santa anita handicap

Santa Anita unveils new logo for 75th Santa Anita Handicap

In honor of the 75th running of the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap, Santa Anita Park has unveiled a dazzling new logo for its signature race for older horses to be run Saturday, March 3. “This is a truly historic occasion and we felt the Big ‘Cap deserved an artistic upgrade,” said Santa Anita […]

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Big ‘Cap: Sadler sees improvement for Gladding, Setsuko impresses with work

Gladding beat one horse in last year’s Santa Anita Handicap. John Sadler is optimistic that the gelded son of 2002 Belmont Stakes winner Sarava will show marked improvement when Santa Anita’s marquee race presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino is contested on March 3. Gladding was in tight early in last year’s running, […]

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Big ‘Cap draw Wednesday; Game On Dude seeks repeat

The 75th running of the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap will take place on Saturday March 3, and the Big ‘Cap Draw Breakfast will be held by invitation only, beginning at 9:30 a.m. next Wednesday, Feb. 29, in the track’s Baldwin Terrace, above the Top 0’ the Stretch area. It is expected that the […]

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Post position draw breakfast for Santa Anita Handicap set for Feb. 29

The 75th running of the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap will take place on Saturday March 3, and the Big ‘Cap Draw Breakfast will be held by invitation only, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Wed., Feb. 29, in the track’s Baldwin Terrace, above the Top 0’ the Stretch area. It is expected that the […]

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Game On Dude, Setsuko work for Santa Anita Handicap

Arcadia, CA – Santa Anita Handicap winner and Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up Game On Dude worked five furlongs in company with Prayer for Relief in 59.60 on Santa Anita’s main track Friday morning. Prayer for Relief was clocked in 1:00.20. Bob Baffert was still considering a repeat appearance in the Grade I, $750,000 Big ‘Cap […]

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Game On Dude looks to run away with San Antonio Stakes

Defending Santa Anita Handicap champion Game On Dude reaches a crossroads Sunday in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $200,000 San Antonio Stakes, his first race since nearly making off with the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5. This much is clear: Game On Dude, who earned over $1.9 million in eight […]

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Game On Dude ready to roll; Big ‘Cap defense or Dubai possible

After a valiant 2011 season which ended with a deep stretch loss in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Game On Dude is set to launch his five-year-old season Sunday at Santa Anita.  The son of Awesome Again is expected to start in the Grade 2, $200,000 San Antonio Stakes, and trainer Bob Baffert says the Breeders’ […]

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Santa Anita Handicap winner Misremembered retired

Misremembered emerged with a tendon injury from his second-place finish to Win Willy as the favorite in last month’s Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap at Oaklawn Park and has been retired. The 5-year-old son of Candy Ride raced for Jill Baffert and George Jacobs and was trained by Jill’s husband Bob Baffert, who also bred the […]

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Game On Setsuko: Big ‘Cap rematch at Charles Town

After a controversial finish decided by Santa Anita stewards, Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude will face runner-up Setsuko in the Charles Town Classic this Saturday. As previously reported, jockey David Flores will ride Game On Dude for the Charles Town race due to his experience with bullring tracks. Other notables include Tackleberry and […]

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Pricci: Toughest stewards’ decision ever

Horse Race Insider John Pricci has had his opportunity to closely review last weekend’s bumper car finish in the Santa Anita Handicap, and his initial impressions did not hold up: Suddenly, up came the super slow motion. “Hey, wait a minute!” I said out loud to an empty living room. I was mesmerized, watching and […]

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