There's a certain feeling of deja vu around Barn 38 on the backstretch of Santa Anita Park. If Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas and owner Tom VanMeter II have the funny feeling they've been here before, they're right.
Argentine-bred Miss Terrible returned from nearly a 19-month layoff to capture the $109,600 Las Flores Handicap (gr. III), giving horse-shoer-turned-trainer Bradley Ross his first victory Sunday at Santa Anita.
On the sidelines for nearly seven months, the Bob Baffert-trained grade II winner Victory U.S.A. returns to action Sunday as the likely favorite in the $100,00 Las Flores Handicap (gr. III) at Santa Anita.
"Once a winner, always a winner" could be the motto for Victory Gallop, who is now continuing his winning record in his stud career.
Lightly raced Sweet Win, a $10,000 buy as a 2-year-old at Ocala, came from nowhere to capture the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) for 3-year-old fillies at Del Mar Saturday.
Miss Vegas, trainer Bobby Frankel's lastest filly turf standout, heads a light field of five for the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) at one mile for 3-year-old fillies on the turf at Del Mar Saturday.
A salty field of 10 3-year-old fillies will attempt to crack the tough nut of the $250,000 Acorn Stakes (gr. I) over a flat mile at Belmont Park Friday.
A busy morning of training at Churchill Downs saw significant moves by 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri and 3-year-old stars Fire Slam and Victory U.S.A.
Many expected the field for this year's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) to be be among the most accomplished in years, and with six grade I winners filling the entry box for the 1 1/8-mile contest Tuesday morning, that opinion may have been confirmed.
Padua Stable's Class Above, winner of the Bourbonette Breeders' Cup at Turfway Park, prepared for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with a strong five-furlong work Monday at Churchill Downs.
Two of trainer Bob Baffert's hopes for success on Kentucky Derby (gr. I) weekend arrived at Churchill Downs Wednesday.
Victory U.S.A., who in two previous matchups with Halfbridled could finish no better than third, turned the tables on last year's juvenile filly champion with an impressive win in the $250,000 Stonerside Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland Thursday.
Champion Halfbridled will lead a field of eight in Thursday's $250,000 Stonerside Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland. Halfbridled was entered but scratched from the April 3 Ashland Stakes (gr.I) after tying up after a morning gallop.
Heavily favored Ashado, out of action since November 29, showed no signs of rustiness while tallying a 3 3/4-length victory over Victory U.S.A. in Saturday's $300,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) at 1 1/16 mile.
Only six fillies are entered in Saturday's Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II), but every single one of them deserves to be there.
Patrick Valenzuela became the first jockey in 20 years to sweep all five major Southern California riding titles in the same year when he brought a maiden, 6-1 shot Hollywood Story, from behind to win the $349,500 Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies. In typical P. Val fashion, he survived a stewards' inquiry to do it.
Owner Arnold Zetcher hopes to close out a memorable year with House of Fortune Sunday in the $355,500 Hollywood Starlet (gr. I), a 1 1/16-mile test for 2-year-old fillies.
Trainer Bob Baffert guns for his third victory in six years in the $200,000-added Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) Sunday with Victory U.S.A, the probable favorite in the test for 2-year-old fillies.
Jockey Julie Krone, injured in a spill at Hollywood Park on Friday, was scheduled to travel to her home in Carlsbad Sunday and undergo further testing Monday, agent Brian Beach reported Sunday.
Hollywood Story, arguably the most accomplished maiden 2-year-old filly in the nation, will make her next start in the $200,000 Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) on Dec. 21, trainer John Shirreffs confirmed Wednesday.
Thomas Van Meter II's Victory U.S.A., third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) had an easy time of it Sunday, winning the $100,000 Moccason Stakes at Hollywood Park by seven lengths.
Victory U.S.A., the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) third-place finisher, is scheduled to make her next start in the Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 29, trainer Bob Baffert said, before ending her juvenile season in the Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I) on Dec. 21 at Hollywood Park.
Trainer Bob Baffert said Stonerside Stable's Congaree, who set the pace in the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) before finishing fourth, will make his next start in the Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) Nov. 29 at Aqueduct.
Jockey Julie Krone became the first female winner of a non-steeplechase Breeders' Cup race when she booted home favored Halfbridled to a 2 1/22-length victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Santa Anita on Saturday.
Tom VanMeter II hopes he has the bases covered in Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). A principal in Eaton Sales along with Reiley McDonald, VanMeter has sold many "home run" runners, but he has two of his own on deck for the $1-million race for 2-year-old fillies: Be Gentle and Victory U.S.A.
There is little doubt Halfbridled looms large over her 13 rivals in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) both from a size and form perspective. However, the supersized daughter of Unbridled won't find a field she can push around on Saturday.
It was another sunny morning at Santa Anita Sunday as Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships hopefuls went through their final paces.
The "Giant Killer" H. Allen Jerkens did it again Saturday as Irving and Marjorie Cowan's Society Selection, under a patient ride by Ray Ganpath, came from well off the pace to run down Victory U.S.A. close to home in the $500,000 Frizette (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies at Belmont Park Saturday.
Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) hopefuls Bluesthestandard, Captain Squire, and Yankee Gentleman all had their final workouts for Sunday's main event over Santa Anita's fast main track Monday morning.
Stonerside Stables' multiple grade I winner Congaree, last seen finishing second in the Kentucky Cup Classic Handicap (gr. III) at Turfway Park on Sept. 13, will likely train right into the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), trainer Bob Baffert said.
Wertheimer Farm's Halfbridled showed why she's likely to be heard from later this year when she recorded a scintillating five-length victory in the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies at Del Mar Saturday.
Tom VanMeter II's Victory U.S.A., an impressive maiden winner from the talent-deep barn of trainer Bob Baffert, heads a field of six for Saturday's 53rd edition of the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs on the main track.
Victory U.S.A., an impressive maiden winner from the barn of trainer Bob Baffert, heads a field of six entered this morning for $250,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I).
Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) winner Tizdubai, a full sister to two-time Breeders' Cup Classic winner Tiznow, will skip the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies Aug. 30 and wait for the Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting, trainer Eoin Harty said Sunday morning.
Tom Van Meter's Victory U. S. A., who broke her maiden in her debut by a whopping 6 ½ lengths on Aug. 3, worked :48 1/5 handily over a fast main track at Del Mar Wednesday with regular rider Dana Barnes aboard.
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