"When you have a horse like Mor Spirit and Cupid that could be competitive, there's a little hope, a little dream there," the trainer said. "But you still have to get there, just get in that gate."
The only horse in the $1 millon Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) field to have win over a wet track sure looked like he loved the slop April 9.
In addition, it will also air the Equine Forum, its weekly talk show, on Saturday and provide live coverage of the Commonwealth, Shakertown, and Madison from Keeneland in its three-hour broadcast.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park. read blog
NBCSN will present an April 9 telecast of the key classic preps with coverage of the Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) from Aqueduct, the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) from Keeneland, and the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
This week we take a closer look at Danzing Candy, winner of the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes on March 12 at Santa Anita Park.
Exaggerator is among the seven 3-year-olds listed as probable for the April 9 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), and trainer Keith Desormeaux believes the Curlin colt can improve on his third-place finish last time out.
Danzing Candy, in the first timed workout since his breakout score in the March 12 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), went five furlongs in :58 3/5 March 26 at Santa Anita Park.
Michael Lund Peterson's Mor Spirit worked four furlongs March 24 in :47 4/5 at Santa Anita Park, and earned the "breezing" tag in preparation for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 9.
Adena Springs reported that 2007 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Tiago has been euthanized after a long battle with an inoperable chronic digestive disorder.
When the connections of Bolo look for a reason why the third-place Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) finisher could jump up and win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, the dirt surface at Churchill Downs provides hope.
Which race did you think was more impressive, Dortmund's Santa Anita Derby win or American Pharoah's Arkansas Derby victory? Which favorite should be the favorite? Listen Now
Keeneland, Santa Anita Park, Aqueduct, Turf Paradise, Carpe Diem and More. View Slideshow
J. Keeler Johnson recaps the Santa Anita Derby, Wood Memorial, and Blue Grass Stakes. read blog
The morning after Dortmund's impressive victory in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), the colt's connections were more than pleased with where they sit in the Triple Crown picture.
There might as well have been a stop sign on the hindquarters of Kaleem Shah's Dortmund April 4, because no colt was going to pass the massive son of Big Brown in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
- By Claire Novak
The transcript for the chat is now available. Read Transcript
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Santa Anita Derby, Wood Memorial, and Blue Grass Stakes. read blog
Sise, Wygod, and Desormeaux all point to Prospect Park's last four jumpd, where he began advancing quickly on Dortmund to the wire, in the 1 1/16-mile San Felipe, as the main source of their optimism.
- By Frank Angst
The three major Triple Crown prep races Saturday, April 4, will feature enhanced security protocols, which on one level is good news, but also serves as reminder of how much more is needed. read blog
Of the 116 other horses nominated for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 4, only five have been entered to take on undefeated Dortmund in the West Coast's final Triple Crown prep.
Knowing she can always take Bolo back to the turf, trainer Carla Gaines tried him on the main track with success. Gaines also has Curlin's Fox making the move from turf to dirt in the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I).
Dortmund breezed six furlongs in 1:11 3/5 March 28, the third-fastest time of 31 moves at that distance at Santa Anita Park, just behind Bob Baffert stablemates Fame and Power (1:11) and Fantastic Style (1:11 2/5).
One Lucky Dane, an impressive allowance/optional claiming winner in his last start at Santa Anita Park March 19, will likely join unbeaten stablemate Dortmund in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 4.
Bob Baffert, trainer of leading Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) candidates American Pharoah and Dortmund, had the right answer when asked him which colt is better.
Kaleem Shah's Dortmund recorded his first workout since winning the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) the morning of March 21 at Santa Anita Park.
After finishing third in the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), Bolo will stay on the dirt for his next race, the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 4.
American Pharoah came out of his 6 1/4-length victory in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) "perfect", trainer Bob Baffert said March 15.
Trainer Keith Desormeaux is unsure Texas Red can get ready in time for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 4, but that isn't going to stop him from trying.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner will begin working March 14; may go in Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 4.
Bob Baffert will not be changing his plans for undefeated Dortmund after the 3-year-old colt's front-running victory in the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) March 7 at Santa Anita Park.
It wasn't the fractions that excited Bob Baffert about undefeated Dortmund's workout the morning of Feb. 26 at Santa Anita Park, it was how the massive 3-year-old son of Big Brown handled himself.
Texas Red remains on course for the April 4 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) as he swims his way back from an abscess on his right front foot following a sharp second in his 3-year-old debut in the San Vicente Stakes Feb. 1.
Texas Red, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), has suffered a foot abscess that will prevent him from running in the Feb. 21 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II), said co-owner Erich Brehm.
The football comparisons might indicate the Bob Baffert's confidence in his current crop of 3-year-olds, because all have to do with the New England Patriots.
Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red is likely to have three starts on the early Triple Crown trail, according to trainer Keith Desormeaux, beginning with the San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 1.
In 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome was one of those rare horses who transcended the sport and became racing's newest glamour star.
This year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) had it all: a close finish, a thrilling run through the stretch, and a lingering controversy. read blog
Santa Anita Park is returning the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) to $1 million in 2015, and also hiked the purse for its other leading main track event for older horses, the San Antonio Stakes (gr. II), to a record $500,000.
Learn more about California Chrome and the journey that brought him to the 140th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). watch video
California Chrome, Dance With Fate, and Samraat all took to the track April 29 at Churchill Downs, the morning after arriving in Louisville, Ky.
Evan Hammonds recaps his top 5 Kentucky Derby prep race performances by horses still on the Kentucky Derby trail. watch video
Evan Hammonds recaps his top 5 Kentucky Derby prep race performances by horses still on the Kentucky Derby trail.
Wood Memorial Stakes, Santa Anita Derby, Santa Anita Oaks, Ashland Stakes dead-heat, Mossfun in Australia and more! view slideshow
Steve Haskin changes his 'Wicked' Derby Dozen list this week. Many have moved up and a few have fallen off. Read to find out who! read blog
Racing Analyst J. Keeler Johnson gives us a play by play of the weekend's Kentucky Derby prep races and mentions the exciting Ashland Stakes (gr. I) finish. watch video
Racing Analyst J. Keeler Johnson gives us a play by play of the weekend's Kentucky Derby prep races and mentions the exciting Ashland Stakes (gr. I) finish.
A day after his latest spectacular victory, California Chrome bounced around in his stall April 6, holding court with media and munching cookies.
Every time he runs, California Chrome is more impressive than his last start, and the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on April 5 was no exception.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens hopes to add to his record of nine Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) victories when he rides 9-5 morning line second choice Candy Boy in the $1 million race April 5.
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