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Kruljac Junior Proves He’s No ‘Fluke’ As $11,000 Filly Gets Second In La Brea Stakes

“Like father, like son,” the old saying goes, particularly in horse racing, where at Santa Anita, father Eric Kruljac and his 36-year-old son, Ian, train over the same terrain, paternal pride understandably evident in 65-year-old Eric after Ian sent out 33-1 California-bred Hot Autumn to run second in the Grade I La Brea Stakes on […]

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Stellar Wind Supera A Vale Dori En Sensacional Duelo De La Beholder Mile

El primer tributo a la cuádruple campeona Beholder no pudo haber sido más emocionante. La Beholder Mile (G1, $400,000) reunió a solo tres yeguas de las cinco originalmente inscritas, una vez que las conexiones de Faithfully y Show Stealer decidieron correr a sus pupilas al día siguiente en el Santa Lucía S. ($70,000). Así las […]

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Beholder Mile: Cuando La Estrategia Puede Marcar La Diferencia

Muchos esperaban ver a la campeona Songbird de regreso a la acción en Santa Anita. De hecho, parecía que la Beholder Mile (G1, $400,000), antes Vanity Mile, prueba que ahora rinde tributo a la única yegua que ha derrotado a Songbird, era el escenario perfecto. Sin embargo, los allegados a Songbird adoptaron otro plan, y […]

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Stellar Wind, Finest City Breeze Toward Beholder Mile

Champions Stellar Wind and FinestCity each worked at Santa Anita Saturday morning for the Grade I, $400,000 Beholder Mile a week from today. Stellar Wind, Eclipse Award winner as outstanding three-year-old female of 2015, went five furlongs in company under exercise rider Jose Contreras in 59.80, while FinestCity, winner of an Eclipse Award as best […]

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Finest City Headlines Friday’s La Troienne; American Freedom Returns In Alysheba

Seltzer Thoroughbreds’ Finest City, winner of last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (Grade I) headlines a field of nine entered Tuesday for the 32nd running of the $300,000 La Troienne (Grade I) Presented by Spirit Funds for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on the main track at Churchill Downs. The La […]

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Eclipse Champion Finest City To Stretch Out In Santa Margarita

Finest City attempts to successfully negotiate the longest distance she’s ever traveled on dirt in Saturday’s Grade 1 Santa Margarita Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile and an eighth. She’ll have to conquer streaking Vale Dori while she’s at it. The five-year-old Argentine-bred mare trained by Bob Baffert has won three straight […]

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New Millionaire Finest City All The Way In Santa Monica

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint victor Finest City showed her class Saturday, kicking off her 2017 campaign with an easy 3 1/2 length win in the Grade 2 Santa Monica Stakes. Owned by Seltzer Thoroughbreds, the 5-year-old daughter of City Zip was ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith on the afternoon before the […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘There’s Nothing More You Can Dream For’

In the midst of a weekend flush with flamboyant outfits, extravagant decorations, and thrilling stretch drives, 28-year-old Ian Kruljac stood in contrast to it all. A reserved man dressed in an understated navy suit for the big day, Kruljac didn’t say much as he stood on the track apron during the post parade, eyes glued […]

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Mike Smith Guides Finest City To Upset In Filly & Mare Sprint

Jockey Mike Smith won his record 24th Breeders’ Cup race Saturday as he piloted 8-1 Finest City to a three-quarter length victory in the Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita. It was Smith’s second win at this World Championships. Last year’s Filly & Mare Sprint winner, Wavell Avenue, took second while Paulassilverlining finished third. The […]

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Finest City Upsets Great Lady M For New Track Record

Seltzer Thoroughbreds’ Finest City was the 1 1/4-length victor at odds of 8-1 in Saturday’s Grade 2 Great Lady M. Stakes at Los Alamitos Race Course. The 4-year-old daughter of City Zip set a new track record for 6 1/2 furlongs on the fast main track, covering the distance in 1:14.48 for Ian Kruljac, giving […]

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