As the small California town of Hemet grew to encompass the area surrounding Ridgeley Farm, owner Pat Thompson did what she always does--she figured out a way to make it work.
Millionaire Grey Memo came through with his first winner when his son Raising Memo won Sept. 3 at Stockton.
Warren Stute, a popular Thoroughbred trainer on the Southern California circuit for nearly 70 years, died Thursday at his home in Arcadia, Calif. He was 85.
Warren Stute continued to rest at his Arcadia home Saturday morning, but the veteran Southern California's trainer of more than 60 years is already thinking about his return to Del Mar, according to his younger brother, Mel Stute.
The entry of Peace Rules and Midas Eyes was installed the 9-5 morning line favorite by odds maker Jeff Tufts for Saturday's $1 million Barretts/CTBA Classic, marquee event on Sunshine Millions Day at Santa Anita Park.
The March 27 Dubai World Cup, worth $6 million, has attracted 84 nominations, including Pleasantly Perfect, Medaglia d'Oro, Funny Cide, and Congaree.
Sky Jack is ready for his Cal Cup close-up again. The California-bred gelding is being prepared for another go-round in the $250,000 California Cup Classic on Nov. 8, his first start since winning the Longacres Mile (gr. III) at Emerald Downs on Aug. 25.
Coming off the worst race of his career, top California sprinter Joey Franco showed his doubters that he can win around two turns in Monday's $178,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II).
Headed by San Diego Handicap (gr. II) winner Taste of Paradise, $1.7-million earner Grey Memo and the consistent sprinter Captain Squire, a field of seven is set in the Labor Day $250,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at a mile on the main track Monday.
San Diego Handicap (gr. II) Taste of Paradise has certainly proved that patience is a virtue to trainer John Sadler.
Headed by defending champion Disturbingthepeace, up-and-coming sprint star Bluesthestandard and millionaire Grey Memo, a strong field of 11 speedsters is set to go to the post Sunday in the $150,000 Pat O'Brien Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar.
American horses drew a blank at the $15.2 million Dubai World Cup races at Nad Al Sheba, but two of the winners on a stirring night's racing are due to switch to training in the United States.
Gary Stevens has scrapped plans to ride in Dubai on March 29, due to the war in the Middle East.
Jeff Mullins, who trains Captain Squire and Lusty Latin, both already are in Dubai for the March 29 World Cup card, plans to leave for Dubai on Sunday, he said from Santa Anita on Thursday.
Crafty C.T., a consistent sprinter who has finished first, second or third in 11 of 13 career starts, returns to action Sunday in the $200,000 San Carlos Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Bruce Headly declared champion Kona Gold from consideration for Sunday's San Carlos Handicap (gr. I) after the 9-year-old gelding was assigned top weight of 121 pounds for the seven-furlong test.
San Miguel (gr. III) winner Omega Code posted his first breeze for new owners Team Valor Sunday, zipping a bullet five furlongs in :58 2/5 breezing at Santa Anita while in company with the John Dolan-trained Alices Silver Lady, who was given the same time as her workmate. The moves were easily the fastest of the 56 who worked at the distance.
Ultra-consistent Best of the Rest, ridden by Eibar Coa, defeated pace-making Booklet and a late-charging Grey Memo by 1 1/2 length Saturday in the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park.
Grey Memo, set to depart California Wednesday morning for Saturday's $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park, had his final prep for the 1 1/8-mile event Tuesday by working five furlongs in 1:00 1/5, handily, at Santa Anita.
Not the least disheartened by Mayakovsky's ninth-place finish in the seven-furlong Malibu Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita on opening day, trainer Patrick Biancone says the 4-year-old Florida-bred is ready to go as he prepares for the $1 million Ocala Breeders' Sales Classic at 1 1/8 miles in the Sunshine Millions at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25.
Warren Stute was occupied mastering a new cell phone in his stable office in Barn 63 South at Hollywood Park on Thursday. For a trainer who some think is a contemporary of Alexander Graham Bell, the adaptation to the marvels of modern technology is no small feat.
Euchre and Grey Memo, second and fourth, respectively, in last year's Native Diver Handicap (gr. III), will return for Saturday's 24th running of the $100,000 stakes race.
Doug O'Neill, the leading trainer at the Hollywood Park Autumn Meet with 10 victories entering the final two weeks, plans to enter a pair of horses in sharp form in graded stakes races this weekend.
Harris Farms-bred Hot Market, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, registered a 3 1/2-length victory over Grey Memo in the $107,700 On Trust Handicap for California breds Saturday at Hollywood Park.
Grey Memo, winner of the On Trust Handicap in 2000, is the 120-pound highweight in a field of six older horses for Saturday's 7 1/2 furlong test for California breds.
Old pro Laffitt Pincay Jr. picked up his third Cal Cup Classic victory aboard 10-1 Calkins Road Saturday at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting.
Continental Red, winner of the San Luis Rey Stakes (gr. II) on turf at Santa Anita earlier this year, returns to the main track after a 16-race, 19-month absence from competition on dirt.
Trainer Richard Mandella thinks he has a big chance with Pleasantly Perfect in Sunday's $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at 1 1/8 miles.
Hall of Fame rider Eddie Delahoussaye, injured Friday in a one-horse spill, will not be riding for the rest of the Del Mar meeting.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem was reported in good shape this morning, following Tuesday's sizzling 5-furlong work in 57 3/5 seconds for Sunday's $1-million, grade I Pacific Classic.
Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner War Emblem, who also has victories in the Kentucky Derby ( gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) this year, was back in his stall at Del Mar Wednesday morning, and already making it known he is a candidate for the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) on August 25.
80-year-old trainer Warren Stute wins another big one with Grey Memo's victory in the San Diego Handicap.
Congaree, a 4-year-old son of Arazi owned by Stonerside Stable, will be trying to snap a three-year stranglehold by trainer Robert Frankel on the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar on Sunday. At the same time he could give his trainer, Bob Baffert, his first victory in the event.
California-bred Grey Memo romped to a 3 1/2-length win in the $1 million Godolphin Mile (UAE-II) Saturday night at Nad Al Sheba, completing the distance in 1:36.69 on a fast track and under Gary Stevens.
On Sunday, Snow Ridge continued his impressive run through the sprint stakes schedule at Santa Anita, leading wire-to-wire in winning the $150,000 San Carlos Handicap (gr. I). Earlier at the meet, Snow Ridge won the El Conejo (gr. III) and Palos Verdes (gr. II) handicaps.
Squirtle Squirt dueled with Explicit through blistering early fractions before being caught at the wire by 45-1 longshot Ceeband in Sunday's $296,000 Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Invitational Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park. Bred in California by Cecelia Straub-Rubens, breeder of reigning Horse of the Year Tiznow, Ceeband returned $91.80, $25.40, and $13.80 and led a $1 exacta worth $167.90.
Irish Prize came from off the pace to beat Timboroa by a neck and win the $110,400 Fastness Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park on Sunday. Ridden by Gary Stevens, Irish Prize covered 1 1/8 miles on the turf in 1:50.01 on the firm turf course and paid $5.60, $3.20, and $2.60 as the 9-5 favorite.
While Kona Gold rightfully deserves the majority of the attention in the sprint division following his Eclipse Award-winning season in 2000, it's stablemate Son of a Pistol who will be defending his crown in the 63rd running of the grade I San Carlos Handicap Sunday.
Just in time for Christmas, aptly named Jingle Bell Hop ran the right race on the right day. Trainer Vladimir Cerin had said that if his winless filly didn't hit the win column on Christmas Eve, it might never happen. Jingle Bell Hop didn't let Cerin down. Without a victory in four starts and forced to settle for two seconds earlier at the meet, the 3-year-old won easily Sunday under Gary Stevens in the last race of Hollywood Park's fall season.
Sky Jack set a brisk early pace under jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. and drew away to a seven-length win in the $100,000 Native Diver Handicap (gr. III), Sunday at Hollywood Park. The 4-year-old son of Jaklin Klugman completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:46.81.
Beautiful Pleasure worked one-mile over a fast track at Keeneland Wednesday morning, preparing for the Beldame Stakes (gr. I), in which she will likely face Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) winner Riboletta. Also working one mile Wednesday were Notable Career, Grey Memo, and Alvo Certo.
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