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Midnight Bisou ‘Just Cruised’ Through Santa Anita Workout

Monster Midnight Bisou, undefeated in seven races this year, each a graded stakes, three of them Grade I’s, hopes to enhance her Horse of the Year credentials with a victory in the Grade I, $2 million Longines Distaff at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. With regular rider Mike Smith aboard for trainer Steve Asmussen, the […]

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Breeders’ Cup To Celebrate Tenth Anniversary Of Zenyatta’s Classic Win

The Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events, today announces a unique slate of programming in commemoration of Zenyatta, one of the greatest racehorses of all time, and the 10th anniversary of her historic victory in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park, when she became the first-ever female to win the world-renowned race. […]

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Breeders’ Cup Classic: Rosario Lands Mount On McKinzie

After telling Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith he would not be riding McKinzie in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, trainer Bob Baffert has handed the reins to Joel Rosario, the Daily Racing Form reported Wednesday. Smith had ridden McKinzie in each of his 13 starts to date. The Street Sense colt has won seven and […]

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Select Sales Agency Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Midnight Bisou Keeps On Winning

It’s getting to the point of the year when the serious Horse of the Year contenders start staking their claims in earnest, and top filly Midnight Bisou has done nothing to knock her case so far. The 4-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute is an impressive seven-for-seven in graded stakes competition this year through the end […]

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Forced To ‘Improvise,’ Papa Mandella Over The Moon With Omaha Beach

Like Bill Mazeroski’s home run that won the World Series, Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech, and Secretariat’s 31-length victory in the Belmont, the mythic return to glory by Omaha Beach in Saturday’s Santa Anita Sprint Championship will grow in lore through the ages. The pre-race favorite for the Kentucky Derby on May 4 finally returned to […]

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‘Anything’s Possible’; Mandella Ponders Breeders’ Cup Options After Returning Omaha Beach Wins Santa Anita Sprint Championship

The morning line favorite for this Kentucky Derby and idle since April 13, Richard Mandella-trained Omaha Beach put on a tremendous exhibition in Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, as he gradually overhauled heavily favored eastern invader Shancelot to prevail by a head in an astonishingly fast 1:08.79 under Mike Smith. The question […]

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Baffert Takes Mike Smith Off McKinzie For Breeders’ Cup Classic

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will not be mounted on McKinzie, the potential favorite, for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, according to drf.com. After an off-the-pace tactic and runner-up finish in last weekend’s G1 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita, trainer Bob Baffert is ready to make a switch. “I’m still going to use […]

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Frontrunning Mirth Gets The Last Laugh In Rodeo Drive

Little Red Feather Racing’s Mirth grabbed the lead at the start and held it all the way through the wire on Saturday, earning her first Grade 1 victory in Santa Anita’s Rodeo Drive Stakes at odds of 6-1. The 4-year-old daughter of Colonel John, who broke her maiden for a $16,000 tag at Delaware Park […]

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Top Jockeys Of All Ages Set For Competitive Santa Anita Fall Meet

Fans and horsemen will once again be treated to an abundance of world class riding talent as Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet, which will be highlighted by a record 10th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1 & 2, opens this Friday, Sept. 27. With Hall of Famer “Big Money” Mike Smith, America’s all-time leading Breeders’ Cup-winning jockey […]

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Coal Front Out-Duels Diamond King In Parx Dirt Mile

Making his first start in two months, Coal Front won a stretch long duel with Diamond King and took the $153,500 Parx Dirt Mile for trainer Todd Pletcher and Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith Saturday at Parx Racing. Sent off as the 3-5 favorite, Coal Front surged past 2-1 second choice Diamond King and […]

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