Richard Baltas

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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Baltas Carries Momentum, Quality Stable Into Santa Anita Winter Meet

Richard Baltas prides himself in having a “racing stable,” and race he will when the Winter Meet at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., starts on Saturday, showcasing seven stakes, three of them Grade 1. Fresh from capturing the Del Mar training championship, Baltas has 10 horses entered on the 11-race opening day card, eight of […]

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Lady Prancealot Takes On Distance Challenge In American Oaks

With distance looming as a huge consideration, Irish-bred Lady Prancealot rates top billing among a field of eight sophomore fillies in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 American Oaks, to be contested at a mile and one quarter over the Santa Anita turf. Trained by Richard Baltas, Lady Prancealot has been idle since rallying from off the […]

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Oscar Dominguez Holds United At Bay To Win Hollywood Turf Cup

Bruce Sands and Nancy Messineo’s Oscar Dominguez was able to hold off the late charge of Breeders’ Cup runner up United by a neck, winning Sunday’s Grade 2 Hollywood Turf Cup on closing day at Del Mar. The 6-year-old gelding by Zoffany raced near the rear of the field and angled out on the far […]

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Longshot Next Shares Finds Room On The Inside To Win Seabiscuit

It was all about the trip in Saturday’s Grade 2 Seabiscuit Handicap, Jose Valdivia, Jr. manufactured a perfect one for 6-year-old gelding Next Shares. Riding the rail around the far turn, the son of Archarcharch got to the lead in mid-stretch with enough left to hold off the late bid from unlucky 7-5 favorite Sacred […]

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Cedillo, Baltas Enter Closing Weekend Atop Del Mar Jockey, Trainer Standings

Abel Cedillo, continuing to validate the decision last summer to switch from the Northern to Southern California racing circuits, enters the final three days of the Bing Crosby meeting at Del Mar with a one-win lead over Drayden Van Dyke atop the jockey standings. Cedillo, a 30-year-old native of Guatemala, moved south at the behest […]

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