The Factor Setting The Pace Among U.S. Fourth-Crop Sires By Wins, Earnings

By the time the first foals of a sire class are five years old, the industry generally has a decent grasp of who the leaders of the group will be going forward. The class of North American stallions that entered the breeding shed in 2013 was a relatively evenly-matched group when its inaugural offerings saw […]

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Bing Crosby Win Brings Espinoza ‘Full Circle’ After Career-Threatening Injury

The victory by Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza on Cistron in Saturday’s Bing Crosby Stakes was his fourth in that race and 98th in his Del Mar career. Espinoza, 47, needs two more stakes to not only reach the 100 mark but also tie the retired Gary Stevens for third on the track’s all-time […]

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‘It Really Does Not Become Old Hat’: Hronis, Sadler Maintain Hot Hand At Del Mar

Cistron’s victory in Saturday’s Grade I $300,000 Bing Crosby brought trainer John Sadler and owner Kosta Hronis of Hronis Racing and his family to the Del Mar winner’s circle following a stakes race for the third time in a meeting that is only nine days old. Nobody had to ask directions. The same connections convened […]

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Cistron Leads All The Way In Bing Crosby

Hronis Racing’s Cistron took the lead at the start and never relinquished it in Saturday’s Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes, earning his first top-level triumph by just under a length. The 5-year-old son of The Factor covered six furlongs over Del Mar’s fast main track in 1:09.95 under jockey Victor Espinoza. Trained by John Sadler, […]

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Air Strike Gives Norberto Arroyo Big Comeback Win With 12-1 Triple Bend Upset

Madaket Stables, Slam Dunk Racing and Michael Nentwig’s Air Strike provided a 12-1 upset in Saturday’s Grade 2 Triple Bend Stakes, running down Cistron in the shadow of the wire to win by about a half-length. The 4-year-old Street Sense colt was ridden by jockey Norberto Arroyo, making just the fifteenth start of his comeback […]

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American Anthem, Cistron Clash in Triple Bend At Santa Anita

In a talent laden eight-horse lineup, Bob Baffert’s American Anthem and John Sadler’s Cistron would appear to merit top billing going seven furlongs in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Favored in his first start in nine months, American Anthem was a close second in a one turn […]

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Cistron Switches From Turf To Dirt For Kona Gold Win

Raced exclusively on turf in his last 13 starts, Hronis Racing’s Cistron, who was supplemented at a cost of $4,000, completely dominated Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes at Santa Anita, as he whistled 6 ½ furlongs on the main track in 1:16.33 while winning by 5 ¼ lengths under Victor Espinoza. Trained by […]

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Klimt Y West Coast Acaparan La Atención El Sábado 15 En El Derby De Los Alamitos

El Derby de Los Alamitos (G3, $200,000) será la carrera más importante del venidero sábado 15 en Los Alamitos Race Course. La carrera de 1800 metros reunió a ocho participantes, dos de los cuales han acaparado la atención de los entendidos: Klimt, que reaparece estrenando cuadra, y West Coast, de regreso en California luego de […]

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West Coast, Klimt Lead Nominees For Los Alamitos Derby

Hall of Fame trainers Bob Baffert and Jerry Hollendorfer have five of the 16 nominees to the $200,000 Los Alamitos Derby. A Grade III for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles, the Derby, which was formerly known as the Swaps Stakes when offered at Hollywood Park (1974-2013), will be run Saturday, July 15. Baffert, who won the […]

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