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Tough Sunday Scores First Stakes Win In Sunday’s Sensational Star

A switch from 6 ½ furlongs on turf to a muddy main track, five scratches and a perfect stalking trip under Joe Talamo resulted in Nick Alexander’s homebred Tough Sunday notching his first-ever stakes win in Sunday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes at Santa Anita.  Trained by Steve Miyadi, the 6-year-old full horse by Alexander’s Grazen, prevailed by one length […]

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$40,000 Claim Skye Diamonds Gives Owners ‘Surreal’ Ride To Breeders’ Cup

Time, it has been said, only counts in prison. Bill Spawr is not necessarily one who adheres to that axiom, but as one of California’s most successful and respected horsemen in this, his fourth decade of training, he recognizes that bullet workouts in the morning do not always assure victory in the afternoon. So when […]

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‘Bambino’ Aims For Fourth Straight Stakes Win In Sensational Star

Streaking Bettys Bambino guns for his sixth straight victory and his fourth straight stakes win when the son of Unusual Heat runs in next Saturday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes for California-bred or sired horses. The seven-year-old gelding, with seven wins in an abbreviated career of 11 races, holds the remarkable record of having started only […]

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Santa Anita Honors Spawr’s Sensational Star Saturday; $32,000 Claimer Won Graded Stakes

It’s approaching 30 years since Bill Spawr claimed Sensational Star for $32,000 with the hopes of turning him into a stakes winner. Spawr wasn’t disappointed. Sensational Star would go on to become a graded stakes winner under Spawr’s tutelage and retired with a career record of 39 starts, 13 wins, 11 seconds and $442,445 earned, […]

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Caracortado pointing to Sensational Star en route to Grade 1 Kilroe

Caracortado, whose spectacular last-to-first victory in the Daytona Stakes on Jan. 8 fooled even the omniscient eyes of Trevor Denman, will return to the same venue a week from Saturday when he runs in the Sensational Star Stakes. For his part, the legendary Denman makes no apologies for his real-time Daytona assessment of Caracortado’s chances. […]

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