The Paddy Gallagher trained Angel Gift is due for a win after running second in three consecutive races, including falling two lengths shy of Azeri in the Aug. 11 Clement Hirsch Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar. Gallagher is hoping that win will come in Wednesday's $200,000 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) on opening day of the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meet.
Oak Tree at Santa Anita announced it will run 28 stakes during its Oct. 2 to Nov. 3 meeting.
The proposed transfer of Los Angeles County Fair racing dates from Fairplex to Santa Anita Park has drawn immediate opposition from another tenant of Santa Anita, the Oak Tree Racing Association, as well as others.
Magna Entertainment, the publicly-held racetrack and off-track betting company, reported that revenues increased to $248.8 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2002, compared with $244.5 million for the same period one year ago.
Good weather and the introduction of account wagering helped Santa Anita Park exceed $1 billion in total handle for the third time in five years.
Malabar Gold tracked pacesetter Astonished down the hill before rallying in the final strides to earn a head-length win in $138,125 San Simeon Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita.
Ringaskiddy, a 6-year-old gelding trainer Juan Garcia co-owns with Leonard Scofield, cut the final corner and ran away with the $400,000 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (gr. IT).
Fairplex Park and Santa Anita Park are in negotiation to bring the Los Angeles County Fair's 17-day end-of-summer race meeting to Santa Anita, a Magna Entertainment Corporation official told stockholders at its annual meeting April 18.
Astra battles back, to win the Santa Barbara for the estate of the late Allen Paulson.
Gary Tanaka's Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) winner Golden Apples put in an easy half-mile breeze Wednesday ahead of her start in Saturday's $250,000 Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita.
Mountain Rage kicked clear of Doc Holiday in the stretch to win Sunday's $82,050 La Puente Stakes at Santa Anita. Under Victor Espinoza, the Bob Baffert-trained son of Mecke completed the mile in 1:34.84 on firm turf.
Mr. Elusive, one of 77 foals in the first crop by Elusive Quality, became the first winner for that sire when he won Friday at Santa Anita.
Eight three-year-old fillies are set to contest Sunday's $100,000 added Comely (gr. III) over a mile at Aqueduct. Michael Tabor's Bella Bellucci is the standout in the field, and a solid effort will send her straight to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs May 3.
Bobby Frankel, who took the Jenny Wiley (gr. III) Thursday with Tates Creek, sends out Aldebaran in Sunday's $250,000 added Commonwealth Breeders' Cup (gr. II) at Keeneland.
Bob Baffert has indicated that Thoroughbred Corp.'s outstanding 3-year-old Officer will be entered in the $325,000-added Coolmore Lexington Stakes to be run Saturday April 20.
With Santa Anita switching to twilight racing on Friday and a two-day pick six carryover of $462,042 heading into the card, handicappers will have a couple of extra hours to contemplate their wagers.
Victories Wednesday by longshots Continental Miss and Continental Stitch helped create a pick six carryover of $114,773 heading into Thursday's card at Santa Anita.
Columbine Stable and trainer Beau Greeley hope to end a string of frustrating near misses with Sligo Bay in Saturday's Arcadia Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.
"Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby," the NTRA-produced series on the ESPN networks, will air a live doubleheader Saturday consisting of the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) and the Illinois Derby (gr. II). The show will air Saturday from 5-6 p.m. (EST) on ESPN.
Santa Anita will offer a special "Derby Double" wager Saturday, with the two legs of the wager comprised of the Illinois and Santa Anita Derbys.
Luis A. Asistio's Kalookan Queen will face males for the first time Saturday, when she goes to post for the $200,000 Potrero Grande Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita. One expected starter she won't have to face in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint is D'wildcat, who will ship to Keeneland for the April 14 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Stakes.
Bella Bellucci passed all four of her Santa Paula Stakes rivals between the stretch call and the wire to earn a half-length victory in the $102,075 race for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita.
Golden Apples peels away from a class-laden Santa Ana field
Climate upset even-money favorite Shibboleth and Ladies Din Friday while running the fast turf mile of the current Santa Anita meet.
Astra returns at Santa Anita Saturday from a seven-month layoff, but the Santa Ana Handicap (gr. I) is no easy spot as the starting gate will also be populated by grade I winners Janet, Tout Charmant, Golden Apples, and Starine.
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Ladies Din highlights a contentious field entered in Santa Anita's Friday feature race, a one-mile allowance on turf in which eight of the nine starters last raced in a stakes event.
Jockey Martin Pedroza won each of the first four races of Wednesday's eight-race program at Santa Anita and just missed adding a fifth when beaten by a nose in the sixth race.
Medaglia d'Oro wins the San Felipe Stakes, shaking up the West Coast 3-year-old scene.
Speedy Pick, a 59-1 longshot, led through every step of the San Luis Rey Handicap (gr. IIT) except the ones that mattered most. In the final strides, Continental Red rallied to win Saturday's $250,000 race by a nose at Santa Anita.
San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) winner Came Home's precautionary nuclear scan came back clean and the 3-year-old son of Gone West resumed training Saturday morning.
Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze received the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award Friday at Santa Anita. While at Santa Anita, Northern California's leading jockey also visited the winners' circle following the second race, when he and Sempai won in front-running style.
Denon, who will try to deliver yet another graded stakes win to conditioner Bobby Frankel, will carry highweight of 118 into Saturday's running of the $250,000 San Luis Rey Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita.
You again prevails over Habibti, this time in the Santa Anita Oaks.
$4.4 million yearling purchase Shah Jehan worked six furlongs Saturday in preparation for the $250,000 March 17 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II). Meanwhile, Fonz's is being prepared for a start in the April 6 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
Printemps is trainer Ron McAnally's entry in the $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (gr. I) for fillies and mares on Sunday at Santa Anita. Chilean-bred Printemps may not be favored in the race, but McAnally's history of success in the race is undeniable: he trained two-time winners Paseana and Bayakoa, Queens Court (1995), and longshot Toda Una Dama (1998).
Penny Marie beat Twin Set by a nose Thursday in the $82,450 Winter Solstice Handicap to give Kent Desormeaux his fourth win of the day at Santa Anita.
Even though Santa Anita's main track is expected to be the stage on which Habibti and You renew their budding rivalry with other entrants in a supporting role, the track has assembled a field of nine 3-year-old fillies for Saturday's $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I).
Heavy show pool wagering on 2-5 favorite Love At Noon in Santa Anita's feature race Wednesday resulted in exorbitant show payouts for the top three finishers in the six-furlong sprint when Mike Pegram's filly finished off the board.
On Sunday, Snow Ridge continued his impressive run through the sprint stakes schedule at Santa Anita, leading wire-to-wire in winning the $150,000 San Carlos Handicap (gr. I). Earlier at the meet, Snow Ridge won the El Conejo (gr. III) and Palos Verdes (gr. II) handicaps.
Three-year-old fillies You and Habibti, who have taken turns defeating each other in their last two starts, are likely to renew their rivalry in the $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) on Saturday.
Decarchy rallied from mid-pack to win Saturday's $300,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap (gr. IIT) in a blanket finish at Santa Anita. On the firm turf and under jockey Kent Desormeaux, Decarchy completed the mile in 1:34.04, a neck ahead of Sarafan, with Designed for Luck a head length farther back and a neck ahead of 6-5 favorite Val Royal.
Milwaukee Brew's victory in the Santa Anita Handicap gave trainer Bobby Frankel his third straight million-dollar California stakes win
Came Home pressed Werblin through moderate fractions then drew away in the stretch to win the $200,000 San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) by three lengths on Saturday at Santa Anita. Under Chris McCarron, Came Home completed the mile in 1:36.24 on a fast track to notch the victory in his first career attempt at a race run around two turns.
Malabar Gold will try to stretch his speed around two turns when he takes on Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) champ Val Royal in Saturday's Frank E. Kilroe Mile (gr. IIT) on the Camino Real Turf Course at Santa Anita Park.
The Richard Mandella-trained Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) duo of Cagney and Kudos were both put through their final drills Wednesday morning in preparation for Saturday's $1 million event, set at 1 1/4 miles over the main track.
The largest field in nearly 20 years was entered Wednesday for Saturday's $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I). Euchre and Milwaukee Brew, a Frank Stronach-owned entry, was made the 7-2 favorite in the 1 1/4-mile race for older horses. A field of 14 will go postward in the evenly-matched field.
Shuffling Kid brought a clear lead into the stretch, then held off a host of challengers at the wire to win Sunday's $114,400 Baldwin Stakes (gr. IIIT) in a blanket finish at Santa Anita. Under Patrick Valenzuela, Shuffling Kid barreled down the firm hillside turf course, finishing the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:13.30.
Mizzen Mast, the Strub Stakes (gr. II) winner and likely favorite for Saturday's $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), will miss the race due to a quarter crack, trainer Bobby Frankel said Sunday morning.
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