santa anita derby

Authentic Takes Solo Lead In Top 3-Year-Old Poll

While a pair of his stablemates posted impressive on-track wins this past weekend, the Bob Baffert-trained Authentic scored a victory in his own right without leaving his stall as he gained the outright lead in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll. The undefeated Authentic tied for the top spot with Tiz […]

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Santa Anita Derby Could See Rematch Between Authentic, Honor A.P.

Trainer Bob Baffert was pleased with his San Felipe winner Authentic on Sunday morning, as well as fourth-place finisher Thousand Words. “They looked fine today,” Baffert said. The two-time Triple Crown winner intends to keep Authentic at home for the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby April 4, but plans for Thousand Words were on […]

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Bejarano Shifting Tack To Kentucky After Santa Anita Derby

Rafael Bejarano, a long-time successful fixture on the Southern California circuit, will make a fresh start come April, his agent, Tora Yamaguchi, said Friday morning. “He’s enjoyed his time here, but as of late, opportunities here have been scarce,” Yamaguchi said. “He’ll remain here through the Santa Anita Derby (April 4), then will consider going […]

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Shirreffs ‘Optimistic’ About Starting Maiden Winner Honor A.P. In San Felipe

Tomorrow, trainer John Shirreffs could enhance a resume already worthy of Hall of Fame consideration. The 74-year-old former Marine and surfing aficionado sends out promising Triple Crown prospect Honor A.P. in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes, the West Coast’s major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4, and […]

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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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