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Pegasus: Accelerate Puts In ‘Good Long-Distance Work’ Over Seven Furlongs

Horse of the Year finalist Accelerate had his penultimate workout at Santa Anita Friday morning for the $9 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 26, going seven furlongs under a blue/gray sky in a bullet 1:27.20 with assistant trainer Juan Leyva astride. “I got him in 1:27 and (galloping) out a mile […]

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Accelerate To Work ‘Long’ On Friday; Malibu Winner McKinzie Still On Fence

With rain forecast in Southern California starting Friday evening in an erratic weather pattern forecast over the next few days, Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year finalist Accelerate will work at Santa Anita on Friday morning at 6:30 instead of Saturday, as previously scheduled, in advance of the $9-million Pegasus […]

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Sadler: Accelerate ‘On The Same Pattern He Was Before He Won The Pacific Classic’

Horse of the Year contender Accelerate worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:13.40 at Santa Anita on Saturday morning, preparing for his final race in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 26. It was the fastest of 18 works at the distance, the average time of which was 1:14.96. “He […]

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‘Satisfying’ To See Victor Espinoza Back Atop A Thoroughbred At Santa Anita

Racing is a little brighter today. Victor Espinoza is back with his smile that would light up a room. For the first time in more than five months, when he suffered fractured vertebrae and other serious injuries in a training mishap at Del Mar on July 22, the 46-year-old Hall of Fame member and three-time […]

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From Santa Anita, XBTV: ‘A Candid Conversation’ With Trainer John Sadler

Ahead of this month’s Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park, XBTV and Santa Anita Racetrack sat down with trainer John Sadler to discuss his path to success, his thoughts on the winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and Horse of the Year candidate and Pegasus contender Accelerate. Here’s a sample of the interview with a […]

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Rosario’s Graded Stakes Double Nets Jockey Of The Week Title

With a successful homecoming week that included two graded stakes victories, Joel Rosario was named Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for December 26 – 30, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 […]

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Accelerate ‘Maybe Better Than Ever’ In Latest Pegasus Work

At 6:30 Saturday morning at Santa Anita Park, with temperatures hovering above freezing, Accelerate turned on the heat with a five furlong move in 1:00.40 as the Horse of the Year contender moved a step closer to the final race of his career in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. […]

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Sadler Unwraps Gift Box For San Antonio Surprise

Making his first start since March and carrying the Hronis Racing silks for the first time, John Sadler-trained Gift Box posted a $15 upset over favored Battle of Midway and second choice Dabster in  Grade 2 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita on Wednesday. The $300,000 San Antonio was one of four graded stakes on […]

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Battle Of Midway, Dabster Set For Rematch In San Antonio

Separated by just a neck when last they met, Jerry Hollendorfer’s Battle of Midway and Bob Baffert’s Dabster will do battle yet again on opening day at Santa Anita this Wednesday, as they head a field of nine 3-year-olds and up at a mile and one sixteenth in the Grade II, $300,000 San Antonio Stakes. […]

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Sadler On Horse Of The Year Debate: ‘Two Good Choices’ With ‘Remarkable Achievements’

Horse of the Year will be announced Jan. 24, and it will be either Justify or Accelerate, currently in a pitched battle for honors five weeks before the winner will be revealed. To the credit of both camps, there has been no vicious or vindictive mud slinging, personal attacks or demonizing, as is rampant 24/7 […]

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