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Down To The Wire: Four Wins Separate Four Jocks With Five Days Left Of Santa Anita Meet

With five days remaining in Santa Anita’s current Spring Meeting, just four wins separate a quartet of jockeys through 40 racing days as 24-year-old French native Flavien Prat shows the way heading into closing day on Tuesday, July 4, with 35 wins—just one in front of America’s hottest apprentice, 19-year-old Evin Roman, who is fresh […]

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Report: Purse From Santa Anita Race Held After Suspended Owner Runs Winner

The purse to one of the races on Saturday’s card at Santa Anita has been placed on hold after it was discovered the winning owner was ineligible to run horses after being recently suspended. The Daily Racing Form reports that the purse for Saturday’s eighth race – an optional claimer – may be redistributed because the owner […]

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Santa Anita: Top Apprentice Evin Roman Wins Four On Sunday, Including Southern Truce Stakes

There’s a new 19-year-old kid in town. Top apprentice jockey Evin Roman was the story on Sunday at Santa Anita, as he notched his first career stakes win and fourth of the day aboard Jerry Hollendorfer’s Street Surrender in the $75,000 Southern Truce Stakes. Sent from the gate, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Street Boss […]

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Fresh Face: Apprentice Laura Werner Wins First Santa Anita Race June 25

Bright-eyed at 4′ 9”, she tacks a feathery 105 pounds. And, at 21 years of age, apprentice Laura Werner, a native of Stratford-upon-Avon, England, registered her first-ever Santa Anita win on Sunday aboard 26-1 longshot Night’s Watch in Sunday’s eighth race, a starter allowance, optional claimer for 3-year-olds and up. Head and head with El […]

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Om Hoping For Fireworks In Tuesday’s American Stakes At Santa Anita

What could be more fitting than running the American Stakes on the Fourth of July? Not much, which is why Santa Anita is on board patriotically and then some next Tuesday with the Grade III American Stakes for three-year-olds and up at a mile on turf. Dan Hendricks has a horse well-suited to the conditions […]

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Six-Furlong Breeze Leaves Arrogate Wanting ‘More’

Trainer Bob Baffert was pleased with his champion colt Arrogate on Sunday morning, watching from the grandstand as he recorded his longest breeze since returning from Dubai. Under Martin Garcia, the 4-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song recorded six furlongs in 1:12.40, according to drf.com, passing a pair of horses from another stable who had started in […]

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Collected Airs To 14-Length Precisionist Victory

Bob Baffert provided more irrefutable evidence on Saturday at Santa Anita that his stable is perhaps deeper and stronger than ever as his rapidly improving 4-year-old Collected took command a quarter mile from home en route to a scintillating 14-length romp in Santa Anita’s Grade III, $100,000 Precisionist Stakes. Ridden by Martin Garcia, he’s now […]

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No ‘Battle’ For ‘Midway’ In Facile Affirmed Victory

Don Alberto Stable and WinStar Farm’s Battle of Midway, third-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, returned to the races on Saturday at Santa Anita in fine style, winning the G3 Affirmed Stakes by nearly four lengths over B Squared. The sophomore son of Smart Strike, ridden by Flavien Prat for Jerry Hollendorfer, covered 1 1/16 […]

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California Handle: ‘Field Size Is The Biggest Factor, More Important Than Takeout’

The Los Angeles Daily News’ Art Wilson writes that the solution to generating handle on horse racing has been focused on takeout, ever since the advent of social media. The Stronach Group’s chief operating officer Tim Ritvo agrees that takeout is “a little bit too high” ever since the California legislature passed SB1072 in 2010, increasing the takeout […]

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Court Grants Prat Stay Of Suspension; Will Be Allowed To Ride July 1-4

Jockey Flavien Prat, who is contesting a recent suspension at Santa Anita, was granted a court stay that will allow him to ride July 1-4. According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, Prat had appealed the suspension to the California Horse Racing Board, but was denied. He then took the matter to court. Prat was […]

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