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Gaining Debuts For Brad Cox In Friday’s Bewitch Stakes

Juddmonte Farms’ homebred Gaining (GB) will make her North American debut as the 120-pound highweight in the field of 10 entered Tuesday for Friday’s 58th running of the $150,000 Bewitch (G3) for fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up, going 1½ miles on Keeneland’s turf. The Bewitch will go as the ninth race on closing day […]

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First Starter Is First Winner For WinStar Farm’s Carpe Diem

Nayibeth, a 2-year-old filly by WinStar Farm stallion Carpe Diem, won at first asking at Keeneland on Wednesday, becoming her sire’s first starter and first winner. Bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings and owned by Ramon Tallaj, Nayibeth raced to the lead at the start of the 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight, shook loose […]

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Rosario Captures Santa Anita Winter Meet Title, Takes Golden Whip Award

With the Winter portion of Santa Anita’s 47-day meet concluded last Sunday, jockey Joel Rosario topped Flavien Prat by a 56-52 margin, and will be recipient of Santa Anita’s coveted Golden Whip Award. Rosario, 34, capped his successful run with victory aboard the John Sadler-conditioned Gift Box in the 82nd running of the Grade I, $600,000 […]

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Rosario, O’Neill, Hronis Racing Lead After Winter Portion Of Santa Anita Meet

With the winter portion of Santa Anita’s current 47-day meet drawing to a close, jockey Joel Rosario topped Flavien Prat by a 56-52 margin, and will thus be the recipient of Santa Anita’s coveted Golden Whip Award. Rosario, 34, capped his successful run with victory aboard the John Sadler-conditioned Gift Box in the 82ndrunning of […]

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Heart To Heart Prepares To Defend His Title In Maker’s 46 Mile

Terry Hamilton’s popular Keeneland standout Heart to Heart will make his fourth start in the Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) when he takes on seven rivals in the 31st running of the $300,000 prestigious grass test on Friday at Keeneland. Twice a runner-up in the race before breaking through last year, Heart to Heart will seek […]

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Gift Box Noses Out McKinzie In Santa Anita Handicap

The Santa Anita Handicap was billed as a two-horse race and it became on at the top of the lane, when 4-5 favorite McKinzie hooked up with 2-1 second choice Gift Box. The pair battled the length of the stretch, and while Gift Box was slightly ahead on the wire, McKinzie got a perfect head […]

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Game Winner’s Tuesday Workout Teaches Colt To Run Along The Rail

Trainer Bob Baffert designed a slightly unusual workout plan for champion Game Winner this Tuesday. According to drf.com, the 3-year-old Candy Ride colt worked a half-mile in :48.80 at Santa Anita Park, but did so against the inside rail with a stablemate on his outside. “You won’t draw perfectly every time,” jockey Joe Talamo, aboard […]

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Pavel Fitted With Blinkers, To Be Piloted By Rosario In ‘Wide Open’ Dubai World Cup

California-based trainer Doug O’Neill is hoping that fitting Pavel with blinkers when he runs in the Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline on Saturday is going to bring out the best in the 5-year-old son of Creative Cause. Already fourth in last year’s edition, Pavel is very likeable individual, easily recognizable thanks to his […]

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Florida Derby: Castellano Will Replace Rosario Aboard Hidden Scroll

Jockey Javier Castellano will be named on talented sophomore Hidden Scroll in the March 30 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, trainer Bill Mott told drf.com on Tuesday. In his first two starts, a runaway maiden win and fourth-place finish in the Fountain of Youth, the 3-year-old son of Hard Spun had been piloted by Joel Rosario. […]

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McKinzie Assigned High Weight Of 123 Pounds For Santa Anita Handicap

Multiple Grade I winner McKinzie, who finished second by a half-length as the 1-2 favorite in the Feb. 2 San Pasqual Stakes under 123 pounds, has been assigned one pound less for Saturday’s Grade I Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Casino at a mile and a quarter. Next on the list is Gift Box […]

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