Dortmund, the early favorite for the 2015 spring classics, drilled a half mile at Santa Anita Park Jan. 4 in his first workout since winning the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 20.
Shrinking Violet, a bargain buy for owner/trainer Wesley Ward making her initial start at Santa Anita Park, scored a 10-1 upset in the $200,000 Monrovia Stakes (gr. IIT) on the hillside turf course Jan. 4.
Tough Sunday defied the odds of a difficult birth and multiple serious health issues as a youngster to finally become a winning racehorse Dec. 28 at Santa Anita Park.
Veteran turf runner Finnegans Wake has found a home in California, coming from off the pace once again to capture the $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes (gr. IIT) Jan. 3 at Santa Anita Park.
Gunning from the rail for Rafael Bejarano, Seduire put away pace rival Xoxo leaving the turn and kicked away in the drive to win the $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (gr.II) in a powerful performance Jan. 3 at Santa Anita Park.
Bayern and California Chrome took another step toward a possible early-season rematch when the leading Horse of the Year contenders worked sharply about an hour apart the morning of Jan. 3 at their respective training bases.
Jerry Hollendorfer's stakes-winning duo of Seduire and Light the City clash with dual graded winner Conquest Harlanate in the $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) for newly-turned 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita Jan. 3.
After breaking through with his first stakes victory in six tries, Dynamic Sky attempts to surpass $1 million in career earnings as one of the favorites in the $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes (gr. IIT) Jan. 3 at Santa Anita Park.
Santa Anita Park reported dramatic increases in handle and attendance for opening day of its winter meet Dec. 26.
Bettys Bambino closed with a rush in his stakes debut to capture the $100,000 Daytona (gr. IIIT) in the final North American graded race of the year Dec. 28 at Santa Anita Park.
Recent British import Lady Pimpernel landed her first United States victory by a nose when she came from off the pace in the $100,000 Robert J. Frankel Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the turf at Santa Anita Park Dec. 27.
Distinctiv Passion came out running for jockey Mike Smith and was never headed en route to a 1 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Midnight Lute Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 27 at Santa Anita Park.
After finishing second by a half length as the 7-10 favorite in the La Brea Stakes (gr. I) Dec. 26, Taris was found to have suffered an injury to her right front ankle that will require surgery, trainer Simon Callaghan said.
Both Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) victor California Chrome posted works Dec. 27 with a possible rematch looming that could include Shared Belief.
Shared Belief bounced back from a horrible trip in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) with his third grade I victory of the year, holding off a game Conquest Two Step by a neck in the $300,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I).
Alert Bay held back a powerful late challenge from Home Run Kitten to prevail in the $201,250 Mathis Brothers Mile (gr. IIT) for 3-year-olds Dec. 26, opening day at Santa Anita Park.
Outsider Sam's Sister ran down a tiring odds-on favorite Taris in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the $300,000 La Brea Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies on opening day at Santa Anita Park Dec. 26.
Bob Baffert will take four shots at champion Shared Belief in the $300,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I), the featured event as Santa Anita Park kicks off its 2014-15 winter/spring meet the day after Christmas.
A two-time graded stakes winner earlier this year at Santa Anita Park, Awesome Baby will put her speed to the test when she returns to action in the $300,000 La Brea Stakes (gr. I) on opening day Dec. 26 at the Arcadia track.
After a rare loss last time out, California-bred Red Outlaw will try to get back to his winning ways in the $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (gr. IIT) Dec. 26, opening day at Santa Anita Park.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern, a leading contender for Horse of the Year and male 3-year-old honors for 2014, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita's fast main track the morning of Dec. 19 in a bullet :46 1/5.
Wagering on United States races for the month of November declined by more than $50 million in 2014 when compared to the previous year, due in great measure to the first day of the Breeders' Cup falling on Oct. 31.
Top racetrack veterinarian Dr. Jack Robbins, a longtime breeder of Thoroughbreds in California and patriarch of an influential racing family, died the afternoon of Nov. 29 at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. He was 93.
Veteran riders James Graham, Mike Luzzi, Leslie Mawing, and Corey Nakatani, along with the recently retired Rosie Napravnik are the 2015 finalists for the Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.
Following the controversial non-call in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), the California Horse Racing Board appears ready to change the rule that led to the decision. But it may take awhile.
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.
Santa Anita Park has announced the Sir Beaufort Stakes will be run as the grade II Mathis Brothers Mile on opening day of the winter meet Dec. 26.
Lenny discusses the stewards' decision in the BC Classic, new seating at Churchill Downs, and follows up with Breeders' Cup star trainer Chad Brown. watch video
Following his game third-place effort in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), California Chrome will remain in training in 2015, co-owner and breeder Steve Coburn said Nov. 5.
Photos from Australia, Delta Downs, Japan, Santa Anita, Churchill Downs and more view slideshow
Filimbi unleashed a powerful stretch run from last while avoiding trouble to her inside in the $200,000 Goldikova Stakes (gr. IIT) Nov. 2 to post a 1 1/4-length win on the final card of the Santa Anita fall meet.
Reacting to strong criticism, California racing steward Scott Chaney, explained the decision to allow the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) win Nov. 1 by Bayern to stand in spite of obvious interference at the start.
Bayern mugged Shared Belief shortly after the start of the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and got away with it, outlasting Toast of New York and California Chrome in a thrilling stretch duel Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.
There was no Groupie Doll to stand in her way this season, and Judy the Beauty would not be denied victory in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Front-running Dayatthespa, making her first start at the 1 1/4-mile distance, skipped away in the stretch to post a mild upset in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Claire Novak sets the scene for Breeders' Cup Saturday at Santa Anita Park. Watch Video
Moments after piloting Untapable to victory in the Oct. 31 Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, jockey Rosie Napravnik announced her plan to retire from riding races.
Untapable put the finishing touches on her 3-year-old filly championship campaign when she won the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) in a driving finish Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
After flying through a half mile in :44.80, Goldencents dug deep to hold off a determined Tapiture in the stretch to win the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I), successfully defending his 2013 win in the race.
Tanma Corp.'s speedy Chitu won nearly gate to wire in a $100,000 Damascus Stakes that came up deep in talent Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park. The field included six graded stakes winners.
Favored My Fiona, patiently handled by Rafael Bejarano, swept home along the rail to capture the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies in a Breeders' Cup prelim at Santa Anita Park Oct. 31.
Last the first time past the wire, Cary Street was first when it counted, taking the $200,000 Las Vegas Marathon (gr. II) easily over favored Irish Surf at Santa Anita Park Oct. 31.
Dennis Moore, the track superintendent at Santa Anita Park, said Oct. 31 it is "pretty definitive" the Southern California racetrack will get overnight rain.
The 2013 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park generated $64.9 million in direct and indirect economic benefits for Los Angeles County, according to an impact study by Tourism Economics.
It was the proverbial calm before the storm at Santa Anita Park the morning of Friday, Oct. 31, as the Southern California track prepared for the first of two Breeders' Cup World Championships cards.
Two of America's best chances to wrest the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) from the firm grip of European challengers both reside in trainer Chad Brown's barn.
Top Decile didn't win the Darley Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland in early October, but she raced well enough to capture second and earn a trip to California for the Nov. 1 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.
As Santa Anita Park prepares to host the Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 31-Nov. 1, track management is confident its new dirt surface will perform well and safely.
The Breeders' Cup will again present the most outstanding jockey of the Breeders' Cup World Championships with the Bill Shoemaker Award based on competition in the 13 races Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap several Breeders' Cup Friday races. They look at the Breeders' Cup Distaff, Mile, Juvenile Fillies, and Juvenile Fillies Turf. Return Saturday for the Breeders' Cup Classic! watch video
Most Popular Stories
- Wise Dan Cleared to Resume Full Training
- Genuine Reward to Old Friends
- Delaware Park Latest Track to Boot Vazquez
- Crown Champ American Pharoah Returns to Work
- Presque Isle Alters Post Time to Combat Deer
- Tough Field Drawn for Penny Memorial at Parx
- Homecoming Classic Renamed to Honor Lukas
- Dept. of Labor Files Suit Against Asmussen
- British Steeplechaser Kauto Star Euthanized
- Summer Select Sales Guide: In the Details