california cup derby

Rebel Shippers: Prat To Ride Galilean Over Maiden Winner Omaha Beach

Jockey agent Derek Lawson told drf.com that Flavien Prat has elected to ride stakes-winner Galilean in the March 16 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn, rather than talented maiden winner Omaha Beach. Both sophomores plan to ship to Arkansas from their Southern California bases, hoping to return home with the winner’s share of 50 points on the Road […]

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Heavy Favorite Galilean Shines Like Chrome In California Cup Derby

In what figures to be his final start versus state-bred competition for the foreseeable future, heavily favored Galilean made short work of four rivals as he waltzed to a 4 1/2-length win in Monday’s $200,000 California Cup Derby at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.  Ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the imposing […]

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Heck Yeah Impresses In California Cup Derby

Despite being pressured heavily on the early lead, Bob Baffert’s Heck Yeah went on to an emphatic 1 ¼ length win in Monday’s $200,000 California Cup Derby, his first time going two turns. Ridden by Mike Smith, the California-bred colt by Acclamation got a mile and one sixteenth over Santa Anita’s main track in 1:46.60. […]

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Chrome’s Brother Faversham Takes Aim At Monday’s California Cup Derby

California Chrome’s full brother, the maiden Faversham, goes from his first start at six furlongs on Jan. 15 to Monday’s co-feature, the $200,000 California Cup Derby at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita Park. The chestnut ridgling, a son of Lucky Pulpit-Love the Chase, closed from eighth and last after a slow start to finish second by a length-and-a-quarter […]

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Chrome’s Brother Faversham ‘Smoldered’ In Work For Cal Cup Derby

Faversham, a full brother to two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, worked five furlongs early Saturday morning in 1:01.20 for the $200,000 California Cup Derby at a mile and one-sixteenth on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 19 at Santa Anita. The chestnut ridgling by Lucky Pulpit-Love the Chase was ridden by Stewart Elliott, winner of the 2004 Kentucky […]

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Full Brother To California Chrome Eyeing Cal Cup Derby

It might too late for Faversham to follow in the Triple Crown footsteps of his accomplished full brother, California Chrome–his late racing debut put a dash in those hopes–but the three-year-old ridgling who ran a promising second in his first start last Monday at Santa Anita could still have a bright future ahead of him. […]

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Reddam Homebred Ann Arbor Eddie Takes California Cup Derby

In an exhausting stretch run, Reddam Racing’s homebred Ann Arbor Eddie was the last man standing in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Derby, as the 3-year-old Square Eddie gelding wore down California Diamond to win by a half length. Ridden by Mario Gutierrez and trained by Doug O’Neill, he got 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.65. Breaking […]

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Espinoza Thinking ‘Derby’ With California Cup Derby Winner Smokey Image

“The way he ran today was very impressive,” said superstar jockey Victor Espinoza after he won Saturday’s California Cup Derby aboard Smokey Image. “Hopefully, I can get my next Kentucky Derby.” Unbeaten Smokey Image, in his first try around two turns, annihilated six California-bred rivals en route to an 8 1/2-length win in the $250,000 […]

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Upset Winners Rule Cal Cup Stakes

Several mild longshots came out on top in California Cup stakes races Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park, the biggest payoff being Spirit Rules’ $26.20 victory in the $150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint over heavily favored San Onofre. Ridden handily by Iggy Puglisi, Spirit Rules fought off odds-on San Onofre to win his first […]

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Tough Sunday, Born Blind and Deaf, Continues to Defy the Odds

Three years ago, Tough Sunday was born blind and deaf after a difficult labor for his dam. A week after being rushed to a nearby clinic, with no signs of improvement, a life or death decision for the colt was placed in the hands of owner Nick Alexander. Alexander chose to save the newborn after […]

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