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Santa Anita’s Backstretch Workers ‘To Gather In A Display Of Unity Before The Media’

The legion of dedicated Hispanic workers on Santa Anita’s backstretch will make their voices heard Thursday in an effort to counter attacks in the media that threaten their love and care of horses, their livelihood and their financial survival. “The attacks against our jobs continue in the press and we must respond,” reads a flyer […]

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Juvenile Fore Left Runs Straight And True In Tremont

Favored Fore Left made short work of his six rivals on Friday afternoon at Belmont Park, popping out of the gate on top and never looking back as he romped to a 4 1/2-length victory on the 122nd running of the $150,000 Tremont for 2-year-olds. The Tremont was the second of five stakes on the […]

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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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‘We Need To Continue To Do Better,’ But Santa Anita Has ‘Turned The Corner’

The 23rd fatality at Santa Anita Park occurred on March 31, approximately six weeks ago. New regulations implemented by The Stronach Group have allowed 6,973 horses to breeze over the main course and training track with no recorded fatalities as of end of training Sunday, according to Horse Racing Nation. The regulations include advance permission […]

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‘They Deserve A Chance’: $5,000 Claim Bobby G Bred For Pimlico Special Distance

At 30-1 on the morning line, Bobby G is the rank outsider in Friday’s $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3), which is hardly surprising given he was claimed for $5,000 just three months ago and has never started in a stakes race. Indeed, the 5-year-old gelding’s resume comprises five maiden races, four claiming races, four starter races […]

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Blitzkrieg Marks Fourth Consecutive Win In San Francisco Mile

R3 Racing, Calara Farms and Steve Rothblum’s Blitzkrieg kept his win streak alive in Saturday’s Grade 3 San Franciso Mile, earning his first graded stakes victory at odds of 3-1. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, the gelding completed one mile over Golden Gate Fields’ firm turf in 1:35.56. Trainer Doug O’Neill claimed the 4-year-old son of […]

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O’Neill Hoping Landeskog, Fight On Complete 2019 Oaklawn Stakes Hat Trick

Doug O’Neill waited 19 years for his second stakes victory at Oaklawn. The Southern California-based trainer will have a chance at Nos. three and four at the Hot Springs, Ark., track in a span of about 19 days, with unbeaten Landeskog entered in Saturday’s $150,000 Bachelor for 3-year-olds at 6 furlongs and Fight On pointing […]

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‘A Good Listener Never Fails’: Assistant Mora Celebrates 42 Years In Horse Racing

With fifteen dollars in his pocket and not much else, 18-year-old Leandro Mora spoke no English and possessed few marketable skills when he arrived at the Santa Anita barn of trainer Gary Jones in March, 1977. Jones, who would eventually earn induction into racing’s Hall of Fame, gave Mora his first shot at attaining the […]

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Fight On Battles To Win Photo Finish In Fifth Season Stakes

C T R Stables LLC. and Steven Keh’s Fight On, a 10-1 outsider, lived up to his name with a hard fought victory by a nose over fellow longshot Casino Star in Sunday’s $150,000 Fifth Season Stakes at Oaklawn Park. He completed the 1 1/16-mile race in 1:44 3/5 over a good track. “I called […]

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Rosario Captures Santa Anita Winter Meet Title, Takes Golden Whip Award

With the Winter portion of Santa Anita’s 47-day meet concluded last Sunday, jockey Joel Rosario topped Flavien Prat by a 56-52 margin, and will be recipient of Santa Anita’s coveted Golden Whip Award. Rosario, 34, capped his successful run with victory aboard the John Sadler-conditioned Gift Box in the 82nd running of the Grade I, $600,000 […]

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