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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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Cosequin presents OTTB Showcase: Becrux Stays Young in Second Career

Becrux is nothing if not a world traveler. Born and raised in Italy, he literally and figuratively hit the ground running, winning his first four outings in his homeland to earn top honors as Italy’s Champion Two-Year-Old of 2004. He then went to Dubai and won, then to America and won, onto Canada – and […]

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Three Hearts All Heart in Red Carpet Upset

Team Valor International’s Three Hearts, winless since April of 2013, ended her losing streak in a big way Saturday with a surprise victory at odds of 29-1 in the featured $100,000 Red Carpet Handicap before 18,083 fans. Three Hearts, ridden by Joe Talamo and trained by Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale, gamely withstood the prolonged […]

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Fire With Fire Wins Whittingham on Wire

Widely considered to be a front-running sort, trainer Neil Drysdale’s Fire With Fire was taken in-hand off the pace and came roaring through the lane to win Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes by a neck under Tyler Baze, getting a mile and a quarter on grass in 2:00.92. High-weighted at 124 pounds, Fire […]

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