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Santa Anita: ‘Ship And Stay’ Program Has Attracted 100 ‘New’ Horses

Santa Anita’s popular “Ship & Stay” program, which was initiated Dec. 26 and has now been in effect through 63 racing days, has attracted 100 “new” horses, who have accounted for 204 starts, generating bonus money of $208,308. Funded solely by The Stronach Group (TSG), “Ship & Stay” provides on-going bonuses to individual owners and […]

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‘Opportunity’ Brings 61-Year-Old Brinkerhoff To California

Val Brinkerhoff is one of the faceless trainers who drives the game. Light years from being in a league with the Bafferts, Browns and Pletchers, pound for pound, the 61-year-old Brinkerhoff nonetheless has one of the most successful mom and pop operations in the land. Horsemen and horse players alike have taken notice since this […]

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Saturday’s Card At Santa Anita Features $27,507 Pick Six Carryover

There is a Pick Six carryover of $27,507 into Saturday at Santa Anita, and with an 11-race card in store, the Pick Six will be comprised of races six through 11. A total of 51 horses are eligible to run in the Pick Six sequence, making for average field size of 8.5 runners per race. Approximate post […]

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‘Tactical With A Lot Of Heart’: Espinoza Excited About Partnership With Bolt D’Oro

If any jockey knows how to win on the Triple Crown trail, it’s Victor Espinoza. In the past four years, the Hall of Fame rider has captured five of the six jewels in racing’s most prestigious prize. They were the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness on California Chrome in 2014, and the Derby, Preakness and […]

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Santa Anita, XpressBet Guarantee $35,000 Prize Pool In Handicapping Challenge

Santa Anita’s $500 April Handicapping Challenge shapes up as a “must play” for handicappers, as The Great Race Place and XpressBet will guarantee $35,000 in prizes on Saturday, April 21.  The guaranteed prize pool includes: (3) Entries into Santa Anita’s Preakness Challenge on May 19 and May 20, 2018 (2) Entries into the 2019 National Horseplayers […]

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Santa Anita Holding Fundraiser For Injured Exercise Rider Adrian Valenzuela

Santa Anita Park has announced there will be a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser for popular exercise rider Adrian Valenzuela on Thursday, April 19, at Clockers’ Corner, beginning at 10 a.m.  The 21-year-old son of trainer Martin Valenzuela Jr., Adrian sustained a spinal cord injury during training hours on March 31. In partnership with the entire Southern […]

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G1 Prep Sweep Nets Smith Jockey Of The Week Title

Mike Smith’s performances in two Grade 1 Kentucky Derby and Oaks preps earned the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week title for April 2-8, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. […]

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$730,316 Payout On Santa Anita Single Ticket Pick 6 Jackpot; Winner Invested $39,874

One of two “live” horses in Santa Anita’s popular two dollar Pick 6, Giant Mongolian, a 22-1 longshot in Sunday’s ninth and final race, steamed home to a three-quarter-length victory under Stewart Elliott, triggering a massive Santa Anita Single Ticket Pick 6 Jackpot payout of $730,315.60. With a Jackpot carryover of $518,537 coming into today, […]

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Veteran Hoppertunity Dominates Tokyo City Cup

An unsung hero in the Bob Baffert stable over six racing seasons, 7-year-old Hoppertunity made his 30th career start a virtual walk in Santa Anita Park as he took Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup by 6 ½ lengths.  Ridden by Flavien Prat, “Hop” negotiated a marathon mile and one half in 2:32.63. With longshot Beaumarchais setting […]

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Justify ‘Still Learning How To Run’; Bolt D’Oro ‘Got A Lot Out Of It’

Justify, Bolt d’Oro and Midnight Bisou, arguably the leading three-year-olds in the land, will move their captivating acts to Kentucky next month where they will take center stage in the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks. “He looks good,” Bob Baffert said of Justify early Sunday morning, less than 24 hours after the chestnut son of Scat Daddy […]

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