santa anita derby

Green-Running Sham Winner Authentic May Be Fitted With Blinkers, Ear Plugs For Next Start

Bob Baffert was sitting pretty Sunday morning after Authentic emerged in good order from his authoritative 7 ¾-length victory in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes, the West Coast’s first major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4 and beyond that the Kentucky Derby on May 2. “He looked good […]

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Santa Anita Park Announces Complete Winter/Spring Meet Stakes Schedule

Santa Anita Park, which will open for its 83rd Winter/Spring Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 26, has announced a complete stakes schedule through closing day, June 21. The schedule, which includes a total of 93 added money races, will be keynoted by a pair of Grade I stakes on opening day—the $300,000 Malibu, for 3-year-olds at […]

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Former CHRB Chairman Defends Actions On Positive Test Dismissal; ARCI Advisory Contradicts Statement On Potential Penalty

Chuck Winner, the former chairman of the California Horse Racing Board, issued the following statement concerning the CHRB’s decision to dismiss possible sanctions resulting from a positive test for scopolamine, detected in a post-race sample from the April 7, 2018, Santa Anita Derby of eventual Triple Crown winner Justify. As reported in the New York […]

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‘It’s Been A Long Road’: Krigger Celebrates 1,000th Win At Emerald Downs

Jockey Kevin Krigger stole the show Saturday evening at Emerald Downs, riding four winners including career victory No. 1,000. Krigger swept races 4, 5, 6 and 7, scoring win No. 1,000 aboard I Double Dare You ($5.20) in race five, and adding a feature race victory on Vicente’s Shadow ($9) in the $16,600 Muckleshoot Casino […]

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Sophomore Talent Instagrand Tops Saturday’s Pat Day Mile

OXO Equine’s Instagrand, third in the Santa Anita Derby (GI) in his most recent start, tops a field of 14 3-year-olds entered for the 95th running of the $400,000 Pat Day Mile (GIII) Presented by LG&E and KU. The Pat Day Mile, run on Churchill Downs’ main track, is scheduled as Kentucky Derby day’s 10th […]

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Clocker Harrington: Game Winner Should ‘Show Up,’ Roadster ‘Just Keeps Coming At You’

Andy Harrington has been assiduously clocking horses at his Club House locale since Santa Anita’s two-tiered meet began last Dec. 26, so who better to solicit an opinion from on locally based three-year-olds that will try to win the 145th Kentucky Derby a week from today? He has been meticulous in his observation of not only […]

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Roadster ‘Pretty Fit,’ Game Winner ‘Awesome’ In Final Works

Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster and champion Game Winner, two-thirds of Bob Baffert’s Talented Triple Crown Triumvirate, each had his final major workout this morning for next Saturday’s 145th Kentucky Derby, in which the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer will be seeking his sixth victory. Working in company after the 6:45 a.m. renovation break, Roadster went […]

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Baffert Trainees Roadster, Game Winner Breeze At Santa Anita

Two members of Bob Baffert’s Triple Crown Trifecta, Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster and champion Game Winner, each worked this morning for the 145th Kentucky Derby on May 4. Roadster worked six furlongs from the gate in 1:13.60, while Game Winner went five furlongs in 1:00.80. Jockey Martin Garcia was aboard for both drills. “I’m […]

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Baffert Goes With ‘Flo’ For Santa Anita Derby Winner Roadster

Anyone who’s been in racing for any length of time understands that loyalty is not always the game’s highest priority. So when Mike Smith opted to ride Arkansas Derby winner Omaha Beach for Richard Mandella in the 145th Kentucky Derby on May 4 rather Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster trained by Bob Baffert, for whom […]

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The Derby 20 Presented By Adequan: Making Sense Of Major Preps

The weekend’s blockbuster graded stakes action and trio of Triple Crown prep races have begun to clear up a muddy picture of the Kentucky Derby, with favorites winning two races and Baffert trainees topping the Santa Anita Derby. I loved Tacitus’ run in the Wood, as well as Roadster’s at Santa Anita. These two join […]

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