Three runners entered the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (G2) April 22 for Loooch Racing and Imaginary Stables, and one got by with a little help from his friends.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Charles Town Classic (G2)
Stanford is back for a repeat bid in the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (G2).
Santa Anita Handicap, Triple Bend, Frank E. Kilroe Mile, San Felipe, Tampa Bay Derby, Hillsborough, Sant Ana, Tom Fool Handicap, Florida Oaks, Honeybee, Newmarket Handicap, Australian Cup, Cymbidium Handicap and more.
Santa Anita was the place to be on Saturday as fans flocked to the Southern California track to see the San Felipe Stakes and Santa Anita Handicap, all while spending a day outdoors with friends. Experience the fashion, fun and racing!
Shaman Ghost, trainer Jimmy Jerkens, and jockey Javier Castellano swept into town and swept up the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap (G1) March 11.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Northeast Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week we have a trio of grade 1 races at Santa Anita Park, a Triple Crown prep on each coast, and more.
Quality Road gelding was on a roll in 2016, but missed the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) with a quarter crack.
- By Dave Litfin
- Thoroughbred Racing, Handicapping, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region
On the West Coast at The Great Race Place, the 80th running of the Santa Anita Handicap Presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino (G1) anchors a five-stakes program
All it took was a couple starts on dirt for Midnight Storm to go from gutsy turf miler to highweight in the premier handicap race on the West Coast.
Colt out of Coastal Skimming was born Jan. 30.
San Gabriel, Santa Ynez, Sham, Las Cienegas, Dania Beach, Violet Handicap, Bauhinia Sprint Handicap, Old Hat, Mucho Macho Man, Ginger Brew.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will undergo hip replacement surgery next week, the legendary rider announced Dec. 13, and is unsure when or if he will return to the saddle for yet another comeback.
Midnight Storm, whose more than $1.28 million in earnings have been picked up mostly in grass races, will switch back to dirt for the $100,000 Native Diver Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 27 at Del Mar.
At the current Keeneland November breeding stock sale, Three Chimneys Farm’s Will Take Charge leads sires with first foals of 2016 going under the hammer, with 18 sold for $2,312,000 through Nov. 15.
Less than two weeks after his son Arrogate reeled in champion California Chrome to capture the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), Unbridled's Song has top billing once more as the leading sire by gross through Book 4 at Keeneland November.
Champion Will Take Charge's fee held steady at $30,000
The Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) will see its purse drop from $1 million in 2016 to $750,000 in 2017, Joe Morris, senior vice president of West Coast operations for The Stronach Group, said Oct. 31.
For those who’ve been waiting to see what the first foals sired by recent racing stars Mucho Macho Man, Verrazano, Handsome Mike, and Goldencents look like, they’ll get their first chance Oct. 17 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale.
The margin was insignificant, because the field never had a chance against California Chrome Aug. 20 in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I).
With fingers crossed seemingly all across the country from fans hoping for a clash of West Coast superstars Aug. 20 in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), the stage is finally set.
Tarabilla Farms' Melatonin clinched his second grade I of the year June 25 in the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (gr. I), featuring Melatonin, Hoppertunity, Second Summer, Hard Aces, and Imperative. Sponsored by Equibase.
If the 1 1/4 miles truly is his sweet spot, Melatonin should be primed for another big run in the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita (gr. I) June 25, a "Win and You're In" event for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Stanford, who just missed winning the $500,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) in his previous start, got the lion's share of a much bigger pot with a victory in the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 23.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|American Blend||John W. Sadler||
|Game On Dude||Bob Baffert||
|Hear the Ghost||Jerry Hollendorfer||
|Imperative||Robert B. Hess, Jr.||
|Mucho Macho Man||Katherine Ritvo||
|Rousing Sermon||Jerry Hollendorfer||
|Will Take Charge||D. Wayne Lukas||
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