Ricardo Santana Jr.

Super Steed Launches 62-1 Southwest Stakes Shocker

Making a bold five-wide move on the far turn under jockey Terry Thompson, Michael Pressley and Steed Jackson’s Super Steed – a 62-1 longshot trained by Larry Jones – upset Monday’s $500,000, Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. Super Steed defeated West Coast invader Sueno by three-quarters of a length, […]

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She’s a Julie Gives Asmussen Fourth Bayakoa Stakes Win At Oaklawn Park

Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen saddled his fourth winner of the afternoon and registered his fourth career victory in the Grade 3 Bayakoa Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., on Monday when She’s a Julie went wire to wire under Ricardo Santana Jr. to take the 1 1/16-mile race for older fillies […]

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‘I Want To Pass Pat Day’: Santana Aims For Seventh Straight Oaklawn Riding Title

After the first three days of the scheduled 57-day Oaklawn meeting, a familiar name is atop the jockey standings. It’s Ricardo Santana Jr., who is seeking his seventh consecutive Oaklawn riding title. Although Oaklawn’s new racing schedule means the season concludes May 4 – it ended three weeks earlier every year since 1996 – there’s […]

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Kentucky Derby Points, $400,000 Up For Grabs In Remington Park’s Springboard Mile

Trainer Steve Asmussen, entered five horses in Sunday’s $400,000 Springboard Mile. Remington Park’s featured 2-year-old event of the Thoroughbred meet. The Springboard Mile is the final race on this year’s calendar with valuable qualifying points for the 2019 Kentucky Derby. Leading the Remington Park trainer standings with 93 wins thru Dec. 10, Asmussen placed a […]

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Uncle Mo’s Hot Springs, 3-For-3 On Churchill Turf, Favored in Commonwealth

Woodford Racing’s Jefferson Cup winner Hot Springs tops a competitive field of seven 3-year-olds that were entered for Saturday’s 15th running of the $100,000 Commonwealth Turf (Grade III) at Churchill Downs. The Commonwealth, run at 1 1/16 on the Matt Winn Turf Course, is carded as Race 9 with a post time of 5:06 p.m. (all times Eastern). First post on Saturday is 1 p.m. […]

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Lone Sailor Ends Seconditis With Narrow Oklahoma Derby Win

GMB Racing’s Lone Sailor has come up short in three photo finishes in the past year, but on Sunday night at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Okla., the Majestic Warrior colt eked out the narrowest of victories, winning the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby by a nose over Believe in Royalty. Diamond King was another […]

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Santana Passes 1,000-Win Mark With Big Day At Oaklawn Park

William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Mitole did not disappoint as the heavy 2-5 favorite in Thursday’s $150,000 Bachelor Stakes, drawing off impressively to give leading rider Ricardo Santana Jr. his 1,001st career victory. Earlier on the card, Santana reached the 1,000-win milestone aboard Gary and Mary West’s Westfest, who like Mitole is trained by Hall of Famer […]

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El Sunland Derby: Doce Potros Buscan 50 Puntos Para El Kentucky Derby En Una Carrera Casi Indescifrable

Aunque ningún ganador del Sunland Derby (G3, $800,000) ha triunfado en el Kentucky Derby (G1), la carrera de 1800 metros que se disputará este domingo 25 en Sunland Park no deja de ser atractiva. Por una parte, el premio a repartir es sin duda importante. Por la otra, el ganador obtendrá 50 puntos que pudieran […]

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Amy’s Challenge Stays Undefeated With Hard-Fought Dixie Belle Victory

Novogratz Racing Stables Inc.’s Amy’s Challenge is now a perfect three-for-three after a hard-fought victory over 4-5 favorite Mia Mischief in Saturday’s $125,000 Dixie Belle Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Amy’s Challenge bobbled slightly at the start and was third early as Mia Mischief and Vision of Justice raced through an opening quarter in :21.48. She moved into to […]

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‘Stay Hungry’: Santana Gunning For Perennial Leading Rider Lanerie At Churchill

Following a three-win Saturday at Churchill Downs, jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. is starting to close the gap on top-rider Corey Lanerie in the Fall Meet jockey standings, trailing 19 wins to 10 through the 11 days of the 21-day meet. “I just have to stay hungry,” Santana said. “I keep working hard to chase Corey […]

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