Richard Baltas

California Trainers Mining For Gold In Arkansas

Several Southern California-based trainers are happy they set up divisions at Oaklawn in 2020 and Sunday’s ninth race at the Hot Springs, Ark., track is a good example of the influence these California trainers are having on the program. Two entrants, Ginobili and Rager, have traveled roughly 1,600 miles for an entry-level sprint that will […]

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Turf Veterans Oscar Dominguez, Ward ‘n Jerry Clash In Santa Anita’s San Luis Rey

Recent graded stakes winning Oscar Dominguez, a 7-year-old Irish-bred gelding, heads a field of seven older horses going a marathon mile and one half on turf in Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 San Luis Rey Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.  Trained by Richard Baltas, who heads the Winter Meet standings with 21 victories, Oscar […]

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Sadler Seeks Three-Peat With Gift Box In Santa Anita Handicap

One of eight trainers dating back to 1940 to have saddled consecutive winners of the storied Santa Anita Handicap, John Sadler will seek an unprecedented three-peat this Saturday at The Great Race Place as his high weighted Gift Box defends his title in the 83rd running of the Grade 1, $600,000 classic for older horses […]

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‘The Best Filly I’ve Ever Had’: Venetian Harbor To Wait For Santa Anita Oaks

In her first recorded work since daylighting her competition by 9 ¼ lengths in the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes Feb. 8, the Richard Baltas-trained Venetian Harbor drilled a half mile in a bullet 46.20 Friday at Santa Anita under Flavien Prat. “I was very happy to see she was so relaxed,” said Baltas, the […]

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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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Champion Storm The Court, Nadal Face Off In San Vicente At Santa Anita

Reigning juvenile champion Storm the Court heads a field of six sophomore Derby hopefuls going seven furlongs Sunday as he makes his 3-year-old debut in the Grade 2, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. An upset winner of the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at 1 1/16 miles Nov. 1, Storm the […]

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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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