santa anita derby

Undefeated Triple Crown Winner Justify Returns Home To Santa Anita

The Champ is back!  Bob Baffert’s undefeated Triple Crown Champion Justify returned home to Santa Anita early Sundayafternoon, as he stepped off a Bob Hubbard Horse Transport van at 2:36 p.m. Justify, who embarked this morning from the Louisville, KY airport at 9:37 a.m. ET and landed following a 3hr. and 30 min. flight at Ontario International Airport at 1:07 […]

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‘Tactical With A Lot Of Heart’: Espinoza Excited About Partnership With Bolt D’Oro

If any jockey knows how to win on the Triple Crown trail, it’s Victor Espinoza. In the past four years, the Hall of Fame rider has captured five of the six jewels in racing’s most prestigious prize. They were the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness on California Chrome in 2014, and the Derby, Preakness and […]

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G1 Prep Sweep Nets Smith Jockey Of The Week Title

Mike Smith’s performances in two Grade 1 Kentucky Derby and Oaks preps earned the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week title for April 2-8, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. […]

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Justify Leaps To Top Of Kentucky Derby Media Poll Off Santa Anita Victory

As they turn for home May 5 in the Kentucky Derby, NBC announcer Larry Collmus will be prepared to call Justify’s name at Churchill Downs. The three-length Santa Anita Derby winner on Monday jumped to the top of Collmus’ ballot — along with that of 14 other voters — in the 2018 Kentucky Derby Media Poll assembled by HorseRacingNation.com. Trained by Hall […]

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Justify, Mendelssohn Take Top Two Spots In Kentucky Derby Future Wager

Four weeks in advance of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I), lightly-raced and unbeaten Santa Anita Derby winner Justify closed as a resounding 3-1 favorite in Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW). Four-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert’s late-blooming Justify improved his record to a perfect 3-for-3 on Saturday with a three-length victory over […]

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Justify ‘Still Learning How To Run’; Bolt D’Oro ‘Got A Lot Out Of It’

Justify, Bolt d’Oro and Midnight Bisou, arguably the leading three-year-olds in the land, will move their captivating acts to Kentucky next month where they will take center stage in the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks. “He looks good,” Bob Baffert said of Justify early Sunday morning, less than 24 hours after the chestnut son of Scat Daddy […]

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‘Sensational’: All Three Of Saturday’s Derby Preps Recorded Increased Handle

Saturday saw a trio of Kentucky Derby prep races run across the United States, and each of the day’s cards at Keeneland, Aqueduct and Santa Anita demonstrated handle increases over 2017. On Blue Grass day, Keeneland set non-Breeders’ Cup single-day wagering records for all-sources handle, Pick 4 and Pick 5 pools. Total all-sources handle was […]

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Justify Defeats Bolt D’Oro Under Masterful Ride In Santa Anita Derby

He’s been highly touted for weeks now, but Justify finally had the chance to prove himself in Saturday’s Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby. The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy, winner of both of his career starts thus far, took the lead out of the gate and cruised around the track all alone on the front […]

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Weekend Lineup: Triple Crown Trio

A trio of prep races for the 2018 Kentucky Derby highlight this weekend’s racing action across the United States. The Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby features an exciting match-up between the gutsy Bolt d’Oro and upstart Justify, while the G2 Blue Grass has drawn a big field including champion Good Magic and Grade 1 winners […]

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‘Heart And Courage’: Bolt D’Oro Won’t Be Too Far Off The Pace In Santa Anita Derby

It wasn’t exactly Joe Namath “guaranteeing” victory, but Mick Ruis did say this about Bolt d’Oro’s attempt to vanquish favored Justify in tomorrow’s Santa Anita Derby: “We’re not going let him get away from us. We’re going to be within a length and a half behind him. Bolt runs on heart and courage.” And so the gauntlet […]

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