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Catapult Back On His Favorite Grass Course In Sunday’s Eddie Read

Woodford Racing’s Catapult, champion grass horse of last summer’s Del Mar racing season, will be seeking a repeat victory in the Grade II $250,000 Eddie Read Stakes Sunday when the 46th running of the mile and one-eighth turf event headlines an eight-race program. Post for the first race is 2 p.m. Catapult, a six-year-old son […]

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Catapult Faces Five In Eddie Read Title Defense

Woodford Racing’s Catapult, whose victory in the Grade II $250,000 Eddie Read Stakes secured the 2018 Top Grass Horse of the Meeting title, will take on five rivals in defense of the title Sunday. “He’s trained very well for it and we’re excited about having him back down here and his chances in the race,” […]

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Sadler Expects ‘Strong Start’ To Del Mar Meeting

Accelerate, Catalina Cruiser and Catapult, all out of the John Sadler stable, accounted for four of the nine divisional champions of the 2018 summer meeting at Del Mar. Accelerate was voted Horse of the Meeting and Top Older Horse while Catalina Cruiser took the Sprinter division and Catapult Top Grass Horse. The trio’s combined five […]

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Catapult, Delta Prince Square Off In Shoemaker Mile

Monday’s Grade I, $500,000 Shoemaker Mile has the look of a wide open affair as Catapult, Delta Prince, Ohio and Sharp Samurai all appear to have big chances in a field of nine 3-year-olds and up on the Santa Anita turf. Named for the legendary jockey, Bill Shoemaker, who was Santa Anita’s leading rider a […]

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Gift Box ‘Excellent’ In Latest Work, To Be Reunited With Rosario In Gold Cup

Santa Anita Handicap winner Gift Box is on course for the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Memorial Day after working six furlongs Saturday in 1:13.60. “It was an excellent work on this track,” said John Sadler, who won two races yesterday to move into third place in the standings, six wins behind […]

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The Longest Photo: ‘Both Horses Ran Too Good To Lose’ In Kilroe Mile

Hollywood has “The Longest Yard.” Now Santa Anita has “The Longest Photo.” After an interminable amount of time–perhaps more than five minutes–as fans waited with the anticipation of an expectant father, results of a photo finish from Saturday’s Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf were posted, showing 9-1 outsider Ohio the winner by […]

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Comebacking Victor Espinoza, Longshot St. Joe Bay Team Up For San Carlos Win

While John Sadler came out on the wrong end of one of the most excruciating photos of his training career a race earlier, he endured no such trepidation in the Grade II, $200,000 San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday, as Hronis Racing’s longshot St. Joe Bay led gate to wire to win by […]

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8-Year-Old Ohio Takes Kilroe Mile By A Nose Over Favorite Catapult

Longshot Ohio, an 8-year-old gelding who ran for a $28,000 claiming tag last summer, stalked the early pace, took command a quarter mile from home and prevailed by scant nose over heavily favored Catapult in taking Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile under Ruben Fuentes. Trained by Michael McCarthy, Brazilian-bred Ohio got a […]

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River Boyne Tops Field Of Six For G1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile

Although he was the beaten favorite in his most recent start, Irish-bred River Boyne, who has won six out of his seven career turf starts at Santa Anita, will vie for favoritism in Saturday’s Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) with Kentucky-bred Catapult, who should relish a return to firm ground for John Sadler.  […]

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Accelerate ‘Picture Of Health’ During Schooling Session For Pegasus

Hronis Racing LLC’s Accelerate schooled in the paddock at Gulfstream Park during Thursday’s first race in preparation for a start in Saturday’s $9-million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1). “He’s the picture of health,” said Juan Leyva, assistant to trainer John Sadler, while watching the 9-5 morning-line favorite for the Pegasus get acquainted with the paddock […]

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