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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Growing Grapes And Winners

Growing up on a ranch in Bakersfield, Calif., in the 1960’s, Kosta Hronis and his brother Pete never dreaded the frequent two-hour drive to visit their grandparents. After all, they lived five blocks from Santa Anita Park, where in hindsight, Kosta became a racetrack lifer at the tender age of five. “We were always the […]

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$3.6-Million Mare in Foal to War Front Tops Keeneland’s Opening Session

Grade 3 winner Naples Bay, a half-sister to leading sire Medaglia d’Oro carrying her first foal by War Front, sold to Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier for $3.6 million to lead today’s first session of Keeneland’s 71st November Breeding Stock Sale. During the session, a total of seven fillies and mares brought $1 million or more compared […]

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Champion Beholder Returns in Saturday’s Zenyatta Stakes

Two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder will hope to head down the path to additional Eclipse hardware when she heads a field of six fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes, to be contested at 1 1/16 miles.  A winner of last year’s Zenyatta, Beholder went on to take the Grade I Breeders’ […]

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Keeneland presents American Graded Stakes Standings: The Sky’s the Limit

Skyway’s victory in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes last weekend was a significant one. Not only did the son of Sky Mesa provide trainer Mark Casse with his first win at Del Mar this season, the colt became the fourth graded stakes winner of the year for owner John C. Oxley. That moved Oxley […]

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Iotapa Proves Superior in Clement L. Hirsch

Hronis Racing’s Iotapa, the even-money favorite ridden by Joe Talamo, outran a stubborn Broken Sword in deep stretch to win the featured Grade I $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Del Mar. The four-year-old filly, who was claimed for $50,000 at Betfair Hollywood Park from her career debut in June, […]

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Sadler, Hollendorfer Each Bring Trio to Clement Hirsch

Mathematically, there’s an 86 percent chance that the winner of Saturday’s Grade I $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes will come from a stall in barns J-K in the Del Mar stable area. That’s because trainers Jerry Hollendorfer and John Sadler, who occupy opposite ends of the parallel barns, have entered three horses each for the […]

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Keeneland presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Smokin’ Joe

With just seven graded stakes on the docket over the past weekend, there was little change in the American Graded Stakes standings. One jockey’s very productive Saturday did result in a few notable moves on at least two charts, however. There were three Grade 1 races carded last weekend, two of which were at Santa […]

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Obviously, Iotapa to Race Just Once More This Summer

According to the Daily Racing Form, Obviously and Iotapa, winners of the two Grade 1 events at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, will each make just one more start this summer. Obviously, who successfully defended his title in the Shoemaker Mile, will point towards the Del Mar Mile on August 24, says trainer Philip D’Amato. […]

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Iotapa Romps in Vanity

Iotapa scored an upset, 10 ¼ length victory in the Grade 1, $300,000 Vanity Stakes, giving jockey Joe Talamo a sweep of the Grade 1 races as part of a four-win day at Santa Anita on Saturday. The winner covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.64 and paid $11.20, $5 and $3.20. The winning margin of […]

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Midnight Lucky Cruises to Victory in Humana Distaff

Despite making her first start in nearly a year, Midnight Lucky showed no signs of rust as she romped to a 4 1/2-length victory over Street Girl to win the $300,000 G1 Humana Distaff May 3. It was the fourth win in five lifetime starts for the 4-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute, who is trained […]

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