Graded stakes-placed Buckland Manor has been retired, and eventually is expected to stand at stud.
Roy C. Wood Jr. will retire from his position as executive director of the California Horse Racing Board effective at the end of 2004.
Roy C. Wood Jr. is expected to resign his position as executive director of the California Horse Racing Board at the CHRB's monthly meeting Thursday at Del Mar.
A change in the weather proved fortuitous for trainer Paco Gonzalez and Buckland Manor, who enters Saturday's $300,000 Strub Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita off a two-length victory in the Sir Beaufort, which was switched from the turf to the main track Dec. 26 due to rain.
John Toffan and Trudy McCaffery's Sir Beaufort Stakes winner Buckland Manor may ride his three-race win streak into a start in the $300,000 Strub Stakes (gr. II) on Feb. 7, trainer Paco Gonzalez said.
Two-year-old bay colt Head of the House won a maiden special weight race for 2-year-olds at Hollywood Park Wednesday to become the first winner for the stallion Free House.
Trainer Paco Gonzalez plans to send out longshot Buckland Manor in Sunday's San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita.
Bosque Redondo's struggle for survival since undergoing surgery in late August ended on Jan. 12, according to a report in Daily Racing Form.
Trainer P. G. Johnson was an early arrival at Barn 22 on Arlington's backstretch, checking on Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Volponi before departing for a flight to New York.
Pacific Classic and Santa Anita Derby winner Came Home took another step forward to the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Arlington Park on Oct. 26, working seven furlongs on Santa Anita's fast main track Friday morning in 1:24.80 under regular rider Mike Smith.
Bosque Redondo, who suffered a fractured right foreleg shortly after the finish of $1-million Pacific Classic, continues to do well following surgery, according to trainer Paco Gonzalez Thursday.
Pacific Classic (gr. I) pace-pusher Bosque Redondo continues to do well following surgery Tuesday for a condylar fracture of the right foreleg and fractured sesamoids, it was reported Friday by trainer Paco Gonzalez.
Came Home had a different rider in Sunday's Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park, but the results were the same as they have been in eight of his 10 previous starts: a comfortable victory.
Trainer Paco Gonzalez Thursday expressed confidence that Came Home would live up to his expected favoritism in the $500,000 Swaps Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles Sunday.
In what trainer Paco Gonzalez said was a faster work than he preferred, Santa Anita Derby winner Came Home zipped six furlongs in 1:12 3/5.
Trainer Paco Gonzalez hopes to set the stage for his own daily double Saturday at Santa Anita Park. He'll start by winning the $200,000 San Bernardino Handicap (gr. II) with Bosque Redondo, then two races later cap off his day by taking the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) with probable favorite Came Home.
Came Home, winner of the San Vicente and San Rafael Stakes this year, worked a sharp six furlongs in 1:13 2/5 in preparation for the April 6 Santa Anita Derby.
All eyes will be on Came Home in Saturday's $150,000 San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs. Last year's Hopeful Stakes winner will be making his first start since finishing seventh in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile, but trainer Paco Gonzalez has the homebred son of Gone West ready for a solid performance.
Hopeful Stakes winner and San Vicente Stakes probable Came Home worked five furlongs in 1:11.80 at Santa Anita on Wednesday as the track closed for workouts early due to heavy rains.
Came Home, who set a stakes record in winning the seven-furlong Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga earlier this month, will start in Saturday's one-mile Norfolk Stakes (gr. II) according to co-owner John Toffan.
The focus this weekend may primarily be on 3-year-olds, with the Wood Memorial in New York, Blue Grass Stakes in Kentucky, and Arkansas Derby all on tap, but other horses should not be forgotten. In California, Bienamado heads the lineup in Santa Anita's grade I San Juan Capistrano.
Trudy McCaffery and John Toffan's homebred 3-year-old filly Kumari Continent edged Queenie Belle in deep stretch to win the $150,000 Hollywood Oaks (gr. II) Saturday at Hollywood Park. Under Kent Desormeaux, Kumari Continent stopped the timer in 1:49.13 after running 1 1/8 miles over a fast track.
Trudy McCaffery, John Toffan and Robert Sangster's Bienamado reeled in early pacesetter Self Feeder racing into the third turn and drew away through the stretch to win the $250,000 Sunset Handicap (gr. IIT) by 1 1/2 lengths Sunday at Hollywood Park. Deploy Venture finished second, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Single Empire.
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