santa anita derby

Omaha Beach, Extra Hope Giving Mandella Derby Fever

Richard Mandella, not known for unabashed enthusiasm when it comes to championing his own horses, admittedly has a touch of Derby Fever these days, a month and a week before the 145th Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs on May 4. Reason number one: Omaha Beach, a striking three-year-old son of War Front who handed […]

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Game Winner’s Tuesday Workout Teaches Colt To Run Along The Rail

Trainer Bob Baffert designed a slightly unusual workout plan for champion Game Winner this Tuesday. According to drf.com, the 3-year-old Candy Ride colt worked a half-mile in :48.80 at Santa Anita Park, but did so against the inside rail with a stablemate on his outside. “You won’t draw perfectly every time,” jockey Joe Talamo, aboard […]

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Rider Changes: Jose Ortiz Picks Up Improbable, Instagrand To Be Piloted By Prat

A pair of Kentucky Derby hopefuls will be piloted by new jockeys in their next starts, reports drf.com. Improbable, most recently a narrow second in the G2 Rebel under Drayden Van Dyke, will now be ridden by Jose Ortiz. The Bob Baffert trainee is expected to make his next start in the G1 Arkansas Derby on […]

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Santa Anita Handicap Rescheduled For April 6 Card; Racing Begins Friday

With CHRB approval expected this Thursday, Santa Anita Park will reopen for live racing on Friday, March 29 and the Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes will headline proceedings, with first post time at 1 p.m.  Santa Anita, which has been closed for live racing since March 3, has also issued a revised stakes […]

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‘TMZ Horse’ Roadster ‘Passed The Two-Turn Test,’ Points To Santa Anita Derby

The infamous “TMZ horse,” Roadster, who trainer Bob Baffert identified to tabloid news website TMZ as his next big stable star back in July of 2018, could be making his way toward the Santa Anita Derby. The 3-year-old son of Quality Road won an allowance race on March 1 by 2 1/2 lengths, pleasing Baffert […]

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One Winning Streak Will End When Game Winner, Improbable Start In San Felipe

Barring a dead-heat, at least one winning streak will end in next Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile San Felipe Stakes, the West Coast’s major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 6 and beyond that, the Kentucky Derby on May 4. Bob Baffert plans to send out the top-rated 3-year-olds on the […]

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Both Improbable, Game Winner Take Aim On San Felipe

The March 9 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita could draw the top two Bob Baffert-trained Kentucky Derby prospects, drf.com reported on Tuesday. Both the undefeated Improbable and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Game Winner may make their 2019 debuts in the San Felipe, in an effort to avoid shipping to Oaklawn and running back on short […]

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Desormeaux Derby ‘Dreaming’ With Sueno In Southwest Stakes

Keith Desormeaux isn’t just dreaming about a second consecutive victory in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes, the Southern California-based trainer sent Sueno to Oaklawn in search of his second black-type triumph, and more Kentucky Derby qualifying points, in Monday’s Grade 3 race. Desormeaux won last year’s Southwest with My Boy Jack, who was exiting a third-place […]

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Eight Grade 1 Races Highlight Santa Anita Winter Meet Stakes Schedule

Santa Anita Park, which will open for its 82nd Winter Meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 26, has announced its Winter Meet Stakes Schedule, which will include a total of 60 added-money races, highlighted by 34 graded stakes (eight of them Grade I), through Sunday, April 7.  (Santa Anita’s complete Spring Stakes Schedule will be released at a […]

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Don’t ‘Drag Your Feet’: Bolt D’Oro Arrives At Asmussen’s Barn At Saratoga

Multiple Grade 1 winner Bolt d’Oro wasted no time in being shipped to new trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn, settling in with the Hall of Famer’s Saratoga contingent on the Oklahoma side Friday morning. Bolt d’Oro, who had been trained by owner Mick Ruis, was moved to Asmussen’s stable from Ruis’ farm in Kentucky. “He arrived […]

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