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The Xpressbet Weekend Bankroll: Old Faces, New Places

This weekend’s main events feature some familiar faces either making a return to racing off a long layoff or getting a fresh start in a new environment. In the Grade 3 Hal’s Hope at Gulfstream Park Saturday, we’ll see Lea for the first time since February of last year. The Bill Mott trainee began 2014 […]

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Of Taxis and Sun Dials: Ward Doesn’t Share Baffert’s Belief in Sham Winner

Team Hollendorfer is nothing if not confident. When a trainer has 6,568 victories and counting in a Hall of Fame career that ranks him third all-time behind Dale Baird and Steve Asmussen, a touch of braggadocio is certainly within reason. Through the first 14 days of Santa Anita’s meet, Hollendorfer has won 13 races from […]

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Midnight Hawk on Derby Trail with Sham Victory

In a performance befitting the race’s namesake, the Bob Baffert-trained Midnight Hawk stretched out to two turns in style, winning Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths under Mike Smith, thus stamping himself as a leading contender for the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5. With two scratches […]

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Santa Anita: Road to the KY Derby Gets Underway with Sham Stakes

The road to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby begins on Saturday, as Santa Anita will present the Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes at a flat mile, a wide-open affair that has attracted six sophomores, five of which exit maiden special weight victories—including the Kory Owens-trained Top Fortitude, who will again by ridden […]

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Baseball icon Lasorda still selling the Dodgers, even at the racetrack

After 64 years of service, LA Dodgers icon Tom Lasorda is still pushing baseball, even to Santa Anita patrons. After a lifetime of experience in the team, Lasorda’s current title is officially assistant to the chairman. A recent column by the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Dwyre followed Lasorda on a trip to the track as […]

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Heavily-favored Goldencents pulls ahead in Sham

From the outset, Saturday’s Grade III, one-mile Sham Stakes at Santa Anita had the look and feel of a major derby prep, as 2-5 favorite Goldencents and Kevin Krigger were bumped leaving the gate, steadied off heels going into the Club House turn and were fully extended to win the year’s first prep for the […]

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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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