santa maria stakes

Smith’s Santa Anita Sweep Earns Jockey Of The Week Recognition

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith swept the pair of Grade 2 stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday and earned Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for February 6-12, 2017. 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 […]

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Vale Dori Makes It Four Straight In Santa Maria

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum’s 1-5 favorite Vale Dori cruised to an easy victory – her fourth in a row – in Saturday’s Grade 2 Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita Park under Mike Smith. Show Stealer finished second, with Autumn Flower third and Lady Tapit fourth in the field of six older fillies […]

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Vale Dori Shoots For Fourth Straight Victory In G2 Santa Maria

Although Bob Baffert’s streaking Vale Dori has taken on an air of invincibility following her victory in last month’s Grade II La Canada Stakes, Art Sherman’s Show Stealer will be looking for a piece of the action as this pair heads a field of six older fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa […]

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Tara’s Tango Runs Down Leaders In Santa Maria

Stonestreet Stables’ Tara’s Tango was able to out-finish Yahilwa on Saturday, getting up just in time to win the Grade 2 Santa Maria. The 4-year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Song earned her first graded stakes victory, covering the 1 1/16 miles over Santa Anita’s fast main track in 1:44.48. Big Break lived up to her name, […]

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Iotapa Makes the Grade With Front-Running Santa Maria Win

With Joe Talamo at the controls, the John Sadler-trained Iotapa broke from the rail and took charge into the Club House turn, controlling the pace throughout to win Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths, getting 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.30. Claimed out of a debut maiden $50,000 claiming win on […]

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‘Fiftyshades’, Stanwyck Lead Talented Cast for Santa Maria

Iotapa, second in the seven furlong, Grade II Santa Monica Stakes Jan. 25, and Let Faith Arise and Fiftyshadesofhay, second and fourth respectively in the Grade II, mile and a sixteenth La Canada Stakes, head a competitive field of seven older fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade II, 1 1/16 miles Santa Maria Stakes at […]

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Photos of the Week 2.18.13

Champion Royal Delta got her 2013 campaign off to an impressive start with a sharp victory in the G3 Sabin Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Sunday. The daughter of Empire Maker now sets her sights on Dubai and the Dubai World Cup March 30. Turf racing was in the spotlight in Florida on Saturday, with […]

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Stevens, Great Hot steal the Santa Maria

In a manner eerily similar to so many other stakes wins covering parts of four decades, comebacking Gary Stevens sent longshot Great Hot to the early lead in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes for older fillies and mares and put on a textbook exhibition on how to ride a frontrunner, guiding the 5-year-old […]

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Stevens aboard ‘his kind of horse’ in G2 Santa Maria

Gary Stevens rides Great Hot for the first time in Saturday’s Grade II Santa Maria Stakes. By the time he gets a leg up from trainer A. C. Avila, they’ll be like best buds. “I’ve watched her ever since she’s been here,” said Stevens, who won two stakes races at Santa Anita last weekend. “She’s […]

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Avila’s Great Hot set for Saturday’s Santa Maria

Arcadia, CA – Save for a troubled trip in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint last Nov. 4, Great Hot has never failed to earn a check in nine U.S. starts. The Brazilian-bred filly by 2002 Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Orientate hopes to enhance that mark in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes […]

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