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Distance Specialist Causeforcommotion Takes On Males In Sunday’s San Juan Capistrano

Eric Kruljac is trying something new with Causeforcommotion in Sunday’s Grade III San Juan Capistrano Stakes for three-year-olds and up at about 1 ¾ miles on turf: the five-year-old mare will be making her third stakes start in six weeks and be running against males for the first time in her 18-race career. “It’s a […]

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Danuska’s My Girl Wins Fourth Consecutive Start In Desert Stormer

Unbeaten now in four consecutive pairings with jockey Geovanni Franco, Bad Boy Racing’s Danuska’s My Girl blasted out of the gate and never looked back, taking Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Desert Stormer Stakes by a half-length over a determined Show It N Moe It. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Danuska’s My Girl, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare […]

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Causeforcommotion Airs Second Off The Layoff In Santa Barbara

In her second start off a lengthy absence, trainer Eric Kruljac’s Causeforcommotion fairly ran her competition off their feet in winning Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Barbara Stakes by nine lengths. Second in the Santa Barbara a year ago, the 5-year-old mare by Americain negotiated a mile and one half on turf under Geovanni Franco […]

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Danuska’s My Girl Makes It Look Easy In Las Flores

Under aggressive handling from Geovanni Franco, Jerry Hollendorfer’s Danuska’s My Girl registered a 3 ¼ length win in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes at Santa Anita. Sent from the gate in her first stakes assignment, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Shackleford got six furlongs in 1:10.23. Head and head the first eighth of […]

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Patience A Virtue For Connections Of Beholder Mile Winner Secret Spice

In her first graded stakes assignment, Little Red Feather Racing’s Secret Spice rallied under first-time pilot Geovanni Franco to take Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Beholder Mile at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., by 2 ¼ lengths over 1-2 favorite Marley’s Freedom.  Trained by Richard Baltas, the 4-year-old filly by Discreet Cat got the distance in […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Hope Is For Free’

The last-minute pick-up mount on Saturday at Santa Anita had jockey Geovanni Franco and agent Jim Giannone dreaming big. With Joel Rosario feeling under the weather, Franco was gifted the opportunity to ride Grade 1 winner Next Shares in the G2 San Gabriel Stakes. “When my agent told me, I got really excited,” said Franco, […]

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Millionaire Next Shares Pointing To Pegasus World Cup Turf

Following his narrow victory in Saturday’s Grade 2 San Gabriel Stakes, Next Shares will point for the inaugural Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational later this month. Immediately after the San Gabriel, part owner Michael Iavarone said the 6-year-old Archarcharch colt would be entered in the new $7 million race Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park. Ridden […]

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Rosario’s ‘Flu’ Grants Geovanni Franco ‘Biggest Pickup Mount Ever’ With Next Shares

Jockey Joel Rosario was forced to take off his five mounts at Santa Anita for the second straight day on Sunday, according to the press office, because he has been feeling under the weather. “He’s got the flu,” said the 33-year-old Dominican’s agent, Ron Anderson, “but he’s expected to resume riding on Thursday.” On Saturday, […]

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Favored Next Shares Takes San Gabriel With Last-Gasp Lunge

A dramatic photo finish in Saturday’s Grade 2 San Gabriel Stakes saw 8-5 favorite Next Shares thrust his whiskers across the line just ahead of 6-1 choice Cleopatra’s Strike, scoring his sixth lifetime victory. The gelded 6-year-old son of ArchArchArch, owned by Jules and Michael Iavarone, Jerry McClanahan, Chris Dunn, William Marasa, Ritchie Robershaw and […]

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Miller’s Four-Win Saturday Puts Him Atop Trainer Standings At Del Mar

Trainer Peter Miller saddled four winners on Saturday to open a six-win lead over his pursuers and appear to salt away his third straight Del Mar fall training championship and his fourth in the five years of the meet’s existence. Miller’s wins Saturday came with Gray Magician (2nd, Flavien Prat, $3.00), Acker (3rd, Rafael Bejarano, […]

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