Claire Novak and Frank Angst handicap the highly anticipated Santa Anita Handicap and the Kentucky Derby contenders in the San Felipe Stakes. watch video
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Distinctiv Passion||Jeff Bonde||
|Hear the Ghost||Jerry Hollendorfer||
|Really Mr Greely||Bob Baffert||
Mucho Macho Man has been installed as the 9-5 morning line favorite for the 77th renewal of the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 8.
Malibu Stakes (gr. I) winner Shakin It Up answered doubts about his ability around two turns when he overpowered stablemate Govenor Charlie to give trainer Bob Baffert the exacta in Santa Anita Strub Stakes Jan. 18.
TimeformUS Weekend Plays from Santa Anita, Fair Grounds, Gulfstream and Oaklawn read blog
A revamped Strub Stakes (gr. II), moved forward on the Santa Anita Park schedule and shortened in distance to 1 1/16 miles, features two strong entrants apiece from Hall of Fame trainers Bob Baffert and Jerry Hollendorfer.
Hollywood Park has sadly faded into the Southern California sunset, but Santa Anita Park opens for a new season Dec. 26 with a couple of extra months tagged on at the end of the meet.
Jerry Hollendorfer trained the top three finishers in the Native Diver Handicap (gr. III) Dec. 14 at Betfair Hollywood Park, including Blueskiesnrainbows, who blasted out of the starting gate in a front-running tour de force.
Trainer Richard Mandella takes a shot at his own record Dec. 14 in the $150,000 Native Diver Stakes (gr. III), a 7-year-old longshot could become the oldest winner in the final running, and Slim Shadey tries Cushion Track.
Points Offthebench will take a four-race win streak into the Nov. 2 Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) following a sharp victory in the $250,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I) Oct. 5.
Hear the Ghost, one of the favorites for the upcoming $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), is off the Triple Crown trail after he was detected to be slightly lame during a morning jog April 4 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Flashback and Hear the Ghost, the two favorites for this year's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 6, drew the inside post positions in a field of nine 3-year-olds.
Hear the Ghost could be the prey instead of the hunter after his San Felipe victory.
Verrazano was the favored individual horse in the final of three Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools, but the field entry emerged as the overall pick once again for this year's Run for the Roses.
San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) winner Hear the Ghost worked six furlongs March 24 at Betfair Hollywood Park as he approaches his next start for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
A few changes in Steve Haskin's Kentucky Derby Dozen this week, and Steve comments on a few horses off the radar in his video. watch video
Baffert's Flashback, Power Broker and Tiz the Truth also work for upcoming preps
Verrazano, impressive winner of the March 9 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II), leaps from fourth position a week ago to top this week's NTRA's weekly 3-Year-Old poll. Game On Dude is a solid No. 1 in the national poll.
Did Verrazano replace Itsmyluckyday at number one and did a haunting arrive on Steve's Derby Dozen this week? Read to find out! watch video
Evan Hammonds recaps the victories of Verrazano, Hear the Ghost, and the stumble of Fort Larned. watch video
Hear the Ghost blew past weakening favorites Flashback and Goldencents in deep stretch to post a half-length upset in the $300,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) March 9 at Santa Anita Park.
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Flashback and Goldencents, acknowledged by most as the leading 3-year-old males in Southern California, meet for the first time in the $300,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) March 9 at Santa Anita Park.
He's Had Enough, who missed by a head winning the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) last month, and Nashua Stakes (gr. II) victor Violence face a quartet from the Bob Baffert barn in the CashCall Futurity (gr. I).
Trainer Bob Baffert, long a major player in the CashCall Futurity (gr. I), formerly the Hollywood Futurity, expects to have four entrants in the Dec. 15 renewal.
Front-running Really Mr Greely, the longest shot among four entrants from trainer Bob Baffert in the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III), prevailed over odds-on favorite Super Ninety Nine by half a length Nov. 22.
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