Hall of Famer Gary Stevens won his 5000th North American win Friday aboard Catch a Flight in Santa Anita’s $58,000 allowance feature.
Lord Nelson won the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds by a neck Sunday at Santa Anita, upsetting Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion Texas Red in an early prep for the Kentucky Derby.
Warren’s Veneda shot through an opening at the rail turning for home and went on to a 5 1/2-length in the $75,000 Paseana Stakes on Sunday at Santa Anita.
Shrinking Violet won the $200,000 Monrovia Stakes for older fillies and mares by 1 1/4 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita.
Bettys Bambino won the $100,000 Daytona Stakes by a half-length Sunday in his stakes debut at Santa Anita.
Shared Belief won the $300,000 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds by a neck Friday on opening day of Santa Anita’s winter meet.
Untapable won the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff by 1 1/4 lengths, making Rosie Napravnik the first female rider to win the race in its 31-year history.
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Pure Tactics led all the way to win the $75,000 Lure Stakes by 6 1/2 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita.
Red Outlaw improved to 6-0 with a 2 1/2-length victory in the $75,000 Uniformity Stakes for 2-year-olds on Sunday at Santa Anita.
Bob Baffert’s Fed Biz has won six times in 18 career starts, including three graded wins. Coming off a second-place finish behind Horse of the Year contender Shared Belief, Fed Biz will look to take down defending champion Goldencents in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. In two starts in the BC Dirt Mile, Fed Biz has performed below standards, finishing sixth in 2013 and eighth in 2012. In his last work (10/16), Biz ran six furlongs in 1:12.40.
Having Jim Rome’s Mizdirection out of the picture, there will be a new Turf Sprint champion come Nov 1. The favorite, Reneesgotzip, will get another shot at the title after finishing second behind Mizdirection last year. However, Reneeagotzip drew a horrible position at post position No. 1. Having a right turn at the top of the hill, could be a disadvantage because he’ll be in the outside at the first turn. The downhill turf is a unique race, so experience at Santa Anita is beneficial. Out of the top 5, two horses have run the turf sprint at Santa Anita. So, based out of “The Great Race Place,” Home Run Kitten could be the spoiler. In fact, in his last three turf races at Santa Anita, Home Run Kitten won them all. Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker will have his first entry as a sole owner with Undrafted.
Rich Tapestry rallied with a sixteenth of a mile to go to upset 4-5 favorite Goldencents by a nose and win the $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship at Santa Anita on Saturday.
Bright Thought snapped a seven-race skid, winning the $200,000 John Henry Turf Championship at Santa Anita by three-quarters of a length Sunday.
The 53rd Annual Watermelon Festival hits Sunland this weekend!