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Perfect Drift Appears Eager to Race

Perfect Drift Appears Eager to Race

Perfect Drift had his second three-furlong work at Santa Anita March 31 for trainer Richard Mandella. The 9-year-old earner of $4,680,691 clocked :37 flat on Santa Anita's synthetic surface and appears eager to get back to the races.

Polytrack Debuts Successfully at Del Mar

Polytrack Debuts Successfully at Del Mar

Trainer T.R. (Ray) Bell II and jockey Jon Court had never received so much attention for capturing a maiden event as they did when Special Smoke became the first horse to win a race over Del Mar's new Polytrack racing surface July 18.

Ankle Surgeries for Boboman, Ainamaa

Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) winner Boboman, a disappointing fourth in the Californian (gr. II) in his last start June 2, came out of the race with an ankle injury and will undergo surgery this week, trainer Richard Mandella confirmed Wednesday.

El Roblar Rocks in Ack Ack Triumph

Trying Hollywood Park's Cushion Track for the first time, favored El Roblar gained the lead at the top of the stretch for jockey Victor Espinoza and rolled to a two-length win over grade I winner Siren Lure Saturday in the $109,700 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) at 7 1/2 furlongs.

Peace Chant to Try L.A. Handicap After Smart Win

Following a win in an allowance/optional claiming sprint Friday at Santa Anita, Peace Chant, whose parents were Breeders' Cup winners, will probably return to graded stakes competition next month at the upcoming Hollywood Park meeting.

California Buyers Pace First OBS March Session

The opening session of the 2007 Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March select 2-year-olds in training sale benefited from the appearance of a large contingent of West Coast trainers and bloodstock agents, with California residents walking away with the session's top-priced colt and filly.

'On the Muscle' to Re-Air Jan. 23

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The acclaimed documentary, "On The Muscle: Portrait of a Thoroughbred Racing Stable," which recently earned Pony Highway Productions and HorseRacing TV a national television media Eclipse award, will re-air Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. (ET) on HRTV.

Pony Highway Productions, HRTV Win Eclipse Award for Mandella Documentary

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 4 that Pony Highway Productions and HRTV have won the Media Eclipse Award in the national television--features category for the documentary "On the Muscle: Portrait of a Thoroughbred Racing Stable," which explores the world of Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella and six horses in his stable.

Mandella Works Turf Cup Magic With Boboman

Boboman, who returned to action for trainer Richard Mandella this summer after nearly 30 months on the sidelines, completed his remarkable comeback by winning the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup Handicap (gr. IT) in his stakes debut Saturday.

The Tin Man to Miss Citation With Soreness

Trainer Richard Mandella reported Sunday from Santa Anita that The Tin Man, the 123-pound high weight for the $400,000 Citation Handicap Friday, would skip the grade I test at 1 1/16 miles on grass.

Mandella Named Director for Oak Tree Racing

Richard Mandella, one of the nation's leading trainers and a member of Racing's Hall of Fame, has accepted a directorship on the board of Oak Tree Racing Association,

Mandella Named Director for Oak Tree Racing

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Richard Mandella, one of the nation's leading trainers and a member of Racing's Hall of Fame, has accepted a directorship on the board of Oak Tree Racing Association.

The Tin Man Expected to Return in Citation H.

Trainer Richard Mandella plans to start the venerable gelding The Tin Man in the Citation Handicap (gr. IT) Nov. 24, trying to match his feat in 2003 when the Hall of Fame conditioner saddled 8-year-old Redattore to victory in the same race at Hollywood Park.

Cushion Track Praised as Hollywood Opens

California horsemen, who have been nearly unanimous in their praise of the new Hollywood surface in recent weeks of training, continued to give Cushion Track a thumbs up after the first day of racing at the fall meeting.

Senior Citizens Ripe for Breeders' Cup

Entered in this year's Breeders' Cup Championships is a horse who has not let the increasing years of his life affect his racing career. Perfect Drift, still going strong at age 7, has aged like fine wine, continuing to post impressive efforts as Nov. 4 rapidly approaches.

Old Timers Day on Tap Saturday

When the dust settles following Saturday's major stakes, we could be saluting the geriatric set if 8-year-old The Tin Man and 7-year-olds Perfect Drift and Meteor Storm come away with victories in their respective races.

Spellbinder Dazzles in Berkeley Handicap

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Moss' heavily favored Spellbinder dug in for the final strides to hold off the surging Sharp Writer and win the $150,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) in gate-to-wire fashion at Golden Gate Fields Monday.

Four Years Later, Tin Man Repeats in American

Ageless The Tin Man earned a repeat victory in the $250,000 American Invitational Handicap (gr. IIT) Sunday on the Hollywood Park turf, which isn't all that remarkable until you consider that his first win in the 1 1/8-mile event came in 2002.

The Tin Man Well-Oiled for American Return

The 8-year-old gelding The Tin Man will attempt to win the $250,000 American Invitational Handicap (gr. IIT) four years after he first captured the nine-furlong grass event at Hollywood Park for trainer Richard Mandella.

HRTV to Air Unique Horseracing Documentary

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Racing fans will be treated to a unique, behind-the-scenes look at Thoroughbred racing when HorseRacing TV presents the documentary, "On The Muscle," in a three-part series, beginning on Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. ET.

Congrats Heads Mixed Bag in San Carlos Handicap

Three entrants who have distinguished themselves in distance races, Congrats, Imperialism and Surf Cat, will have to deal with a pair of sharp and improving 5-year-old sprinters in Major Success and Jet West at seven furlongs in Santa Anita's $150,000 San Carlos Handicap (gr. II) on Saturday.

Unbridled Energy Turns It On in San Fernando

Doug Cauthen's Unbridled Energy, rallying from far back, wore down favored Greeley's Galaxy in the lane and held off an unlucky Canteen close to home for a three-quarters of a length victory in the San Fernando Breeders' Cup (gr. II) for 4-year-olds at Santa Anita Saturday.

Del Mar Execs Take Polytrack Plan to Agricultural Board

Executives with the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club have taken a first step toward installing Polytrack at the popular seaside racetrack when they made a presentation to the 22nd District Agricultural Association during its board meeting Jan. 10.

Del Mar Execs Take Polytrack Plan to Agricultural Board

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Executives with the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club have taken a first step toward installing Polytrack at the popular seaside racetrack when they made a presentation to the 22nd District Agricultural Association during its board meeting Jan. 10.

Horses Going for Green at Santa Anita Park

The season's first round of turf workouts took place Wednesday morning at Santa Anita Park when 34 horses breezed at distances from four furlongs to one mile. Opening day at Santa Anita is Dec. 26 and all workers were relegated to the outside portion of the course, 48 feet from the inner rail.

Calif. Trainers Protest Poor Track Surfaces

Track operators pledged their support to improving the conditions of racing surfaces in the state after about 25 trainers descended on the California Horse Racing Board meeting Dec. 1 at Hollywood Park to seek the commission's assistance.

New York Stallion Phone Trick Dead

Phone Trick, sire of champions and Breeders' Cup winners Favorite Trick and Phone Chatter, died Oct. 10 of natural causes. The 23-year-old son of Clever Trick stood at Dr. Jonathan Davis' Milfer Farm near Unadilla, N.Y

Rock Hard Ten on Goodwood Trail to Classic

Pleasantly Perfect used the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) to prepare for his victory in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). Tiznow took the same route in 2000. Now trainer Richard Mandella hopes the $500,000 stakes at Oak Tree Saturday can be a springboard to the $4 million Classic for handicap star Rock Hard Ten.

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