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Decked Out flew home late and caught front-running Sassy Little Lila by the slimmest of noses in the $300,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) Dec. 31 at Santa Anita Park, a day that saw a dead heat Midnight Lute Stakes (gr. III) win earlier on the card.
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, we have four graded stakes at Santa Anita, the first Triple Crown prep of 2017, and more.
This week's Litfin at Large looks at Saturday's American Oaks (gr. IT) and Sunday's San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II), both at Santa Anita Park.
Graham Motion, who has made a habit of swooping in to win graded grass races in Southern California, will look to add another to the list on the final day of 2016 in the $300,000 American Oaks (gr. IT).
Santa Anita Park, which will offer 58 stakes races beginning with opening day of its traditional winter meet, has announced that the prestigious $300,000 American Oaks (gr. IT), which was most recently run in May 2015, will now be run on Dec. 31.
Trainer Chad Brown nominated four runners for the $300,000 Gamely (gr. IT) May 30 at Santa Anita Park, but only Martin Schwartz's Wekeela will make the trip out west.
Blocked or hampered between horses in the final three-sixteenths of the $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes (gr. IIT) March 26 at Santa Anita Park, Valor Ladies' Tuttipaesi persevered for her first graded win.
Ike and Dawn Thrash's grade I winner Her Emmynency drew the rail for the first time in her career and appears to be the class of a short field in the $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes (gr. IIT) March 26 at Santa Anita Park.
A visually impressive last-out allowance score proved to be an indicator of future success for Paulina's Love in the $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes (gr. IIT) Feb. 20 at Santa Anita Park.
Grade I winners Stormy Lucy and Her Emmynency will meet in the $200,000 Buena Vista (gr. IIT), and despite the mile turf race's grade II label, they'll have to beat field worthy of the top level to win Feb. 20 at Santa Anita.
Smokey Image found company in the turn of his four-furlong breeze, as he and jockey Victor Espinoza moved inside of a three-furlong worker and stuck with their unexpected rival to the wire, covering the distance in :47 1/5.
Graded stakes winner Major Gain has been retired from racing and will stand the 2016 breeding season at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in New York.
Spanish Queen continued her upward trajectory May 30 and is now a grade I winner after claiming the $400,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park.
A winner of five Breeders' Cup events over the Santa Anita Park turf, trainer Chad Brown should be a significant factor in the $400,000 American Oaks (gr. IT) May 30 on the Southern California grass course.
Glen Hill Farm's grade II winner Diversy Harbor has died from an injury sustained in the April 18 Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIIT), Glen Hill president Craig Bernick said May 19 via Twitter.
Queen of The Sand rebounded from an eighth-place finish in the Santa Ana Stakes (gr. IIT) March 15 to claim her first graded victory in the $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIIT) April 18 at Santa Anita Park.
Graded stakes winners Three Hearts and Diversy Harbor provide the most class in a field of nine older fillies and mares set for the $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIIT) April 18 at Santa Anita Park.
Flaxman Holdings' homebred Hoop of Colour captured her second straight victory since moving to Southern California from England with a win in the $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes (gr. IIT) March 15 at Santa Anita Park.
Glen Hill Farm's Diversy Harbor, a first-time graded stakes winner in her last race, highlights a field of 11 older fillies and mares in the 1 1/8-mile Santa Ana Stakes (gr. IIT) March 15 at Santa Anita Park.
Santa Anita Park announced its spring stakes schedule Feb. 20 and the slate will feature six grade I events.
Glen Hill Farm's Diversy Harbor reeled in heavily favored La Tia in the final strides to take the $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park Feb. 16.
Speedy mare La Tia will look to capture her third straight graded stakes and fifth overall in the $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes (gr. IT) at one mile on the turf Feb. 16 at Santa Anita Park.
Recent British import Lady Pimpernel landed her first United States victory by a nose when she came from off the pace in the $100,000 Robert J. Frankel Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the turf at Santa Anita Park Dec. 27.
A deep and competitive field of 12 fillies and mares have been entered for the Dec. 27 Robert J. Frankel Stakes (gr. IIIT) at 1 1/8 miles on turf on opening weekend at Santa Anita Park.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Diversy Harbor||Thomas F. Proctor||
|Kissin Lucky Lips||Jeffery Scott Jones||
|Little Journey (FR)||Chad C. Brown||
|Loan Savant||Leandro Mora||
|Nashoba's Gold||Carla Gaines||
|Room Service||Wayne M. Catalano||
|Sweet Bliss||John A. Shirreffs||
|Tiz the Key||Richard E. Mandella||
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