With the wind whipping through Belmont Park Monday morning, trainer John Sadler had a quick thought. "This is not Del Mar," the Southern California-based trainer said.
Symphonic Movement, a colt from the first crop of High Demand, lived up to his sire's name and was so in demand with buyers that he topped the California October yearling sale Tuesday at Barretts. The muscular bay brought $290,000.
Pamela Ziebarth's Healthy Addiction overcame a challenge from favored Island Fashion and a lengthy steward inquiry to win the $235,000 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting Sunday.
Musique Toujours, upset winner of the Sunshine Millions Classic in January, worked six furlongs in 1:12 1/5 Monday for Saturday's $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup Handicap (gr. I).
Hombre Rapido, an 8-year-old gelding who has competed in the last three runnings of the Los Angeles Times Handicap (gr. III) for sprinters, will attempt to emulate his 2003 victory when facing five rivals Saturday in the $150,000 renewal at Hollywood Park.
Santa Anita Park's 70th anniversary season concludes Monday with the $100,000-added San Simeon Handicap (gr. IIT) highlighting the finale of the 85-day winter/spring meeting.
Seven furlongs and racing at Santa Anita always seem to bring out the best in Hasty Kris. Combined with a rail-skimming ride from Rene Douglas, it was more than enough to put the 8-year-old gelding in the winner's circle after capturing the $150,000 San Carlos Handicap (gr. II) Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Moss' multiple grade III winner Belleski has been retired, trainer John Sadler said, and has been sent to Mill Ridge Farm in Kentucky where she will be bred.
Musique Toujours, with Jorge Chavez in the irons, shocked a quality field in Saturday's $1 million headline race on Sunshine Millions day, going gate-to-wire at odds of 70-1 to win the Ocala Breeders' Sales Classic at Gulfstream Park.
No matter the distance, the pace scenario or the level of competition, Hombre Rapido has only three ways of going once the gates open: fast, faster, fastest.
Tizbud, winner of the 2003 California Cup Classic, is on his toes for his next start in the $100,000 Native Diver Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park on Dec. 11, trainer John Sadler said Friday.
Tizbud, the surprise 10-1 winner of last year's California Cup Classic, is ready to defend his title Oct. 16 at Santa Anita after an absence of almost a year.
Victory Encounter, who gave trainer John Sadler his first grade I triumph with an unexpected Vanity Handicap performance in May, returns to Hollywood Park for another grade I opportunity in the $250,000-added Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap Sunday.
Sunday's $245,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park looked for all the world to be a two-horse duel between Adoration and Star Parade, but Victory Encounter and jockey Alex Solis had other ideas.
Defending champion Hombre Rapido will attempt to join legendary Native Diver as the only two-time winner of the $150,000 Los Angeles Times Handicap (gr. III) Saturday at Hollywood Park.
Valentine Dancer, winner of the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Jan. 24, and Victory Encounter, who captured the El Encino (gr. II) a week earlier, head the field for Saturday's $200,000 La Canada Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita.
Our New Recruit will make his first new start in two months when takes the gate for Sunday's $150,000 Palo Verdes Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita, but trainer John Sadler said the long delay was by design.
Taking advantage of a swift early pace, Victory Encounter circled the field on the turn for home and rumbled home to register her fourth consecutive triumph in Sunday's $150,000 El Encino Stakes (gr. II) for 4-year-old fillies at Santa Anita.
Southern California-based trainers will ask the California Horse Racing Board to establish a detention barn for "in-today" horses. For the past month, trainers have circulated a petition for the detention barn, which supporters say is needed to combat an uneven playing field caused by horsemen who are allegedly using illegal and untested-for medications to enhance the performance of their horses.
Belleski, winner of the Senator Ken Maddy Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita in her last start Oct. 11, will return in the $500,000 Matriarch (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park Nov. 30, trainer John Sadler confirmed Thursday.
Tizbud finally resembled his big brothers Budroyale and Tiznow with a decisive victory Saturday in the $250,000 California Cup Classic at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting.
Course specialist Belleski collared Icantgoforthat in the final furlong and drew clear for a two-length victory over Buffythecenterfold in the $112,000 Sen. Ken Maddy Handicap (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares Saturday at Oak Tree.
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.
Cees Stable's Tizbud, a full brother to 2000 Horse of the Year Tiznow, worked three furlongs in :38 over Del Mar's fast main track on Monday in what was his first work in six months. Shortly after Tizbud finished his three-furlong breeze, little sister Tizdubai was put through her final drill for her added-money debut in Saturday's Sorrento Stakes (gr. II), logging five furlongs in :59 3/5.
Sprinter Taste of Paradise, ridden by Victor Espinoza, registered a stunning front-running victory at odds of 37-1 in Sunday's $250,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) over 1 1/16 mile at Del Mar.
In spite of fractions that were quicker than rapid, Hombre Rapido had plenty left to capture Saturday's $200,000 Los Angeles Times Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park by a length over fast-closing Publication.
Chilean-bred Piensa Sonando, winner of the Native Diver Handicap here in December, worked four furlongs in :50 on the Hollywood Park main track Thursday for the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) Saturday.
Trainer John Sadler confirmed Friday that he planned to run track record-holder Hombre Rapido in the $200,000 Los Angeles Times Handicap (gr. III) and Palmeiro in the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II), both on May 10 at Hollywood Park.
Trainer John Sadler isn't as concerned about Hadl's jump from a claiming race into Sunday's $100,000 Irish O'Brien Stakes at Santa Anita as he is about the racing staying on the grass.
Pelirrojo, who was considered an early Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contender last year before suffering a knee injury in his sixth-place finish in the San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) Mar. 2, made his first appearance on the Southern California work tab since then, posting a half-mile in :49, handily, at Santa Anita Friday.
Padua Stables' Vindication worked a half-mile in ::49 3/5 handily over Santa Anita's main track Sunday with Dana Barnes aboard. "It was just an easy work," trainer Bob Baffert said. "Good horses like this one make it so easy. All I have to do is keep him happy and healthy and he does the rest."
Bob's Lady, the only stakes winner in the field, cruised to a 5 1/2-length victory in the $100,000 Work The Crowd Handicap at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
The $200,000 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II), a 1 1/16-mile main track event set to be run on Jan. 11, is expected to draw a nearly full field of talented 4-year-olds.
Bob's Lady, a stakes-winner of more than $100,000, and Brite Sunny Day, who has won two of her three starts, head a field of six in Sunday's $100,000 Work The Crowd Handicap at Golden Gate Fields.
Hombre Rapido lived up to his name, busting to the lead early and cruising to a 2 1/2-length victory in track record time of 1:01 3/5 for 5 1/2 furlongs in Friday's featured seventh race at Hollywood Park.
Rmisvesta worked seven furlongs in 1:26.40 Sunday morning at Hollywood Park and received the green light for the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies Saturday from trainer John Sadler.
Cee's Stable's Tizbud, the full brother of 2000 Horse of the Year Tiznow and multiple Grade II winner Budroyale, broke his maiden easily in a 1 1/16-mile special weight event Thursday at Hollywood Park.
Cee's Stable's Tizbud, the full brother to 2000 Horse of the Year Tiznow who is winless in his first two starts, is entered in a $43,000 maiden special weight on Thursday at Hollywood Park.
Street Cry's stellar performance to win the seventh running of the Group I Dubai World Cup in March earned the Godolphin Racing star's the Emirates Racing Association's Nashwan Horse of the Year Award for 2001-02.
Trainers John Sadler, Art Sherman and Gil Matos have been added to the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California.
Five Southern California trainers have been fined $1,500 each by the California Horse Racing Board after an herbal product they used on horses under their care was found to contain two banned substances. A hearing will be held in January.
In an attempt to head off a backstretch union movement before it gains momentum, California trainers have formed a group called the "Employee Education Association" to tackle the issue.
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