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La Force Circles Field To Upset Paradise Woods In Santa Maria

German-bred La Force sprung a major surprise on Saturday at Santa Anita, as she rallied from last to upset heavily favored Paradise Woods by 1 ¼ lengths in the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes under Drayden Van Dyke. Trained by Paddy Gallagher, La Force, a 5-year-old mare, got 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.91. With […]

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Weekend Lineup: Sophomore Turf Stars In The Spotlight

The 3-year-old male division will be in the spotlight next week when the 151st edition of the Belmont Stakes is contested, but this weekend features some of the top sophomore turf runners in both the $500,000 Penn Mile at Penn National and $200,000 Pennine Ridge Stakes at Belmont Park. On the opposite coast, Grade 1 […]

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Paradise Woods Faces Four In Grade 2 Santa Maria, Fresh Off 10 1/2-Length Victory

Trainer John Shirreffs’ Paradise Woods, fresh off a dominating 10 ½ length win, looms a complete standout in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita. For fillies and mares three and up, the Santa Maria has attracted a field of five at a mile and one sixteenth. Second, beaten 10 ½ lengths […]

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‘No Reason To Take A Chance’: Unique Bella Will Skip Santa Margarita Due To Cough

Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Unique Bella will not run in Saturday’s Grade 1 Santa Margarita after a cough caused her to miss some training, according to drf.com. The filly has not breezed since Feb. 25, though trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said she has returned to galloping. “We’re not going to run in the Santa Margarita,” Hollendorfer said. “She […]

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Santa Maria Stakes: Unique Bella Hizo De Su Debut De 2018 Un Verdadero Paseo De Salud

Efectivamente, el Santa María Stakes (G2, $200,000) fue una carrera dividida en dos partes: Unique Bella por un lado, sus cuatro rivales por el otro. La hija de Tapit que entrena Jerry Hollendorfer para los colores de Don Alberto Stable brindó una contundente demostración de superioridad, ganando por nueve cuerpos la prueba de 1700 metros, […]

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Unique Bella Cruises To Two-Turn Victory In Santa Maria

Don Alberto Stable’s Unique Bella was ultra-impressive in Saturday’s G2 Santa Maria Stakes, galloping to a nine-length win in the 1 1/16-mile contest. The Tapit filly out of Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic winner Unrivaled Belle was timed in 1:43.45 over the fast main track at Santa Anita, and jockey Mike Smith hardly had to move […]

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Unique Bella Va Por Otro Triunfo Selectivo Ante Apenas Cuatro Rivales En El Santa María S.

Nunca está de más recordar que las carreras hay que correrlas para ganarlas, pero la nómina del Santa María Stakes (G2, $200,000) parece dividida en dos partes: Unique Bella, y sus cuatro rivales en la prueba de 1700 metros que marca el debut de la Campeona Sprinter de 2017 el sábado 10 en Santa Anita. […]

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Champion Unique Bella To Face Just Four Rivals In G2 Santa Maria

Unique Bella, America’s reigning Eclipse Champion Female Sprinter, towers over four rivals in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile and one sixteenth. A striking 4-year-old filly by Tapit, Unique Bella comes off one of the best races of her career, a gutty three quarter length win […]

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Champion Unique Bella Working ‘Really Well’ For Santa Maria Stakes

Eclipse Champion Female Sprinter of 2017 Unique Bella has been firing bullets for next Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes at 1 1/16 miles since winning the Grade I La Brea Stakes last Dec. 26, a victory that no doubt caught the eye of Eclipse Award voters, enabling the gray daughter of Tapit to clinch honors. “We […]

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Unique Bella ‘Learning How To Relax’ Ahead Of Santa Maria Stakes

Unique Bella, an Eclipse Award finalist for outstanding female sprinter of 2017, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday morning in 49.60, breezing, for an expected start in the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 10. “She worked great,” said Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, who had exercise […]

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