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  • Mor Spirit wins the Robert B. Lewis Stakes.

    Making the Grade: Mor Spirit

    This week we take a closer look at Mor Spirit, winner of the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) on Feb. 6 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Kobe's Back wins the Palos Verdes Stakes.

    Kobe's Back Finds Just Enough in Palos Verdes

    Kobe's Back broke slowly and trailed by as many as 10 1/2 lengths, but he unleashed his patented closing kick and was just able to track down Salutos Amigos in the final strides to win the Palos Verdes Stakes (gr. II).

  • Taris Passes Two-Turn La Canada Test

    Taris has been a proven sprinter since moving to the barn of Simon Callaghan late in 2014, but shined in her two-turn debut for the trainer in the 1 1/16-mile La Canada Stakes (gr. II).

  • Runhappy wins the Malibu Stakes.

    Runhappy Untouchable in Malibu Victory

    James McIngvale's 3-year-old sprinting superstar became a three-time grade I winner Dec. 26 at Santa Anita Park, where he set the pace and pulled away from the field to win the $300,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) by 3 1/2 lengths.

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    Gary Stevens Up for Runhappy Breeze

    Runhappy, winner of two grade I sprints this year, will attempt a third Dec. 26 in Santa Anita Park's Malibu Stakes. The Super Saver colt breezed seven furlongs Dec. 15 at the California track.

  • Dortmund cruises to victory in the Native Diver.

    Dortmund Dominant in Native Diver

    Dortmund pushed his record in Southern California to a perfect seven-for-seven Nov. 28 at Del Mar, taking the $150,000 Native Diver with ease in his first start at the seaside racetrack.

  • Dortmund will make his first Del Mar start in the Native Diver Stakes.

    Dortmund Stays Home for Native Diver

    Scratched from the Clark Handicap (gr. I) because of a quarter-crack, Kaleem Shah's Dortmund will stay home for his next race, the $150,000 Native Diver (gr. III) Nov. 28 at Del Mar.

  • Om cruises to victory in the Twilight Derby Oct. 24 at Santa Anita Park.

    Om Never in Doubt in Twilight Score

    Om started on top and finished on top to score by 2 1/2 lengths in the $200,000 Twilight Derby, ahead of English import Mister Brightside, who was making his U.S. debut.

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    Taris Speedy in Santa Anita Drill

    Taris' final timed workout at Santa Anita Park before shipping to Keeneland for the Breeders' Cup Filly &Mare Sprint (gr. I) was impressive enough on paper, a bullet five furlongs in :59 flat.

  • Beholder arrives at Keeneland for the Breeders' Cup.
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    Beholder Arrives at Keeneland

    Champion Beholder arrived in the bluegrass on a sun-splashed afternoon Oct. 19, 11 days before her engagement in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and a showdown with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

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    American Pharoah, Beholder Work for Classic

    Santa Anita clockers caught American Pharoah going five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 "handily," while Beholder went the distance in 1:02 flat and was given the "breezing" label that is not often awarded in Southern California.

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    Beholder Working Well Toward Zenyatta

    Spendthrift Farm's Beholder turned in what might end up being her final timed workout in preparation for the Sept. 26 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) when she covered six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 Sept. 18 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Om wins the Del Mar Derby.

    Om Makes the Grade in Del Mar Derby

    K. B. Sareen's Om took the field gate to wire to win the $250,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Sept. 6, flipping the script on rival Prospect Park, who took their last meeting in the La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT) Aug. 9.

  • Beholder dominates the Pacific Classic.

    Beholder Blows Away Pacific Classic Foes

    The Spendthrift Farm runner toyed with the field of nine other males and pulled away to win by 8 1/4 lengths in her first start against the boys and her first start at 1 1/4 miles. She is the first female to win the race.

  • Taris wins the Rancho Bernardo.

    Taris Wins Comeback in Rancho Bernardo

    Taris launched her comeback from injury in handy fashion Aug. 16 at Del Mar, moving past the pacesetter at the quarter pole and coasting to victory the $100,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) under a hand ride.

  • Beholder dominates the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar.

    Beholder All Class in Easy Hirsch Score

    Spendthrift Farm's Beholder again showed her talent in the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar Aug. 1, toying with the field to win by open lengths without feeling the whip from Hall of Fame rider Gary Stevens.

  • Catch a Flight catches Appealing Tale to win the San Diego Handicap.

    Catch a Flight Finds Just Enough in San Diego

    Dialing back in distance proved to be the winning formula for Haras Santa Maria de Araras' Catch a Flight, who wore down longshot Appealing Tale in the final strides to take the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 25.

  • Beholder is scheduled to return to the races in the Adoration Stakes.

    Beholder, Warren's Veneda Meet in Adoration

    The highly-anticipated matchup between Beholder and Warren's Veneda was derailed in May, but the pair will get another opportunity to go at it in the $100,000 Adoration Stakes (gr. III) June 13 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Ashleyluvssugar wins the Charles Whittingham Stakes.

    Ashleyluvssugar No Fluke in Whittingham

    Ashleyluvssugar showed his upset win over Finnegans Wake in the March 21 San Luis Rey Stakes (gr. IIT) was no fluke May 24, when the 4-year-old gelding closed to capture the $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes (gr. IIT).

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    Ashleyluvssugar Takes Aim at Whittingham

    After springing an upset in his graded stakes debut, Ashleyluvssugar will seek a second straight graded score in the $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes (gr. IIT) May 24 at Santa Anita Park.

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    American Pharoah Draws Post 1 for Preakness

    Zayat Stable's American Pharoah drew the rail and was installed the 4-5 morning-line favorite in a field of eight for the $1.5 million Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 16 at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Firing Line works for the Kentucky Derby April 25 at Santa Anita Park.

    Firing Line Stretches Legs in Derby Breeze

    The Simon Callaghan trainee breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:02 1/5 April 25 at Santa Anita Park, then galloped out to three-quarters of a mile in 1:15. He is set to ship to Churchill Downs early April 26.

  • Sarah Sis worked five furlongs in 1:02 3/5 on April 24.

    Sarah Sis: Sibling With a Shot in the Oaks

    Joe Ragsdale has been an owner for less than three years and the Oklahoman finds himself heading to the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with Honeybee Stakes (gr. III) winner Sarah Sis, trained by Ingrid Mason.

  • Three Hearts will break from the rail in the Santa Barbara Handicap.

    Three Hearts, Diversy Harbor Meet Again

    Graded stakes winners Three Hearts and Diversy Harbor provide the most class in a field of nine older fillies and mares set for the $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIIT) April 18 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Home Journey wins the Las Cienegas Stakes.

    Home Journey Too Tough in Las Cienegas

    Home Journey led every step of the way on the Santa Anita Park downhill turf course and held off another late run by Go West Marie to capture the $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 11.

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    Firing Line Breezes at Santa Anita

    Sunland Derby winner Firing Line continued his workout schedule in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a five furlong breeze in :59 1/5 the morning of April 11 at Santa Anita Park.