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Unique Bella Amazing in Las Virgenes Victory

February 7, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Don Alberto Stable’s Unique Bella proved she is the force to be reckoned with down the path to the May 5 Kentucky Oaks (GI) with her 8 ½-length romp in the Las Virgenes Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita. The gray, Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Tapit, though Triple Crown nominated, will more than likely […]

Fan Fave Hoppertunity Romps in San Antonio, Dubai World Cup on Schedule

February 5, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Pegram, Watson and Weitman’s Hoppertunity proved exactly why he’s a big fan favorite on Saturday with an impressive last-to-first victory in the $300,000 San Antonio Stakes (GI) at Santa Anita. The Bob Baffert-trained son of Any Given Saturday earned $180,000 for his latest graded stakes win to bring his bankroll to $4,066,425 […]

Irish War Cry Sounds Derby Call With Holy Bull Victory

February 5, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Isabelle de Tomaso’s New Jersey homebred Irish War Cry made his presence on the Triple Crown trail well known on Saturday with an impressive wire-to-wire score in the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (GII) at Gulfstream Park. The Graham Motion-trained chestnut was ridden to victory by Joel Rosario and crossed the […]

El Areeb Shows Mettle With Withers Win

February 4, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom MMG Stable’s El Areeb proved himself anything but a one-race wonder Saturday with an impressive 4 ¼-length romp in the $250,000 Withers Stakes (GIII) at Aqueduct. Under regular jockey Trevor McCarthy, the Cathal Lynch trainee stalked an early pace while racing near the middle of the track, launched a bold move while […]

Royal Mo Wins Lewis, Officially on Derby Trail

February 4, 2017 |

By Margaret Ransom Jerry and Ann Moss’ Royal Mo stamped himself a legitimate Kentucky Derby (GI) contender on Saturday with an impressive wire-to-wire score in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (GII) at Santa Anita. The bay son of Uncle Mo did so in his graded stakes debut after breaking his maiden last out and […]

Solid, Competitive Field Set for Delta Jackpot

November 17, 2016 |

By Casey Laughter Since it’s inception in 2002, some talented juveniles have used the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (GII) at Delta Downs in Louisiana as a springboard to successful careers as older horses. The 1 1/16-mile race is a bit off the beaten path in terms of the traditional Kentucky Derby (GI) trail […]

Breeders’ Cup Bet – Distaff Odds Update

November 4, 2016 |

It’s a perfect day for racing at Santa Anita. The question on everybody’s mind is whether Songbird holds on to her perfect record. Check out the latest odds from US Racing.   2016 Breeders’ Cup Distaff Odds Songbird Mike Smith 6/5 Land Over Sea Mario Gutierrez 30/1 Curalina John Velazquez 12/1 Corona Del Inca P. […]

Fields Set for Breeders’ Cup; Classic, Distaff Loaded With Talent

October 31, 2016 |

For fields for all the Breeders’ Cup Championship races, go to the Breeders’ Cup website.

Locals, Early Breeders’ Cup Arrivals Out at Santa Anita 10/25

October 25, 2016 |

By Margaret Ransom Photos by Jim Safford It was a busy morning at Santa Anita Tuesday for all the early arrivals and horses based at the California oval on Tuesday, October 25. Some of the more notable workers include Classic-bound Arrogate, Juvenile Fillies-bound Noted and Quoted and Mile-bound Dortmund. Some pictures from the morning:

Stellar Wind, Masochistic Lead Parade of California Breeders’ Cup Works

October 21, 2016 |

By Margaret Ransom Hronis Racing’s champion Stellar Wind, getting ready for her highly antipated matchup with fellow champions Songbird and Beholder in the November 4 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (GI), worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 under exercise rider Jose Contreras at Santa Anita on Friday in company with stablemate and grade 1 winner Hard Aces, […]