Richard Baltas

Agent Nakatani Celebrates Jockey Angel Cruz’ First Victory

It was business as usual Sunday morning for 23-year-old Santa Anita newcomer Angel (pronounced AIN-jell, as in a celestial being) Cruz and his 26-year-old agent, Matt Nakatani, son of Corey Nakatani. Cruz won his first race at Santa Anita Saturday with only his second mount this meet, piloting The Hunted to an impressive 5 ¼-length […]

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Toinette Leads Full Gate Of Turf Fillies In Santa Anita’s Autumn Miss

A highly regarded winner of three out her five starts, Neil Drysdale-trained Toinette, idle since July 7, heads a competitive field of 14 sophomore fillies in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes, which will be contested at one mile over the Santa Anita turf. Also prominent in Saturday’s Autumn Miss are the consistent Richard […]

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David, Anna Meah Preparing For Debut Runner On Thursday

David Meah, former assistant to Richard Baltas, is now on board with his wife, Anna, who is training in her own right with eight head at Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet and has her first horse entered on Thursday, Sekhmet’s Revenge, in the first race. “I’m focusing on my bloodstock business and will continue to gallop […]

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Mile: ‘No Hiccups’ For Oscar Performance, Next Shares Got ‘Over The Ground Well’

Amerman Racing’s Oscar Performance continues to look well heading into the Breeders’ Cup Mile on November 3 at Churchill Downs, trainer Brian Lynch said by phone Sunday morning. The four-time Grade 1 winner has breezed twice at Keeneland this month, including a five-furlong work in 1:01.00 on the main track on Wednesday. The 4-year-old Kitten’s […]

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‘One Of The Best Horses I’d Ever Swung My Leg Over’; Next Shares Rewards Bloodstock Agent Meah’s Faith

Next Shares’ impressive score in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland on Oct. 6 caught many off guard, as evidenced by the Archarcharch gelding’s 23-1 odds, but David Meah saw it coming from 2,100 miles away. Eleven months earlier, Meah was seated in the Keeneland sales pavilion signing a $190,000 ticket for Next […]

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Next Shares To Train For Breeders’ Cup Mile At Keeneland

Next Shares, upset winner of Saturday’s $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), will be spending a few more weeks here at Keeneland to prepare for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3. “We talked about it last night and the plan is to stay here until the last minute,” […]

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Next Shares Slips Up The Rail, Finally Gets His Grade 1 Win In Shadwell Turf Mile

Michael and Jules Iavarone, Jerry McClanahan, Chris Dunn, William Marasa, Ritchie Robershaw and Mark Taylor’s 5-year-old gelding Next Shares showed up with another upset on Saturday’s Fall Stars card at Keeneland, surprising at 23-1 in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile. The son of ArchArchArch, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione for Richard Baltas, covered a mile […]

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D’Amato: Shift To Stakes Horses Makes Another Del Mar Training Title Unlikely

Phil D’Amato shared the 2017 Del Mar training championship with Richard Baltas when they saddled 18 winners apiece. D’Amato claimed it outright in 2016 with 23 wins. But on opening day of the 2018 Del Mar summer season, D’Amato allowed that his name wouldn’t be atop the leaderboard when the 79th such meeting comes to […]

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Queen Blossom Adds Blinkers For Santa Barbara Surprise

Closer to the pace with addition of blinkers and distance, Irish-bred Queen Blossom split horses a furlong from home and out-ran fellow longshot Causeforcommotion to the wire in winning Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Barbara Stakes under Flavien Prat.  Trained by Richard Baltas, Queen Blossom got a mile and one half on Santa Anita’s firm turf in […]

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Weekend Lineup: The Build-Up

Several graded stakes punctuate the Thoroughbred racing scene this weekend as fans continue to gear up for the first Saturday in May. Derby and Oaks horses will have their final major works at Churchill and several other tracks as the excitement continues to build for the “Fastest Two Minutes In Sports.” The G2 Californian at […]

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