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  • Quick Casablanca won the 2014 Last Tycoon Stakes.

    San Juan Capistrano Offers Turf Marathon

    Quick Casablanca hopes to make the San Juan Capistrano the continuation of a beautiful friendship with the Santa Anita turf, as the Chilean-bred won a grade III stakes over the Arcadia, Calif., lawn in April.

  • Stormy Lucy is the 124-pound highweight in the Royal Heroine Stakes.

    Stormy Lucy Tops Royal Heroine Field

    Mutliple grade II winner Stormy Lucy is the 124-pound highweight in the June 28 Royal Heroine Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park that is expected to mark the U.S. debut of New Zealand champion Habibi.

  • Breeders' Cup to Keeneland, California Tracks

    Breeders' Cup Ltd. announced June 24 that the 2015 World Championships will be held Oct. 30-31 at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, will return to Santa Anita Park in 2016, and will be held at Del Mar in 2017.

  • Story to Tell was an eye-catching maiden special weight winner May 23.

    2-Year-Olds Featured in Santa Anita Stakes

    Untested 2-year-olds take the spotlight at Santa Anita Park June 22 in a pair of $125,000 stakes events at 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track, the Santa Anita Juvenile and the Landaluce for fillies.

  • Can the Man streaks to victory in the Affirmed Stakes.

    Can the Man Wire to Wire in Affirmed Stakes

    Kaleem Shah's favored Can the Man took the early lead and never was seriously threatened en route to a wire-to-wire victory in the $100,000 Affirmed Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita Park June 7.

  • Great Weather, Crowd Expected for Belmont

    With California Chrome going for the Triple Crown and a forecast of abundant sunshine, low humidity, and temperatures in the high 70s, the crowed at Belmont Park began forming early for the June 7 Belmont Stakes.

  • California Chrome is attempting to become the first California-bred Triple Crown winner.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2014-Triple-Crown/Belmont-Stakes-146/i-QV5j88Q">Order This Photo</a>

    Assault, Secretariat, Affirmed Lead 'Chrome'

    If California Chrome wins the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 7 at Belmont Park, he would become the first California-bred Triple Crown winner and just the fourth horse bred outside of Kentucky to sweep the three classics.

  • Miss Serendipity just beats Emollient in the Gamely Stakes.

    Miss Serendipity Upset Winner in Gamely

    Matias Cavalieri's Miss Serendipity, a group I winner in Argentina, won her first race in the United States when she nipped Emollient at the finish to win the $300,000 Gamely Stakes (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park May 26.

  • Champion Shared Belief Coasts in Comeback

    Shared Belief, the champion 2-year-old male of 2013, kept his unblemished record intact with a comfortable victory versus four older foes in a $35,000 allowance event at Golden Gate Fields May 26.

  • Cyclometer wins the Los Angeles Handicap.

    Cyclometer Wins Scratch-Marred Los Angeles

    Cyclometer, owned and bred by trainer Bruce Headley and Irwin and Andrew Molasky, made short work of two other foes in a scratch-marred $92,000 Los Angeles Handicap (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park May 26.

  • Art Sherman with California Chrome

    Haskin: Chrome Sweet Chrome

    Once again, we have reached the gates of the pantheon. Beyond beckons the ghosts of Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed, Citation, and the seven other Triple Crown winners who have attained immortality.

  • California Chrome

    California Chrome Draws Crowd for Los Al Work

    With many fans making their first-ever visit to Los Alamitos just to see him, California Chrome put in his final work April 26 before he heads to Louisville for the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Candy Boy at Churchill Downs, April 26, 2014 <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2014-Triple-Crown/Kentucky-Derby-Workouts/i-42Xb3FM">Order This Photo</a>

    Sadler Sends Candy Boy to Final Derby Drill

    California trainer John Sadler sent Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) winner Candy Boy through his final major preparations for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) April 26 at Churchill Downs.

  • Fashion Plate

    Zetcher Hopes for Lilies With Fashion Plate

    In the early morning hours at Santa Anita Park when most Thoroughbred owners are still in their beds, Arnold Zetcher can often be found observing the progress of his horses in training at the Southern California oval.

  • Breeders' Cup Challenge Series Expands

    The Breeders' Cup Challenge series this year will consist of 73 automatic qualifying races into the Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup World Championships, with 46 challenge races to be held in the U.S. and Canada.

  • California Sire Benchmark Pensioned

    Prominent California stallion Benchmark, sire of champion Points Offthebench and several other grade I winners, has been pensioned from stud duty due to fertility issues, Ballena Vista Farm announced April 21.

  • Heaven Szent, ridden by Shauna Pennell, after winning the $1,500 Hunter Derby. Presenting are Nicole Schwartz of Neigh Savers and Lucinda Mandella of CARMA.

    Heaven Szent Delivers at CARMA-Sponsored Show

    Heaven Szent, a 14-year-old who never won a race under his registered name of General Attack, was the star of the April 12-13 Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, Calif.

  • Breeders' Cup Unveils 2014 Event Logo

    The Breeders' Cup has released the official event logo for the 2014 Breeders' Cup World Championships to be held for the third consecutive year at Santa Anita Park Oct. 30-Nov. 1 in Arcadia, Calif.

  • Social Inclusion: Rising Star or 1-Hit Wonder

    This Saturday, Social Inclusion will make his much-anticipated stakes debut in the $1 million Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct, one of four grade I races for 3-year-olds being run this weekend.

  • James Street, Wolfcamp to Stand in CA

    Multiple graded stakes winner James Street and stakes-placed runner Wolfcamp, both sons of El Prado, have been retired from racing to stand at Vincent Harris' Fruitful Acres Farm near Aguanga, Calif.

  • Ria Antonia
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    Paolucci Moves Ria Antonia to Baffert

    Trainer Jeremiah Englehart and owner Ron Paolucci have parted ways over Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Ria Antonia. The filly will be sent to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.

  • Awesome Baby faces 7 in the Santa Ysabel at Santa Anita Park.

    Awesome Baby Goes Long in Santa Ysabel Stakes

    Awesome Baby, wire-to-wire winner of the Santa Ynez Stakes going 6 1/2 furlongs, stretches back out to 1 1/16 miles against seven other 3-year-old fillies March 1 in the $100,000 Santa Ysabel at Santa Anita.

  • Calif. Poker Bills Would Leave Racing Out

    Two Internet poker bills have been introduced in the California Legislature for consideration this year, but neither includes the racing industry on the short list of entities eligible for licensing.

  • Mucho Macho Man<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3029254633&k=4cPQTTG">Order This Photo</a>

    Mucho Macho Man Works at Gulfstream Park

    Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Mucho Macho Man put in his last local work Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park, going five furlongs in 1:02.56 on the main track at the South Florida oval. He will leave for California Feb. 23.

  • Mike Smith, right, with his aunt Nedra Matteucci after his recent induction into the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame.

    Q&A With Hall of Fame Jockey Mike Smith

    "I try to ride the best I know how to ride," Smith said. "I love horses, I truly do. I like people to know that and I hope it shows in my riding, let's put it that way. I have to be the best I can possibly be."

  • Santa Anita Park abandoned its Pro-Ride track to return to dirt in 2010.

    Southern CA Synthetic Track Era Nears End

    With the announcement that Del Mar plans to switch from Polytrack back to a dirt main track in 2015, the grand experiment with synthetic racing surfaces in Southern California is likely coming to an end.