Saturday, March 11 2017


STRONACH’S HOMEBRED SHAMAN GHOST WIN SANTA ANITA HANDICAP


STRONACH’S HOMEBRED SHAMAN GHOST OVERHAULS MIDNIGHT STORM TO WIN GRADE I, $750,000 SANTA ANITA HANDICAP BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH UNDER CASTELLANO; JERKENS TRAINEE GETS 1 ¼ MILES IN 2:01.57


ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Shaman Ghost beat Midnight Storm by three-quarters of a length to win the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on Saturday.

Ridden by Javier Castellano, Shaman Ghost ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:01.57 and paid $4.60, $2.60 and $2.40 as the 6-5 favorite.

Owner-breeder Frank Stronach was on hand to see his 5-year-old horse win a big race at Santa Anita, which Stronach also owns. Last November, Shaman Ghost was scratched from the Breeders' Cup Classic on race day at the track after falling ill.





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SANTA ANITA HANDICAP - STAKES QUOTES


SANTA ANITA HANDICAP
80TH RUNNING
GR. I, $750,000


JOCKEY QUOTES

JAVIER CASTELLANO, SHAMAN GHOST, WINNER: “I knew there wasn’t a lot of speed in the race so I just wanted to focus on the horse on the lead, Midnight Storm, and keep track of him. (Shaman Ghost) was comfortable the whole way.

“I knew I had it won at the eighth pole. I asked him for full speed at the eighth pole, and he gave it to me, right away. I said ‘Yes!’”






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SAN FELIPE STAKES QUOTES


SAN FELIPE
GR. II, $400,000

JOCKEY QUOTES

MIKE SMITH, MASTERY, WINNER: Regarding Mastery, who was pulled up after the wire and taken back to the barn via horse ambulance after being evaluated by track vet, Dr. Dana Stead – “He seemed to just go off in the left hind. I don’t know why. Nothing happened that made me think, ‘Oh, something just happened.’ He just all of the sudden went off and wouldn’t put weight on it.

“I got off real quick and nothing seemed dislocated or anything. After he moved for a little bit he started walking fine on it so I’m hoping that maybe he just tweaked it or rolled it. I’m hoping it’s not that serious because he’s an incredible horse.





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Friday, March 10 2017


Bluegrass Envy Seeks Upset in San Felipe (G2)


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Bluegrass Envy, a 3-year-old maiden bred by the University of Kentucky, takes his show on the road Saturday when he meets winners in the $400,000 San Felipe (G2) at Santa Anita Park.

Owned by Loooch Racing Stables Inc., J Stables LLC and Courtney Schneider, Bluegrass Envy is winless in five starts. The son of Any Given Saturday finished fourth behind the multiple-stakes placed Basha in his 2-year-old debut in September, second in December behind promising 3-year-old Classic Rock, and fifth in a maiden event in January that produced next-out winner Monaco, a $1.3 million purchase who won by a dozen Feb. 12 at Tampa Bay Downs.





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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES


TEAM O’NEILL SET FOR BUSY DAY WITH 11 HORSES ENTERED

The big boys come out to play Saturday.

Among those entered at Santa Anita in five stakes—three of them Grade I’s—are Bob Baffert’s undefeated Triple Crown contender Mastery and John Shirreff’s nearly perfect Grade I winning Gormley in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles; Phil D’Amato’s versatile speedster Midnight Storm and Jimmy Jerkens’ highly accomplished Shaman Ghost in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap for older horses at a mile and a quarter; Peter Eurton’s stretch-running Kobe’s Back in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes for older horses at seven furlongs, his first start since finishing third in the 2016 Triple Bend last June; and 2015 Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, who’s making his debut on grass in the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile—which is also his first start for trainer Art Sherman.





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Saturday, January 07 2017


GRADE III, SHAM STAKES QUOTES


JOCKEY QUOTES

VICTOR ESPINOZA, GORMLEY, WINNER: “It was nice yes. I expected him to run the way he ran today. I know he’s still improving but I think he only gets better and better. Hopefully, he gets a lot better, but with this race and his next, he has a lot of potential to keep growing.





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Tuesday, December 27 2016


PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $115,062 INTO THURSDAY AT SANTA ANITA


WITH TWO ‘DARK DAYS,’ THE TOTAL PICK SIX POOL ON THURSDAY IS EXPECTED TO APPROACH $750,000

NEWLY INSTALLED SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER IS $24,656

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2016)—No one tabbed six winners in Santa Anita’s opening day Pick Six on Monday, creating a carryover into Thursday at The Great Race Place of $115,062. With two dark days serving as a pari-mutuel stimulant, Thursday’s total Pick Six pool is expected to approach $750,000.





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HOLLENDORFER & PRAT TEAM FOR 12-1 UPSET IN GRADE I $300,000 LA BREA STAKES


CONSTELLATION WINS BY A HALF-LENGTH WHILE GETTING SEVEN FURLONGS IN 1:21.83

LA BREA ONE OF FOUR GRADED STAKES ON SANTA ANITA’S WINTER MEET OPENING DAY CARD

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2016)—Attentive to a fast pace throughout, LNJ Foxwoods’ Constellation overhauled a tenacious Finley’sluckycharm inside the sixteenth pole en route to a half-length victory in Monday’s Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Flavien Prat, the 3-year-old filly by Bellamy Road negotiated seven furlongs in 1:21.83.





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Friday, October 28 2016


SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES (FRIDAY, OCT. 28


• CLOCKER WEIGHS CHAMPIONS’ CHANCES IN DISTAFF
• KING OF MOUNTAIN CHROME MUST HURDLE ARROGATE
• STELLAR WIND IN LAST MAJOR DRILL FOR THE DISTAFF
• ALL IN THE FAMILY FOR STEVENS IN BREEDERS’ CUP
• SPRINT CHAMP RUNHAPPY TO BREEZE FOR DIRT MILE

DISTAFF LURES THREE CHAMPIONS

Perhaps the most anticipated race in the 33-year history of the Breeders’ Cup takes center stage next Friday, Nov. 4, when champions Beholder, Songbird and Stellar Wind meet in the $2 million Longines Distaff for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/8 miles.





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Thursday, October 27 2016


SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES (THURSDAY, OCT. 27


• SONGBIRD, BEHOLDER BREEZE FOR DISTAFF
• CLASSIC COUNTDOWN IS ON FOR CHROME
• NYQUIST, MELATONIN IN CLASSIC WORKOUTS
• GRADE I ACE FROSTED WORKS FOR CLASSIC


SONGBIRD, BEHOLDER WORK TOWARDS DISTAFF SHOWDOWN

Songbird and Beholder, two thirds of the three “Fab Females” set to run in the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff next Friday, Nov. 4, had their final major works about an hour apart Thursday morning, undefeated two-year-old female champion of 2015 Songbird going five furlongs under exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez in 1:01, breezing, after the 6:30 a.m. renovation break, and the six-year-old Beholder, winner of three Eclipse Awards, working six furlongs at 7:45 in 1:14.40 with regular rider Gary Stevens up for Richard Mandella.





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Saturday, October 01 2016


GRADE I, $300,000 ZENYATTA STAKES


STELLAR WIND PREVAILS BY A NECK OVER BEHOLDER IN GRADE I, $300,000 ZENYATTA STAKES
AS ESPINOZA REGISTERS HIS THIRD GRADE I WIN OF THE DAY; SADLER TRAINEE GETS 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:41.80
AS TOP TWO HEAD TO $2 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP DISTAFF ON NOV. 4

ZENYATTA IS ONE OF FIVE BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACES

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 1, 2016)—In what shaped up as the rubber match in a best out of three series, 4-year-old filly Stellar Wind got the nod Saturday at Santa Anita, taking the Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes by a neck while getting 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.80. With Victor Espinoza garnering his third Grade I stakes victory on the day, trainer John Sadler has the likely favorite in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on Nov. 4.





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Friday, September 30 2016


SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES (FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2016)


• CHROME COUNTDOWN IN ITS FINAL STAGES
• BUSY SATURDAY FOR KEITH DESORMEAUX
• WINSTAR MULLS CLASSIC FOR EXAGGERATOR

ESPINOZA: CHROME IS THE BEST HORSE

Perhaps Victor Espinoza’s most natural trait is his easy going, roll-with-the-punches attitude.

Sitting on a couch opposite David Letterman before millions of TV viewers or on California Chrome in a million dollar race, the self-described “happy Mexican” is as soothing as Sinatra’s phrasing.





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