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Smokey Image, Danzing Candy Work For San Felipe

Undefeated California-bred Smokey Image worked six furlongs Saturday morning under Victor Espinoza in a bullet 1:12.20 as he prepares to run against open company in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 12. The clocking was the fastest of 30 at the distance, the average time of which was 1:14.45. Smokey Image, a son […]

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Undefeated Sophomore Smokey Image Works For San Felipe

Undefeated California Derby winner Smokey Image worked four furlongs Monday morning in 47.20 under Victor Espinoza for Carla Gaines, who is preparing the son of 2004 Santa Anita Handicap winner Southern Image for a possible start against open company in the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on March 12. In […]

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Bolo Upsets Obviously In Arcadia Stakes

He hadn’t race since July of 2015, but Bolo made an impressive comeback in Saturday’s Grade 2 Arcadia Stakes at Santa Anita. At odds of 7-1, the 4-year-old son of Temple City upset 4-5 Obviously at the wire to win the one mile contest over the firm turf in a sparkling time of 1:33.09. Owned […]

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‘A Different Type Of Race’ For Om In Saturday’s Arcadia

Om has been a gem of consistency in a career of 10 races, winning five, with one second and two thirds for Dan Hendricks, who trains the four-year-old son of Munnings for the Sareen Family Trust. Om is the 7-5 morning line second choice to continue his steady run in Saturday’s Grade II Arcadia Stakes […]

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Gender Agenda Rallies Furiously To Take Robert J. Frankel

English-bred Gender Agenda sat close to the pace and saved ground throughout en route to winning Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Robert J. Frankel Stakes at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, she broke from post positon 10 among a field of 12 fillies and mares three and up and shadowed favored Glory and Mike Smith […]

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Bolo Back To Winning Ways With Wire-To-Wire Turf Score

Although no match for the likes of American Pharoah in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Carla Gaines’ Bolo made a smashing return to Southern California on Friday, taking Santa Anita’s $65,000 turf allowance feature by 2 ¾ lengths, as he covered 1 1/8 miles under Rafael Bejarano in 1:49.48. Twelfth, beaten 12 ¾ lengths in the […]

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The Friday Show: What’s The Story With This Kentucky Derby?

We only need to look back one year to reaffirm that Kentucky Derby lore is filled with rich storylines, following the compelling journey of California Chome through last year’s Triple Crown races. On paper, Kentucky Derby 141 appears to be one of the most competitive in recent memory, but are there any stories in the […]

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Bolo Staying on Dirt After San Felipe Third, Gets Smith Back for Santa Anita Derby

After making his first three career starts on turf, two of them victories, Bolo gave a promising account of himself in his dirt debut when he finished third behind undefeated Dortmund in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita Park on March 7, beaten less than two lengths despite steadying in deep stretch. […]

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TROTT Fundraiser Filled With Stories, Support for Aftercare

The California Thoroughbred retirement group TROTT (Training Racehorse Off The Track) held its fourth annual “Legends” fundraiser at the historic Derby restaurant in Arcadia Tuesday. The money raised will go toward preparing ex-racehorses for new careers beyond the track. The highlight of the event was a celebrity speaker panel that included trainers Dale Romans, Sean McCarthy […]

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