In spending nearly his entire life around horses, trainer Victor Garcia has learned the importance of patience -- and that quality proved important when Smooth Roller arrived in his stable.
Veteran Southern California trainer Juan Garcia, once known as the "King of Caliente," is officially retiring July 21 and turning over his stable to his son, Victor.
Jungle Prince, overlooked at odds of 10-1 in an evenly matched field of turf sprinters, battled on the front end throughout the $150,000 Hollywood Turf Express Handicap (gr. IIIT) and emerged with a half-length triumph Saturday.
Southern California shipper Dream of Summer pulled away at the eighth pole to dominate her seven opponents in the $150,000 Gardenia Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares at rainy Ellis Park Saturday.
James Weigel's front-running Dream of Summer not only held off favorite Ashado in winning Saturday's $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I), she also successfully fended off the challenges of two outsiders, unlucky Star Parade and Shadow Cast, in the final strides at Oaklawn Park.
Red Warrior, last of 11 after a quarter of a mile, closed powerfully to register a one-length victory at odds of 47-1 in the $300,000 Padua Stables Sprint Saturday, part of the Sunshine Millions program at Santa Anita Park.
Dream of Summer, winner of six of eight career races including her last five in a row, will pass Sunday's $250,000 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) and be pointed to the $150,000 California Cup Matron, trainer Juan Garcia said Wednesday.
James Weigel's 9-1 outsider Dream of Summer made her initial foray into graded stakes company look as simple as can be, recording a gate-to-wire victory in the $150,000 A Gleam Invitational Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares at Hollywood Park Saturday.
Gary Tanaka's grade I winner Passinetti has returned to trainer Ben Cecil's Santa Anita base after several months at a nearby farm and will aim at a defense of his title in the $400,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap (gr. IT) at the end of the meeting on Apr. 18.
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