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Sham Stakes: McKinzie ‘Doing Very Well,’ Harty Hoping City Plan Steps Up

McKinzie returns in just under a month from his last start for Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes for three-year-olds at one mile, an uncharacteristically short interval for a Bob Baffert Triple Crown prospect, but the Hall of Fame trainer has an agenda in mind he hopes will lead to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 7 and […]

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Equibase Analysis: My Boy Jack Hopes To Parlay Turf Form Into Main Track Success In G3 Sham

The 18th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Sham Stakes awards points in the Road to the Kentucky Derby system. It also gives many racing fans a look at some of the horses on the West Coast we may be expecting to see over the next few months in the lead up to the Santa […]

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Undefeated McKinzie Kicks Off Sophomore Season In G3 Sham

A scintillating first-out maiden winner going seven furlongs here on Oct. 28 and a winner via disqualification of the Grade I Cash Call Los Alamitos Futurity Dec. 9, Bob Baffert’s McKinzie will try to remain unbeaten as he towers over six rival sophomores in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes, to be run at one […]

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Craig Lewis Hoping For Another ‘Legend’ With Here Is Happy

Here Is Happy is light years away in talent at this stage from 1995 Santa Anita Derby winner Larry The Legend, but trainer Craig Lewis, who conditioned the latter and now the former, hopes Here Is Happy moves forward in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes, Santa Anita’s first steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million […]

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Shirreffs ‘Extremely Proud’ Of Gormley’s Winning Effort In Sham

Gormley was as fresh and bright as the dry, sunny Sunday morning after his exciting head victory over favored American Anthem in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes, the West’s first graded steppingstone to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8. “He looked really good this morning,” trainer John Shirreffs said of the son […]

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Gormley Very Game In Exciting Edition Of Sham Stakes

A pair of California-based speedsters hooked up in the far turn and dueled the length of the stretch in an exciting edition of the Grade 3 Sham Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita. The more experienced of the two 3-year-old colts came out on top in the win photo, as Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Moss’ […]

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Weekend Lineup: New Year, New Derby Contenders

Happy New Year, readers! This weekend features another 10-point prep race for the 2017 Kentucky Derby, the Grade 3 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Saturday afternoon. The road to the Kentucky Oaks continues as well, with the G2 Santa Ynez on Sunday at Santa Anita. Kicking off the graded stakes action is the […]

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‘Time To Try Him On Dirt:’ Well-Traveled Colonel Samsen Joins Sham Cast

Colonel Samsen, the Marco Polo of current Triple Crown candidates, will make his seventh start on his fifth different race track when he runs at The Great Race Place in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile. The stakes-winner is owned by Casner Racing, Wachtel Stable, Gary Barber and Corey Johnsen The […]

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Equibase Analysis: Sham Stakes Kicks Off California Road To The KY Derby

The Grade 3 Sham Stakes kicks off the 2017 Road to the Derby, not just the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May but also the Santa Anita Derby one month earlier. Hope springs eternal among the field of seven and with five having won their most recent races there are number of ways […]

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