 8 pounds higher than what Game On Dude carried in last year’s running of the Big ‘Cap and 5 […]

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Santa Anita unveils new logo for 75th Santa Anita Handicap

In honor of the 75th running of the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap, Santa Anita Park has unveiled a dazzling new logo for its signature race for older horses to be run Saturday, March 3. “This is a truly historic occasion and we felt the Big ‘Cap deserved an artistic upgrade,” said Santa Anita […]

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Big ‘Cap: Sadler sees improvement for Gladding, Setsuko impresses with work

Gladding beat one horse in last year’s Santa Anita Handicap. John Sadler is optimistic that the gelded son of 2002 Belmont Stakes winner Sarava will show marked improvement when Santa Anita’s marquee race presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino is contested on March 3. Gladding was in tight early in last year’s running, […]

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Twirling Candy looks to solidify status as nation’s top Thoroughbred in Big ‘Cap

Press Release Jenny Craig’s Twirling Candy, who has swiftly become recognized as the nation’s premier Thoroughbred racehorse following the retirement of Zenyatta, will be heavily favored to endorse that distinction in Saturday’s 74th running of the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino. The Big ‘Cap, Santa Anita’s signature race at […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: AURORA LIGHTS UP BIG ‘CAP MEMORIES

By Ray Paulick Every now and then you see a pedigree that brings back great memories, and that was the case for me when looking at the results of last Saturday’s Grade 3 Sabin Stakes on the main track at Gulfstream Park. The winner, Aurora Lights, was winning her first American Graded Stakes in […]

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LIVE BLOG: FROM GOTHAM TO THE BIG ‘CAP

By Ray Paulick Spring is in the air, with temperatures topping 70 in Kentucky, and visions of Roses in the minds of many horse owners around the country. Today’s Triple Crown preps start in New York with Aqueduct’s Gotham Stakes and continue in California with last year’s 2-year-old champion, Stardom Bound, the heavy favorite in […]

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