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Improbable Taken On By Lightly-Raced King Jack In Sunday’s Shared Belief Stakes

Lightly-raced King Jack and Triple Crown series experienced Improbable were closely-listed as the top choices on oddsmaker Russ Hudak’s morning line for Sunday’s $100,000 Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar. King Jack, undefeated in two starts, drew the No. 3 post and was listed at 8-5. Improbable drew the outside No. 6 post and was […]

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Emotions Abound For Winning Connections On Del Mar Opening Day

True to the words sung live by track founder Bing Crosby in 1938 that are heard by recording every day, there was “a winner in each race” on opening day Wednesday. Reactions and thoughts from some of them: Trainer Doug O’Neill — For the second year in a row, O’Neill won the first race of the […]

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Craig Lewis Hoping For Another ‘Legend’ With Here Is Happy

Here Is Happy is light years away in talent at this stage from 1995 Santa Anita Derby winner Larry The Legend, but trainer Craig Lewis, who conditioned the latter and now the former, hopes Here Is Happy moves forward in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes, Santa Anita’s first steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million […]

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Beholder, Warren’s Veneda Could Face Off In Vanity

While the Kentucky Derby next Saturday is on every racing fan’s radar screen, another intriguing match looms a week later on May 9 at Santa Anita: the Grade I, $300,000 Vanity Stakes for older fillies and mares, and a possible showdown between streaking stakes winner Warren’s Veneda and two-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder. Warren’s Veneda, […]

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Clubhouse Ride’s Future Undetermined After Disappointing San Antonio

The future of Clubhouse Ride remained undecided Monday morning, more than a week after he finished ninth and last by more than 40 lengths behind Shared Belief in the San Antonio Invitational on Feb. 7. “They’ve run a bunch of tests on him to make sure he’s got good sperm,” said Craig Lewis, who trains […]

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Warren’s Veneda Rallies For Santa Maria Score

Although she was caught wide around both turns, Warren’s Veneda rallied from off the pace to an emphatic 2 ¾ length win in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita, as the California-bred daughter of Affirmative covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.18. Trained by Craig Lewis and owned by her breeder, Benjamin […]

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Clubhouse Ride Edges Fury Kapcori in Californian

Seizing upon a rail opening at the top of the lane, Joe Talamo pointed Clubhouse Ride inside of heavily favored Fury Kapcori, with Corey Nakatani up, and prevailed in a head and head duel to the wire to win Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Californian Stakes by a half length while covering 1 1/8 miles in […]

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Clubhouse Ride Undergoing Treatment After Poor Blood Test

After Clubhouse Ride’s distant last-place finish in the last week’s Grade 2 San Diego Handicap, trainer Craig Lewis said he ordered blood tests on 5-year-old, and discovered the horse had “dramatically” low white and red cell counts. Lewis said the horse looks normal visually but is being treated for the issue and will be re-tested […]

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Finally Free of Game On Dude, Clubhouse Ride Takes Californian

Ending a streak of five consecutive runner-up finishes – three behind Game On Dude in two different states – Clubhouse Ride won the $150,500, Grade II Californian Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. Positioned closest to an early duel between Batti Man and Blueskiesnrainbows by jockey Garrett Gomez, Clubhouse Ride took over midway around the turn, […]

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