Ricardo Santana Jr.

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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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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