The most intriguing race on a loaded Santa Anita Park card May 23 might be the opening stakes on "California Gold Rush Day" at the Southern California track.
Texas Red posted his first timed workout since mid-March, drilling an easy three furlongs May 19 at Santa Anita Park as he begins training toward a comeback from a foot issue.
Ziconic, the unraced second foal out of 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, has joined his older half brother Cozmic One in the Belmont Park barn of trainer John Sherriffs, according to the official Zenyatta website.
Two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder was back on the Santa Anita Park track May 14, after she was scratched from the May 9 Vanity Stakes (gr. I) because of an illness.
California horses have been more than effective at the highest levels of U.S. racing in recent years, and the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) was just the most recent example.
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With a clean trip, Fox Hill Farms' Kentuckian showed his unquestioned talent to win the $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes (gr. III) in commanding fashion May 10 at Santa Anita Park.
Brazilian Triple Crown winner Bal a Bali made a splash in his U.S. debut, capturing the $100,000 American Stakes (gr. IIIT) May 9 at Santa Anita Park.
Even without two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder, the May 9 Vanity Stakes (gr. I) provided some drama with My Sweet Addiction delivering an upset to beat 1-9 favorite Warren's Veneda in the $300,000 event.
Elvis Trujillo rode his 2,000th North American winner May 9 in the first race at Santa Anita Park. The victory came aboard first-time starter Matriculate.
Victor Espinoza was fined $300 by the Santa Anita Park stewards May 8 for "causing a break in the skin" with his whip on Stellar Wind during her victory in the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) April 4.
Beholder has been scratched from the May 9 Vanity Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park because of an illness that appears similar to the one that took her out of the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) last year.
Bal a Bali will look to carry his impressive success in Brazil into his first U.S. start, the $100,000 American Stakes (gr. IIIT) May 9 at Santa Anita Park.
While boxing still lingers in the public's collective consciousness, a fight analogy seems the best way to describe the $300,000 Vanity Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park May 9.
A neck back in her first stakes try in the Providencia (gr. IIIT), there was no denying Spanish Queen in her second, the $200,000 Honeymoon (gr. IIT) May 3 at Santa Anita Park.
With an off-the-pace run to victory in the $100,000 Precisionist (gr. IIIT), Catch a Flight won his first graded stakes and delivered victory No. 2,000 to trainer Richard Mandella.
Five of the fillies who finished behind Ben Keswick's Spirit of Xian in the Providencia Stakes (gr. IIIT) will take another shot at her in the $200,000 Honeymoon Stakes (gr. IIT) May 3.
Fury Kapcori will look to repeat his success in the $100,000 Precisionist Stakes (gr. III) April 30 at Santa Anita Park.
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.
Class Racing Stable's Blingismything rallied along the rail to win the $100,000 Wilshire Stakes (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares April 26 at Santa Anita Park.
French-bred Si Sage provided a shock at a drizzly Santa Anita Park April 25, winning the Last Tycoon Stakes (gr. IIIT) by 3 1/4 lengths at 42-1 odds.
Kaleem Shah's Dortmund recorded his final timed workout in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), covering six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 April 25 at Santa Anita Park.
With an upset victory, Bolo would make Carla Gaines the first female trainer to win the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr.).
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After a six-furlong workout in 1:10 4/5 at Santa Anita Park April 25, trainer Bob Baffert is mulling over Bayern's options for Kentucky Derby Week.
The Simon Callaghan trainee breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:02 1/5 April 25 at Santa Anita Park, then galloped out to three-quarters of a mile in 1:15. He is set to ship to Churchill Downs early April 26.
Stellar Wind, prepping for the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 1, worked six furlongs April 24 in 1:12 4/5 at Santa Anita Park for trainer John Sadler.
Bolo recorded his final timed workout in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) the morning of April 24 at Santa Anita Park, breezing five furlongs in :59 3/5.
The Stronach Group announced April 23 that senior vice president Tom Ludt has been appointed to spearhead a key company initiative, while Keith Brackpool will take over Santa Anita Park's day-to-day management.
A group of world travelers will enter the gate for the $100,000 Last Tycoon Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 25, including last year's winner of the 1 1/4-mile turf test at Santa Anita Park, Chilean-bred Quick Casablanca.
Jockey Rafael Bejarano and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer ranked atop the respective jockey and trainer standings when Santa Anita Park concluded is 68-day winter meet April 19.
Get Happy Mister, who has dominated at Arapahoe Park, liked the Southern California grass just fine Sunday, winning the $100,000 San Simeon Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 19 at Santa Anita Park.
Queen of The Sand rebounded from an eighth-place finish in the Santa Ana Stakes (gr. IIT) March 15 to claim her first graded victory in the $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIIT) April 18 at Santa Anita Park.
After sustaining a condylar fracture in his left front leg during his April 18 workout at Santa Anita Park, One Lucky Dane has been removed from consideration for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Firing Line recorded his penultimate workout for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) the morning of April 18 at Santa Anita Park.
Cozmic One, the long-awaited first foal of Zenyatta, looked a lot like his mother through most of his debut April 17 at Santa Anita Park, trailing a group of five other 3-year-olds in last early on in a mile maiden event.
Annette Bishop's Get Happy Mister has a lot working against him in the $100,000 San Simeon Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 19 at Santa Anita Park, but he's shown an affinity for crossing the wire first.
Cozmic One, the first foal out of Zenyatta, has already shown some of what his mother passed onto him -- strength, stamina, and even an aspect of unwieldiness.
On April 15, friends who worked with trainer Mike Mitchell over the years recalled the life of the iconic trainer who worked in Southern California for nearly 40 years.
In a race loaded with front-runners, Yiannis came out on top in the $75,000 San Pedro Stakes, a test loaded with late-blooming 3-year-old talent, April 12 at Santa Anita Park.
Home Journey led every step of the way on the Santa Anita Park downhill turf course and held off another late run by Go West Marie to capture the $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 11.
Sunland Derby winner Firing Line continued his workout schedule in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a five furlong breeze in :59 1/5 the morning of April 11 at Santa Anita Park.
Beholder tracked early leader Uzziel through most of the 1 1/16-mile test, then surged through the final turn and pulled away effortlessly under no urging from jockey Gary Stevens to win by 3 3/4 lengths.
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Hank Nothhaft's Living The Life (IRE) has something the rest of the eight-horse field of older fillies and mares for the $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes (gr. IIIT) doesn't -- a graded stakes win.
Masochistic, the horse at the center of recent controversy involving former trainer A.C. Avila, will make his graded stakes debut under new trainer Ron Ellis in the $200,000 Kona Gold (gr. II) April 11 at Santa Anita Park.
Conquest Two Step, the winner of the Palos Verdes Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 31 at Santa Anita Park, was euthanized April 6 because of complications after surgery to repair a broken bone in his left hind leg.
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Two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder is set to make her return to racing in the $75,000 Santa Lucia Stakes April 10 at Santa Anita Park.
Victor Espinoza has much to look forward to in upcoming weeks, including a Hall of Fame vote and live runners in the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.
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