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Omaha Beach Breezes Five Furlongs In Preparation For Jan. 25 Pegasus

Fox Hill Farms Inc.’s Omaha Beach breezed five furlongs in 1:00.42 Sunday morning in preparation for the $3-million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 25. Jockey Julien Leparoux was up for the work, the 4-year-old son of War Front’s first since he completed his very successful 2019 season with a decisive victory in the Malibu […]

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Las Cienegas: Brazilian-Bred Jolie Olimpica Makes The Grade In Her U.S. Debut

Bet to favoritism in her U.S. debut, Brazilian-bred Jolie Olimpica was equal to the challenge, as she tracked the early leader and went on to an impressive 1 ¼ length victory in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Mike Smith and trained by Richard Mandella, the 4-year-old daughter of […]

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Omaha Beach Arrives At Gulfstream Park To Prepare For Pegasus World Cup

Omaha Beach, one of the favorites for the $3- million Pegasus World Cup (G1) Jan. 25 at Gulfstream Park, arrived safely at the Hallandale Beach, Fla., racetrack from California Tuesday evening. Owned by Fox Hill Farms, Inc., Omaha Beach, a son of War Front, was the morning-line favorite in the Kentucky Derby (G1) off victories […]

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Santa Anita Official: Safety Of Horses, Riders ‘Continues To Be Our North Star’

On the opening weekend of the 2020 meeting, Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., demonstrated why it has long been known as the “The Great Race Place,” as the legendary track featured the highest levels of racing, top-of-line safety reforms and strong partnership with horsemen, horseplayers and fans. Despite challenging weather conditions pushing back Opening […]

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‘Yesterday Was Really A Celebration’: Fans Enjoy Santa Anita’s Opening Day

Should the racing gods ever decree that the consummate book be written on the glory that is Santa Anita, the final chapter is poised for history. It was written yesterday, when everything that makes Santa Anita great was in full flower, frenetic yet tranquil, in all its natural splendor. Scenic mountains, verdant palms, azure skies, […]

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‘Pretty Amazing’: Mike Smith Surpasses Jerry Bailey As All-Time Grade 1 Stakes-Winning Jockey

Mike Smith, still vanquishing Father Time at the age of 54, won four stakes races on Saturday at Santa Anita Park. Three of them were Grade I’s, setting a record for career Grade I successes at 217, one more than fellow Hall of Fame member Jerry Bailey. “I think yesterday epitomized what Mike is all […]

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Omaha Beach Never Had To Be Asked In Malibu Romp

Rick Porter’s Omaha Beach made it look easy for Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith on Saturday, cruising to the lead around the far turn and pulling away under a hand ride to win the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita Park. The 3-year-old son of War Front covered seven furlongs over the fast […]

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Hard Not To Love Circles Field To Upset La Brea; Bellafina Second

Mercedes Stables, West Point Thoroughbreds, Scott Dilworth, Steve Mooney, and Dorothy and David Ingordo’s Hard Not To Love posted an 11-1 upset of Saturday’s Grade 1 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita Park, rolling from last to first to defeat favorite Bellafina by about two lengths on the wire. The 3-year-old daughter of Hard Spun, […]

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Brill Takes To Turf In Lady Of Shamrock

Idle since July 5, Brill made her first start on grass a winning one Saturday at Santa Anita, as she went to the lead out of the gate under Mike Smith and never looked back, winning the $75,000 Lady of Shamrock Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths. Trained by Don Chatlos, the 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia […]

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Smith On Omaha Beach: ‘You Might See Something Really Special’

Along with a record 26 Breeders’ Cup wins, two Eclipse Awards, a pair of Kentucky Derby wins that include a Triple Crown in 2018, New Mexico native Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith also includes three wins in Santa Anita’s signature opening day Grade 1 stakes, the $300,000 Runhappy Malibu, which is contested at seven […]

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