Veteran Hoppertunity Dominates Tokyo City Cup

An unsung hero in the Bob Baffert stable over six racing seasons, 7-year-old Hoppertunity made his 30th career start a virtual walk in Santa Anita Park as he took Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup by 6 ½ lengths.  Ridden by Flavien Prat, “Hop” negotiated a marathon mile and one half in 2:32.63. With longshot Beaumarchais setting […]

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Charles Town Classic Nominees Led By Hoppertunity, Diversify

Headlined by Grade 1 winners Diversify, Girvin and Hoppertunity, a total of 48 horses have found their way into the nominations for the $1,200,000 Charles Town Classic to be run over the Charles Town oval coming up on April 21.  The Grade 2, 1 1/8 mile test will anchor a 13 race program at Charles Town that kicks off with a […]

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Accelerate Pulls Away Late, Gives Sadler His First Big ‘Cap Victory

Hronis Racing’s Accelerate did just that in Saturday’s Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap, pulling away from the field in the final sixteenth of a mile to win by about five lengths. The 5-year-old son of Lookin at Lucky was co-favored at 5-2, along with both runner-up Mubtaahij and fourth-place finisher Giant Expectations. Ridden by Victor […]

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Hoppertunity Y Mubtaahij: Los Veteranos De Baffert Encabezan Un Parejo Santa Anita Handicap

Si algo tiene en particular esta edición del Santa Anita Handicap (G1, $600,000) es veteranía. Ocho caballos, con edades entre 5 y 7 años, y con un promedio de 20 actuaciones por participante, que medirán fuerzas en la carrera central del programa sabatino de Santa Anita, en distancia de 2000 metros. Entre estas “caras conocidas” […]

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Eurton ‘Pondering’ Giant Expectations For Big ‘Cap

Giant Expectations is nominated to both the Triple Bend Stakes and the Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Casino next Saturday, both Grade I events, but trainer Peter Eurton is leaning towards the mile and a quarter, $600,000 Big ‘Cap over the seven furlong, $400,000 Triple Bend at seven furlongs. “We’re still pondering, but I […]

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Giant Expectations Duerme Al Lote Y Gana De Extremo A Extremo El San Antonio Stakes

Una vez más queda demostrado que las carreras de caballos hay que correrlas para ganarlas. Ante el asombro general, el gran favorito Collected cayó irremediablemente derrotado en una carrera que parecía tener a su entera disposición. “Arrogate Lite” no fue ni la sombra de sus actuaciones previas en 2017 mientras que Giant Expectations, un caballo […]

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Giant Expectations All The Way For 13-1 San Antonio Upset; Collected Third

The longest shot in the field at 13-1, Gary Stevens and Giant Expectations provided the upset in Tuesday’s G2 San Antonio Stakes on opening day at Santa Anita Park. The New York-bred son of Frost Giant, owned by Exline-Border Racing, Gatto Racing, and Garrett Zubok, took the lead out of the starting gate and set […]

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Weekend Lineup Presented By DRF Bets: Big Opening Day At Santa Anita

With the upcoming holiday, Thoroughbred racing is understandably light this weekend. On Tuesday, however, a stellar stakes card at Santa Anita Park will kick off the winter meet with a bang in Southern California. Saturday’s highlight is the return of X Y Jet in the G3 Mr. Prospector at Gulfstream. Second in the Group 1 […]

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Baffert: ‘Getting Excited This Time Of The Year About Our Young Horses’

After American Pharoah and Arrogate, what will Bob Baffert pull out of his hat for the 2018 season? “I’m coming off two remarkable, ridiculous years,” the Hall of Fame trainer told the Pasadena Star-News. “It’s going to be tough because (this year) I made over $26 million. I never dreamed of that. One horse (Arrogate) […]

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