san antonio stakes

Favored Gift Box Scratched Out Of Santa Anita Handicap

Hronis Racing’s Gift Box, the 6-5 morning line favorite and defending champion in today’s Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap, was scratched out of today’s Big ‘Cap at 9:12 a.m., with no reason given as of 10:15 a.m. Trained by John Sadler, who will still be represented in the Big ‘Cap by longshot Combatant, Gift […]

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Gift Box Returns For Easy Repeat In San Antonio

Hronis Racing’s Gift Box, unraced since finishing fourth in June’s G1 Stephen Foster, returned on Saturday to be the post-time favorite in Santa Anita’s Grade 2 San Antonio Stakes. The 6-year-old by Twirling Candy won the race last year en route to victory in the G1 Santa Anita Handicap, and Gift Box made it clear […]

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Santa Anita’s Strong Start Includes All-Time Wagering Mark For Opening Day

Santa Anita Park’s 2018-19 Winter Meeting got off to a record-breaking start on Wednesday, as the Arcadia, Calif., track posted all-sources pari-mutuel handle of $20,491,016, a 19 percent increase over a year ago and an all-time opening day record. Wednesday’s opening day crowd of 41,373 contributed to an on-track handle of $3,463,535, a five percent […]

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Sadler Unwraps Gift Box For San Antonio Surprise

Making his first start since March and carrying the Hronis Racing silks for the first time, John Sadler-trained Gift Box posted a $15 upset over favored Battle of Midway and second choice Dabster in  Grade 2 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita on Wednesday. The $300,000 San Antonio was one of four graded stakes on […]

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Battle Of Midway, Dabster Set For Rematch In San Antonio

Separated by just a neck when last they met, Jerry Hollendorfer’s Battle of Midway and Bob Baffert’s Dabster will do battle yet again on opening day at Santa Anita this Wednesday, as they head a field of nine 3-year-olds and up at a mile and one sixteenth in the Grade II, $300,000 San Antonio Stakes. […]

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Talamo Getting A ‘Good Shot’ On Baffert’s Dabster In San Antonio

The unflagging initiative of youth has paid dividends for Joe Talamo. The Louisiana native, who turns 29 on Jan. 12, has achieved gainful employment with Bob Baffert, joining Mike Smith, Drayden Van Dyke and other elite riders who have ready access to the two-time Triple Crown winning trainer’s blueblood stock. One of Joe’s current mainstays […]

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Eurton ‘Pondering’ Giant Expectations For Big ‘Cap

Giant Expectations is nominated to both the Triple Bend Stakes and the Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Casino next Saturday, both Grade I events, but trainer Peter Eurton is leaning towards the mile and a quarter, $600,000 Big ‘Cap over the seven furlong, $400,000 Triple Bend at seven furlongs. “We’re still pondering, but I […]

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Giant Expectations Duerme Al Lote Y Gana De Extremo A Extremo El San Antonio Stakes

Una vez más queda demostrado que las carreras de caballos hay que correrlas para ganarlas. Ante el asombro general, el gran favorito Collected cayó irremediablemente derrotado en una carrera que parecía tener a su entera disposición. “Arrogate Lite” no fue ni la sombra de sus actuaciones previas en 2017 mientras que Giant Expectations, un caballo […]

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Giant Expectations All The Way For 13-1 San Antonio Upset; Collected Third

The longest shot in the field at 13-1, Gary Stevens and Giant Expectations provided the upset in Tuesday’s G2 San Antonio Stakes on opening day at Santa Anita Park. The New York-bred son of Frost Giant, owned by Exline-Border Racing, Gatto Racing, and Garrett Zubok, took the lead out of the starting gate and set […]

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