ARCADIA, Calif. — Unique Bella’s speed has been her biggest asset, but in the Breeders’ Cup it became her biggest liability. Because of the hot pace she set that day in the Filly and Mare Sprint, different tactics were used on Tuesday by jockey Mike Smith in the $301,305 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita,
ARCADIA, Calif. — Through late summer and fall, City of Light suggested in his performances in maiden and allowance races that he would eventually be a factor in a stakes. City of Light made his first appearance in a stakes in Tuesday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita, and he ran the best
ARCADIA, Calif. — Gary Stevens is heading to Oaklawn Park next week, but before he got out of town he reminded everyone on Tuesday’s opening-day card at Santa Anita that he’s ready to come back here for major races over the next few months. Stevens, aboard Giant Expectations in the Grade 2, $300,000 San Antonio
It is tempting to take advantage of Santa Anita Park’s opening day Tuesday by launching into a sweaty reminiscence of “how things have changed.” Of how the Southern California circuit is a dim shadow of its glorious past. Of how the average ontrack attendance has declined by 20,000 souls over the past 30 years. Or
ARCADIA, Calif. — Bolt d’Oro has been taking it fairly easy since the Breeders’ Cup, but soon he and the rest of the 3-year-old class of 2018 at Santa Anita will begin their serious preparations toward the May 5 Kentucky Derby, which locally based horses have won four times in the last six years, with
ELMONT, N.Y. — New York Racing Association officials believe a new hockey arena, hotel, and retail space announced Wednesday for Belmont Park is the next step in revitalizing the track and the Thoroughbred racing industry in New York. On Wednesday, it was announced that Arena Partners, a group representing the New York Islanders of the
CYPRESS, Calif. — Trainer Ron Ellis has been fined $10,000 and suspended 60 days after Masochistic tested positive for the steroid stanozolol following a second-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita in November 2016. Ellis said Sunday afternoon that he is considering an appeal, pending a conversation with his attorney, Steve Schwartz.
Bob Baffert led all trainers at the 11-day Los Alamitos winter meeting with six wins, two of which were in Grade 1 races. On Dec. 9, Baffert became the first trainer to win the Grade 1 Starlet Stakes and Grade 1 Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity in the same year. The Los Alamitos meet began Nov.
It’s not every day that a racing company’s plans for the future are laid out in stark terms anyone can understand. More often than not, the public is delivered corporate platitudes and pies in the sky. Not so last Wednesday at Santa Anita, where track owner Frank Stronach and chief operating officer Tim Ritvo answered
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Nine months after winning the Grade 3 Skip Away here in impressive fashion, Fear the Cowboy returned to Gulfstream Park and repeated the performance, rallying from far back under Javier Castellano to register a 2 1/4-length decision over a determined Mr. Jordan in Saturday’s Grade 3 Harlan’s Holiday. The effort could
Shakhimat registered his first stakes win in more than 20 months when pulling an 11-1 upset Saturday in the 39th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Tropical Turf at Gulfstream Park in south Florida. Sent to the lead by Edgard Zayas down the backstretch of the one-mile turf race, Shakhimat turned back all challenges in
The Stronach Group sold nine of the 12 slots to its Pegasus World Cup prior to a Friday evening deadline for the transactions and will buy the other three $1 million slots with the intent of marketing them to late comers in the six weeks until the Jan. 27 race at its Gulfstream Park in
Of all the generous donations descending upon Del Mar in the wake of the San Luis Rey Downs fire evacuation, few rang with more of a sense of pure community than the van load of stable supplies that pulled up to the backstretch recreation room late last Tuesday afternoon. From Thoroughbred trainers in Florida.
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — The amazing Page McKenney returns to south Florida for just the second time in his long career when he takes on eight rivals in Saturday’s $100,000 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The Harlan’s Holiday is one of five Grade 3 stakes on Saturday’s 11-race program, which is scheduled to begin
If required, I, and a lot of other folks I’m sure, could make a compelling case in defense of the majority (NOT unanimous) stewards’ decision to disqualify Solomini from first in Saturday’s Grade 1 Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity and place him third for coming in slightly in the stretch and bumping Instilled Regard, who was
CYPRESS, Calif. — Solomini finished first in Saturday’s Grade 1 Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity at Los Alamitos, but was disqualified and placed third behind stablemate McKinzie and Instilled Regard for causing interference in the final sixteenth. The stewards voted 2-1 to disqualify Solomini, who drifted in late and bumped with Instilled Regard and McKinzie, who
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. completed one of the most memorable days of his career, and one of the most memorable days in the 51-year history of the Clasico Internacional del Caribe, when he guided Mexico’s Jala Jala to a convincing nine-length victory over Fray Angelico in the $300,000 Clasico del Caribe
SAN DIEGO — About 25 racehorses were killed when a wildfire engulfed about eight barns at a training center in northeast San Diego County, the California Horse Racing Board said Friday. Horses that were in surrounding pastures remain unaccounted for. Nearly 500 horses were stabled at the San Luis Rey Downs training center in Bonsall