Richard Baltas

Red-Hot Desormeaux Guides Mokat To Impressive San Clemente Victory

J K Racing Stable’s Mokat made a huge move on Del Mar’s far turn to storm home the 3 3/4-length winner of Saturday’s Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap. Under a perfectly-timed ride from Kent Desormeaux, the sophomore daughter of Uncle Mo clocked a final time of 1:35.23 for a mile over the firm turf, earning […]

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Imperative Will Run With Blinkers Once More In Gold Cup

Imperative, who has not raced with blinkers in his last five races, will wear the shades when he runs in next Saturday’s Grade I, $500,000, Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Gold Cup at Santa Anita for three-year-olds and up at a mile and a quarter. Prior to the Native Diver Stakes last Nov. 28, […]

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Go Maggie Go, Mokat Late Nominees To Kentucky Oaks

The roster of 3-year-old fillies eligible to compete in the 142nd running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) at Churchill Downs Racetrack has grown to 114 with the addition of  Mike Tarp’s Go Maggie Go, the unbeaten winner of the Gulfstream Park Oaks (GII), and J K Racing Stable’s Mokat, the California-based […]

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Horsemen ‘Try For Second’ Against Songbird In Santa Anita Oaks

Horsemen who hope to win next Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks have to accomplish something no one has ever done: defeat unbeaten champion Songbird. That said, Richard Baltas plans to double-team last year’s Eclipse Award winner as the best two-year-old filly, sending out Forever Darling and Mokat, who have been prepping well for […]

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Big ‘Cap Lead Could Belong To Donworth

On paper, there appears to be no clear cut pacesetter in Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino. But Doug O’Neill says if the lead is there for the taking, Donworth and his jockey, Mario Gutierrez, will be glad to accommodate his rivals. “The great thing with him […]

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Paulina’s Love Game In Buena Vista Victory

KM Racing Enterprise and Head of Plains Partners’ Paulina’s Love was very game in her victory Saturday in the Grade 2 Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita Park. The 4-year-old daughter of Mizzen Mast captured the one-mile event over the good turf in 1:35.06 for trainer Richard Baltas. “I’ve fallen in love with her,” said […]

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Forever Darling Surprises In Santa Ynez, Collects Oaks Points

Forever Darling attended the pace set by favored Pretty N Cool, took command a sixteenth of a mile out and held off the late run of Code Warrior to take Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Trained by Richard Baltas and ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Forever Darling prevailed by a half […]

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Man On Fire: True Hat Trick For Gonzalez At Santa Anita

Venezuelan native Santiago Gonzalez won the first three races on opening day at Santa Anita, continuing his pattern of excellence after taking down the Los Alamitos winter riding title earlier this month. Gonzalez rode to a frontrunning victory in Saturday’s opener aboard Airfoil, a 5-year-old gelding conditioned by Jonathan Wong. The pair paid $8.40 for […]

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Spanish Queen Reigns Supreme In American Oaks

Emerging as one of the stars of the 3-year-old female turf division, Spanish Queen added another jewel to her crown with her first Grade 1 victory in Saturday’s $400,000 American Oaks at Santa Anita Park. Sent off the odds-on favorite by bettors, Spanish Queen raced a comfortable third under jockey Brice Blanc behind pace-setting Feathered. […]

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