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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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Gormley Begins Kentucky Derby Quest In G3 Sham Stakes

The road to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8 will have its first graded stop on Saturday at Santa Anita, as Grade I winning Gormley and recent first-out maiden winner American Anthem head a group of seven newly turned 3-year-olds in the Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes, to be contested at a […]

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Gormley Preparing ‘Very Well’ For Saturday’s Sham Stakes

Under Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza, Gormley, winner of the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes Oct. 1, worked five furlongs at 9 o’clock Monday morning on a “good” main track in 1:00.60 for Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes at one mile, the first major steppingstone on the West Coast to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby […]

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Collected Leads At Every Call In Sunland Festival Of Racing Stakes

Speedway Stables’ Collected sprinted to the lead out of the gate and repelled fellow shipper Gettysburg to win the $415,000 Sunland Festival of Racing Stakes by two lengths on Sunday. The race was carded for sophomores as a replacement for the Sunland Park Derby, though no Kentucky Derby points were offered this year. The City […]

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The Xpressbet Weekend Bankroll: Chrome Returns

Three of the last four Kentucky Derby winners have come from the California circuit, and this weekend’s slate features not only a points race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby but also the return of one of those winners to competition. In Saturday’s Grade 2 San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita, 2014 Derby winner California […]

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FTBOA presents Florida Stars: Ocala-Bred Calculator Looms Large

At 2-year-old in training sales like OBS April, the eyes have it. The pedigree page remains a consideration, but for many buyers, what they see at the barn and on the track often trumps everything else. There are no guarantees, of course, but each box a horse checks in appearance, presence, and workouts, adds up […]

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Bloodlines: Pedigree, Visible Traits Add Up for Calculator

One of the truths made evident every year at the sales of 2-year-olds in training is that racing is about the individual, the burgeoning racehorse in front of you, as he shows his growing qualities both in a breeze before the sale and in physical conformation and manner at the barns. Instead of pedigree’s paper […]

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Trujillo Having Solid Meet at Santa Anita

Tom Knust has heard the lines about how “Elvis has left the building” umpteen times. The agent who represents jockey Elvis Trujillo is used to it, same as he’s becoming accustomed to the 30-year-old Panamanian making a mark for himself on the highly competitive Southern California circuit, finishing high in the standings at every meet […]

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Calculator Dominant in Sham Stakes Victory

Odds-on favorite Calculator took the lead on the far turn and went on to an impressive open-lengths win in the Grade 3, $100,000 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday, breaking his maiden in the process. Sitting comfortably off a pace set by St. Joe Bay, Calculator and jockey Elvis Trujillo passed horses on the […]

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