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Bendable Returns From Eight-Month Layoff To Win Desert Stormer Under Mike Smith

Under the patient handling of Mike Smith, Claiborne Farm’s homebred Bendable overcame an eight-month layoff to take Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Desert Stormer by 1 ½ lengths.Trained by Richard Mandella, she got six furlongs in 1:09.04. With Northwestern invader Invested Prospect and favored Pretty N Cool winging up front, Smith sat a measured third heading […]

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Arrogate ‘Just Cruised’ In Half-Mile Breeze; Paradise Woods Returns To Work Tab

Juddmonte Farm’s World’s Best Racehorse Arrogate had his third breeze since returning to the the work tab at Santa Anita on Sunday, covering a half-mile at Santa Anita in :46 4/5 to earn the bullet of 105 works. According to bloodhorse.com, the gray 4-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song was ridden by regular work rider Martin Garcia […]

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Faypien Holds Strong In Two-Turn Debut To Win Summertime Oaks

In her first-ever time around two turns, Bob Baffert’s Faypien proved ultra-game late as she held off longshot Mopotism to win Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, she got a mile and one sixteenth in 1:43.17. Second, one length off of pacesetter Sheza Chattykat a quarter mile from home, […]

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Sircat Sally Still Undefeated After Narrow Honeymoon Victory

Joe Turner’s homebred, Sircat Sally, has now won all seven of her career starts. The 3-year-old California-bred daughter of Surf Cat narrowly held off Beau Recall by a neck to win Saturday’s G2 Honeymoon Stakes at Santa Anita to retain that undefeated status. Under the guiding hands of Mike Smith, the Jerry Hollendorfer trainee laid […]

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‘A Modern-Day Will Rogers’: Golden’s Fatherly Memories At The Racetrack

Father’s Day is Sunday, when homage is paid to caring and loving paternal members of the family throughout the land. Following is a remembrance of my father that appeared September 1999 in Gaming Today, a weekly publication in Las Vegas: My dad died last week. He had a long and healthy life, until the last […]

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Santa Anita Officials Project $1-Million Pick 6 Pool Saturday After Two-Day Carryover

With 20-1 longshot Pure Perfection finishing on top in Friday’s eighth race, the final two legs in Santa Anita’s popular Pick 6 were, for most all intents and purposes, rendered irrelevant, as the die was cast for a hefty two-day Pick 6 carryover into Saturday of $230,886.With a 10-race card on tap Saturday and average field size […]

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Sircat Sally Expone Su Invicto De Seis Carreras En El Honeymoon Stakes

Sircat Sally ha corrido seis veces y aún no conoce la derrota. La pupila de Jerry Hollendorfer defenderá su invicto el sábado 17 en Santa Anita, enfrentando a cinco rivales en el Honeymoon Stakes (G2, $200,000). Cotizada como gran favorita de 3/5 en el Morning Line, la tresañera será conducida por el estelar Mike Smith, […]

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$1,920 Single Ticket Jackpot Pick Six Wager Takes Down Pool Of $891,598 At Santa Anita Saturday

With nearly a million dollars on the line, Fly to Mars, a 3-year-old California-bred gelding owned by his breeder, Gary Barber, surged to the front turning for home in Saturday’s 11th and final race at Santa Anita, enabling one lucky ticket holder to take down the track’s massive Single Ticket Jackpot Pick Six pool of […]

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Van Dyke Preparing For Comeback, Working Horses At Santa Anita

The jagged scar on the inside of Drayden Van Dyke’s right forearm that runs from the crook of his elbow to just before his wrist is straight out of Mary Shelley’s imagination. It’s a monster mark the 22-year-old rider will hold in his memory ad infinitum, but he will not let it prevent him from […]

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38-1 Longshot Triggers $96,000 Pick Six Carryover Into Saturday At Santa Anita

A 38-1 longshot in the last race sealed the deal Friday at Santa Anita, as no one correctly tabbed six winners in the Pick Six, creating a carryover of $96,867 into Saturday. With an 11-race card on tap and a special early first post time of 12 noon, track officials project that Santa Anita’s total […]

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