Richard Baltas

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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Irish-Breds Plein Air, Pantsonfire Clash In Marathon Santa Barbara

Irish-bred Plein Air will hope to replicate her dazzling U.S. debut on Jan. 14 as she heads a field of six fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Barbara Stakes at a mile and one half over the Santa Anita turf. Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Tyler Baze, Plein Air made […]

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Gas Station Sushi Gets The Job Done In Beaumont

Making just the second start of her career, Gas Station Sushi came from off the pace to win Sunday’s Grade 3 Beaumont Stakes by about 1 1/2 lengths. Sent to the post as the 2-1 favorite, the 3-year-old daughter of Into Mischief covered seven furlongs over the fast main track in 1:26.77. Ridden by Corey […]

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Madam Dancealot Overcomes Slow Pace For Santa Ana Victory

A Hall of Fame nominee in large part due to his tremendous ability on turf, Corey Nakatani befuddled pace experts by overcoming dawdling early fractions as he orchestrated a last-to-first half length victory aboard favored Madam Dancealot in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Richard Baltas and owned by Slam Dunk […]

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Fault, Madam Dancealot, Sassy Little Lila Head Sunday’s Santa Ana Stakes

Three very talented distaffers, Fault, Madam Dancelot and Sassy Little Lila head a competitive field of nine older fillies and mares in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes at a mile and one eighth over the Santa Anita turf. Separated by just two lengths in the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes at a flat mile on […]

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Madame Stripes Up In Time For Megahertz Victory

Although she hopped leaving the gate, Argentine-bred Madame Stripes settled nicely under Kent Desormeaux and easily overhauled favored Insta Erma late to take Monday’s Grade III Megahertz Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths today at Santa Anita. Trained by Neil Drysdale, the 6-year-old mare got a mile on turf in 1:34.24. Well back into the first turn, Madame […]

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Insta Erma Could Go Favored In Monday’s Megahertz Stakes

According to trainer Richard Baltas, it’s his race to lose. And while his Insta Erma may go favored in Monday’s Grade III, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile over the Santa Anita turf, she’ll need to have her running shoes on to handle the likes of Laseen, Chocolate Coated, Madame Stripes and […]

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Santa Anita’s ‘Ship And Stay’ Program Awards Over $8,000 In Bonuses Through Five Race Days

Santa Anita’s newly implemented “Ship & Stay” Program got off to a fast start over the first five days of racing, as the connections of 14 different horses were awarded bonuses totaling $8,432. With Bob Baffert’s Big Gray Rocket leading the way in race five on opening day, Dec. 26, owner/trainer David Jacobson’s Top Brass, […]

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