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Shirreffs ‘Very Happy’ With Honor A.P. Ahead Of Santa Anita Derby

Honor A.P., a leading contender for the Santa Anita Derby, continues to train well for Santa Anita’s marquee three-year-old event on April 4, offering 100 qualifying points to the 146th Kentucky Derby Sept. 5. The 3-year-old son of Honor Code worked five furlongs in 1:00 on Sunday morning at Santa Anita, 16th of 98 works […]

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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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Santa Anita Derby Could See Rematch Between Authentic, Honor A.P.

Trainer Bob Baffert was pleased with his San Felipe winner Authentic on Sunday morning, as well as fourth-place finisher Thousand Words. “They looked fine today,” Baffert said. The two-time Triple Crown winner intends to keep Authentic at home for the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby April 4, but plans for Thousand Words were on […]

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Shirreffs ‘Optimistic’ About Starting Maiden Winner Honor A.P. In San Felipe

Tomorrow, trainer John Shirreffs could enhance a resume already worthy of Hall of Fame consideration. The 74-year-old former Marine and surfing aficionado sends out promising Triple Crown prospect Honor A.P. in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes, the West Coast’s major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4, and […]

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Hard Not To Love Has ‘A Special Relationship’ With Her Team, Growing Legion Of Fans

Could it be . . . should it be . . . would it be . . . sanctimonious to mention Hard Not to Love in the same breath as . . . Zenyatta? John Shirreffs hasn’t quite developed that state of mind yet for his one-eyed wonder filly, but the dazzling daughter of Hard Spun […]

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Hard Not To Love ‘Getting Better And Better,’ Dominates Santa Monica

In what appeared to be her best race to date, heavily favored Hard Not to Love drew clear late to win Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes by 3 ½ lengths under Mike Smith. Trained by John Shirreffs, the sight-impaired 4-year-old daughter of Hard Spun got seven furlongs in 1:22.19 at Santa Anita. In […]

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One-Eyed Hard Not To Love Has Four Foes In Santa Anita

Extremely talented but equipped with just one eye due to a paddock mishap as a youngster, Hard Not to Love heads a field of five older fillies and mares going seven furlongs in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Fresh off the best race of her career, a […]

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Impressive Maiden Winner Honor A.P. To Target San Felipe Stakes

C R K Stable’s Triple Crown hopeful Honor A.P., who broke his maiden by 5 1/4 lengths in October at Santa Anita, finally has a target for his 3-year-old debut. The John Shirreffs-trained son of Honor Code will point to the G2 San Felipe Stakes on March 7, which offers the winner 5- points on […]

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One-Eyed Hard Not To Love Growing ‘More Sure Of Herself’ Under Steady Hands Of Smith, Shirreffs

Mike Smith, as is his wont, bonds with most horses he has ridden in a spectacular career going on four decades, but perhaps none more so than with Hard Not to Love, a “special needs” stakes winner who lost her left eye when kicked by another horse in a paddock accident as a youngster. The […]

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