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Hovdey: Former Eclipse apprentice gets back riding bug
Thursday, January 18th, 2018
Kyle Frey shook up the laid-back holiday crowd at Santa Anita last Monday with his work aboard the $25,000 claimer Trickonomics, a 4-year-old gelding of modest accomplishments who lit the board with a $79 mutuel in his first collaboration with Frey.
Handle up sharply early in Santa Anita meetHandle up sharply early in Santa Anita meet
Wednesday, January 17th, 2018
Benefiting from ideal weather and strong field size, Santa Anita has shown an increase in all-sources handle at its winter-spring meeting, according to data provided by track executive Tim Ritvo.
Camarero, San Luis Rey responders to get Special Eclipse AwardCamarero, San Luis Rey responders to get Special Eclipse Award
Friday, January 12th, 2018
The administrators of the Eclipse Awards have voted to issue a Special Eclipse Award this year to the people who responded to two disasters affecting the racing community in 2017. A second Special Eclipse will go to the NTRA for their work on tax ...
Misremembered moves to Barton Thoroughbreds
Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
Grade 1 winner Misremembered has been relocated to Barton Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez, Calif., for the 2018 breeding season, where he will stand for $2,500.
San Luis Rey limited reopening expected by Feb. 1San Luis Rey limited reopening expected by Feb. 1
Monday, January 8th, 2018
The San Luis Rey Downs training center, partially destroyed Dec. 7 in a wildfire, is expected to reopen for limited training by Feb. 1 and for full training for more than 400 horses by the spring, according to a leading executive of the facility’s ...
Hovdey: Baltas wants to keep his room at the top
Friday, January 5th, 2018
Richard Baltas awoke on the morning of Jan. 1, 2018, with a tough act to follow. He had just wrapped up his best season as a trainer, capping the year with a final flurry on Dec. 30 with a victory in the Grade 3 Robert J. Frankel Stakes and a 2-3 ...
Probe into fight between jockey and valetProbe into fight between jockey and valet
Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018
Jockey Martin Pedroza and valet Max Corrales may face sanctions for fighting in the jockeys' room at Santa Anita last Friday.
Bolo injured in workout, placing racing career in doubtBolo injured in workout, placing racing career in doubt
Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018
Bolo, a multiple graded stakes winner on turf who was training super for his comeback, was injured in his final workout Dec. 30 at Santa Anita and will not run in the Grade 2 San Gabriel Stakes on Saturday.
Hovdey: Old dogs up to their old tricks at opener
Thursday, December 28th, 2017
Three of the four graded stakes peppering the Santa Anita opening-day card were won by Kent Desormeaux, 47, Mike Smith, 52, and Gary Stevens, 54, punctuated only by the victory of Drayden Van Dyke, 23, in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes aboard City of Light. ...
Sparkman: Grass is greener for Bowies Hero and his sire, Artie SchillerSparkman: Grass is greener for Bowies Hero and his sire, Artie Schiller
Wednesday, December 27th, 2017
The somewhat irrational American prejudice against turf horses as stallions makes it difficult for a turf specialist to really succeed as a stallion in the United States.
Hovdey: Cassidy turning the page with Prime Attraction
Friday, December 22nd, 2017
The four graded stakes being presented on Tuesday's opening-day card at Santa Anita all look toward goals of 2018, rather than embellishments of sad old '17. The Mathis Brothers Mile on grass pushes a reset button for the division, which leads to the ...
CHRB identifies horses killed in San Luis Rey fireCHRB identifies horses killed in San Luis Rey fire
Friday, December 22nd, 2017
The California Horse Racing Board on Friday released a list of horses known or believed to have perished in the Dec. 7 Lilac fire that swept through the San Luis Rey Downs training center in San Diego County.
Stay Thirsty may be game-changer for LovingierStay Thirsty may be game-changer for Lovingier
Thursday, December 21st, 2017
When California owner Terry Lovingier left Kentucky in mid-November, he was bound for home with a renewed breeding operation. Lovingier had reached an agreement to stand Stay Thirsty at his Lovacres Farm in Warner Springs, Calif. To support the young ...
Hovdey: Stronach delivers clarion wake-up call
Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
It's not every day that a racing company's plans for the future are laid out in stark terms anyone can understand. More often than not, the public is delivered corporate platitudes and pies in the sky. Not so last Wednesday at Santa Anita, where track ...
Baffert finishes meet as leading trainerBaffert finishes meet as leading trainer
Monday, December 18th, 2017
Bob Baffert led all trainers at the 11-day Los Alamitos winter meeting with six wins, two of which were in Grade 1 races.
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