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Cistron Gets A Perfect Trip For San Simeon Victory

Idle since winning a Grade I stakes on dirt last July, Hronis Racing’s Cistron got a perfect stalk and pounce trip in winning Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes by a head under Victor Espinoza. Trained by John Sadler, the 6-year-old full horse by The Factor got 5 ½ furlongs over a Santa Anita […]

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Wesley Ward Invader Bound For Nowhere Takes On Cistron In Santa Anita’s San Simeon

A pair of top-class sprinters, John Sadler’s Grade 1 winning Cistron and Wesley Ward’s Kentucky-based Bound for Nowhere come off extended layoffs as they head a field of seven older horses in the Grade 3, $100,000 San Simeon at 5 ½ furlongs on turf this Saturday at Santa Anita. Originally scheduled to be run this […]

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Hard Not To Love Is Easy To Like In Grade 1 Beholder Mile

Blinded in one eye since a school yard incident as a youngster, trainer John Shirreffs’ brilliant Hard Not to Love seeks her fourth consecutive win as she heads a field of seven older fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade 1, $400,000 Beholder Mile at Santa Anita. With two graded stakes wins at the current Winter […]

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Big ‘Cap Day ‘An Emotional Roller Coaster’ For Sadler, Hronis; Gift Box’s Injury Appears Minor

Trainer John Sadler weathered the unexpected storm unleashed by Gift Box in relatively good order, looking at the glass as half full on Sunday morning. Gift Box, the morning-line favorite for the Santa Anita Handicap, was scratched on Saturday morning due to pressure in an ankle. Later on Saturday afternoon, the Sadler-trained longshot Combatant gave […]

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Flagstaff Runs To His Billing In San Carlos

With an avalanche of late money coming his way, the John Sadler-conditioned Flagstaff ran accordingly, as he stalked the early pace and rallied four-deep turning for home en route to a 1 ¼ length victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Flagstaff got seven furlongs in […]

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Favored Gift Box Scratched Out Of Santa Anita Handicap

Hronis Racing’s Gift Box, the 6-5 morning line favorite and defending champion in today’s Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap, was scratched out of today’s Big ‘Cap at 9:12 a.m., with no reason given as of 10:15 a.m. Trained by John Sadler, who will still be represented in the Big ‘Cap by longshot Combatant, Gift […]

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Sadler Seeks Three-Peat With Gift Box In Santa Anita Handicap

One of eight trainers dating back to 1940 to have saddled consecutive winners of the storied Santa Anita Handicap, John Sadler will seek an unprecedented three-peat this Saturday at The Great Race Place as his high weighted Gift Box defends his title in the 83rd running of the Grade 1, $600,000 classic for older horses […]

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‘We’ll Be Ready’: Sadler Seeks Historic Three-Peat In Santa Anita Handicap

John Sadler seeks to become the first trainer in 84 editions of the storied Santa Anita Handicap to win the event three straight years when he sends out Gift Box in the mile and a quarter classic on March 7. Seven trainers have won it two years in a row: Bob Baffert, Doug O’Neill, Bobby Frankel, […]

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‘There Was None Like Henry’: Popular Trainer Moreno Dies At 90

Henry Moreno, a California training icon in a career that began more than half a century ago, died 12:25 a.m. Sunday following a lengthy battle with dementia at The Kensington care facility in Sierra Madre. He was 90 years old. Immensely popular among his peers, Moreno was born in Corona, grew up on his father’s […]

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