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La Sardane Gets International Black Type With Grade 3 Intercontinental Victory

Team Valor International’s La Sardane picked up her first North American stakes victory in the fifth running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Intercontinental for filly and mare turf sprinters on Thursday at Belmont Park, opening day of the three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. Ridden by Flavien Prat, the French-bred La Sardane settled contently in fourth […]

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Toinette And Prat Fly Late To Steal Grade 3 Edgewood

Toinette and jockey Flavien Prat covered ground late to pop up and steal the Grade 3 Edgewood on the Kentucky Oaks undercard Friday. After being shuffled back out of the gate of the 1 1/16-mile turf contest, the pair stayed toward the back of a tightly-bunched field for much of the contest. Toinette had plenty […]

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Santa Anita’s Saturday Card Features $36,847 Pick Six Carryover

With a 10-race card in the offing, there is a Pick Six carryover into Saturday at Santa Anita of $36,847.  Additionally, there is also a Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $7,895. Saturday’s Pick Six will be comprised of races five through 10 and with 62 horses entered and eligible to run, average Pick Six field size […]

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Madame Stripes Up In Time For Megahertz Victory

Although she hopped leaving the gate, Argentine-bred Madame Stripes settled nicely under Kent Desormeaux and easily overhauled favored Insta Erma late to take Monday’s Grade III Megahertz Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths today at Santa Anita. Trained by Neil Drysdale, the 6-year-old mare got a mile on turf in 1:34.24. Well back into the first turn, Madame […]

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Lockdown Encabeza Un Parejo Lote En El Mother Goose Stakes

El Mother Goose Stakes (G2, $250,000) de este sábado 1 de Julio en Belmont Park luce bastante equilibrado. Siete tresañeras fueron inscritas en la carrera de 1700 metros en dos codos, prueba central de la reunión. Lockdown, pupila de Bill Mott que defiende los colores de Juddmonte Farms, parece la potranca de mayor jerarquía en […]

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Full Sister To Destin, Creative Cause Steps Up In Fair Grounds Oaks

One of the more intriguing entrants on Louisiana Derby Day, Apr. 1, is sophomore filly Vexatious in the Grade II $400,000 Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks. In a trio of starts, the impeccably bred bay filly has shown flashes of promise for the top connections of trainer Neil Drysdale and owner Calumet Farm, while facing solid […]

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Santa Anita Turf ‘Perfect’ Before 2016 Breeders’ Cup

With the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships two weeks away on Nov. 4 and 5, local horsemen weighed in this morning with consensus praise for Santa Anita’s newly installed Bandera Bermuda turf course.“It’s fast, but it has good bounce to it and the horses are coming back well,” said Hall of Fame conditioner Neil Drysdale. […]

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Mor Spirit’s ‘Anteater’ Action Reminds Gary Stevens Of A.P. Indy

Hall of Famer Gary Stevens is excited to ride Bob Baffert’s occasionally temperamental colt Mor Spirit in the Kentucky Derby this Saturday. The son of Eskendereya has earned the reputation in recent months, as evidenced by an aborted work at Santa Anita in late February. Stevens was on board for the planned breeze, afterward calling […]

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Wedding Bells: Joe Talamo Skips Friday Races To Marry Elizabeth Ellis

Taking a racing day off is a rare thing for Joe Talamo. Then again, it’s not every day a man gets married. So Talamo’s name will not be found on the programs for the card at Del Mar. It will, instead, be prominent on the programs passed out late this Friday afternoon at Our Lady […]

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Top Trainers Gearing Up for Santa Anita’s Winter Meet

With more than $30 million in purse money up for grabs, it’s no wonder a deep and competitive group of some of America’s top trainers have lined up to compete at Santa Anita’s upcoming Winter Meet, which begins Friday, Dec. 26, and will conclude April 19. Led by perennial kingpins, Bob Baffert, Jerry Hollendorfer, John […]

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