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Dance To The Music Gets Clear Late In Santa Anita’s Desert Stormer

Favored Dance to the Music broke sharply and was head and head with runner-up Violent Runner prior to gaining the advantage in deep stretch, taking Saturday’s $100,000 Desert Stormer Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita by one length. Trained by Mark Glatt and ridden for the first time by Juan Hernandez, Dance to the Music got […]

Santa Anita Schedules Eight Races For Monday’s Make-Up Card

With Friday’s card cancelled due to 3.2 inches of rain of Southern California’s most recent storm, Santa Anita Park will offer fans and horsemen a special eight-race card on Monday, with first post time set for 1 p.m. In addition to eight races on Monday, fans will also be treated to free parking and admission, […]

Elm Drive Returns To Souther California For Saturday’s Desert Stormer Stakes At Santa Anita

A Grade 2 stakes winner in her second start at age two, Phil D’Amato’s talented Elm Drive, idle since well beaten Sept. 24 at Pimlico Race Course, returns to Southern California and heads a field of five older fillies and mares going six furlongs in Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Desert Stormer Stakes at Santa Anita. […]

Heavy Rain: Santa Anita To Cancel Friday’s Card, Host Make-Up Day On Monday

With heavy rain and the likelihood of more than three inches of precipitation at Santa Anita through Wednesday, track officials, in consultation with both the CHRB, TOC, Jockeys’ Guild and the CTT, have opted to cancel Friday’s eight-race program and to instead enter on Thursday morning for a make-up day of live racing on Monday, […]

Princess Bettina Scores On Front End In Santa Anita’s China Doll

Although she had been running from off the pace in all of her recent races, the Peter Eurton-trained Princess Bettina took charge in the run to the first turn and was never headed before cruising a 4¼-length win in Saturday’s $100,000 China Doll Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden for the first time in the afternoon […]

Never Better At Age 5, The Chosen Vron Seeks 10th Stakes Win In Sunday’s Sensational Star

Never better at age five, trainer Eric Kruljac’s brilliant California-bred gelding The Chosen Vron seeks his 10th career stakes victory as he heads a field of five older horses in Sunday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s Camino Real Hillside Turf Course. The Sensational Star is a part of […]

Ultra-Consistent Mares Alice Marble, Big Summer Headline Down The Hill O’Brien Stakes

Favoritism is likely to be hotly contested in Friday’s $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes at Santa Anita, as two ultra consistent mares, the Phil D’Amato-trained Alice Marble and the Carla Gaines-conditioned Big Summer head a field of six older fillies and mares competing at about 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course. The Irish O’Brien […]

‘This Was Certainly The Distance We’ve Been Waiting For’: Ballet Dancing Stretches Out, Scores Comfortable Santa Ana Victory

In her first try at 1 1/4 miles on turf and ridden for the first time by Flavien Prat, trainer Simon Callaghan’s Ballet Dancing stalked longshot Annaghlasa to the quarter pole, then took control from there before scoring a dominant 3½-length tally in Sunday’s $100,000 Santa Ana (G3) at Santa Anita Ballet Dancing finished the […]