When the hard-knocking Mor Spirit earned a 6 1/4-length win in the $1.2 million Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap (G1), it marked the fourth victory on the day for Bob Baffert and fifth triumph for Mike Smith.
Mor Spirit and Mohaymen, on the Triple Crown trail a year ago, look to establish a new specialty as milers when they contest the Metropolitan Handicap against Sharp Azteca and Awesome Slew
Grade 1 winner Denman's Call will make his first start out of California when he faces a field of 14 going seven furlongs in the $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes (G2) May 6.
For Ashleyluvssugar, trainer Peter Eurton was just looking for a starting point to 2017 when he entered the four-time grade 2 winner in the $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic.
Trainer Peter Miller is on quite a run at Santa Anita Park—so much so that he won the $100,000 Midnight Lute Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 31 with two different horses.
With top California sprinter Masochistic denied entry in the wake of his post-race positive after the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), five will head postward in the $100,000 Midnight Lute Stakes (gr. III).
A group of 32 horses, ranging from a trio grade III winners to an 0-for-12 maiden, have been nominated to possibly take on California Chrome in the $100,000 Winter Challenge Dec. 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Pick Six Racing's Vyjack knocked off Wise Dan as the fastest turf miler in Santa Anita's history Oct. 8 with a record-setting performance in the $200,000 City of Hope Mile (gr. IIT).
A third time might be the charm for Westrock Stables' Sky Kingdom, back for yet another run in the $100,000 Cougar II Handicap (gr. III) at Del Mar after finishing second the past two years in a row.
Charles Fipke's homebred Golden Soul, who was second in the 2013 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), will ship west for the first time for the $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes (gr. IIIT) June 28 at Santa Anita Park.
Rebounding from a troubled effort in the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), favored Big Macher outfought a determined Rousing Sermon to score a game neck victory in the $100,000 Cary Grant Stakes Nov. 23 at Del Mar.
With the retirement of Mizdirection, winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. I) the last two years, this could be Reneesgotzip's year to emerge on top in the 6 1/2-furlong race.
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Los Alamitos Race Course produced a major drawing card for the first graded stakes of its new meet when 2013 juvenile champion Shared Belief was entered for the $500,000 Los Alamitos Derby (gr. II) to be run July 5.
Improving Awesome Return took control in the stretch and held sway in the final furlong to earn his first stakes win in the $250,000 Snow Chief, the featured event on the California Gold Rush day card at Santa Anita April 26.
Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) winner Tamarando holds the class edge of 11 sophomore runners entered for the $250,00 California Cup Derby at Santa Anita Park Jan. 25; the Cal Cup Oaks on the same card drew a field of 14.
The finish line is in sight for Betfair Hollywood Park, which attracted 112 entrants for its final program Dec. 22 consisting of 11 races.
Trainer Peter Miller takes aim at a pair of 2-year-old stakes on the July 13 program at Betfair Hollywood Park with Solid Wager in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship and On the Backstreets in the Landaluce for fillies.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Arctic Code||Mike Harrington||
|Better Bet||Mike Harrington||
|Eddie's First||Robertino Diodoro||
|Patriots Rule||Robertino Diodoro||
|Princesskatiebella||Thomas Ray Bell, II||
|Solid Wager||Peter Miller||
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