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Baffert Seeks Second Los Al Futurity/Starlet Double; Will Saddle Two Runners In Each Grade 1

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who became the first trainer to win the Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity and the Starlet in the same year in 2017, will try to duplicate the feat Saturday. Baffert, who won the Futurity with McKinzie – after the disqualification of stablemate Solomini – and the Starlet with Dream Tree […]

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Drenching Rain Forces Races Off Turf At Del Mar For First Time In Three Years

A quarter-inch of rain drenched the track early Thursday morning and with forecasts for even stronger storms to hit 90 minutes to an hour before first post, track officials decided to close the main surface to training and move four races on the eight-race card from the turf to the main track. “We just want […]

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Eight Grade 1 Races Highlight Santa Anita Winter Meet Stakes Schedule

Santa Anita Park, which will open for its 82nd Winter Meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 26, has announced its Winter Meet Stakes Schedule, which will include a total of 60 added-money races, highlighted by 34 graded stakes (eight of them Grade I), through Sunday, April 7.  (Santa Anita’s complete Spring Stakes Schedule will be released at a […]

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Jerkens ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Momentum Will Carry A Strong Meet To Del Mar

The seal will be broken on the fifth edition of fall racing at Del Mar come Friday afternoon. It is another chapter in a saga centered on the Southern California thoroughbred industry’s resolve to carry on after the demise of Hollywood Park through new days at a favored venue for horsemen and fans alike. And […]

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A Horsewoman Through And Through: Bellocq’s Courage Reflects Her Devotion To The Sport

On Wednesday evening, longtime horsewoman Martine Bellocq received the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters’ Bill Mooney Award for “displaying courage in the face of tremendous adversity” – a salute to her well-documented bravery during the wildfire which ripped through San Luis Rey Downs in Bonsall, Calif., last December. As has been detailed extensively in newspaper […]

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Hovdey: Espinoza Taking Recovery One Step At A Time

Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza is taking his recovery one slow step at a time, according to an update from the Daily Racing Form’s Jay Hovdey. Although the vertebrae he fractured in a training accident this summer have healed, Espinoza says his doctor still restricts his workout regimen because of the spinal cord damage he […]

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Santa Anita Announces Early Post Time For Saturday Card

Santa Anita Park has announced there will be a special early first post time of 12 noon this Saturday, Sept. 29 in order to accommodate a 12-race program, which will include four Grade I Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Races.  In addition to the 12-race card, Santa Anita will also be conducting a […]

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West Coast, Abel Tasman Lend Star Power To Santa Anita Opener

Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert has two of his primary champions awaiting action opening weekend of Santa Anita’s blockbuster 22-day Autumn Meet, West Coast in Saturday’s Awesome Again Stakes for three-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles and Abel Tasman in Sunday’s Zenyatta Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/16 […]

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Del Mar Releases Stakes Schedule, Boosted By 5 Percent Increase In Overnight Purses

Fourteen stakes races during its 16-day run, as well as a 5% blended increase in its overnight purses, highlight Del Mar’s Fall Racing Festival beginning on Friday, November 9. Nine of the 14 stakes are graded, led by the Grade I pair of the Hollywood Derby and the Matriarch Stakes, both of which will carry $300,000 […]

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Santa Anita, San Manuel Casino Extend Partnership Through 2020

Two of Southern California’s premier entertainment facilities, San Manuel Casino and Santa Anita Park, have renewed their partnership for the 12th consecutive year. Santa Anita Park kicks off another great season of racing on September 28, 2018. San Manuel Casino is located just 50 minutes from Santa Anita Park providing horse racing fans easy access to the […]

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