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Goldencents: Another Classic prospect for O’Neill?

Doug O’Neill enjoyed a life-changing experience with I’ll Have Another in 2012. The 44-year-old trainer conditioned the upstart 3-year-old to unexpected victories in three Grade I races, the Santa Anita Derby, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes before an 11th-hour tendon injury forced him to abort a Triple Crown attempt in the Belmont Stakes. […]

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Out of Bounds posts upset win in Sham

Longshot Out of Bounds caught 1-2 favorite Secret Circle in the final strides to win the Grade 3 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita by a half-length. Longview Drive finished third. Out of Bounds, a 3-year-old colt by Discreet Cat, is trained by Eoin Harty for owner-breeder Darley Stable and was ridden by Garrett Gomez. He […]

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Asmussen ‘blessed’ by Tapizar

In Steve Asmussen’s first year with a California division, the veteran trainer may have scored the top left coast Derby contender in Sham Stakes winner Tapziar. “I’m blessed to have him,” Asmussen said. “He’s a tremendously talented horse.” Even rival trainers are heaping on the praise for the 3-year-old who has already won at Churchill […]

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No decision on Tapizar but will be California dreamin’

After an impressive showing in the Sham Stakes on Saturday, trainer Steve Asmussen doesn’t know where Tapizar will go next, but he does know he’ll stay in California. “His last two races have been impressive,” Asmussen said. “He established that the maiden race was not a fluke.” Most likely, the son of Tapit will run […]

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Tapizar runs away with Sham Stakes

Tapizar led virtually the whole way to beat four three-year-old rivals and take the Grade 3, $100,000 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita Saturday. With Garrett Gomez on board, Tapizar kicked away in mid-stretch to win by nearly four lengths in 1:40.38 for 1 1/16 miles. Tapizar is owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds and was bred in […]

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PAULICK DERBY INDEX brought to you by Vinery LTD: AN ‘AWESOME’ JUMP

While the top four stayed the same, there were some interesting developments in the Paulick Derby Index brought to you by Vinery LTD. The most obvious was Awesome Act’s giant leap to number nine in our poll. Last week, the British invader did not receive a single vote from our 29-vote panel. While […]

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you KBC Horse Supplies

There have been concerns all week about a possible storm hitting Southern California on Santa Anita Handicap day, but the current forecast calls for only light rain in late afternoon and on Saturday night, so the Big ‘Cap show will go on without the threat of cancellation due to drainage problems on the synthetic […]

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by KBC Horse Supplies

Just a smattering of graded stakes action will take place this weekend. Saturday’s Santa Anita card features the Grade 3 Sham for 3-year-olds and though the field has no graded stakes winners in it, an outstanding showing at the 1 1/8-mile distance could put the winner in the Derby picture. Bob Baffert’s The Program, a […]

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SHAM WOW! PAMPLEMOUSSE DOMINATES ON WEST COAST

By Ray Paulick The Pamplemousse turned in a dominating performance over Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface Saturday, winning the Sham Stakes easily by six lengths in a wire-to-wire victory that stamped him as a serious contender for the upcoming Santa Anita Derby and perhaps the Kentucky Derby. Florida shipper Take the Points finished second after chasing […]

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