During a Dec. 14 holiday party, California jockeys played Santa Claus and handed out presents to backstretch workers and their families at Hollywood Park.
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Kona Gold (left) has been invited to live the rest if his life at the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington, Kentucky.
Photo: Jennifer Klebsch
Utopia, a group I winner in Japan and a graded winner New York, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Joe and Anne McMahon's McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds near Saratoga Springs, New York.
Citronnade cruises to victory in the Dahlia Handicap at Hollywood Park on Dec. 16. Citronnade will go out a winner as she was retired from racing after the Dahlia Handicap. She retires from racing with nine career wins and earnings of $864,205.
Presious Passion, ridden confidently by Elvis Trujillo, shocked a field of capable distance horses at odds of 67-1 when he scored a 1 1/4-length win in the $200,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap (gr. IIT) on the turf at Calder Race Course Dec. 15.
Photo: Jim Lisa
Equivine Farm homebred Redaspen made a bold, rail-skimming move in the final furlong under Eddie Castro, rallying from well off the pace to take the $200,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. IIT) by three-quarters of a length Dec. 15 on the Calder Race Course turf.
Photo: Jim Lisa
Padua Stables’ homebred Electrify scored his fourth stakes of the season, taking over at the top of the stretch and then pulling away for a 2 ¾-length victory in the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Handicap (gr. III) Dec. 15 at Calder Race Course.