Ricardo Santana Jr.

Tone Broke And Avie’s Flatter Meet Again In Breeders’ Stakes

Tone Broke and Avie’s Flatter headline a field of nine Canadian-bred three-year-olds in Saturday’s $400,000 Breeders’ Stakes, third jewel of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown, at Woodbine.  The Breeders’ Stakes, to be contested at 1 1/2 miles over the E.P. Taylor Turf Course, will be televised live on TSN 2 in HD from 5 p.m. to 6 […]

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Mitole’s Seven-Race Win Streak On Line In Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap

Two of the country’s finest sprinters will square off in Saturday’s 35th running of the Grade 1, $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap when Mitole, winner of seven straight, faces defending Vanderbilt-winner Imperial Hint at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. One of the day’s three graded stakes, the six-furlong event for 3-year-olds and up […]

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Tone Broke Takes Prince Of Wales, Ending One Bad Boy’s Triple Crown Hopes

Tone Broke crushed One Bad Boy’s Triple Crown dreams when he rallied past the favoured Queen’s Plate champion in the stretch to win the 84th running of the $400,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, second leg of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown, on Tuesday at Fort Erie Race Track. Jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. was aboard the […]

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First Winner For Liam’s Map Comes At Saratoga

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Liam’s Map sired his first winner on July 21, when Basin won a six-furlong maiden special weight at Saratoga Race Course by 1 1/4 lengths. Jockey Ricardo Santana Jr., guided the bay colt to the wire in 1:09.77 for owner Jackpot Ranch and trainer Steve Asmussen. Basin was bred in […]

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Record-Breaking Covfefe To Take On Humana Distaff Winner Mia Mischief At Churchill Downs

LNJ Foxwoods’ stellar Miss Preakness (Grade III) winner Covfefe is set to clash with Billand Corinne Heiligbrodt, Heider Family Stables and Madaket Stables’ Humana Distaff (GI) hero Mia Mischief in Saturday’s 10th running of the $120,000-added Roxelana Overnight Stakes at Churchill Downs. The six-furlong Roxelana, named for the crack female sprinter who won seven of 11 starts and earned […]

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Tenfold Back To Winning Ways With Closing Effort In G3 Pimlico Special

Tenfold, who contested the 2018 Grade 1 Preakness at Pimlico a year ago, returned to winning form Friday with a closing victory in the G3 Pimlico Special. Jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. and the Curlin colt had the best in group of closing efforts at the end of the 1 1/4 miles, sitting toward the back […]

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Mia Mischief Faces Down Amy’s Challenge To Upset G1 Humana Distaff

Mia Mischief showed both patience and grit on the Kentucky Derby undercard, taking a stalking trip and outlasting rivals to win the Grade 1 Humana Distaff — her first Grade 1 victory. Under rider Ricardo Santana Jr., the Into Mischief filly hustled from the gate early and tucked behind early leader Amy’s Challenge and withstood […]

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Mitole Outduels Whitmore In Count Fleet Sprint Handicap At Oaklawn

Sent off the 2-5 favorite in the field of five older runners, William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Mitole won Saturday’s $500,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap by 2 3/4 lengths over a sealed sloppy racetrack at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., outdueling second choice Whitmore in the six-furlong contest timed in 1:09.36. Trained by Steve Asmussen […]

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Lady Apple, Santana Ride The Rail En Route To Fantasy Score

Phoenix Thoroughbreds III and KatieRich Stables’ Lady Apple used a ground saving trip to score a one-length victory at odds of 9-1 in Friday’s $500,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) before an on-track crowd of 17,000 at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark. Friday marked the opening of the Thoroughbred racing track’s Racing Festival of the South. As […]

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Santana Gets 500th Winner, Back On Top Of Oaklawn Jockey Standings

Ricardo Santana Jr. rode four winners Sunday at Oaklawn, including the 500th in his career for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, to regain the lead in the jockey standings. Santana, Oaklawn’s leading rider the last six years, reached the milestone with Asmussen when favored Bayerd ($5.60) captured the ninth race, a starter-allowance sprint for older […]

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