After Just Four Months, Owner Kaleem Shah Again Transfers His Horses To A New Trainer

Thoroughbred owner Kaleem Shah, who had a well-publicized falling out with trainer Bob Baffert earlier this year, is once again moving his horses to a new trainer, according to In January, Shah transferred part of his string to Art Sherman and another part to Doug O’Neill; now, after just four months, the approximately six […]

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Shah Retires San Vicente Winner Iliad As A Result Of Ankle Injury

Kaleem Shah has made the decision to retire G2 San Vicente winner Iliad, according to, as a result of an unspecified ankle injury the colt sustained during a workout at Santa Anita last week. The 3-year-old son of Ghostzapper most recently finished fifth in the Santa Anita Derby. “I’ve been advised that if he […]

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Clocker Young Eyes Pair Of 5-1 Chances In Santa Anita Derby

With a 7-2 morning line favorite in Iliad, it’s no secret that Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby is a wide open betting race. Private clocker Gary Young concurs, singling out two of the three second choices at 5-1 Reach the World and Battle of Midway as major contenders in the 1 1/8-mile […]

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Iliad, Gormley Among Talented Field Of 13 Set For G1 Santa Anita Derby

Top prospects Iliad, Gormley, Reach the World and American Anthem all figure prominently among a field of 13 sophomores in Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, to be contested for the 80th time at a mile and one eighth. With four horses entered, trainer Doug O’Neill will be in search of his third […]

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Battle Of Midway Could Be A Player In ‘Wide Open’ Santa Anita Derby

Battle of Midway, winner of two of his three races including his first at a route March 9 when the bay son of Smart Strike scored by a neck at 1 1/16 miles, looms a major player in the $1 million, Grade I Santa Anita Derby at a mile and an eighth a week from […]

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O’Neill Has Four Under Consideration For Santa Anita Derby

San Vicente Stakes winner Iliad, one of four possible starters in the Santa Anita Derby for Doug O’Neill, worked five furlongs Friday morning in 1:01.40 for the $1 million, Grade I event on April 8, the West Coast’s major steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby on May 6. Also working for the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita […]

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Iliad, Term Of Art Exit San Felipe Well, Point To Santa Anita Derby

San Vicente Stakes winner Iliad and Cecil B. DeMille winner Term of Art, second and third behind runaway winner Mastery in Saturday’s Grade II San Felipe Stakes, are bound for the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8, trainer Doug O’Neill’s assistant Leandro Mora said Sunday morning. “Both horses looked good this […]

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Mastery Suffers Condylar Fracture After Dominating San Felipe

Cheyenne Stable (Everett Dobson)’s Mastery was the dominating winner of Saturday’s G2 San Felipe Stakes on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, but worries immediately surrounded the 3-year-old son of Candy Ride as Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith pulled the colt up sharply on the gallop out. It was later reported that the Bob […]

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O’Neill: Iliad Has The ‘Mind, The Stride And The Pedigree Of A Two-Turn Horse’

The big boys come out to play Saturday. Among those entered at Santa Anita in five stakes—three of them Grade I’s—are Bob Baffert’s undefeated Triple Crown contender Mastery and John Shirreff’s nearly perfect Grade I winning Gormley in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles; Phil D’Amato’s versatile speedster Midnight […]

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