Xavier Perez

‘It’s Anna’s World And I’m Just Living In It’: Maryland Million Distaff Winner ‘Very Special’

Anna’s Bandit has turned into the kind of horse her connections always believed she could be, but it wasn’t as easy as the 5-year-old mare has made it look over the past nine weeks. “No one has any idea what she’s been through. It’s crazy,” trainer John ‘Jerry’ Robb said. “She’s just one of a […]

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Short Turnaround No Problem For Anna’s Bandit In Maryland Million Distaff

No Guts No Glory Farm’s Anna’s Bandit got nothing handed to her by her eight rivals Saturday at Laurel Park. Sent to post as the 1-2 favorite, the multiple stakes-winning mare had to earn her 3 ½-length victory in the $100,000 Maryland Million Distaff. Anna’s Bandit pulled off a rare feat in the seven-furlong stakes […]

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Jockey Perez Sweeps Laurel’s Baby Races On Opening Day

Jockey Xavier Perez kicked off Laurel Park’s summer meet in style by riding longshot first-timer Guilty and heavily favored Quad Eights to victory, sweeping the two juvenile races on Friday’s Opening Day program. J R Sanchez Racing Stable’s Guilty ($27) got the meet off to a rousing start with a 12-1 upset of the opener, […]

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Laurel Park: Jockeys Nik Juarez, Xavier Perez Suspended Following Drug Sweep

Jockeys Nik Juarez and Xavier Perez have both been suspended indefinitely after drug tests were conducted on the entire jockey colony late last week, according to the Daily Racing Form. The Daily Racing Form reports that the Maryland Racing Commission elected to conduct the drug tests last Friday. According to the DRF, Perez tested positive for amphetamines and will need to undergo drug counseling, […]

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Bandbox Takes Wide Trip to General George Win

Hillwood Stable LLC’s Bandbox circled a wall of horses and won for the first time in nearly three years, taking the $250,000 General George Handicap (G3) at Laurel Park Monday afternoon. Monday’s 10-race card was the first since last Wednesday. A powerful storm dumped 17 inches of snow and nearly an inch of ice at […]

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Dance to Bristol Gets Seventh Straight Win in Ballerina Stakes

Dance to Bristol earned her seventh straight victory on Friday and first in a Grade 1, holding off a late charge from favored Book Review to win the 35th running of the $500,000 Ballerina by a hard-fought head at Saratoga Race Course. With the win, Dance to Bristol earned $300,000 and an all-fees-paid entry into […]

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