Former Navarro Sprinter Shancelot Heading To Asmussen Stable

Shancelot, who won the Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga last summer for recently indicted trainer Jorge Navarro, will be joining the Steve Asmussen stable sometime in May, according to Michelle Crawford, who with husband Albert owns the 4-year-old Shanghai Bobby colt in the name of Crawford Farms Racing. Shancelot has been at Kentucky Equine […]

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Japanese Stud Fee Announced For California Chrome

Two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome will stand for an advertised fee of 4 million yen (about $36,500) during his debut season at Arrow Stud in Japan, BloodHorse reports. The 8-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit was initially slated to stand the 2020 breeding season at Taylor Made Stallions in Nicholasville, Ky., for $30,000. California […]

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Reinvigorated Navarro Readies For Championship Meet Title Defense At Gulfstream

No matter how much success Jorge Navarro has enjoyed and how many more accomplishments may come his way, the 44-year-old native of Panama City, Panama will always embrace the humble beginnings of his burgeoning training career. Navarro looks back at his early days on the Calder Race Course backstretch with pride, using them as a […]

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Mitole Confidently Ridden For Breeders’ Cup Sprint Victory

Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Met Mile winner Mitole (9-5) was confidently handled to win Saturday’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, settling off the pace of speedy 3-2 favorite Shancelot and running down that rival in the stretch to win going away by 1 1/4 lengths. The 4-year-old son of Eskendereya, trained by Steve Asmussen and […]

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Mitole ‘Really Proud Of Himself’ After Bullet Gate Work At Santa Anita

Met Mile winner Mitole served notice on Monday that he’s ready to take on all comers in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in two weeks’ time. The 4-year-old Eskendereya colt posted a bullet five-furlong move from the gate at Santa Anita Park, turning in a sharp final time of 58 4/5 seconds, according to “He hasn’t […]

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Omaha Beach: Malibu, Pegasus Named As Post-Breeders’ Cup Targets

While trainer Richard Mandella has not announced a final decision on a Breeders’ Cup race for Omaha Beach, the 3-year-old son of War Front is expected to race after the Nov. 2 World Championships. According to, the Grade 1 Malibu over seven furlongs on Dec. 26 is the current mid-range target, while the G1 […]

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Omaha Beach Vaults Back Into NTRA’s Top Thoroughbred Poll

The dazzling effort Omaha Beach put forth to capture the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes this past weekend launched the son of War Front back in the race for divisional honors and landed the Fox Hill Farms colorbearer on this week’s NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. In his first start since capturing the Grade […]

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‘Anything’s Possible’; Mandella Ponders Breeders’ Cup Options After Returning Omaha Beach Wins Santa Anita Sprint Championship

The morning line favorite for this Kentucky Derby and idle since April 13, Richard Mandella-trained Omaha Beach put on a tremendous exhibition in Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, as he gradually overhauled heavily favored eastern invader Shancelot to prevail by a head in an astonishingly fast 1:08.79 under Mike Smith. The question […]

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Equibase Analysis: Upset Brewing In Santa Anita Sprint Championship?

The Grade 1, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship is an interesting race on many fronts, not the least of which is due to the return of Omaha Beach, sidelined since winning the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes and Grade 1 Arkansas Derby this spring. The ultra-fast Shancelot ships in from the East Coast off a loss […]

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