Lady and The Track | April 25, 2019

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Shaman Ghost, Midnight Storm Top Big ‘Cap Field

March 11, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom A talent-filled 11-race card featuring four graded stakes is on tap at Santa Anita Park Saturday, led by the featured 80th running of the Santa Anita Handicap (GI). The 1 ¼-mile feature is worth $750,000 this year and has drawn a strong field of nine older runners. Since its inception in 1935 […]

Mastery, Gormley Square off in San Felipe

March 10, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Seven sophomores, including a pair of Grade I winners, will race 1 1/16 miles in Saturday’s $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita Park. This year’s 81st running of San Felipe is a critical California prep for the Kentucky Derby in that it offers 50 coveted points and establishes the winner […]

The Best Still in West as Unique Bella Wins Again

March 5, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Don Alberto Stable’s Unique Bella returned to her familiar spot in the winner’s circle on Saturday following an impressive 2 ¼-length victory in the $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes (GIII) at Santa Anita. Despite the win, however, the big gray daughter of Tapit actually had to work for it for the first time […]

J Boys Echo Wins First Stakes in Gotham

March 5, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom For the past few months, Albaugh Family Stable’s J Boys Echo had been knocking at the door belonging to the club of contenders for this year’s Kentucky Derby (GI) and, on Saturday, he finally burst through by winning the $300,000 Gotham Stakes (GIII) at Aqueduct by a widening 3 ½ lengths. The […]

The Best Three-Year-Old in America Races on Saturday

March 4, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom The best sophomore currently in training in North America, arguably, will race this weekend — but not in one of the high-profile Kentucky Derby (GI) preps set to be contested at Gulfstream Park and Aqueduct. On Saturday, while the connections of the colts and geldings hungry for points to make the gate […]

Arrogate Works at Santa Anita, Confirmed for Dubai World Cup Start

February 27, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Juddmonte Farms’ Arrogate worked a mile in 1:38 2/5 over Santa Anita’s fast main track Monday morning in preparation for a start in either the March 11 Santa Anita Handicap (GI) or the March 25 Dubai World Cup (GI) at Meydan Racecourse. Trainer Bob Baffert’s go-to work rider, Martin Garcia, was aboard […]

Girvin Announces Arrival on Triple Crown Trail With Risen Star Win

February 26, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Brad Grady’s lightly raced Girvin officially announced himself as a legitimate Triple Crown candidate on Saturday with an impressive two-length score in the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (GII) at Fair Grounds. The son of Tale of Ekati was ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr. for trainer Joe Sharp and as an 8-1 outsider […]

Farrell Proves Best in East With Rachel Alexandra Win

February 26, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Coffeepot Stables homebred Farrell officially took over as the top sophomore filly in the East on Saturday with her impressive wire-to-wire score in the $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (GII) at Fair Grounds in New Orleans. The bay daughter of Malibu Moon was ridden to victory by jockey Channing Hill for trainer Wayne […]

Gun Runner Returns in Razorback at Oaklawn

February 19, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Eight older runners will head postward in Monday’s 58th running of the Razorback Handicap (GIII), led to the gate by Winchell Thoroughbreds, Three Chimneys Farm and Besilu Stables’ Grade I winner Gun Runner, who is making his 2017 debut and first start since winning the Nov. 25 Clark Handicap (GI) at Churchill […]

Full Field Set for Oaklawn’s Southwest

February 19, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom The Triple Crown trail running through Arkansas officially gets underway Monday with the 52nd running of the Southwest Stakes (GIII) at Oaklawn Park, the traditional prep for the Rebel Stakes (GII), which is on March 18 this year and, eventually, Arkansas Derby (GI), which has been set for April 15. Though, so […]