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Weekend Lineup: Baffert Trainees In Search Of Derby, Oaks Points

With 10 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby on offer, Saturday’s Sham Stakes drew a field of seven newly-turned 3-year-old colts trying to take their first step toward the roses. Trainer Bob Baffert will send out a pair in the Santa Anita feature, including the highly-touted Coliseum who is the even-money favorite on […]

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Saturday’s Rainbow 6 At Santa Anita Features $447,555 Carryover

With special early first post time for a 10-race card on Saturday at 12 noon, Santa Anita will present a pair of graded stakes and a hefty 20 cent Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $447,555. Saturday’s fifth race will serve as leg one in the Rainbow Six and approximate post time is at […]

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Sham Stakes: Giant Killer Desormeaux Sends Pair In Search Of Derby Points

John Keith Desormeaux, a David among trainers, will attempt to slay a Goliath Saturday when he sends out longshots Sueno and Easy Shot to face favored Coliseum and others in the Grade III Sham Stakes at one mile over the Santa Anita main track. The $100,000 in purse money offered is a relative afterthought. Horsemen […]

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Equibase Analysis: Who Will Pick Up Derby Points In The Sham?

The 19th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Sham Stakes starts the 2019 California Road to the Kentucky Derby off with a chance for some newly turned 3-year-olds to earn points which, come this spring, help determine who can enter the starting gate on the first Saturday in May. Seven hopefuls line up, with two […]

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Further Tests Required For McKinzie; Baffert Possibly Leaning Toward Preakness

Rather than rushing his very talented 3-year-old colt McKinzie, trainer Bob Baffert is definitely planning to skip Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby and possibly even the Kentucky Derby. The son of Street Sense was a little bit off in a hind leg after last week’s breeze, according to, but both x-rays and a nuclear scan were […]

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Baffert Taking His Time With Sham Winner McKinzie

McKinzie, who stamped himself as a leading Kentucky Derby contender based on his authoritative 3 ½-length victory in the Grade III Sham Stakes at one mile on Jan. 6, worked four furlongs in 49.40 at 7:55 on a picturesque Saturday morning under jockey Drayden Van Dyke at Santa Anita. Going in company with Downtowner, McKinzie was outside his workmate […]

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Undefeated McKinzie Professional For In-Hand Sham Victory

Racing without blinkers, Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman’s McKinzie was the consummate professional in Saturday’s Grade 3 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita. The 3-year-old son of Street Sense sat off the pace under Mike Smith, then drew even with the frontrunner All Out Blitz at the head of the lane. McKinzie, named for […]

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Santa Anita’s Pick Six Carries Over $70,072 To Saturday’s Card

Although the 6-5 favorite waltzed home in front in Friday’s nightcap, a Santa Anita Pick Six carryover of $70,072 had already been assured as longshots were the order of the day in the earlier races. With a nine-race card on tap, it’s expected Saturday’s total Pick Six pool will exceed $250,000. With a total of […]

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Weekend Lineup: Flying South

With a winter freeze taking over most of the northeast this weekend, horseplayers will focus their attention on racing in those warm, sunshine-filled climates of Florida and Southern California. Saturday’s card at Gulfstream Park features five listed stakes races, three with $100,000 purses and two for $75,000. Tampa Bay Downs will offer a 10-race card […]

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