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Bast Fends Off Challenge From Donna Veloce To Win Starlet

Baoma Corp’s Bast, already a two-time Grade 1 winner, grabbed the lead at the start and refused to relinquish it in Saturday’s Grade 1 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos. The second choice in the wagering at 2-1, the juvenile daughter of Uncle Mo turned the tables on Breeders’ Cup runner up Donna Veloce, the 1-5 […]

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Four-Win Saturday Boosts Flavien Prat To Third In Del Mar Rider Standings

Flavien Prat won four races Saturday at Del Mar, doubling his previous win total and moving the 2018 summer season champion into third place in the rider standings. With eight wins from 27 mounts, Prat is two behind leader Drayden Van Dyke (10/37) and one behind Abel Cedillo (9/40). Prat’s quadruple on Saturday consisted of: […]

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High Velocity Outduels Favored Strongconstitution In Bob Hope

Gary and Mary West’s High Velocity, a $350,000 purchase as a yearling, appeared worth every cent Saturday as he outdueled highly-regarded Strongconstitution to win Del Mar’s featured Grade III $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes in convincing fashion. High Velocity, a son of Quality Road sent off at odds of even-money, went to the front at the […]

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Back On Dirt, Itsinthepost Scores Marathon Victory

Making only his third start on the dirt from 41 career starts, veteran Itsinthepost scored a determined victory in Friday’s Grade 2 Marathon Stakes at Santa Anita Park. The 7-year-old son of American Post, owned by Red Baron’s Barn and trained by Jeff Mullins, won by three-quarters of a length over Zestful in a final […]

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Alexander Has ‘One-Two Grazen Punch’ In California Distaff Handicap

Longtime California owner/breeder Nick Alexander will be represented by another daughter of Grazen in addition to favored S Y Sky in Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap at 5 ½ furlongs on Santa Anita’s turf. That would be Just Grazed Me, gray like the five-year-old S Y Sky, and like her stablemate, never out of the […]

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True Valour’s Late Rally Nets City Of Hope Mile Win

Qatar Racing’s True Valour emerged victorious in a five-horse blanket finish at the wire of Saturday’s Grade 2 City of Hope Mile Stakes at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., rallying from off the pace under Drayden Van Dyke to win by a head. The Irish-bred by Kodiac (GB) is trained by Simon Callaghan. The […]

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Lady Ninja Noses Out Selcourt To Win LA Woman At Santa Anita

In a thrilling head and head stretch duel, Lady Ninja was up to win Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 LA Woman Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., by a nose under Drayden Van Dyke. Trained by Richard Baltas, the 5-year-old mare by Majesticperfection got 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.79. With Selcourt breaking from the far […]

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Top Jockeys Of All Ages Set For Competitive Santa Anita Fall Meet

Fans and horsemen will once again be treated to an abundance of world class riding talent as Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet, which will be highlighted by a record 10th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1 & 2, opens this Friday, Sept. 27. With Hall of Famer “Big Money” Mike Smith, America’s all-time leading Breeders’ Cup-winning jockey […]

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Velazquez Flying Out To Santa Anita To Ride Pair Of Baffert Trainees In Grade 1 Contests

Two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey John Velazquez has been engaged by Bob Baffert to ride Eight Rings and Bast in the Grade I, $300,000 American Pharoah Stakes and the Grade I, $300,000 Chandelier Stakes opening day this Friday as Santa Anita continues to enhance its historic resume that began on Christmas Day 1934 and will culminate […]

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Nucky Leads Miller Exacta In Del Mar Futurity; Odds-On Eight Rings Loses Rider

In an eventful renewal of the Grade 1 Runhappy $300,000 Del Mar Futurity Monday at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif., 35-1 longshot Nucky scored by 2 3/4 lengths and then survived an inquiry after the seven-furlong sprint which was marred by an accident involving heavily favored Eight Rings and Storm the […]

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