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United Turns Back Rockemperor, Giving Mandella First Charles Whittingham Stakes Win

In a thrilling East vs. West finish that would have delighted the race’s namesake, Richard Mandella-trained United dug deep and found more late to hold off favored Eastern invader Rockemperor by a nose in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.  Ridden by Flavien Prat, United, a 5-year-old gelding […]

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‘He Was Everybody’s Hero’: Mandella Remembers Namesake Of Charles Whittingham Stakes

After a trip to Dubai for the $6-million Sheema Classic on March 28 that never came to fruition because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, United is safe and sound at home with Richard Mandella at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., preparing for the Grade 2 Charles Whittingham Stakes at a mile and a quarter on […]

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Lost And Found Presented By LubriSYN: ‘The Guy Who Ran Cigar On Turf’ Looks Back At A Dream Career

On March 27, 1996, Cigar added to his growing credentials by winning the inaugural Dubai World Cup at Nad al Sheba Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates. The victory was the 14th in his famous 16-race win streak, and part of a career that included two Horse of the Year titles and a 2002 induction […]

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‘I Don’t Even Think About Retiring’: Ron McAnally Marks Another Milestone At Santa Anita

Ron McAnally, whose victories are as scarce as hen’s teeth in his 87th year, captured No. 706 at The Great Race Place on Saturday afternoon, good for fourth on the all-time list. Only Bobby Frankel, Charlie Whittingham and Baffert stand ahead of him. McAnally scored a front-running victory in the ninth race with his homebred […]

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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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