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Catalina Cruiser Targets True North On Belmont Stakes Undercard

Overshadowed by his Breeders’ Cup Classic-winning stablemate Accelerate in 2018, Catalina Cruiser is readying for a return to the races in three weeks’ time. The 5-year-old son of Union Rags is being pointed to the G2 True North over 6 1/2 furlongs on the Belmont Stakes undercard, trainer John Sadler told horseracingnation.com. “He looks really […]

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Gift Box ‘Excellent’ In Latest Work, To Be Reunited With Rosario In Gold Cup

Santa Anita Handicap winner Gift Box is on course for the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Memorial Day after working six furlongs Saturday in 1:13.60. “It was an excellent work on this track,” said John Sadler, who won two races yesterday to move into third place in the standings, six wins behind […]

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Desert Stormer At Santa Anita A Battle Of Late-Blooming Fillies

Jerry Hollendorfer’s late-blooming Danuska’s My Girl seeks her fourth consecutive win and her second straight graded stakes score as she heads Sunday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Desert Stormer Stakes at six furlongs on the Santa Anita main track. Entered for a maiden $62,500 claiming tag in July 2018, this 5-year-old mare by Shackleford registered a career-best […]

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Select Sales Agency Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Castellano’s Big Keeneland Meet Takes Him To The Top

It never hurts to get hot in April. Going strong in the fourth month on the calendar means gaining momentum going into Triple Crown season and winning some of the most notable races of the year. Chances are, it also means doing well at Keeneland’s prestigious spring meet. For jockey Javier Castellano, it meant all […]

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Cistron Switches From Turf To Dirt For Kona Gold Win

Raced exclusively on turf in his last 13 starts, Hronis Racing’s Cistron, who was supplemented at a cost of $4,000, completely dominated Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes at Santa Anita, as he whistled 6 ½ furlongs on the main track in 1:16.33 while winning by 5 ¼ lengths under Victor Espinoza. Trained by […]

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‘A Good Listener Never Fails’: Assistant Mora Celebrates 42 Years In Horse Racing

With fifteen dollars in his pocket and not much else, 18-year-old Leandro Mora spoke no English and possessed few marketable skills when he arrived at the Santa Anita barn of trainer Gary Jones in March, 1977. Jones, who would eventually earn induction into racing’s Hall of Fame, gave Mora his first shot at attaining the […]

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‘A True Stayer,’ Campaign Wins Marathon Tokyo City Cup At Santa Anita

Fourth eight days ago in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., Woodford Racing’s Campaign, who was about nine lengths off the lead when the field crossed the finish line for the first time in Sunday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup, rallied five deep turning for home en […]

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Sadler Enjoying Strong Santa Anita Meet, Eyeing Gold Cup For Gift Box In May

John Sadler, like most horsemen of his caliber, was focused on the business at hand Thursday after celebrating his second consecutive Santa Anita Handicap victory last Saturday, this in dramatic fashion with Gift Box, who hung a pulsating nose defeat on favored McKinzie. “The plan as of now is to run Gift Box in the […]

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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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McKinzie Faces Five, Including Gift Box, In G1 Big ‘Cap

Two of the top older horses on the West Coast, John Sadler’s Gift Box and Bob Baffert’s McKinzie, head a field of six 4-year-olds and up in the 82nd running of the Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap this Saturday.  Originally run in 1934, the Big ‘Cap, America’s longest continually run “hundred grander,” will again be […]

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