ARCADIA, Calif. (April 26, 2014)—With Victor Espinoza aboard, California Chrome, winner of the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby April 5, worked a half mile Saturday morning at Los Alamitos Racecourse in 48.20, his final work in preparation for next Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.
PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $61,540 INTO SATURDAY, TOTAL POOL SHOULD APPROACH $500,000
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 25, 2014)—Idle since Nov. 17 at Aqueduct, Chilean-bred Quick Casablanca overcame a modest pace to take Friday’s Grade III, $100,000 Last Tycoon Stakes by a head under Joe Talamo. Off at odds of 16-1, he covered 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:48.62.
LEXINGTON, KY. (April 25, 2014) – The Breeders’ Cup today announced changes to its 2014 Breeders’ Cup Foal Nomination program, Nominator Awards and races comprising the World Championships approved at its recent Board of Directors meeting.
The Board acted to reduce the annual nomination fee for all North American foals to $400 per foal, if nominated by October 15 of this year. Owners of foals nominated by December 15 will continue to pay a $1,500 late fee.
JONES CALLS SANTA ANITA ‘HOME,’ SOLIS LOBBIES ON BEHALF OF BENEFACTOR MEL STUTE ON HRTV
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 25, 2014)—Friday morning’s Hall of Fame announcements from Saratoga Springs, New York, were met enthusiastically by horsemen, fans and management at Santa Anita Park, as news spread that Santa Anita “alums” trainer Gary Jones and jockey Alex Solis will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame on Aug. 8.
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 24, 2014)—Trainer Tom Proctor appears to be holding a solid two-card hand going into Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Wilshire Handicap, as his sharp recent allowance winners Theatre Star and Premier Steps head a field of seven fillies and mares three and up at one mile on turf.
GREAT RACE PLACE TO OFFER LIVE RACING THROUGHOUT RACING’S TRIPLE CROWN
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 23, 2014)—Santa Anita Park’s first-ever Spring Meeting will get underway on Friday, as the track will present an eight-race program with a twilight first post time of 3 p.m. The 40-day Spring Meet will feature a number of promotions and events, and the track will offer fans free Infield General Admission and parking through Gate 6 each weekend through closing day, Sunday, June 29.
SNOW CHIEF ONE OF FIVE STAKES CARDED ON CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY AT SANTA ANITA
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 23, 2014)—A Kentucky Derby hopeful prior to a disappointing eighth place finish as the favorite in the Grade III Spiral Stakes March 22, Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams’ homebred Tamarando hopes to regain the form that enabled him to win the Grade I Del Mar Futurity and two other stakes as he heads a field of eight sophomores bred or sired in California in Saturday’s $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
MELAIR ONE OF FIVE STAKES CARDED ON CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY AT SANTA ANITA
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 23, 2014)—Trainer Mike Machowsky’s Rovenna will shoot for her third consecutive win as she heads a field of eight sophomore fillies bred or sired in California in Saturday’s $250,000 Melair Stakes at Santa Anita.
RACE IS ONE OF FIVE STAKES CARDED ON CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY AT SANTA ANITA
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 23, 2014)—Multiple stakes winning Marks Mine heads a field of eight older fillies and mares bred or sired in California in Saturday’s $125,000 Spring Fever Stakes at six furlongs. Trained by Steve Specht, the 4-year-old filly by Benchmark comes off an authoritative half length win as the even money favorite in the six furlong Camilla Urso Stakes March 15 at Golden Gate Fields.