Big Macher

Champion Drefong Takes On 10 Challengers In Bing Crosby Stakes

What could be considered, until further notice, the Top 10-plus one fastest horses on the grounds were entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 72nd running of the Grade I, $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes. The first Grade I event of the summer season, with five more to come, is contested at six furlongs, generally determines the meeting’s sprint […]

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Big Macher Returns In Style, Wins Thor’s Echo In First Start Since 2015

Idle since November, 2015, Grade I winning Big Macher called upon all of his class to take Sunday’s $100,000 Thor’s Echo Handicap by one length under Rafael Bejarano. Conditioned by Richard Baltas, the 7-year-old gelded son of Beau Genius was all-out to overhaul K Thirty Eight in the final sixteenth while getting six furlongs in […]

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Big Macher Set To Return June 10 After 18-Month Break

Big Macher, the horse that put Richard Baltas “on the map,” so to speak, is back. The seven-year-old California-bred gelding, claimed out of his first race for $20,000 on July 17, 2013, makes his first start in more than a year and half when he runs in next Saturday’s $100,000 Thor’s Echo Handicap for three-year-olds […]

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Personal Diary, Big Macher Among Nominees To Pair Of Del Mar Stakes

Personal Diary, winner of the Grade I Del Mar Oaks in 2014 and Big Macher, a winner of three stakes races at Del Mar in the past 16 months, top the list of nominees to next weekend’s $100,000 Grade III Red Carpet and $100,000 Cary Grant Stakes, respectively. The Red Carpet, a 1 3/8 mile […]

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Classic Contender Smooth Roller Breezes On Busy Morning At Santa Anita

Unsung Smooth Roller, who earned a fees-paid berth to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland on Oct. 31 by virtue of his impressive 5 ¼-length victory at 5-1 in the Grade I Awesome Again Stakes Sept. 26, worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday in 1:01 under Tyler Baze, who […]

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Tenacious Big Macher Hangs Holds Off Rousing Sermon in Cary Grant Stakes

Displaying the gameness that he has become known for, Big Macher, the 7-5 favorite ridden by Rafael Bejarano, fought off the two-pronged attack of longshot Rousing Sermon and previously unbeaten Red Outlaw to win  the featured $100,000 Cary Grant Stakes Sunday at Del Mar. Big Macher, victor in the Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes last […]

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Sprint: Big Macher, Rich Tapestry Breeze

A pair of contenders for the Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint posted workouts at Santa Anita Saturday morning. Big Macher went four furlongs for trainer Richard Baltas with Tyler Baze up in 47.40. “He was just cruising,” Baltas said of the California-bred son of Beau Genius. “Tyler had him three or four (lanes) off the rail […]

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Sprint: Trainer Baltas ‘Confident’ in Big Macher

Bargain claim Big Macher worked five furlongs on a picturesque Sunday morning at Santa Anita in a bullet :58.60 for the $1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint at six furlongs on Nov. 1. It was the fastest of 67 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 1:00.83. Haltered out of a maiden […]

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Talented Fields Line Up for Del Mar Mile, Pat O’Brien

The attention, justifiably, will fall most heavily on the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic on Sunday. There are a million reasons why it’s called the meeting’s signature race. But there’s ample reason for horsemen, horse players and general fans to put considerable focus on the two $250,000 Grade II races, the Del Mar Mile and […]

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Keeneland presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Rosie Doubles Up

While jockey Rosie Napravnik failed to see home Untapable in the Grade 1 Haskell against the boys, she did notch a pair of Grade 2 victories last weekend, vaulting her onto the American Graded Stakes Standings list of leading riders. Wins aboard 3-year-old colt, Coup de Grace, in Saratoga’s Amsterdam Stakes and 4-year-old filly, Majestic River, […]

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