robert j. frankel stakes

‘The Most Wonderful Time’: Santa Anita Remembers Bobby Frankel On Saturday

Google Bobby Frankel and it comes up “American horse trainer,” but he was much more than that. Infinitely more. Irascible, cantankerous, gruff would seem to fit his exterior demeanor, but deep down, in crunch time, when push came to shove, Frankel’s best side came to the fore. He was humane. Take it from Marcelo Polanco, […]

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Fahan Mura Leads Gate-To-Wire In Robert J. Frankel

Back on a course she adores, Fahan Mura made every pole a winning one in taking Saturday’s Grade III, $150,000 Robert J. Frankel Stakes by three quarters of a length under Edwin Maldonado. A 4-year-year-old Pennsylvania-bred filly by English Channel, Fahan Mura is trained by Vladimir Cerin and got a mile and one eighth on […]

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Weekend Lineup: American Oaks

North American graded stakes action this weekend is highlighted by Saturday’s Grade 1 American Oaks at Santa Anita Park. Last out winner of the G2 Sands Point Stakes at Belmont Park, Californiagoldrush is the 5-2 morning line favorite for this field of eight 3-year-old fillies. Paved will be looking to rebound from a poor Breeders’ […]

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‘A Good Friend Of Mine’: Racetrackers Remember Bobby Frankel

The Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes honoring the late Hall of Fame trainer will be run tomorrow at Santa Anita Park, and there’s barely a race tracker alive in Southern California or elsewhere who doesn’t have a tale about the legendary horseman who died at the age of 68 on Nov. 16, 2009. Tony […]

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‘Rough Year’ Ends On Winning Note For Brice Blanc At Santa Anita

Brice Blanc was born in France, but bent on a cosmopolitan philosophy, adheres to an old Mexican credo: Hope dies last. It has helped him weather doldrums not uncommon in the Sport of Kings, where only the minority reigns. Thus it was understandable that almost to a man, Blanc’s friends and cohorts rallied around him […]

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Midnight Crossing Shocks Robert J. Frankel Field At 22-1

The longest shot on the board at 22-1, Midnight Crossing took the lead out of the gate and refused to relinquish it all the way through the wire in Saturday’s Grade 3 Robert J. Frankel Stakes. The 4-year-old Dark Angel filly set mild fractions under Brice Blanc, then held off the late charge from 8-5 […]

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San Gabriel Stakes Downgraded After Off-The-Turf Renewal

Following a review by the American Graded Stakes Committee, the Jan. 7 San Gabriel Stakes that was taken off the turf Jan. 7 at Santa Anita Park will not have its Grade 2 status reinstated. It will be recognized as a Grade 3 race. The winner of the San Gabriel, 8-year-old gelding Blue Tone, will […]

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Arles, Ryans Charm Strong Contenders In Robert J. Frankel

Eastern invader Arles and 2016 Breeders’ Cup contender Ryans Charm are both set to head a field of eight fillies and mares, aged three years old and up, in Saturday’s Robert J. Frankel Stakes. The race, named in honor of the late Hall of Fame trainer, will be run at 1 1/8 miles over the […]

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Gender Agenda Rallies Furiously To Take Robert J. Frankel

English-bred Gender Agenda sat close to the pace and saved ground throughout en route to winning Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Robert J. Frankel Stakes at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, she broke from post positon 10 among a field of 12 fillies and mares three and up and shadowed favored Glory and Mike Smith […]

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