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Toinette Proves Deserving Favorite In Sunday’s Goldikova

Attentive to the early pace, heavily favored Toinette proved much the best in winning the Grade II, $200,000 Goldikova Stakes by 2 ¼ lengths Sunday at Santa Anita. Ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Neil Drysdale, the 4-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy got a flat mile on turf in 1:33.38. With longshot Streak of […]

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‘Just A Ding-Dong Battle’; Delahoussaye, McCarron Relive Dramatic Distaff Finish Of 1993

With the Breeders’ Cup World Championships coming to Santa Anita for a record 10th time on Nov. 1 and 2, memories of great performances from years gone by are bound to be rekindled. Decided by a scant nose, the 1993 Distaff, which involved a pair of Hall of Fame distaffers and four Hall of Fame […]

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Oleksandra Kicks Clear In Franklin County

Team Valor International’s Oleksandra (AUS) found racing room between Morticia and the pacesetting Girls Know Best in deep stretch and went on to win the 23rd running of the $150,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) for fillies and mares by two lengths over Morticia before a Friday afternoon crowd of 19,026 at Keeneland. Trained by […]

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‘You Have To Learn How To Lose’: Disappointment A Familiar Friend For Horse Trainers

“I’ve got a lot of experience with disappointments. This game will do that to you.” –  Mel Stute, retired horse trainer Mr. Horse Trainer, please sit down. We’d like you to meet Mr. Big Disappointment.  You two are going to be running mates – probably for the rest of your lives. In the very nature […]

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Fire Key Looks To Unlock Victory In Smart N Fancy Stakes At Saratoga

Backwards Stable’s Fire Key will look to capture her second stakes win of the year in New York, headlining a field of nine in the $100,000 Smart N Fancy Stakes going 5 1/2 furlongs on the Mellon turf Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. A New York-bred 6-year-old daughter of Friesan Fire, Fire Key joined the […]

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Majestic Eagle Upsets American Stakes At 9-1

Under a perfectly timed ride from Rafael Bejarano, longshot Majestic Eagle rallied from fifth a quarter mile from home and kept to his task in game fashion to get up and win Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 American Stakes at Santa Anita by a neck. Trained by Neil Drysdale, the 4-year-old colt by Medaglia d’Oro got […]

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Simply Breathless Kicks Clear In Wilshire

Under a tremendous ride from Flavien Prat, English-bred Simply Breathless saved ground early en route to an impressive 1 ¼ length win in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Wilshire Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Neil Drysdale, Simply Breathless, who came off an impressive minor stakes win at Golden Gate Fields in her U.S. debut April […]

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Storm The Hill Defends Title In Wilshire At Santa Anita

A winner of five out of seven of her starts on the Santa Anita turf but idle since Nov. 3, trainer Phil D’Amato’s Storm the Hill returns to action on Saturday as she defends her title versus 11 fillies and mares three and up in the Grade 3, $100,000 Wilshire Stakes at one mile on […]

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Vasilika Tops Seven-Horse Field In Megahertz On Santa Anita Holiday Program Monday

Jerry Hollendorfer’s Vasilika, Jeff Mullins’ Amandine and Neil Drysdale’s La Sardane head a field of seven older fillies and mares going a flat mile on turf in Monday’s Grade III, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes at Santa Anita. The Megahertz, which has been carded as the eighth on a 10-race card, will highlight a Martin Luther King, […]

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