Horse Racing

ARCADIA, Calif. — There were three stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer won the first with Unique Bella, Flavien Prat rode the second with Om, and then Hollendorfer and Prat decided to join forces for the third, and they teamed up to take the Grade 2, $200,345 San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds
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OLDSMAR, Fla. — Dona Bruja will have a new rider in Eclipse champion Jose Ortiz when she faces La Coronel and Ultra Brat in a terrific lineup of eight older fillies and mares in the Grade 3, 1 1/16-mile Endeavour Stakes on Saturday. “I don’t know if Jose can ride her all year, but we’re
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OLDSMAR, Fla. — If anyone ever accuses Mark Casse of having Derby fever, well, he’s got a good comeback. “Doesn’t everybody?” Casse said, laughing. Casse will be on hand Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs to see if Flameaway has what it takes to advance along the Derby trail as one of the more credentialed contenders
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OLDSMAR, Fla. — Trainer Mark Casse said all systems are go with World Approval, the reigning Eclipse turf champion who will be using the 1 1/16-mile Tampa Bay Stakes on Saturday as a prep for the $6 million Dubai Turf on March 31. John Velazquez has the return mount. “We’re ready to get him started
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ARCADIA, Calif. — Itsinthepost won his fifth Grade 2 stakes in the last year in Saturday’s $200,690 San Marcos Stakes at 1 1/4 miles on turf at Santa Anita, holding off Hayabusa One to win by a nose. The margin was nearly a dead-heat. Officials needed four minutes to study the photo and determine that
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ARCADIA, Calif. — What failed on the backstretch worked in the homestretch for Accelerate in Saturday’s Grade 2 San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita. Accelerate found racing room on the rail. Accelerate was checked in traffic with about five furlongs remaining. Despite the trouble, jockey Victor Espinoza kept Accelerate on the inside and found sufficient
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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Trainer Todd Pletcher called a bit of an audible when bringing his talented New York-bred Audible down to south Florida a little earlier than originally planned due to the inclement weather and spate of cancellations at Aqueduct earlier this winter. It was a decision that paid big dividends as the colt
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The unbeaten 3-year-old colt Mask, considered a top prospect for the Kentucky Derby, has had a setback “that will require him to miss approximately two weeks of training,” trainer Chad Brown said Tuesday. Brown said the timing of the setback, details of which he did not want to disclose, would keep Mask out of his
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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Game Over, scratched from the Fred Hooper Stakes last Saturday, will be turned out for about 90 days and gelded after recently coming up with a foot issue, according to owner Ron Paolucci. Game Over, runner-up in the West Virginia Derby last August, has not raced since finishing fourth in the
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ARCADIA, Calif. — Hoppertunity, a multiple stakes-winning millionaire, will miss Saturday’s Grade 2 San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita while undergoing treatment for an abscess in a foot. Trainer Bob Baffert said the abscess was detected Tuesday. Entries for the $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes at 1 1/8 miles for older horses were taken Wednesday. Baffert
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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Texting became a graded stakes winner and avenged a loss to Daring Duchess from earlier in the meet when rallying to a three-quarter-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 3 La Prevoyante Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Taralena rallied mildly for finish third. Texting, a 5-year-old daughter of Candy Ride, rated off the early
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