Richard Baltas

Cedillo, Prat Tie For Santa Anita Riding Title; O’Neill Tops Trainer Standings

Jockeys Flavien Prat and Abel Cedillo ended the recent Santa Anita Park meet with the same number of victories, resulting in a tie for the meet’s riding title. New to the circuit from Northern California, Cedillo earned his first Southern California title with 21 wins from 121 starts. Prat, a leading rider in the region […]

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‘One Of The Good Ones’: Former Trainer Barry Abrams A Winner In Twilight Derby

There were miles of smiles after Saturday’s third race at Santa Anita Park. Barry Abrams was coming to the Winner’s Circle. The former trainer, who has gallantly battled throat cancer for 15 years, is part owner as Bardy Farm of Mo Forza, winner of the Grade II Qatar Twilight Derby at odds of nearly 19-1. […]

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Lady Prancealot Surges Late For Valley View Victory

Jules Iavarone, Michael Iavarone and Jerry McClanahan’s Lady Prancealot (IRE) shot past favored Blowout (GB) in deep stretch to win the 29th running of the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) for 3-year-old fillies by three-quarters of a length before a Friday afternoon crowd of 17,166. Trained by Richard Baltas and ridden by Joe Bravo, […]

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Baltas Bringing A Third Former Claimer To Breeders’ Cup

Lady Ninja, who posted a pulsating nose victory over favored Selcourt in the LA Woman Stakes last Saturday, is bound for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at seven furlongs on Nov. 2, trainer Richard Baltas confirmed Saturday morning. Baltas claimed the five-year-old Kentucky-bred mare for $32,000 on Sept. 1, 2018, but […]

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Lady Ninja Noses Out Selcourt To Win LA Woman At Santa Anita

In a thrilling head and head stretch duel, Lady Ninja was up to win Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 LA Woman Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., by a nose under Drayden Van Dyke. Trained by Richard Baltas, the 5-year-old mare by Majesticperfection got 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.79. With Selcourt breaking from the far […]

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Neptune’s Storm Springs The Upset In Hill Prince

Neptune’s Storm, expertly handled by Ricardo Santana, Jr., stalked and pounced his way to victory in Saturday’s Grade 2, $400,000 Hill Prince, a nine-furlong test for sophomores on the firm inner turf at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Trained by Richard Baltas for owners John Rochfort, Saul Gevertz, Lynn Gitomer, Mike Goetz, Michael Nentwig, and […]

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Ms Bad Behavior Goes All The Way In Ladies Turf

Sayjay Racing, Greg Hall and Brooke Hubbard’s Ms Bad Behavior was determined to have the lead at the start of Saturday’s Grade 3 Ladies Turf at Kentucky Downs, and the 4-year-old daughter of Blame never relinquished it to win by about 2 1/2 lengths. Sent off at 7-1, Ms Bad Behavior was ridden over the […]

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O’Neill Narrow Favorite In Del Mar Trainer Race

Doug O’Neill, a four-time Del Mar summer training champion, whose last title came in 2010, enters the final, six-day week of the meeting with an 18-16 lead in wins over Peter Miller and Richard Baltas. So Miller, Baltas and O’Neill’s No. 1 assistant, Leandro Mora, were asked to do some odds-making regarding the race. “I’d […]

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Hollendorfer’s Vasilika To Defend G2 John C. Mabee Title

A field of 10, topped by defending race champion Vasilika, was entered Wednesday for Saturday’s $200,000 Grade II John C. Mabee Stakes. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Vasilika has won eight of her last 10 starts, all but one in graded stakes, while building career earnings of more than $1.3 million. Vasilika was ridden by Julien […]

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Prat Seeks Personal Triple Crown ‘Triple’ In Prince Of Wales Stakes

Packing two wins in 2019 Triple Crown events, one each in America and Canada, jockey Flavien Prat will journey on Monday for Fort Erie, Ontario and Tuesday’s Prince of Wales Stakes, second jewel of the Canadian crown. Prat won the Kentucky Derby when Country House was elevated from second via the disqualification of Maximum Security in May. […]

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