santa anita sprint championship

Mandella: Dirt Mile A ‘Perfect Fit’ For Omaha Beach, But He Deserved The Classic

In a perfect world, Omaha Beach would be running in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. As it is, and after negotiating through mazes just to get to this point, Richard Mandella will have to settle for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile the same […]

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Omaha Beach Vaults Back Into NTRA’s Top Thoroughbred Poll

The dazzling effort Omaha Beach put forth to capture the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes this past weekend launched the son of War Front back in the race for divisional honors and landed the Fox Hill Farms colorbearer on this week’s NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. In his first start since capturing the Grade […]

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Forced To ‘Improvise,’ Papa Mandella Over The Moon With Omaha Beach

Like Bill Mazeroski’s home run that won the World Series, Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech, and Secretariat’s 31-length victory in the Belmont, the mythic return to glory by Omaha Beach in Saturday’s Santa Anita Sprint Championship will grow in lore through the ages. The pre-race favorite for the Kentucky Derby on May 4 finally returned to […]

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‘Anything’s Possible’; Mandella Ponders Breeders’ Cup Options After Returning Omaha Beach Wins Santa Anita Sprint Championship

The morning line favorite for this Kentucky Derby and idle since April 13, Richard Mandella-trained Omaha Beach put on a tremendous exhibition in Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, as he gradually overhauled heavily favored eastern invader Shancelot to prevail by a head in an astonishingly fast 1:08.79 under Mike Smith. The question […]

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BC Sprint: Omaha Beach Tackles Shancelot In Santa Anita Sprint Championship

High percentage eastern-based trainer Jorge Navarro’s brilliant sprinter Shancelot will square off with Richard Mandella’s comebacking sophomore Omaha Beach, in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,00 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint here on Nov. 2.             […]

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Omaha Beach ‘Real Sharp’ In Bullet Work For Santa Anita Sprint Champinship

Omaha Beach, who has had more false starts in his comeback bid than an Olympic sprinter, worked four furlongs at 7:45 Friday morning for his much-anticipated return to the races in the Grade I, Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Santa Anita Sprint Championship at six furlongs next Saturday, Oct. 5. With regular rider Mike Smith […]

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Omaha Beach Will ‘Be Perfect In Time For’ Santa Anita Sprint Championship

Omaha Beach, who had been scheduled to return to the races in the Grade III, one-turn mile Ack Ack Stakes at Churchill Downs on Sept. 28, now is being pointed to the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship after a training snafu last Friday. “Simply put, the work got messed up and I’m not taking […]

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Omaha Beach Comeback Delayed A Week; To Return In Santa Anita Sprint Championship

Fox Hill Farms’ Omaha Beach, unraced since being scratched with a throat issue as the morning line favorite for the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, will not return in the G3 Ack Ack Stakes Sept. 28 at Churchill Downs as planned, trainer Richard Mandella told the Louisville, Ky., track’s publicity department on Saturday morning. Instead, the […]

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Roy H Repeats In Santa Anita Sprint Championship

Rockingham Ranch and David Bernsen’s Roy H, the Eclipse Award-winning sprinter of 2017, defended his crown in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Saturday at Santa Anita, winning the six-furlong dash by 2 3/4 lengths in 1:09.09 under Paco Lopez. The 6-year-old gelding by More Than Ready paid $4 to win as the […]

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