Keyword: Richard Mandella

  • Peace wins a maiden special weight race Dec. 30 at Santa Anita

    Wide-Open Robert B. Lewis Stakes Draws Nine

    With some of the heavy hitters in the 3-year-old male division eyeing targets down the line, the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3) came up as a wide-open affair with points toward the Road to the Kentucky Derby on the line Feb. 3 at Santa Anita.

  • Hall of Famers Alex Solis (left) and Richard Mandella watching over training Jan. 19 at Santa Anita Park

    Solis Learns Under Mandella's Wing

    After his retirement from riding in 2017, Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis is studying under Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella in hopes to start his own training operation.

  • Ax Man wins a conditional maiden special weight race at Santa Anita Jan. 1

    Santa Anita Tries Out New Conditions to Retain Owners

    In an effort to relieve some of the frustration regarding horse ownership, Santa Anita Park has instituted conditions at the maiden special weight level based on auction price and at the claiming level based on barn size, in limited races.

  • Majestic Heat scores in the Bayakoa Stakes at Los Alamitos

    Majestic Heat Rolls in Bayakoa

    A surface switch seems to be paying off for Majestic Heat, who is now two-for-two on dirt as she earned her first graded victory in the 1 1/16-mile $201,035 Bayakoa Handicap (G2) Dec. 3 at Los Alamitos Race Course.

  • Avenge

    Avenge Back at Del Mar for Yellow Ribbon

    Ramona Bass' Avenge began her ascent to a top-level turf female on the West Coast during the summer meet at Del Mar in 2016 and the 5-year-old mare will return to the seaside turf course Aug. 5 in the $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap (G2T).

  • Paradise Woods works at Santa Anita June 18

    Paradise Woods, Arrogate Get to Work at Santa Anita

    After a stint at Julie Adair-Stack's farm—where trainer Richard Mandella also sent four-time champion Beholder for some time off—Paradise Woods got back to serious training June 18 at Santa Anita Park with an easy half-mile breeze.

  • Bal a Bali and jockey Mike Smith win the Shoemaker Mile

    Comeback King Bal a Bali Takes Shoemaker Mile

    Rounding the turn for home in the $400,000 Shoemaker Mile (G1T) June 3 at Santa Anita Park, Bal a Bali again validated owner Calumet Farm's decision to keep the striking bay off their stallion roster for another year.

  • Lady Eli captures the Gamely Stakes over Goodyearforroses

    Lady Eli Digs in to Win Gamely

    Out of her comfort zone up near the pace in the $300,000 Gamely Stakes (G1T) May 27 at Santa Anita Park, Sheep Pond Partners' Lady Eli once again showed her enduring class.

  • Oaks morning-line favorite Paradise Woods

    Talent Pool Runs Deep in Kentucky Oaks

    Miss Sky Warrior's trainer Kelly J. Breen notes the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) has a 'Final Four' feel, but the talent runs much deeper for Churchill Downs' main event May 5.

  • Paradise Woods completed six furlongs in 1:12 2/5 April 27 at Santa Anita

    Paradise Woods Records Final Work for Kentucky Oaks

    Richard Mandella has a certain giddiness about him when one of his good horses is going well. Not so long ago, after Beholder's morning breezes, he had a frequent pep to his step. In the Santa Anita grandstand April 27, the excitement was back.

  • Paradise Woods works under jockey Flavien Prat

    Paradise Woods Has Penultimate Oaks Move

    "Beautiful" is how Mandella described the April 21 work of Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) contender Paradise Woods, who went four furlongs in :47 3/5 Friday at Santa Anita Park in her penultimate exercise for the May 5 test.

  • Bal a Bali

    Bal a Bali Training Toward Kilroe Mile

    Fox Hill Farms and Siena Farm's Bal a Bali is currently listed on the Calumet Farm online stallion roster, but if all goes as planned, he won't be visiting any mares this year.

  • Beholder wins the 2016 Vanity Mile (G1)

    Santa Anita Renames Vanity to 'Beholder Mile'

    Santa Anita Park Feb. 10 announced the stakes schedule for its upcoming spring meeting and the most notable change was a tip of the cap to one of the best mares to ever run at the Southern California track.

  • Beholder

    Beholder to be Bred to Uncle Mo

    The racing days of Beholder have finally drawn to a close, as Spendthrift Farm officially announced the 6-year-old’s retirement Nov. 6, two days after her thrilling victory over Songbird in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I).

  • Richard Mandella greets Beholder after her Breeders' Cup Distaff victory

    Mandella: Beholder is Unlike Any Other

    The beat went on, as it always does, but Richard Mandella doesn't want to think about moving on from the bay mare who gave one final brilliant display Nov. 4 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Beholder

    Beholder, Frosted Drill at Santa Anita

    Spendthrift Farm's Beholder logged what will likely be the final breeze of her career Oct. 27, in preparation for what should be her final start in the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).

  • Songbird works Oct. 13 at Santa Anita

    Beholder, Songbird Work at Santa Anita

    A little more than three weeks out from their upcoming showdown in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), champions Beholder and Songbird went about their business minutes apart during the earliest morning workout session at Santa Anita Park.

  • Avenge enters off a win in the John C. Mabee.

    Avenge Aims for First Grade I in Rodeo Drive

    After securing the first graded stakes win of her career in her previous start, Avenge will try a grade I stakes for the first time in the $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes (gr. IT) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.

  • California Chrome gallops Sept. 27 at Santa Anita Park.

    Racing's Stars Set for Santa Anita Saturday

    Two of racing's biggest stars—California Chrome and Beholder—will make their final starts before the Breeders' Cup on the Oct. 1 Santa Anita Park card as they take advantage of the opportunity to prep at the site of this year's World Championships.

  • Beholder worked six furlongs in 1:12 3/5 Sept. 23

    Beholder Logs Final Work for Zenyatta

    After Beholder's last timed workout in preparation for the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I), just more than a week out from the Oct. 1 race, trainer Richard Mandella said she is ready to take on Stellar Wind in a rematch of champions.

  • Beholder breezes at Santa Anita Park Sept. 9

    Beholder Works, Zenyatta Stakes Likely Next

    After her second work since a second-place run in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), trainer Richard Mandella is leaning toward running Spendthrift Farm's Beholder in the Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.

  • California Chrome wins the 2016 Pacific Classic

    'Chrome,' Beholder Weighing Options after PC

    Barn CC on the Del Mar backside had a party-like atmosphere Sunday morning—with a large group of connections and fans huddled around the 2014 Horse of the Year's stall—following what Sherman called the best performance of his career.