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Racing last of seven 3-year-old fillies through a half-mile, Renee's Titan launched a sustained rally along the rail to stun champion Beholder in the $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) on Jan. 21 at Santa Anita Park.
Already accomplished at both sprints and routes, Book Review will stretch out again in the $150,000 La Canada Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 20 at Santa Anita Park.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens rode the first winner of his newly-launched comeback Jan. 12, getting the job done aboard Glen Hill Farm's Branding at Santa Anita Park.
During that time of year when champions are gearing up for their new campaigns, a familiar name popped up at Payson Park. Royal Delta is back on the worktab and prepping for a start in the Feb. 17 Sabin (gr. III).
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint winner Hightail has been retired from racing, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas confirmed Jan. 8.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens gave official confirmation Jan. 3 to the rumors that have been flying; on Jan. 6 at Santa Anita Park, he'll again start riding races.
Status change results in grade I winner Comma to the Top securing third graded stakes victory of his career.
Tweebster, a 5-year-old Tapit gelding, has been euthanized after fracturing the sesamoids in his left front leg during a Dec. 30 claiming contest at Santa Anita Park.
English-bred Qaraaba displayed a powerful turn of foot when closing from last to capture the Dec. 30 Robert J. Frankel Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Park.
Jockey Corey Nakatani, who was involved in a spill in the fourth race at Santa Anita Park Dec. 29, took off his scheduled two mounts at the Southern California track Dec. 30.
Millionaire Coil turned in a bullet move at Santa Anita Park Dec. 29, and will make the final start of his career in the $150,000 San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 5, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert confirmed.
Gary and Mary West's homebred Book Review found California to her liking Dec. 26, when she got up over tough contender Reneesgotzip and 2011 2-year-old champion My Miss Aurelia in the $300,000 La Brea Stakes.
Tiz Flirtatious seeks her first graded stakes victory in the $150,000 Robert J. Frankel Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Park Dec. 30, and seems primed to take it off an impressive runner-up finish in the Nov. 25 Matriarch.
Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic runner-up My Miss Aurelia worked a half mile in :48 3/5 on Santa Anita's fast main track on the morning of Dec. 20 in preparation for next week's La Brea Stakes (gr. I) at seven furlongs.
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) winner Groupie Doll was scheduled to go to trainer Buff Bradley's farm earlier this week, but will now prep for a possible start in the Nov. 24 Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct.
The CHRB could give its final approval to exchange wagering rules Nov. 15 when it meets at 9:30 a.m. PST in the Sunset Room at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Bill Farish Jr.'s Pool Play will be pointed toward the Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) Nov. 23 at Churchill Downs, but the 7-year-old might not be the only Clark starter for trainer Mark Casse.
Patrick McGoey staged another improbable final-race comeback to win the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge for a second straight year on Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park.
The industry's two racing television networks, TVG and HRTV, will both broadcast races from Betfair Hollywood Park live beginning Nov. 8 under a new agreement in California.
Godolphin Racing's Questing, who was eased in the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) after showing no inclination to run, was found to have suffered an injury to her eye, though no one knows exactly how it happened.
Breeders' Cup reported that a total of nearly $144.3 million was wagered on the two-day World Championships Nov. 2-3 at Santa Anita Park, down from the $161.5 million figure a year ago at Churchill Downs.
Morton Fink's Wise Dan squarely put himself in the mix for a variety of championships this year with a superior course-record victory in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 3.
Arlington Million (gr. IT) winner Little Mike upset the $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) and finished a tick off a 23-year-old track record to do so, holding off Point of Entry while getting 1 1/2 miles in 2:22.83
Groupie Doll continued her domination of the female sprint division Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park, inhaling her rivals on the turn to take the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) under a hand ride from jockey Rajiv Maragh.
The weather for Nov. 3, the second day of the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park should be ideal.
Besilu Stables' Royal Delta took control after an early scramble for the lead and never looked back en route to a strong victory in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 2.
Flotilla avoided trouble with an explosive late run down the center of the course in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park, giving jockey Christophe LeMaire his first Cup win.
Breeders' Cup is prepared to take a hit in pari-mutuel handle given the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast even though many wagering outlets were back in operation Nov. 2.
Game On Dude could put himself atop the favorites list for Horse of the Year with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
For a horse with the name he's been given, Obviously is anything but at the 2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Jack Wolf of Starlight Racing kept a close eye on Shanghai Bobby Nov. 1 as the colt made his first trip around Santa Anita Park's oval, looking happy and alert as he strode past.
Breeders' Cup is well on its way in executing a strategy to enhance the World Championships experience for owners, breeders, and trainers.
To trainer Kenny McPeek, running Atigun in the $500,000 Breeders' Cup Marathon (gr. II) just makes sense.
The final contingent of Breeders' Cup runners, including Mile favorite Wise Dan and Classic contenders Mucho Macho Man, Fort Larned, and Brilliant Speed, arrived at Santa Anita Park Oct. 31.
Mark Casse got Dynamic Sky for less than he expected and the colt has accomplished more than the trainer ever thought he would during his 2-year-old racing season.
Bob Elliston, who took over as chief operating officer at Breeders' Cup earlier this year, said the organization is assessing its position and working to improve the overall experience the World Championships has to offer.
He's Had Enough could make O'Neill's year even better in the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
Despite poor visibility trackside due to fog, several European Breeders' Cup contenders managed their morning outings on both turf and dirt at Santa Anita Park Oct. 31.
"She's going to have to be dealt with on Friday," trainer Chad Brown remarked of Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf contender Zagora. "I have respect for the horses that have come over here, but mine is pretty good."
Sherry Parbhoo's Trinniberg may be 15-1 on the morning line for the $1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), but his connections may see the race differently.
The final shipment of European Breeders' Cup runners arrived at the quarantine barn at Santa Anita Park late the evening of Oct. 29, while others who had arrived earlier took to the track for the first time Oct. 30.
The connections of Pool Play figured last year the horse wouldn't race again because of a tendon injury, but given time and sharp training by Mark Casse, the horse has made it to the Breeders' Cup Classic.
While Groupie Doll's stellar 2012 record puts her in a different league than many of her competitors in the Nov. 3 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I), the favorite will still have to face five other grade I winners.
The Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) didn't draw the largest field, but it attracted eight fillies and mares that could put on quite a show in the $2 million event Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.
Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) favorite Wise Dan will have his travel plans from Lexington to Santa Anita Park delayed a day, trainer Charlie Lopresti said Oct. 29.
Marketing Mix, easy winner of the Sept. 29 Rodeo Drive Handicap at Santa Anita Park, hopes to hold the home track advantage against a European invasion in the $2 million Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) over the same course.
The second time was the charm for Eldaafer in the Breeders' Cup Marathon (gr. II) and his connections are hoping that the fourth will be, too.
Morton Fink's homebred Wise Dan drew post 2 and was installed as the 9-5 favorite Oct. 29 for the $2 milion Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 2, but must run the race of a lifetime to get the job done.
Bob Hess Jr. trains 8-5 morning-line favorite for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint.
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