Keyword: Santa Maria Stakes

  • McCraken

    Weekend Stakes Rundown: Tampa in the Spotlight

    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 Tampa Bay Downs gets the spotlight with three graded stakes Saturday.

  • Vale Dori wins the La Canada Stakes

    Vale Dori Seeks Third Straight Grade 2 in Santa Maria

    In the absence of champions Songbird and Stellar Wind, who are still working toward their 2017 debuts, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum's Vale Dori has been scooping up plenty of cash in the older female division in Southern California.

  • Tara's Tango and Martin Garcia take the Santa Maria Stakes.

    Tara's Tango Gets Up in Santa Maria

    A tough-luck finisher in two graded stakes runs in the past year, Stonestreet Stable's homebred Tara's Tango broke through Feb. 13 in the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Fiftyshadesofhay

    Fiftyshadesofhay Heads Santa Maria Field

    Multiple graded stakes winner Fiftyshadesofhay heads a field of seven older females entered for the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes (gr. II) on Feb. 15 at Santa Anita Park, seeking her first win of 2014.

  • Great Hot and Gary Stevens cannot be caught in the Santa Maria Stakes.

    Stevens Swipes Santa Maria With Great Hot

    Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens stole the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes (gr. II) aboard outsider Great Hot Feb. 16 for his third consecutive stakes win at Santa Anita Park over the past two weekends.

  • Lady of Fifty is the 123-pound high weight in the Santa Maria Stakes.

    Hollendorfer Has Half of Santa Maria Field

    Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer accounts for half the Santa Maria Stakes (gr. II) field of six older fillies and mares at Santa Anita Park Feb. 16, headed by 123-pound high weight Lady of Fifty.

  • Ellafitz repels all challenges to win the Santa Maria.

    Ellafitz Keeps Fighting to Win Santa Maria

    Front-running Ellafitz demonstrated her gritty determination when she turned back several challenges to capture Santa Anita's $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 18.

  • Ellafitz won the Bayakoa by 3 1/4 lengths on Dec. 4.

    Speed Makes Ellafitz Dangerous in Santa Maria

    There was no staying with Ellafitz in last month's Pasaena Handicap and trainer Bob Baffert's 5-year-old mare could get the same kind of trip in the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 18 at Santa Maria.