santa anita handicap

Eurton ‘Pondering’ Giant Expectations For Big ‘Cap

Giant Expectations is nominated to both the Triple Bend Stakes and the Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Casino next Saturday, both Grade I events, but trainer Peter Eurton is leaning towards the mile and a quarter, $600,000 Big ‘Cap over the seven furlong, $400,000 Triple Bend at seven furlongs. “We’re still pondering, but I […]

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G1 Winner Misremembered Will Stand 2018 At California’s Barton Thoroughbreds

G1 Santa Anita Handicap winner Misremembered will stand the 2018 breeding season at Barton Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez, Calif., reports drf.com. The Candy Ride son’s fee will be set at $2,500. Misremembered earned $1,306,709 on the track, winning six of his 13 starts. He won both the G2 Indiana Derby and G2 Swaps, as well as […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Though Times Have Changed, Santa Anita Opening Day Remains Special

During the nine years I lived in Southern California from 1979-’88, Christmas took on a uniquely special meaning. It had nothing to do with the neatly-wrapped presents under the tree or a visit from Jolly Old Saint Nick. It had everything to do with what happened the day after Christmas. For most of its 83 […]

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Shaman Ghost By A Nose Over Dolphus In Pimlico Special

Frank Stronach’s multiple Grade 1 winner Shaman Ghost had to work much harder than the odds board suggested to win Friday afternoon’s G3 Pimlico Special. Off at 1-5, Shaman Ghost faced a strong challenge from frontrunner Dolphus (6-1) in the stretch, but the favorite was able to get his head down first in a photo […]

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Midnight Storm ‘Full Of Himself’ Ahead Of Saturday’s Oaklawn Handicap

Alex Venneri and Little Red Feather’s Midnight Storm is on track for a start in Saturday’s G2 Oaklawn Handicap, reported drf.com. The 6-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile was most recently second to Shaman Ghost in the Santa Anita Handicap, but trainer Phil D’Amato said that he has been training very well leading up to […]

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Back-To-Back G1 Wins Net Castellano Consecutive Jockey Of The Week Titles

The only thing better than winning two consecutive Grade 2 stakes is winning two consecutive Grade 1 stakes, a feat that Javier Castellano accomplished on Saturday, March 11 at Santa Anita. Castellano was named Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for March 6 – March 12, 2017. The award is voted on by a panel […]

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Shaman Ghost Ships West, Takes Home The Money In The Big ‘Cap

Stronach Stables’ Shaman Ghost, a very good runner-up to the World’s Best Racehorse Arrogate last out in the Pegasus World Cup, was able to overcome a bit of trouble to capture the second G1 of his career in Saturday’s Santa Anita Handicap. The 5-year-old son of Ghostzapper bested Midnight Storm by about three-quarters of a […]

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Santa Anita’s Pick 6 Jackpot Carries Over $134,808 Into Saturday’s Card

With a trio of Grade 1 races embedded in the series, Saturday’s Pick 6 wager at Santa Anita Park features a single-ticket jackpot pool carryover of $134,808. On Friday, the Pick 6 paid $4,313 to multiple tickets. The single-ticket jackpot pool is paid out only when a single winning ticket holds all the correct finishers, […]

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Weekend Lineup: New Shooters, Derby Preps

Kicking off the graded stakes action this weekend is the G3 Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs, contested over 1 1/16 miles on the turf for 3-year-old fillies. G3 winner La Coronel inherits morning-line favoritism for trainer Mark Casse despite a sixth-place effort in the Breeders’ Cup, while G2 winner on the dirt Daddys Lil […]

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Shaman Ghost Heads West To Take On Midnight Storm In Santa Anita Handicap

Jimmy Jerkens’ Shaman Ghost and Phil D’Amato’s Midnight Storm head a competitive field of nine older horses in Saturday’s Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap at a mile and a quarter. America’s longest continually run “hundred grander,” the Big ‘Cap, which was first staged in 1935, will be run for the 80th time at The […]

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