Mike Smith won his second straight Bill Shoemaker award as the top jockey of the Breeders’ Cup.
Gary Stevens had never won the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic in his long career. Kathy Ritvo came close a year ago with Mucho Macho Man only to settle for second.
Co-owned by Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre, Game On Dude is already the richest active horse in North America with earnings of $5,602,158. He’s on a six-race winning streak, including five in a row this year, and hasn’t lost since the 2012 Classic, when 9-1 shot Fort Larned pulled the upset.
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Bio Pro won the $70,000 Lure Stakes by 3 1/4 lengths in his first race in more than two months at Santa Anita on Sunday.
In a performance that would have to be categorized as “Not yet ready for prime time,” late night funny man Conan O’Brien left ‘em laughing on Friday, as he put his oratorical stamp on Santa Anita’s second race, unwittingly cementing Trevor Denman’s status as Santa Anita’s race caller for generations to come.
The Breeders’ Cup Classic, the $5 million showcase race of thoroughbred racing’s two-day world championships, will be run at 5:35 p.m. PDT on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.
Conan O’Brien will be behind the mic on Friday, just not at his desk on the set of his late-night talk show.
Can the Man won the $100,000 Speakeasy Stakes by 1 1/3 lengths at Santa Anita on Monday, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his third consecutive win on the card.
Bajan won the $70,000 Anoakia Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by 2 1/4 lengths at Santa Anita on Sunday.
Aotearoa rallied from last to beat 2-5 favorite Diamond Bachelor by three-quarters of a length in the $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes for 2-year-olds at Santa Anita on Sunday.
Beholder cruised to victory in the $250,000 Zenyatta Stakes against a deep field of fillies and mares at Santa Anita on Saturday in one of five Grade 1 races with Breeders’ Cup implications at the host track for the world championships.
Comma to the Top became racing’s newest millionaire with a 1 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Daytona Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday.
Jockey Rafael Bajarano becomes the fourth jockey since 1991 to win four races at Santa Anita’s opening Day Tuesday, the day after Christmas.
Filly Mizdirection beat the boys by a half-length in the $1 million Turf Sprint off a six-month layoff, giving sports talk radio host and co-owner Jim Rome his first Breeders’ Cup victory.