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Distance Specialist Causeforcommotion Takes On Males In Sunday’s San Juan Capistrano

Eric Kruljac is trying something new with Causeforcommotion in Sunday’s Grade III San Juan Capistrano Stakes for three-year-olds and up at about 1 ¾ miles on turf: the five-year-old mare will be making her third stakes start in six weeks and be running against males for the first time in her 18-race career. “It’s a […]

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Causeforcommotion ‘Squealing’ Her Way Into Gamely Starting Gate

Causeforcommotion’s nine-length victory in the Grade III Santa Barbara Stakes at a mile and a half on turf May 11 caused trainer Eric Kruljac and his partners in an ownership group to do something uncharacteristic: supplement her for $10,000 and run back in two weeks tomorrow in the Grade I Gamely Stakes at a mile […]

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Causeforcommotion Airs Second Off The Layoff In Santa Barbara

In her second start off a lengthy absence, trainer Eric Kruljac’s Causeforcommotion fairly ran her competition off their feet in winning Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Barbara Stakes by nine lengths. Second in the Santa Barbara a year ago, the 5-year-old mare by Americain negotiated a mile and one half on turf under Geovanni Franco […]

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Weekend Lineup: Man O’ War Racing Festival

Belmont Park holds the lion’s share of attention this week with five stakes races – four graded – comprising the Man o’ War Racing Festival, highlighted by the Grade 1, $700,000 Man o’ War Stakes. America’s Day at the Races will provide live coverage of the Man o’ War Racing Festival from 4 – 5 […]

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Queen Blossom Adds Blinkers For Santa Barbara Surprise

Closer to the pace with addition of blinkers and distance, Irish-bred Queen Blossom split horses a furlong from home and out-ran fellow longshot Causeforcommotion to the wire in winning Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Barbara Stakes under Flavien Prat.  Trained by Richard Baltas, Queen Blossom got a mile and one half on Santa Anita’s firm turf in […]

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Irish-Breds Plein Air, Pantsonfire Clash In Marathon Santa Barbara

Irish-bred Plein Air will hope to replicate her dazzling U.S. debut on Jan. 14 as she heads a field of six fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Barbara Stakes at a mile and one half over the Santa Anita turf. Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Tyler Baze, Plein Air made […]

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Evo Campo Earns First Graded Stakes Victory In Santa Barbara

Michael and David Day and Mary DiPietro’s Evo Campo earned the first graded stakes win of her career in Sunday’s G3 Santa Barbara Stakes at Santa Anita Park. The 5-year-old daughter of Approve laid just off the early pace, then rounded up the leader in the stretch to win going away by several lengths. Ridden […]

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Weekend Lineup: Green Miles

Racing fans in Kentucky will regret saying goodbye to the April meet at Keeneland, but Saturday night is opening day of the Churchill Downs spring season and just seven short days away from the “greatest two minutes in sports.” As the Kentucky Derby contenders log their final workouts across the country, racing action continues as […]

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