Trainer Bob Baffert hopes to work Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate Jan. 8 if the weatherman cooperates and conditions at Santa Anita Park are suitable.
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 graded stakes action on both coasts at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park.
Mother Nature may exert an influence in the marquee races on both coasts Saturday, as there is a good chance for rain at Santa Anita and at Gulfstream Park.
In her last start, Shane's Girlfriend shipped east to Louisiana for the Delta Downs Princess Stakes (G3) and absolutely dominated nine other fillies to win 13 1/4 lengths.
Stakes taken off the turf loses grade 3 status.
When Gormley found himself four wide in both the first and second turns during the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), stalking the pace instead of out front, it wasn't much of a surprise the John Shirreffs trainee faded late.
He may not have beaten Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Arrogate, but Midnight Storm still found a way to impress in the $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes (G2) Jan. 1.
Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate will not run in the San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II) as planned, trainer Bob Baffert said, because the Santa Anita Park main track will be "too wet."
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.
Under the care of Richard Baltas for the first time in the Frankel, the Irish-bred Azamour filly took command in the backstretch of the sloppy, 1 1/8-mile test and pulled away late to win by 5 1/4 lengths under jockey Corey Nakatani.
Los Pollos Hermanos Racing and Jay Em Ess Stable's Masochistic was officially disqualified from the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Dec. 31, following a positive post-race test for stanozolol immediately after the Nov. 5 contest.
Trainer Peter Miller is on quite a run at Santa Anita Park—so much so that he won the $100,000 Midnight Lute Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 31 with two different horses.
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.
California Chrome had his prep for the Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) Dec. 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course. Now it's Arrogate's turn across town.
Team Valor International and Green Lantern Stables' drew post 4 in Saturday's $100,000 Robert J. Frankel Stakes (gr. IIIT). The 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares on the Santa Anita turf has attracted nine entries.
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).
With top California sprinter Masochistic denied entry in the wake of his post-race positive after the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), five will head postward in the $100,000 Midnight Lute Stakes (gr. III).
Masochistic was not allowed to enter the Dec. 31 Midnight Lute Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park because he lacks a clean drug test following his positive post-race test for stanozolol after the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Both of the weekend's grade I winners at Santa Anita Park—Constellation and Mind Your Biscuits—passed through a Keeneland auction as yearlings and were offered through an Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. 2-year-olds in training sale.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Arrogate is set for a start in the Jan. 1 San Pasqual (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park, as long as the talented son of Unbridled's Song emerges in good order from a Dec. 27 bullet work.
Loooch Racing Stables, Imaginary Stables, and Raquel Ritchie realized a quick return on investment with recently purchased Conquest Enforcer as he led to win Santa Anita Park's last race Dec. 26, the $200,000 Mathis Brother Mile Stakes (gr. IIT).
In an impressive first race back after a 22-month layoff, Bettys Bambino proved that he hadn't lost his old form when he stormed home to win by 2 1/2 lengths in the San Simeon Stakes at Santa Anita Park Dec. 26.
Constellation won her first start for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer Nov. 12 in the City of Phoenix Stakes at Turf Paradise then took a significant step up Dec. 26 to gamely win the La Brea Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
Five months after Mind Your Biscuits became Robert Falcone's first graded stakes winner, the chestnut colt will attempt to become a grade I winner when he heads a field of nine as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the $300,000 Malibu Stakes Dec. 26.
For horse players, the best holiday gift comes the day after Christmas, which is the traditional opening day of the winter meet at Santa Anita Park.
Finley'sluckycharm shipped the morning of Dec. 20 to California to attempt to prove she is the top 3-year-old sprinting filly in the nation in the Dec. 26 La Brea Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
Two starts after earning his long-awaited first graded stakes win, Holy Lute aims to cap off his 2016 campaign by duplicating that effort in the $100,000 San Simeon Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the downhill course at Santa Anita Park Dec. 26.
With rival and Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Drefong declared out of the Dec. 26 $300,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I), the odds are greatly in Mind Your Biscuits' favor in the 10-horse field entered for the seven-furlong test at Santa Anita Park.
Baoma Corporation's Drefong, winner of the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 5, will miss the Malibu Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Dec. 26 after spiking a temperature last week, trainer Bob Baffert confirmed.
Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields are planning to limit the amount of advance deposit wagering operations that are permitted to take bets on races at the two racetracks, Scott Daruty said at a California Horse Racing Board meeting Dec. 15.
Happily clicking through three furlongs in a bullet :35 1/5 to earn the rare Southern California "breezing" designation from local clockers Dec. 15 at Santa Anita Park, Champagne Room signaled her readiness to get back to business.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Arrogate was all business when he worked five furlongs in :58.40 Dec. 13 at Santa Anita Park, the fastest of 77 works that day.
Running a pair of historically relevant and pricey late-season grade I races is not in the best business interest of Los Alamitos Race Course. Two weeks of racing in December is not enough to support two grade I races and their purses.
After Arrogate posted a four-furlong move in :48 flat Dec. 8, Juddmonte Farms manager Garrett O'Rourke reiterated that a start in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 28 is being given serious consideration.
Veteran jockeys Kerwin Clark, Stewart Elliott, Julien Leparoux, Glen Murphy, and Scott Stevens are the five finalists for the 2017 Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, Santa Anita Park announced Dec. 7.
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.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Arrogate got back to business Dec. 1 at Santa Anita Park, turning in his first work since that Nov. 5 victory over California Chrome.
Zindaya capped what was quite a weekend for e Five Racing Thoroughbreds, Chad Brown, and Javier Castellano in the $200,000 Goldikova Stakes (gr. IIT) Nov. 6 at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Art Sherman said California Chrome will train up to the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park.
Mike Smith, who won three races and finished second in three others, earned the 14th Bill Shoemaker Award, given to the most outstanding jockey of the 2016 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park.
A crowd of 72,811 at Santa Anita Park Nov. 5 set a record for the highest single-day attendance for a Breeders' Cup since the event switched to a two-day format.
Arrogate came roaring down the Santa Anita Park stretch to catch champion California Chrome in the final strides.
Trainer Mark Casse was openly confident regarding John Oxley's Classic Empire, and was proven right when the bay colt held off favored Not This Time to win the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
A two-time grade I winner at a mile, Obviously cut back a bit in distance to take the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
Baoma Corporation's Drefong came in off the bench, racing for the first time since his Aug. 27 Ketel One King's Bishop (gr. I) score, and turned back 8-5 choice Masochistic to land his second consecutive grade I by 1 1/4 lengths.
European invader Queen's Trust denied Lady Eli a rousing finish to her fairytale comeback from laminitis, getting her nose down just in time to take the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
Only a neck back from her first graded score in the Oct. 14 Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland, Stuart S. Janney III's Fair Point left no doubt Nov. 5 in the $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy (gr. IIIT).
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.
Stronach Stables' Shaman Ghost, the winner of the Sept. 3 Woodward Stakes (gr. I), will be scratched from the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park after spiking a fever in recent days, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Nov. 5.
California Chrome has a chance at redemption—the rarest of opportunities in today’s racing—when he starts in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, the same race and site where he finished a close third to Bayern in 2014.
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