charlie whittingham

Thirty Years Later, Sunday Silence’s Brilliance Still Shines

It’s been 30 years since Charlie Whittingham’s brilliant Sunday Silence parlayed victories in Santa Anita’s San Felipe Stakes and Santa Anita Derby to victories over eastern-based rival Easy Goer in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Breeders’ Cup Classic, but even though three decades have passed, his achievements continue to rank as some of the most […]

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‘I Could Hear Sunday Silence Breathing’: Reliving An All-Time Workout At Del Mar

Thoroughbred workouts can be gold, or fool’s gold. Gold when they prove to be an indicator of readiness for a racing victory. Fool’s gold when a series of “bullets” in the morning inexplicably leads to a dud of a performance in the afternoon. It’s no wonder that some handicappers swear by the little line of […]

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Student Surpasses Master As Miller Passes Whittingham For Del Mar Wins

With five wins during the second week of the meeting, Peter Miller moved past Charlie Whittingham for 10th place on Del Mar’s all-time wins list for trainers. Miller started the meeting with 277 victories here, four behind the legendary Whittingham, and entered Week II needing only one to tie the Hall of Fame conditioner here. The […]

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Sadler Ties Frankel For Fourth On Del Mar’s All-Time Stakes Winners List

The victory by Campaign in Wednesday’s Cougar II Handicap was the third of the young meeting and the 70th in the career at Del Mar, Calif., for trainer John Sadler. It tied Sadler with the late Hall of Fame conditioner, Bobby Frankel, for fourth on the track’s all-time stakes victories by a trainer. “He was […]

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Candid Conversation With Richard Baltas: ‘Stay Tuned For The Miracle’

Richard Baltas has been training racehorses for over 20 years, give or take. XBTV recently sat down with the conditioner at his home base of Santa Anita Park to discuss his long career, hard-fought success, wife Debby, and how he got his start in the world of horse racing. Could you ever have envisioned when […]

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Sunday Silence: Unwanted Youngster To Hall Of Famer

At the time, a young Sunday Silence going through the ring and back to owner Arthur B. Hancock III under his reserve at the California sale of 2-year-olds at Hollywood Park was anything but notable. In retrospect, it was history being written. The son of Halo’s ascension from an unwanted youngster into a Horse of […]

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Miller Trifecta In Daytona Stakes As Conquest Tsunami Leads Gate-To-Wire

As Charlie Whittingham used to say, “We’ve got ’em surrounded.”  So it was for trainer Peter Miller Saturday at Santa Anita, as his upstart Conquest Tsunami scored a 2 ½ length upset in the Grade III, $150,000 Daytona Stakes, thereby heading a 1-2-3 finish for Miller that included Stormy Liberal and Calculator.  Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Conquest […]

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The Quiet Man: ‘I Don’t Think You Ever Stop Learning’ (Part Three)

Yesterday, in the second of a four-part series on Richard Mandella, we shared the story of the Hall of Fame horseman’s early years in the industry and wrote about his first “big” horse – Bad ‘n Big, who raced into his 7-year-old season, winning races short and long, on dirt and turf, then lived the […]

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Pat Valenzuela A Winner Again In New Mexico

Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, 53, did not waste any time winning his first race upon his return to races. Valenzuela was riding in his first race since he sustained a hand injury last February in Louisiana. The winner of 4,365 thoroughbred races, Valenzuela picked up the mount on the quarter horse Linda Tee Fire in the […]

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Report: Artist, Horsewoman Picavet Dies At 65

The Daily Racing Form has reported that artist and longtime horsewoman Christine Picavet died last week at the age of 65, having lost her battle with cancer. Picavet, who lived in Fallbrook, Calif., was known for her vibrant paintings of great racehorses, beginning her career in earnest after painting Landaluce after the filly’s 1982 death. More […]

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