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.
After a quality third-place run in the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), Mind Your Biscuits trained back in New York, then returned to California to grind out a grade I victory Dec. 26 in the $300,000 Malibu Stakes.
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.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the La Brea Stakes, Malibu Stakes, and Mathis Brothers Mile
Damascus, with an assist from companion Duffy, rolled to victory in the 1968 Malibu Stakes 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.
Where Arrogate ends up flaunting his talents next is still up for serious discussion after the son of Unbridled's Song ripped through a solo seven-furlong move in 1:24 4/5 at Santa Anita Park Dec. 21 with jockey Martin Garcia in the irons.
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.
Craig and Holly Bandoroff always hope to see a few of their Denali Stud sales graduates make it to the top level of competition at the Breeders' Cup, but having nine entered this year was more than they ever expected.
A more than eight month layoff didn't change much—Masochistic is still one fast animal.
Class Racing Stable is suing Breeders' Cup over its handling of the entry of Holy Lute in last year's world championships.
Hill 'n' Dale Farms announced Jan. 22 the first report foal for Flashback, a grade II-winning son of 2015 leading sire Tapit. The colt was born on Jan. 20 at Guy and Stella Jenkins' farm in New York.
Spendthrift Farm's Shakin It Up, winner of the Malibu (gr. I), Strub (gr. II), and San Vicente (gr. II) stakes, sired his first reported foal late Jan. 6, when a colt was born at Brandywine Farm in Paris, Ky.
San Onofre dispatched pacesetter and last year's winner Distinctiv Passion in early stretch and held Salutos Amigos at bay to win the $100,000 Midnight Lute (gr. III) for older sprinters Jan. 2 at Santa Anita Park.
Multiple grade III winners Salutos Amigos and Distinctiv Passion will seek another Jan. 2 in the $100,000 Midnight Lute Stakes at Santa Anita Park, one of three graded events on the Saturday card.
James McIngvale's 3-year-old sprinting superstar became a three-time grade I winner Dec. 26 at Santa Anita Park, where he set the pace and pulled away from the field to win the $300,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) by 3 1/2 lengths.
Trainer has a pair of homebred Bernardini colts for Dec. 26 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Malibu Stakes (gr. I) and La Brea Stakes (gr. I). read blog
Double JH Stable's No Silent heads a packed field of 14 runners in the $100,000 Daytona Stakes (gr. IIIT) Dec. 26 at 6 1/2 furlongs down Santa Anita Park's Camino Real hillside turf course.
Runhappy, winner of two grade I sprints this year, will attempt a third Dec. 26 in Santa Anita Park's Malibu Stakes. The Super Saver colt breezed seven furlongs Dec. 15 at the California track.
James McIngvale's Runhappy, winner of the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Keeneland in his last start, recorded his first work at Santa Anita Dec. 8, getting six furlongs in 1:11 4/5.
James McIngvale's Runhappy, the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner, works Nov. 25 at Keeneland toward a start in the Dec. 26 Malibu Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita.
Off since being scratched from the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Zayat Stables' El Kabeir will make his return in the Oct. 31 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Bakken||Chad C. Brown||
|Central Banker||Albert M. Stall, Jr.||
|Demonic||John W. Sadler||
|Distinctiv Passion||Jeff Bonde||
|Heir of Storm||Richard Baltas||
|Holy Lute||James M. Cassidy||
|Our Double Play||Philip A. Bauer||
|Shakin It Up||Bob Baffert||
|Zee Bros||Bob Baffert||
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