Well over 200 people--horsemen, fans, and racetrack regulars--gathered April 20 at Santa Anita Park to remember trainer Mike Mitchell, who died at the age of 66 April 14 after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.
Stellar Wind, the 6-5 favorite for the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I), delivered with a commanding 5 1/4-length win over Luminance April 4 at Santa Anita Park. The daughter of Curlin traveled the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.26.
Texas Red remains on course for the April 4 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) as he swims his way back from an abscess on his right front foot following a sharp second in his 3-year-old debut in the San Vicente Stakes Feb. 1.
An argument could be made that California's second-best Triple Crown hopeful at this point in the year might only have a maiden special weight win.
A provision voiding the claim of a horse placed on the veterinarian's list for bleeding was approved for a 45-day public comment period by the California Horse Racing Board, though members expressed their concerns.
The discussion over riding rules brought into the spotlight the controversial start of the 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) during the California Horse Racing Board's Feb. 18 meeting.
Zayat Stables' American Pharoah Drew an appreciative appraisal from trainer Bob Baffert as he continued to work in preparation for his 3-year-old debut the morning of Feb. 15 at Santa Anita Park.
Warren's Veneda claimed her first graded stakes victory with a wide closing drive to capture the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 14 at Santa Anita Park.
Power Jam joined the crowded Bob Baffert barn of 3-year-old prospects with an easy 4 1/4-length victory in a six furlong maiden special weight event Feb. 14 at Santa Anita Park.
Speedy mare La Tia will look to capture her third straight graded stakes and fifth overall in the $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes (gr. IT) at one mile on the turf Feb. 16 at Santa Anita Park.
Two-time champion Beholder could make her return to the races in the $350,000 Madison Stakes (gr. I) over seven furlongs at Keeneland on April 4, according to trainer Richard Mandella.
Thegirlinthatsong will look to claim her second straight graded stakes victory in the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 14 at Santa Anita Park.
The football comparisons might indicate the Bob Baffert's confidence in his current crop of 3-year-olds, because all have to do with the New England Patriots.
The showdown everyone wanted to see produced a clear verdict for Shared Belief over reigning Horse of the Year California Chrome in the $500,000 San Antonio Invitational Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park.
Finnegans Wake extended his winning streak in graded turf races to three with a late-running victory in the San Marcos Stakes (gr. IIT) Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park.
Odds-on choice Dortmund, passed in upper stretch by rival Firing Line, fought back along the inside to score a head victory in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park.
American Pharoah could be looking at a return to racing in March, according to trainer Bob Baffert.
Promising California-bred 3-year-old Acceptance, who suffered his first defeat in four starts when fourth as the 1-2 favorite in the California Cup Derby Jan. 24 at Santa Anita Park, has been turned out at Old English Rancho.
Gulfstream Park handicappers Ron Nicoletti and Christina Bossinakis have studied the Xpressbet $500,000 X-Country Pick 4, which includes top Feb. 7 stakes races at Gulfstram Park and Santa Anita Park.
Unbeaten Dortmund can solidify his position as the West Coast's top 3-year-old when he faces five opponents in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park.
Finnegans Wake and Patrioticandproud are set to renew their rivalry once again in the $200,000 San Marcos Stakes (gr. IIT) Feb. 7 on the grass at Santa Anita Park.
For the fifth race in a row, a formidable Bob Baffert-trained contender is looming to take on Shared Belief. Only Bayern, in the Breeders' Cup Classic, has got the best of the dark bay gelding.
Lord Nelson spoiled the 3-year-old coming-out party for Texas Red in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park Feb. 1, edging the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner in a terrific finish.
Grade I winner Hoppertunity will run in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II), trainer Bob Baffert confirmed after the 4-year-old son of Any Given Saturday worked six furlongs at Santa Anita Park Feb. 1.
Horse of the Year California Chrome put in the final major drill for his 4-year-old debut when breezing five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 Feb. 1 at Los Alamitos Racecourse.
Stretching out for the first time, Callback became a grade I winner Jan. 31 when she took the field gate to wire to win the $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita Park for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.
Avanzare pressed the pace before kicking clear in the stretch and scoring a clear win from fast-finishing Za Approval in the $200,000 Arcadia Stakes (gr. IIT) Jan. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
Benefiting from a sizzling early speed duel, Conquest Two Step rallied through the lane to take the $200,250 Palos Verdes Stakes (gr. II) over Secret Circle from Santa Anita Park Jan. 31.
It may be Super Bowl Sunday but the eyes of the racing world will be on Texas Red as the overwhelming Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner returns to Santa Anita Park in the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II).
The 2013 Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Secret Circle makes his seasonal debut in the $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes (gr. II) from Santa Anita Park Jan. 31.
Her bid to upset champion Take Charge Brandi in the Starlet (gr. I) falling just short last time out, the Bob Baffert-trained Maybellene appears to be the one to beat in the grade I Las Virgenes Jan. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
Online wagering provider Xpressbet, in conjunction with Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park, and The Stronach Group, unveils a new Pick 4 wager Feb. 7 featuring four important stakes races at the two tracks.
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Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red is likely to have three starts on the early Triple Crown trail, according to trainer Keith Desormeaux, beginning with the San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 1.
Peter Redekop's Alert Bay survived a lengthy stewards' inquiry to collect his fifth straight stakes score Jan. 24 in the $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
Mischief Clem produced an 11-1 upset in the $245,000 California Cup Derby at Santa Anita Park Jan. 24, prevailing by a head after dueling the length of the stretch with an unlucky Pulmarack.
Eblouissante, a half sister to the legendary Zenyatta, has been retired from racing and will begin her breeding career, it was announced Jan. 23.
Less than a week after earning an Eclipse Award as North America's top apprentice jockey, Drayden Van Dyke collected his first win as a journeyman Jan. 23 with Irish-bred Ernest Shackleton at Santa Anita Park.
Newly crowned Horse of the Year California Chrome drilled seven furlongs at Los Alamitos Race Course Jan. 19 as he continues preparations for his expected 2015 debut next month in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II).
Sam's Sister came running off the turn and wore down front-runner Sweet Marini to win in the $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes (gr. II), her second straight graded stakes victory, Jan. 19 at Santa Anita Park.
Tough Sunday's recovery from multiple health issues as a young horse proved nothing less than extraordinary when seemingly against all odds the colt made it to the races and became a winner last month at Santa Anita Park.
Thegirlinthatsong was the first to the wire in the $200,000 La Canada (gr. II) for older fillies Jan. 17 at Santa Anita Park.
Though she didn't start for seven months, New York-bred Dayatthespa proved her credentials at season's end with a powerful victory in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. I) to earn an Eclipse as top female turf horse.
Grade I winner Sam's Sister heads a field of seven older fillies and mares for the $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 19 at Santa Anita Park.
Galway Downs was approved as an official training facility by the California Horse Racing Board Jan. 15, providing a needed option to small training operations being forced to relocate from Fairplex Park.
Calculator entered the $100,750 Sham Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 10 at Santa Anita Park still a maiden but left a stakes winner after posting a dominating 4 1/4-length victory over stablemate Rock Shandy.
Dortmund, the early favorite for the 2015 spring classics, drilled a half mile at Santa Anita Park Jan. 4 in his first workout since winning the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 20.
Shrinking Violet, a bargain buy for owner/trainer Wesley Ward making her initial start at Santa Anita Park, scored a 10-1 upset in the $200,000 Monrovia Stakes (gr. IIT) on the hillside turf course Jan. 4.
Tough Sunday defied the odds of a difficult birth and multiple serious health issues as a youngster to finally become a winning racehorse Dec. 28 at Santa Anita Park.
Veteran turf runner Finnegans Wake has found a home in California, coming from off the pace once again to capture the $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes (gr. IIT) Jan. 3 at Santa Anita Park.
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