Richard Baltas

One-Eyed Hard Not To Love Has Four Foes In Santa Anita

Extremely talented but equipped with just one eye due to a paddock mishap as a youngster, Hard Not to Love heads a field of five older fillies and mares going seven furlongs in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Fresh off the best race of her career, a […]

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‘Special Filly’ Venetian Harbor Targets Santa Anita Oaks En Route To Kentucky

To no one’s surprise, Richard Baltas has Oaks on his mind after Venetian Harbor’s smashing 9 ¼-length triumph in Saturday’s Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes at one mile, the first race around two turns in the three-race career for the daughter of Munnings. Sent off as the 3-10 favorite at Santa Anita, Venetian Harbor went […]

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Venetian Harbor Impresses Over Two Turns In Las Virgenes

In a thoroughly dominant performance, heavily favored Venetian Harbor went to the early lead and never relinquished it, waltzing home to a 9 ¼ victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Richard Baltas, the 3-year-old daughter of Munnings got a flat mile in […]

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Imrpessive Maiden Winner Venetian Harbor Steps Up To Two Turns For Las Virgenes

Venetian Harbor moves from a dominating 10 3/4-length maiden allowance win at 6 1 /2 furlongs on Dec. 29 to Grade II competition Saturday in Santa Anita’s $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile, but Richard Baltas is optimistic the bay daughter of Munnings will be up to the task in only […]

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Baltas Jumps Venetian Harbor Into Las Virgenes Off Impressive Maiden Score

A runaway 10 3/4-length maiden winner going 6 ½ furlongs on Dec. 29, the Richard Baltas-trained Venetian Harbor heads a field of five sophomore fillies going one mile in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Don Alberto Stables’ homebred Stellar Sound, who heads a three-horse contingent trained by […]

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Oscar Dominguez, United Rematched In San Marcos On Santa Anita Turf

Separated by a neck when last they met, top turf marathoners Oscar Dominguez and United head a field of seven older horses going a mile and one quarter on turf in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Claimed seven starts back for $40,000 on Feb. 7, 2019, the […]

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Desert Stone Rallies From Last For San Gabriel Victory

Idle since May 27, Irish-bred Desert Stone rallied from last to win Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes by a neck under Geovanni Franco. Trained by Richard Baltas, Desert Stone, a 5-year-old full horse, got a mile and one eighth on Santa Anita’s firm turf in 1:47.63. Breaking from the rail, Desert Stone ducked […]

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Sham Stakes Set To Kick Off California’s 2020 Road To The Triple Crown

California’s road to the 2020 Triple Crown begins Saturday at Santa Anita with the running of the Grade 3 Sham Stakes, a mile test for youngsters that just turned 3 years old and offering 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, four to the runner-up, two to the third-place finisher and one to the […]

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Pair Of Impressive 2-Year-Olds Strutted Their Stuff At Santa Anita This Weekend

On Saturday, a 2-year-old colt named Devil Made Me Doit won his debut race by 9 1/2 lengths to kick off the opening day card at Santa Anita Park. Completing six furlongs in 1:10.29, the $245,000 OBS June purchase made a big impression on race fans. The Doug O’Neill-trained son of Daredevil earned an 87 […]

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