During the years that Webb Everett has been making weights for the Santa Anita Handicap, the closeness of the finishes has made him look like a man whose foresight closely matches his hindsight.
Thirty-three years after his first victory in the San Juan Capistrano Handicap (gr. IIT), Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally did it again April 21 with late-running Interaction on closing day of the Santa Anita Park meet.
Sky Kingdom showed his staying ability with an easy win in the Tokyo City Cup last month, so now's the time to find out if he can transfer that same success to the turf in the $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap April 21.
Unusual Suspect won six stakes races in California and one in Australia, highlighted by the 2010 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT), during a 72-race career.
Stud Dona Pancha's Calidoscopio targeted the leaders at the top of the stretch and pulled away to win the Breeders' Cup Marathon (gr. II) by a widening 4 1/4 lengths at Santa Anita Park Nov. 2.
On a light day for workouts by horses pointing to the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park, Nonios turned some heads with a bullet five-furlong breeze at Betfair Hollywood Park Oct. 24.
Trainer Mike Mitchell, who had surgery to remove a tumor from his brain late last month, was on hand as odds-on Dhaamer turned the closing-day Sunset Handicap (gr. IIIT) into a romp at Betfair Hollywood Park July 15.
Following his first United States victory for trainer Mike Mitchell, Dhaamer goes for his initial graded win in the $100,000 Sunset Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the turf July 15 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The longest race at Santa Anita Park, the closing day San Juan Capistrano Handicap (gr. IIT), was settled by about an inch when Bourbon Bay came from far out of it at the quarter pole to tag Eagle Poise at the wire.
Bourbon Bay will start as an overwhelming favorite in the marathon $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap (gr. IIT) as the curtain comes down on Santa Anita Park for the 75th season April 22.
A field of 16 runners, led by five grade/group I winners, will enter the starting gate for the $250,000 Dubai City of Gold Sponsored by Skywards (UAE-IIT) at Meydan Racecourse March 10.
Juniper Pass needed every yard of the San Juan Capistrano Handicap's 1 3/4-mile distance, getting up with a desperate lunge to defeat Imponente Purse by a head to drop the curtain on the 2010-11 Santa Anita season April 17.
With no standout for the $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (gr. IIT), 10 trainers are taking a shot in Santa Anita's traditional closing-day turf feature April 17.
Game On Dude survived a 12-minute stewards' inquiry to win the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) by a nose over Setsuko March 5, making Chantal Sutherland the first female jockey to win the race in 74 renewals.
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Making his stakes debut for hot trainer John Sadler, little-known Gladding dictated an easy pace and refused to give way in the stretch to capture the $150,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Feb. 6.
Aggie Engineer, a sharp stakes winner in his two most recent starts, looks for his fourth straight victory in the $150,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II), the featured race on Super Bowl Sunday at Santa Anita Feb. 6.
Bourbon Bay, the West Coast's premier turf marathoner for most of 2010, takes on last season's late-developing Champ Pegasus in the $150,000 San Marcos Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 17.
The tactics differed but the results remained the same for favored Aggie Engineer, who used a stalking trip to capture the $150,000 San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 8 in his first start on Santa Anita's new dirt track.
Aggie Engineer, whose soft early pace set him up for the first graded win of his career last month, could get a similar scenario Jan. 8 when the Paddy Gallagher trainee faces five rivals in the $150,000 San Pasqual Stakes.
Canadian-based trainer Robertino Diodoro has always wanted to win a race at Santa Anita. On opening day, Dec. 26, he not only won his first race there, he won the very first race on Santa Anita's new dirt surface.
The Usual Q. T., in his first appearance since placing third in the TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), heads the field for the $150,000 San Gabriel Stakes (gr. IIT) on the second day of the Santa Anita season Dec. 27.
Imco Spirit, a 9-1 outsider, completed his rise from $12,500 claimer to stakes winner in three months with a track-record victory in the $218,000 Zia Park Distance Championship Dec. 5 in Hobbs, N.M.
Dakota Phone, the only California-based horse to win a Breeders' Cup race last month, will return Dec. 4 in the $100,000 Native Diver Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park.
Unusual Suspect snapped his 16-race losing streak when he overcame pacesetter Temple City in the final strides to win the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) Nov. 13 at Hollywood Park.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Falcon Rock (IRE)||Simon Callaghan||
|Job Boss||Thomas Ray Bell, II||
|Muhannak (IRE)||Ben D. A. Cecil||
|Princess Taylor (GB)||Patrick Gallagher||
|Quindici Man||Craig Anthony Lewis||
|Romp (ARG)||Kristin Mulhall||
|Skellytown||Mike R. Mitchell||
|Stalingrad||James M. Cassidy||
|Tap It Light||Mike R. Mitchell||
|Unusual Suspect||Barry Abrams||
|Yodelen Dan||Jeff Mullins||
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