santa anita handicap

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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Baffert: ‘They’re Not Our Livelihood, They’re Our Way Of Life’

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert addressed the recent spate of equine deaths at Santa Anita Park during an NTRA teleconference on Tuesday. Though none of the 23 fatalities were horses he trained, Baffert recognizes the serious nature of the national media coverage at Santa Anita. “The negative publicity, I’m very concerned about that,” said […]

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Callaghan ‘Couldn’t Be Happier’ With Santa Anita Oaks Contender Bellafina

Three major players seeking gold and glory on Santa Anita’s sensational stakes spectacular this Saturday, April 6, worked toward their goals this morning– Bellafina for the Santa Anita Oaks, Gift Box for the Santa Anita Handicap and Nolo Contesto for the Santa Anita Derby, prestigious Grade I races all. As fellow Frenchman Brice Blanc deputized […]

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Sadler Hoping To Feast on Santa Anita Stakes Diet

John Sadler goes for back-to-back victories in the Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Casino a week from Saturday, April 6, when he sends out Gift Box in the Arcadia, Calif., Thoroughbred racing track’s marquee race for older horses at a mile and a quarter offering $600,000 in purse money. Sadler won his first […]

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McKinzie ‘Couldn’t Be Doing Any Better’ Ahead Of Santa Anita Handicap

Multiple Grade 1 winner McKinzie recorded a six-furlong breeze toward the Santa Anita Handicap on Tuesday at Santa Anita, covering the distance in 1:13.40 under Joe Talamo. Trainer Bob Baffert was very pleased with the 4-year-old son of Street Sense’s workout, according to  “Terrific,” Baffert said. “He couldn’t be doing any better right now. […]

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San Felipe Cancelled; Santa Anita Racing Expected To Resume March 22

Though the San Felipe, a Kentucky Derby prep race, from Saturday’s card at Santa Anita will not be rescheduled, reported Brad Free Tweeted that the officials at the Southern California track are expecting racing to resume on March 22. The resumption of racing is still pending additional safety inspections of the main dirt course. Meanwhile, the […]

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Tim Ritvo Q&A: ‘There Are Things That Aren’t Acceptable Any More’

Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group’s Racing and Gaming Division that owns Santa Anita Park, sat down with Paulick Report publisher Ray Paulick to discuss the current situation at the Arcadia, Calif., track in the wake of the recent shutdown following a spike in racing fatalities that totaled 21 horses since opening […]

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McKinzie Assigned High Weight Of 123 Pounds For Santa Anita Handicap

Multiple Grade I winner McKinzie, who finished second by a half-length as the 1-2 favorite in the Feb. 2 San Pasqual Stakes under 123 pounds, has been assigned one pound less for Saturday’s Grade I Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Casino at a mile and a quarter. Next on the list is Gift Box […]

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Sadler Sees Potential For Back-To-Back Big ‘Cap Wins With Gift Box

Just about a year ago John Sadler was celebrating Accelerate’s victory in the Santa Anita Handicap, the trainer’s first ever in the track’s historic race. Now he is poised to win it again with Gift Box, who worked six furlongs Friday in 1:14 for the mile and a quarter classic next Saturday, March 9. “He […]

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