American Oaks, San Pasqual, Robert J. Frankel, Mr. Prospector, Jerome, Tokyo Daishoten, Chinese Club Challenge Cup, Louisiana Futurity, Pago Hop, Pan Zareta Overnight, Woodchooper, Tropical Park Derby, Via Borghese and more.
Decked Out flew home late and caught front-running Sassy Little Lila by the slimmest of noses in the $300,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) Dec. 31 at Santa Anita Park, a day that saw a dead heat Midnight Lute Stakes (gr. III) win earlier on the card.
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week, we have four graded stakes at Santa Anita, the first Triple Crown prep of 2017, and more.
This week's Litfin at Large looks at Saturday's American Oaks (gr. IT) and Sunday's San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II), both at Santa Anita Park.
Graham Motion, who has made a habit of swooping in to win graded grass races in Southern California, will look to add another to the list on the final day of 2016 in the $300,000 American Oaks (gr. IT).
Santa Anita Park, which will offer 58 stakes races beginning with opening day of its traditional winter meet, has announced that the prestigious $300,000 American Oaks (gr. IT), which was most recently run in May 2015, will now be run on Dec. 31.
Spanish Queen continued her upward trajectory May 30 and is now a grade I winner after claiming the $400,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park.
A winner of five Breeders' Cup events over the Santa Anita Park turf, trainer Chad Brown should be a significant factor in the $400,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) May 30 on the Southern California grass course.
Santa Anita Park announced its spring stakes schedule Feb. 20 and the slate will feature six grade I events.
Kentucky shipper Room Service, the only grade I winner in the field, overpowered the leaders in the drive for the wire to tally impressively in the $350,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) May 31 on the Santa Anita turf.
TimeformUS looks at the Californian and the American Oaks. read blog
Room Service, a game dead-heat winner of the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I), squares off with fast-developing Nashoba's Gold in what shapes up as an outstanding renewal of the $350,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) May 31.
Evan Hammonds recaps the efforts of Emollient and Boisterous. watch video
Evan Hammonds recaps the efforts of Emollient and Boisterous.
Making her first start on grass, favored Emollient staved off a determined Emotional Kitten in deep stretch to post a half-length victory in the $350,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) July 13 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Her past two starts on dirt were poor, so Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott is hoping his grade I winner Emollient will find the firm turf at Betfair Hollywood Park to her liking in the $350,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) July 13
Emollient, winner of the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) this spring, makes her turf debut against seven rival 3-year-old fillies in the $350,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) on closing weekend July 13 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Juddmonte Farms' Emollient, winner of the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) April 6 at Keeneland, heads an expected field of seven for the upcoming 12th running of the American Oaks (gr. IT) at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The 74th running of the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup and the $350,000 American Oaks (both gr. I) headline a stakes schedule worth more than $6.8 million for the 2013 spring/summer meet at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Jockey Mike Smith gambled at the rail with favored Lady of Shamrock and it paid off with a convincing victory in the $350,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) on the turf July 14 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
A field of nine or 10 3-year-old fillies is likely to start in the American Oaks--Presented by American Airlines (gr. IT) July 14 on the turf at Betfair Hollywood Park.
What do Yuichi Fukunaga and Sunday Silence have in common? read blog
Due to a drop in wagering handle from all sources, Betfair Hollywood Park announced June 9 that it is reducing purses beginning June 14.
The 73rd running of the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) and the enhanced American Oaks (gr. I) headline a stakes schedule worth more than $6.8 million for the 2012 spring/summer meet at Hollywood Park.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
The most thrilling finish to a major stakes in the U.S. during the July 16 weekend came in the American Oaks, when little more than a length separated five of the six-horse field.
Cambina, narrowly avoiding a collision in mid-stretch, surged between horses in the final strides to finish in a dead-heat for the win with Nereid in a spectacular finish to the $250,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) July 16.
Distance ability is the key as Star Billing, runner-up in last month's Honeymoon Handicap (gr. IIT), leads the field in the $250,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) over the Hollywood Park turf July 16.
Kentucky invader Bizzy Caroline, preparing for the upcoming $250,000 American Oaks (gr. IT), worked on the Hollywood Park turf for the first time July 10 and recorded a bullet half-mile drill.
The 72nd running of the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) tops a stakes schedule worth more than $5.2 million during the 2011 spring/summer meet at Hollywood Park.
In her stakes debut, Pam and Marty Wygod's homebred Harmonious swept to victory in the $250,000 American Oaks (gr. IT), outlasting Antares World on the Hollywood Park turf July 3.
Unlike past renewals, this year's American Oaks (gr. IT), with a reduction in purse to $250,000 reflecting tough times in California, is a local affair with Jerry and Ann Moss' Cozie Rosie among the favorites.
Favored Gozzip Girl gave a superb performance from off the pace to win the $700,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park July 5.
If this is to be its final renewal, the $700,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park is going out in style after drawing 16 entrants for the 1 1/4-mile turf event. The truly intriguing field of 3-year-old fillies includes three international aspirants and four challengers from the East Coast.
Five fillies with graded stakes wins on turf and a pair from renowned European trainer Dermot Weld are among 14 invitees to the $700,000 American Oaks (gr. I) at Hollywood Park July 5.
Hollywood Park has scheduled $8 million in stakes for its 2009 spring/summer meet. Three graded events have been cut from the schedule to help preserve overnight purses, officials said.
Clearly Foxy, the third-place finisher in the American Oaks (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park July 5, has been sidelined with a hind ankle injury and will not race again this year, according to Overbrook Farm racing manager Chris Young.
Hollywood Park realized a 1.8% drop in all-sources handle during the 70th running of its spring/summer meet, which ended July 13.
A preliminary total handle of $24,473,930 from the American Oaks/CashCall Mile program July 5 is the highest in Hollywood Park's history other than Breeders' Cup and Triple Crown days, the Southern California track reported.
Carribean Sunset, a multiple group III winner in Ireland, leads a four-horse European contingent in a field of 12 3-year-old fillies contesting the $750,000 American Oaks Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park July 5.
Glencrest Farm's Panty Raid, making her turf debut for trainer Todd Pletcher, got a dream stalking trip under Edgar Prado to win the $750,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) for 3-year-old fillies in a mild surprise on the Hollywood Park turf course Saturday.
Though she has her work cut out against a formidable field in the $750,000 American Oaks Invitational (gr. IT) Saturday at Hollywood Park, the intriguing Anamato could become the first Australian-bred and trained horse in recent history to win a major North American race.
G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s Communique, a closing fourth in the Regret Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Churchill Downs turf June 16, has accepted an invitation from Hollywood Park racing secretary Martin Panza to compete in the $750,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) on July 7, trainer Rusty Arnold said Friday from Kentucky.
Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, the national earnings leader with more than $12 million in purses, seeks to pad those figures with an invasion of Hollywood Park for the three richest races of the meet the next two weekends.
Anamato, expected to be the first Australian horse to start in the American Oaks (gr. IT) when the $750,000 international race is run July 7, cleared quarantine and exercised on the Hollywood Park Cushion Track for the first time Wednesday morning.
Australian filly star Anamato is scheduled to be shipped to California Sunday for the $750,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) on July 7 at Hollywood Park.
"NTRA Summer Racing - "Powered by Dodge," seven shows featuring 16 races, will air on the ESPN networks beginning June 30, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced June 13.
TVG announced April 24 that it will broadcast from Hollywood Park's 68th spring/summer meet, which began April 25 at the Inglewood, Calif. track. Throughout the meet, TVG will present a $150,000 Guaranteed Pick Four each weekday and a $300,000 Guaranteed Pick Four on Saturdays and Sundays.
Wait a While answered any questions about her ability to handle the turf when she demolished the field in the $750,000 American Oaks Invitational (gr. IT) for 3-year-old fillies at Hollywood Park Sunday.
Japanese-bred Asahi Rising will try to follow in the footsteps of Cesario Sunday when she faces seven opponents in the $750,000 American Oaks Invitational (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies on the Hollywood Park turf.
Japanese invaders Dance in the Mood and Asahi Rising worked five furlongs in tandem on the main track at Hollywood Park Wednesday for their respective female turf stakes this weekend.
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