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Five stakes at Los Alamitos spring meeting
Friday, February 12th, 2016
Los Alamitos will run five stakes, including two graded stakes for sprinters, during its three-week spring Thoroughbred meeting from April 14 to May 1.
Hovdey: Nyquist takes old-school road to the Derby
Friday, February 12th, 2016
Young 3-year-olds are spent very carefully in the lead-up to a potential Kentucky Derby start. Each start must be weighed against its impact not only on condition and maturity, but also against the artificial metric of the Derby point system. And in ...
Rosie Higgins gets first win as rider
Friday, February 12th, 2016
Apprentice jockey Rosie Higgins, the wife of Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux, won for the first time on Thursday at Santa Anita. Riding her fourth race, Higgins won aboard Blue Law ($4.40) in the second race.
Hovdey: Stevens helps Om find his center
Thursday, February 11th, 2016
Gary Stevens has been working with Om and trainer Dan Hendricks since last summer, when they first teamed to win the Del Mar Derby. The bang-zoom finish he displayed to win the Mathis Bros. Mile on Dec. 26 has been programmed through diligent works and ...
Foreign announcers to try out for Santa Anita position
Thursday, February 11th, 2016
Two foreign-based announcers – Craig Evans of Singapore and David Fitzgerald of England – will call the races at Santa Anita on weekends later this month, auditioning for the permanent job to replace Trevor Denman.
Santa Anita stewards order two owners to pay trainers
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016
Owners John Meairs and Kenji Morinaga have been ordered to pay their trainers five-figure sums, according to rulings released last weekend by Santa Anita stewards Grant Baker, Scott Chaney, and Kim Sawyer.
Jerardi: Nyquist's numbers say it could be a rocky seasonJerardi: Nyquist's numbers say it could be a rocky season
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016
As unbeaten Nyquist – with the weakest set of Beyer Speed Figures for a 2-year-old champion in memory – gets set for his 3-year-old debut in the San Vicente Stakes on Monday at Santa Anita, I took a look back at recent history to check out accomplished ...
Hovdey: Songbird has her own frame of reference
Monday, February 8th, 2016
Racing fans are not content to savor the present without rooting around in the past. American Pharoah threw fans deep into history, inspiring a fresh examination of Affirmed, Seattle Slew, Secretariat, and Citation. Songbird, goes the thinking, must be ...
Trainer McLean wins 1,00th race at Golden Gate Fields
Sunday, February 7th, 2016
Trainer Bill McLean won his 1,000th race Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when Kyle Frey guided Moogie Woogie ($11) through an opening in the upper stretch and guided the 5-year-old gelding to a neck victory in a four-way photo in a $12,500 claiming race ...
Kobe's Back slow early, fast late in Palos VerdesKobe's Back slow early, fast late in Palos Verdes
Sunday, February 7th, 2016
The addition of blinkers for Kobe’s Back in Sunday’s $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes at Santa Anita did not change the veteran sprinter’s running style. He still drops far back and makes a furious rally. In the Grade 2 Palos Verdes, that late kick was ...
Road to the Derby: Robert Lewis StakesRoad to the Derby: Robert Lewis Stakes
Sunday, February 7th, 2016
Mor Spirit closed his 2-year-old campaign with a win in the Los Alamitos Futurity and he kicked off his 3-year-old season with a similar victory in the Robert Lewis Stakes, in which he equaled his career-best Beyer Speed Figure.
Watchmaker: Songbird reaffirms she's a special fillyWatchmaker: Songbird reaffirms she's a special filly
Sunday, February 7th, 2016
Hers wasn’t the most important, richest, or fastest race of a stakes-rich Saturday. But for me, Songbird’s dominating victory in the Las Virgenes was the event of the day.
Kiss N Scat stays perfect on Golden Gate main track by taking California OaksKiss N Scat stays perfect on Golden Gate main track by taking California Oaks
Saturday, February 6th, 2016
Kiss N Scat, content to sit just off 70-1 shot Brookys Star, took over in the lane and proved best as she won the 1 1/16-mile, $50,870 California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday.
Flamboyant puts together another big effort in San MarcosFlamboyant puts together another big effort in San Marcos
Saturday, February 6th, 2016
For the first time in his 19-race career, Flamboyant won consecutive races with a victory in Saturday’s $201,380 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita. A 5-year-old gelding, Flamboyant won the Grade 2 San Gabriel Stakes on Jan. 2, ending a losing streak ...
Hoppertunity noses out Imperative in San AntonioHoppertunity noses out Imperative in San Antonio
Saturday, February 6th, 2016
Hoppertunity ended a nine-race losing streak, but Imperative suffered a heartbreaking defeat, as Hoppertunity prevailed by a nose in a thrilling stretch drive in Saturday's $500,000 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita.
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