Almost every runner Danzing Candy put away to win the San Felipe (gr. II) impressively will be back to challenge the son of Twirling Candy April 9 in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
Exaggerator is among the seven 3-year-olds listed as probable for the April 9 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), and trainer Keith Desormeaux believes the Curlin colt can improve on his third-place finish last time out.
Unraced until November of last year, Danzing Candy emphatically announced his arrival on the Triple Crown trail with a gate-to-wire, two-length score over favored Mor Spirit in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II).
With undefeated Nyquist bypassing the Southern California Triple Crown preps in favor of the Florida Derby (gr. I), an opportunity has presented itself for some talented but still unproven locals in the San Felipe (gr. II).
A week ahead of Southern California's next Triple Crown prep race, the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), three of the top contenders were on the track at the same time March 5 at Santa Anita Park.
Smokey Image and Danzing Candy put on an unintentional preview of the March 12 San Felipe (gr. II) during their morning workouts Feb. 27 at Santa Anita Park.
Gary Stevens said he didn't know grade I winner Mor Spirit was wearing earplugs when he jumped in to work him on the fly Feb. 23. After failing to get a response on the turn, he eased the Bob Baffert trained-runner.
Smokey Image just seems to find trouble working recently in the mornings at Santa Anita Park, and although that might make trainer Carla Gaines uncomfortable in the moment, it may end up being a blessing in disguise.
Smokey Image found company in the turn of his four-furlong breeze, as he and jockey Victor Espinoza moved inside of a three-furlong worker and stuck with their unexpected rival to the wire, covering the distance in :47 1/5.
Two days ahead of Santa Anita Park's second official Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) prep, another 3-year-old colt made waves with what could end up being his first step on the Triple Crown trail Feb. 4.
Sise, Wygod, and Desormeaux all point to Prospect Park's last four jumpd, where he began advancing quickly on Dortmund to the wire, in the 1 1/16-mile San Felipe, as the main source of their optimism.
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Bob Baffert will not be changing his plans for undefeated Dortmund after the 3-year-old colt's front-running victory in the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) March 7 at Santa Anita Park.
Dortmund preserved his undefeated record March 7, cruising gate-to-wire in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park. The son of Big Brown has won five in a row and looms on the road to the Kentucky Derby.
French import Flavien Prat is one of many up-and-coming young jockeys hoping to take the reins from the sport's best. He rides Pain and Misery in the San Felipe (gr. II) and Silentio in the Kilroe Mile (gr. IT) March 7.
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Last time out, the son of 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown ran to a brilliant victory in the Feb. 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II), fighting back on the inside after being passed by Firing Line to eke out the score.
Trainer Bob Baffert confirmed March 1 that imposing colt Dortmund will start in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park March 7.
It wasn't the fractions that excited Bob Baffert about undefeated Dortmund's workout the morning of Feb. 26 at Santa Anita Park, it was how the massive 3-year-old son of Big Brown handled himself.
Zayat Stables' American Pharoah Drew an appreciative appraisal from trainer Bob Baffert as he continued to work in preparation for his 3-year-old debut the morning of Feb. 15 at Santa Anita Park.
Spendthrift Farm's Awesome Patriot, a stakes-winning full brother to Preakness (gr. I) winner Oxbow, sired his first reported foal just after midnight Feb. 8. The colt was born at Windhorse Thoroughbreds in Middleburgh, N.Y.
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