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  • Well Spelled and Pablo Fragoso get up late to win the Gallant Bob.

    Well Spelled Springs Gallant Bob Ambush

    GSP Racing Stable's Well Spelled ambushed Trinniberg in the final strides of the $300,000 Gallant Bob Stakes at Parx Racing Sept. 22, closing from dead last to claim the victory by half a length over the top sprinter.

  • Well Spelled comes running late to win the Jersey Shore Stakes.

    Well Spelled Aces Jersey Shore Stakes

    GSP Racing Stable's Well Spelled became a first-time graded winner when he rallied through the stretch at Monmouth Park July 14 to capture the $101,000 Jersey Shore Stakes (gr. III).

  • Golden Gate Fields Makes Stakes Changes

    Golden Gate Fields has changed two upcoming stakes, moving the Golden Poppy Stakes from May 5 to May 6 and making the Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) a handicap race.

  • Grade II winner Spellbinder will stand at Stonewall Farm.

    Grade II Winner Spellbinder to Stonewall

    Grade II winner Spellbinder, whose half-brother Whywhywhy sired a 2007 Breeders' Cup winner from his first crop, has been retired from racing and will enter stud at Audrey Haisfield's Stonewall Farm near Versailles, Ky.

  • Ball Four Takes Turn At Bat in Native Diver

    Ball Four, described as a sparring partner for many of his stablemates by trainer Patrick Biancone, will try to deliver a knockout punch of his own in Sunday's $100,000 Native Diver Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park.

  • Bordonaro, Pure as Gold in Ancient Title Clash

    Bordonaro and Pure as Gold, both possible TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) contenders, are among six that will contest the $250,000 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. I) over six furlongs at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting Saturday.

  • Spellbinder Dazzles in Berkeley Handicap

    Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Moss' heavily favored Spellbinder dug in for the final strides to hold off the surging Sharp Writer and win the $150,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) in gate-to-wire fashion at Golden Gate Fields Monday.

  • Pure as Gold Makes Quick Return in Pat O'Brien

    After his upset win in Del Mar's Bing Crosby Handicap (gr. I) on July 30, Pure as Gold makes a surprisingly quick return to the seaside for trainer Jack Carava in the $300,000 Pat O'Brien Handicap (gr. II) Sunday.

  • Preachinatthebar Can Make Amends in Californian

    Preachinatthebar, a disappointing eighth on a muddy track in the Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III) in Texas most recently, will try to regain his winning ways in Saturday's $250,000 Californian (gr. II) at Hollywood Park.

  • Surf Cat and Alex Solis win the Mervyn Leroy Handicap.

    Surf Cat Pounds Four Rivals in Mervyn LeRoy

    Sent off at odds of 1-5, Surf Cat might have given his supporters reason for concern as he trailed the small field in Hollywood Park's $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) into the far turn. But by the time they reached the stretch, the Bruce Headley-trained 4-year-old colt had overtaken his four rivals and was firmly in control en route to his third successive grade II victory.

  • Surf Cat Stretches Out in Mervyn LeRoy 'Cap

    Surf Cat, winner of the Swaps Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park last summer, figures to be a prohibitive favorite when he returns to the Inglewood track for the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) Saturday.

  • Little Wilko to Keep Plugging in Big 'Cap

    Wilko, seeking his first victory in 10 starts since winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) in a 28-1 upset in 2004, reunites with Garrett Gomez in Saturday's $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I).

  • Borrego Misses Work, Still Possible for Big 'Cap

    Multiple grade I winner Borrego, who missed a recent workout while attempting to make the March 4 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) without benefit of a prep race for trainer Beau Greely, has not been withdrawn from consideration for the race.

  • Spellbinder and jockey Martin Pedroza  win the San Antonio Handicap, Sunday at Santa Anita.

    Spellbinder Weaves Magic in San Antonio Win

    Tough luck Spellbinder gained his first graded stakes victory Sunday when he defeated With Distinction by three-quarters of a length in the $250,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.

  • The enigmatic Wilko returns to action this weekend.

    Wilko Surprise Entrant in San Antonio 'Cap

    Wilko, a 4-year-old who has been winless since upsetting Afleet Alex in the 2004 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), is a surprise entrant in Santa Anita's $250,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) on Sunday after also being named for Saturday's Strub Stakes (gr. II).

  • High Limit and Patrick Valenzuela, inside, duel down the stretch with Buckland Manor to win the San Pasqual Handicap.

    High Limit Raises Game, Wins San Pasqual

    Favored High Limit and Buckland Manor hooked up shortly after the start and battled all the way to the wire before High Limit prevailed by a nose in a dramatic edition of the $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park Saturday.

  • Seven Entered in San Pasqual

    Turnbolt will attempt to successfully run farther than he ever has when the son of Deputy Minister starts in Saturday's grade II San Pasqual Handicap at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita.

  • Trotamondo, right, outduels Bully Hayes to win the Native Diver Handicap, Saturday at Hollywood Park.

    Chilean Star Trotamondo Nabs Native Diver

    Chilean-bred Trotamondo, making just his second start after 11 months off for trainer Laura de Seroux, bulled his way to the lead in the final stages to win the $100,000 Native Diver Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park Saturday.

  • McCann's Mojave Stretches Again in Native Diver

    McCann's Mojave, a 5-year-old whose first race beyond one mile resulted in a game triumph in last month's $250,000 California Cup Classic, will carry co-high weight of 118 pounds among ten entrants in Saturday's $100,000 Native Diver Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park.

  • Master David, shown winning the Sham Stakes, worked Monday.

    3-Year-Olds Top West Coast Work Tabs

    Trainer Bob Baffert sent out a slew of his top sophomores for workouts Monday over Santa Anita's fast main track and leading the parade was San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) candidate Consecrate, who worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5.

  • Richard Mandella, sends out top 3-year-old Spellbinder in allowance company Friday.

    Kentucky Derby Trail: Several Gems May be Uncovered This Weekend

    This time of year, allowance races often hold more intrigue than stakes, as you never know if some new exciting star is going to emerge. On Friday, a 1 1/16-mile allowance race at Santa Anita will feature three potential Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hopefuls –- Dwango, Spellbinder, and Bornwithit.