Three Grade 1 Races Highlight Saturday Action at Santa Anita

McKinzie winning the Sham Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita© Benoit Photo If you enjoy stakes-packed days of racing, you want won’t to miss the exciting race card that Santa Anita has put together for Saturday, March 10th. Five of the eleven races are stakes events and four of them are graded stakes, with the $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) and the $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile Stakes (gr. I) leading the way. In the Santa Anita Handicap, Hall [...]

Baffert Sends Out Two Contenders in Santa Anita Handicap

Mubtaahij winning the 2017 Awesome Again Stakes - © Benoit Photo. Get ready—there’s a great race coming up at the “Great Race Place.” The historic $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) is set to be renewed for the 81st time on Saturday at Santa Anita Park. Commonly referred to as the “Big ‘Cap,” the ten-furlong race has been won through the years by some of the greatest horses in racing history, including Seabiscuit, Round Table, Affirmed, Spectacular Bid, John [...]

Pegasus World Cup Contenders Complete Pre-Race Workouts

Gun Runner after winning the 2017 Breeders' Cup Classic (Photo by Kazushi Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) With the $16 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park just three days away, the twelve contenders have pretty much wrapped up their major training for the world’s richest horse race. From Santa Anita to Gulfstream Park and at tracks and training centers seemingly everywhere in between, the mornings have been busy with news of workouts and pre-race preparations. Let’s catch up on the [...]

Drefong a clear favorite in Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Drefong is well clear at the finish of the Forego Stakes at Saratoga. Photo: Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand Last time Drefong started at Del Mar, he threw his jockey off at the gap shortly after the start of the Bing Crosby Stakes (G1). A repeat of that seems the most likely way he would be stopped from defending his Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) title. Since finishing fifth on debut as a 2-year-old, Baoma Corporation’s Gio Ponti colt has won [...]

Mor Spirit the one to beat in Dirt Mile

  Mor Spirit is the early favorite for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. There’s plenty of class on offer in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, but one prep race stands out when trying to work out who might win. Facing a field including two of his Dirt Mile opponents, Mor Spirit romped away with the one-mile Metropolitan Handicap (G1) at Belmont Park June 10. He was 6-1/4 lengths in front of runner-up Sharp Azteca, with Tommy Macho third [...]

Roy H. Seeks Better Luck in Sprint Championship

A clean trip will be the main wish for the connections of Roy H. as he seeks a second chance at grade one glory in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1) Oct. 7. Roy H. was carted several horse widths wide on the turn in the Bing Crosby Stakes (G1) at Del Mar July 29 by the riderless champion sprinter Drefong, giving Ransom the Moon a saloon passage along the rail. The eventual margin in Ransom the Moon’s favor was [...]