santa anita handicap

Gift Box May Skip World Cups, Stay Home For Santa Anita Handicap

Gift Box, who worked four furlongs Friday in 49.20, “might stay here” for the Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, trainer John Sadler said Saturday morning. The 6-year-old gray son of Twirling Candy won the Big ‘Cap by a nose last April but also has been listed as under consideration for the […]

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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 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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Pacific Classic-Placed Mongolian Groom Targeting Woodward

Trainer Enebish Ganbat plans to run Pacific Classic third-place finisher Mongolian Groom in the Grade 1 Woodward this weekend at Saratoga, turning around on one week of rest, according to drf.com. The gelded 4-year-old son of Hightail was sent to post at 18-1 odds, the second-longest chance on the tote board, but was beaten just […]

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Gift Box ‘Better Than Ever’ Ahead Of Monday’s Gold Cup At Santa Anita

Hronis Racing’s rapidly improving Gift Box, fresh off victory in the Santa Anita Handicap, bids for his second consecutive Grade I victory as he heads Monday’s Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, to be contested for the 81st time at a mile and one quarter. Trained by John Sadler, Gift Box, who campaigned […]

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Gift Box ‘Excellent’ In Latest Work, To Be Reunited With Rosario In Gold Cup

Santa Anita Handicap winner Gift Box is on course for the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Memorial Day after working six furlongs Saturday in 1:13.60. “It was an excellent work on this track,” said John Sadler, who won two races yesterday to move into third place in the standings, six wins behind […]

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Gift Box Noses Out McKinzie In Santa Anita Handicap

The Santa Anita Handicap was billed as a two-horse race and it became on at the top of the lane, when 4-5 favorite McKinzie hooked up with 2-1 second choice Gift Box. The pair battled the length of the stretch, and while Gift Box was slightly ahead on the wire, McKinzie got a perfect head […]

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Weekend Lineup: Derby Prep Trio

This weekend features a massive slate of graded stakes racing across the nation including a trio of major Kentucky Derby preps in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby and Grade 2 Wood Memorial and Blue Grass Stakes. NBC Sports continues its extensive coverage of Derby prep races this Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET with live […]

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Baffert Looking To Pick Up Kentucky Derby Points For Roadster

Bob Baffert had a question after both Roadster and McKinzie drew the rail for their respective races Saturday, the Santa Anita Derby and the Santa Anita Handicap at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.: “Do they put me in the one hole and then draw the races?” The answer, of course, is no. It just […]

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McKinzie Faces Five, Including Gift Box, In G1 Big ‘Cap

Two of the top older horses on the West Coast, John Sadler’s Gift Box and Bob Baffert’s McKinzie, head a field of six 4-year-olds and up in the 82nd running of the Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap this Saturday.  Originally run in 1934, the Big ‘Cap, America’s longest continually run “hundred grander,” will again be […]

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