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Upsetter Ms Peintour Takes 1 1/2-Mile Astra Stakes For Koriner, Siegel

Winless in her last eight races at shorter distances, Samantha Siegel’s Ms Peintour relished a mile and one half on turf Sunday at Santa Anita as she rallied to register a comfortable two length win in the Grade III, $100,000 Astra Stakes under Brice Blanc. Trained by Brian Koriner, the 5-year-old daughter of Paynter got […]

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Nelson Homebred Wound Tight Runs Away With Unusual Heat Turf Classic

It what was virtual walk in the park, Matt Nelson’s homebred Wound Tight was in complete control throughout as he waltzed to a front-running 3 ½ length victory in Saturday’s $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic presented by City National Bank. Ridden by Abel Cedillo and trained by Bob Hess, Jr., the 5-year-old gelding by top […]

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O’Neill Assistant Leandro Mora Heads To Dubai With String Of 11 Horses

Santa Anita is missing one of its friendliest faces for a spell, as Leandro Mora is in Dubai for 2 1/2 months. A trusted and valued assistant of two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O’Neill for 18 years, the 61-year-old Mora departed Thursday for the Middle East where O’Neill will campaign 11 horses on a regular basis for […]

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Racehorses Taught California Owner Nick Alexander ‘Patience And Humility’

A day of racing which showcases California-breds without a Nick Alexander owned or bred horse would be rare indeed these days, like an NFL game without a single review. Not to worry Saturday when the 77-year-old native of Santa Monica has three horses he owns and bred entered on Santa Anita’s nine-race program featuring runners […]

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D’Amato’s Tiny Tina Seeking Redemption In Grade 3 Astra

Fresh off a heartbreaking nose defeat over the course, trainer Phil D’Amato’s Tiny Tina heads a field of seven older fillies and mares going the marathon distance of a mile and one half on turf in Sunday’s Grade 3 Astra Stakes at Santa Anita. The Richard Baltas-trained Lostintranzlation, who set the early pace in the […]

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At 67, Baffert Just Five Wins Shy Of 3,000 Career Victories

Bob Baffert, already with a resume good enough to be in the Hall Fame twice over, is approaching another milestone, career victory number 3,000. The two-time Triple Crown winner, who is celebrating his 67th birthday (Monday), has eight wins through eight days of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, and 2,995 overall from 13,214 starters. He also […]

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Italian-Born Rider Umberto Rispoli Has Been ‘Well Received’ Thus Far At Santa Anita

Umberto Rispoli is a new name to California but under the tutelage of world-class agent Ron Anderson, it could become familiar in a hurry if his first eight days riding at Santa Anita are an indication. The 31-year-old is a native of Italy where he won riding championships in 2009 and 2010, most recently having […]

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Ashleyluvssugar: 9-Year-Old Readies For Third Start In Unusual Heat Turf Classic

Ashleyluvssugar, as familiar to fans at Santa Anita as its art deco façade, could make his last start in Saturday’s $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic. The 9-year-old gelded son of Game Plan has raced 18 times at Santa Anita, winning six, with two seconds and four thirds, earning almost a million dollars here, at $948,963. […]

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Queen Bee To You Shows Her Heart With Nose Victory In La Canada

When you’re hot you’re hot. Not just according to the late Country Music star Jerry Reed, but with horses the same applies, as evidenced by Queen Bee to You’s thrilling nose victory in Saturday’s Grade III, $200,000 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Andrew Lerner and ridden by Ruben Fuentes, the California-bred Queen […]

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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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