There was an intensity in Peter Miller's eyes as he peppered the winner circle with as many high fives as he could, indicating the neck victory in the seventh race was a little more than just a run-of-the-mill allowance win.
A tough-luck finisher in two graded stakes runs in the past year, Stonestreet Stable's homebred Tara's Tango broke through Feb. 13 in the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.
Reddam Racing's Frank Conversation put together back-to-back victories in a big way Feb. 13 when he rallied to take the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields.
Bolo fired his best off a seven-month layoff in the $200,000 Arcadia Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park, where he caught odds-on grade I winner Obviously in the final strides to secure his first graded victory.
After a four-furlong breeze from the gate in :49 3/5 at Santa Anita Park Feb. 13, trainer John Shirreffs said Jerry and Ann Moss' homebred Ziconic will likely make his debut at Santa Anita Park Feb. 20.
Some of the West Coast's brightest equine stars from last year are getting back into the swing of things at Santa Anita Park.
Nyquist's first step onto the Triple Crown trail comes Feb. 15 at Santa Anita Park, where he'll look to keep his undefeated record intact against five other sophomore males in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II).
Five stakes -- two of them graded -- worth $625,000 highlight the inaugural spring Thoroughbred meet at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Once a legitimate hopeful for the Triple Crown series, Richard Pell's Calculator will make his first start in more than a year Feb. 13 at Santa Anita Park.
Due to stabling concerns in Southern California as result of the Breeders' Cup World Championships being held at Santa Anita Park, Barretts Equine is moving its October yearling sale back to the Los Angeles Fairgrounds.
Trainer Graham Motion and owner Team Valor International, who teamed to win the 2011 Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom before later going their separate ways, are back with another promising 3-year-old in Kasseopia.
After a worldwide search saw applications submitted from nearly every continent, the management of Santa Anita Park has invited two international race callers to join the audition process later in February.
Team O'Neill hopes to get another Paul Reddam-owned colt, Frank Conversation, on the Triple Crown trail in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) Feb. 13 at Golden Gate Fields.
Grade I winner Birdatthewire will make her second start of 2016 in the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 13 at Santa Anita Park.
Om, Prospect Park, and Bolo are scheduled to make their 4-year-old debuts in the Arcadia Stakes, but they'll all be encountering older horses for the first time.
Horse of the year finalists are California Chrome, Gimme Da Lute, and Spanish Queen.
This week we take a closer look at Mor Spirit, winner of the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) on Feb. 6 at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Bill McLean recorded his 1,000th victory Feb. 7, when Moogie Woogie skimmed the rail to capture the fifth race at Golden Gate Fields.
Kobe's Back broke slowly and trailed by as many as 10 1/2 lengths, but he unleashed his patented closing kick and was just able to track down Salutos Amigos in the final strides to win the Palos Verdes Stakes (gr. II).
Doug O'Neill wanted a swift, short breeze from Reddam Racing's Nyquist eight days ahead of his 3-year-old debut in the San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) and that's what he got Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park.
David Bienstock and Chuck Winner's Flamboyant overtook Gaga A in the stretch and won his second straight grade II turf race in the $200,000 San Marcos Stakes Feb. 6 at Santa Anita Park.
A year-long stretch of near misses ended for Hoppertunity Feb. 6 in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.
Songbird ambled home to win the $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 6 at Santa Anita , 6 1/2 lengths ahead of Land Over Sea, but Smith had such a tight hold on her, the margin might as well have been 26 1/2 lengths.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens delivered an icy ride and grade I winner Mor Spirit responded full of run in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park.
Texas Red, winner of the 2014 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), is back in training at Santa Anita Park and is scheduled to record his first timed workout of 2016 on Feb. 13 at the Southern California racetrack.
Multiple graded stakes winners Kobe's Back and Salutos Amigos head a field of six older horses in the $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park.
In four years of drought, California horses haven't missed a beat on the Triple Crown trail. But that may be about to change thanks to the arrival of El Nino.
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Two days ahead of Santa Anita Park's second official Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) prep, another 3-year-old colt made waves with what could end up being his first step on the Triple Crown trail Feb. 4.
Grade I winner Chiropractor and upset San Gabriel Stakes (gr. IIT) winner Flamboyant both figure to be running late as they head the eight-horse field in the $200,000 San Marcos Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park Feb. 6.
Dortmund may be on the sidelines for now, but Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert still holds a good hand going into the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 6 at Santa Anita Park.
As the series of Southern California Triple Crown preps really kicks into gear with the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 6 at Santa Anita Park, once again a Bob Baffert-trained colt looms prominently.
Fox Hill Farms' undefeated Songbird will make her 2016 debut in the $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 6 and will again be a commanding favorite when the gates open at Santa Anita Park.
Two-time grade I winner Dortmund will miss the Feb. 6 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II), Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert confirmed Feb. 2.
The first reported foal for graded stakes winner and California stallion Northern Causeway is a filly born Jan. 28.
Paul Matties of upstate New York held off Roger Cettina of New Jersey to capture three-day, $2.77 million NHC at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Duke Matties finished fourth.
A homebred California-bred chestnut, with blinkers on and Victor Espinoza in the irons, broke away from the field to win the $250,000 California Cup Derby Jan. 30 at Santa Anita Park. Sound familiar?
With up to two inches of rain expected Jan. 31 in Southern California, trainer Doug O'Neill moved Nyquist's regular Sunday work up a day to Jan. 30, and the champion 2-year-old male of 2015 impressed on the track once again.
Handicapping contest veteran Dave Gutfreund led the National Handicapping Championship at Treasure Island in Las Vegas after the second day Jan. 29 with a $237 bankroll.
First-time qualifier Phil Bongiovanni, a 43-year-old Thoroughbred racehorse owner from California, led the National Handicapping Championship with a $200 bankroll after the first day Jan. 28.
In his first race since 2014, jockey Stewart Elliott couldn't have started worse, but finished up just fine.
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California Chrome will run Feb. 25 in a 2,000-meter handicap to prep for the March 26 Dubai World Cup (UAE_I) rather than racing on the March 5 "Super Saturday" program, assistant trainer Alan Sherman confirmed Jan. 26.
Few people in the sport have ever been as genuinely beloved and admired as Bob and Beverly Lewis.
Decked out in his fresh new "Chrome" jacket in the paddock area just before the fourth race at Santa Anita Park Jan. 24, Art Sherman gave a glowing report on California Chrome's condition since landing in Dubai.
On the mend since a bone chip was discovered and removed in her ankle last October, Reddam Racing's Gomo should be returning to track soon for trainer Doug O'Neill.
Undefeated Nyquist ran a full lap around the Santa Anita Park main track during a workout Jan. 24, but was officially given a time of 1:15 3/5 for six furlongs.
Terry Lovingier's Lost Bus provided a 64-1 stunner in the $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 23 at Santa Anita Park.
Midwest Thoroughbreds' The Pizza Man had his first work of 2016 Jan. 23 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
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