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Paradise Woods To Make First Start For Shirreffs In Santa Monica

Multiple Grade I winner Paradise Woods is scheduled to make her first start under the direction of trainer John Shirreffs in this Saturday’s Grade II Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita for older fillies and mares at seven furlongs. It would mark the first race in seven months for the five-year-old daughter of Union Rags […]

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Dual Grade 1 Winner Paradise Woods Moved From Mandella To Shirreffs

Steve Sarkowsky and Marty and Pam Wygod’s Paradise Woods won a pair of Grade 1 races under the care of trainer Richard Mandella, but a sub-par 2018 campaign led her connections to make a change. According to, the soon-to-be 5-year-old daughter of Union Rags has been transferred to trainer John Shirreffs’ barn at Santa Anita […]

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Paradise Woods Diagnosed With Bone Bruising, Will Be Turned Out

Dual Grade 1 winner Paradise Woods most recently finished sixth as the 2-1 favorite in the July 20 Osunitas Stakes at Del Mar, and was subsequently sent to the Alamo Pintado Equine Clinic for evaluation. According to, the 4-year-old daughter of Union Rags was diagnosed with bone bruising, and will now be turned out for […]

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Paulick Report 7/19 News Minute Presented By Woodbine Racetrack

Stay in touch with Thoroughbred racing news throughout the day with the Paulick Report News Minute. In today’s edition, Scott Jagow shares the opening day numbers from Del Mar and looks forward to the beginning of the Saratoga meet on Friday. Plus, a well-known dirt filly is trying the grass for the first time and […]

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Weekend Lineup: Beholder Mile

The highlight of this weekend’s North American graded stakes action is the Grade 1 Beholder Mile on Saturday at Santa Anita Park, featuring a contest between Eclipse Award winner Unique Bella and Grade 1 winners Paradise Woods and Vale Dori. The older fillies and mares will test their mettle over a mile on the main […]

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Beholder Mile Attracts Unique Bella, Vale Dori And Paradise Woods

With 13 group or graded stakes victories among them, Unique Bella, Vale Dori and Paradise Woods need little in the way of introduction as they headline Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Beholder Mile at Santa Anita.  The Beholder Mile, formerly run as the Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park from 1940 through 2013, has attracted a field […]

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Unique Bella Preparing For Beholder Showdown With Paradise Woods

Working towards perhaps the most anticipated race of the Spring Meet, champion Unique Bella breezed six furlongs from the gate at 6:30 Sunday morning in 1:11 flat for the Grade I Beholder Mile on June 2 at Santa Anita. Exercise rider Freddie Rodriguez was on the four-year-old gray daughter of Tapit for Jerry Hollendorfer, who called it “a good work.” […]

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Selcourt Runs Away With Santa Monica; Paradise Woods Fourth

Medallion Racing, Keith Abrahams and Sandra Lazaruk’s Selcourt was a dominating winner of Saturday’s Grade 2 Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita Park, bursting out of the gate on top and widening her advantage to a winning margin of five lengths at the wire. The 4-year-old Tiz Wonderful filly has now won all three of […]

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Early Pick 5 Pool At Santa Anita Expected To Exceed $2 Million Saturday

No one picked all five winners in Santa Anita’s popular Early Pick 5 wager on Friday, creating a massive carryover into Saturday of $251,993.  With the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes anchoring Saturday’s “Early 5,” track officials project Saturday’s total Early Pick 5 pool will exceed $2 million. Carded as race five, Saturday’s seven furlong Santa Monica attracted a field of five, included […]

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