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‘I Expect A Lot’: Allowance Runner Coffee In Bed Could Target Santa Anita Oaks

The feature race on Monday’s eight-race card at Santa Anita Park, a first-level allowance for 3-year-old fillies going seven furlongs on the main track, is likely to produce a starter or two for the Grade 2 Santa Anita Oaks on April 8. Installed as the 6-5 favorite in a six-horse is Coffee in Bed, an […]

Practical Move, Geaux Rocket Ride Among Workers For Santa Anita Derby

Several prospects targeting the $750,000 Runhappy Santa Anita Derby (G1) on April 8 worked on Sunday, including Practical Move, Geaux Rocket Ride, and Skinner, the top-three finishers in the Grade II San Felipe here March 4. Trainer Tim Yakteen clocked Practical Move working five furlongs in :59 with a gallop-out completed in 1:12. Practical Move […]

Teena Ella, Daughter Of Hall Of Famer Beholder, Set For Stakes Debut Sunday At Santa Anita

Teena Ella will become the first offspring of four-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder to run in a stakes when she starts Sunday in the $100,000 Angels Flight on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita. By prominent turf sire War Front, Teena Ella earned her stakes shot for Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella with […]

High-Priced OBS March Grads To Start Careers At Santa Anita

Santa Anita will soon be receiving some high-priced horseflesh following this week’s conclusion of the three-day OBS March Sale of 2-year-olds in Training in Ocala, Fla. The sale-topper was a colt by Good Magic out of the winning Uncle Mo mare Hoppa, who commanded a final bid of $2 million on Tuesday. Agent Donato Lanni […]

Santa Anita/Gulfstream Coast-To-Coast Pick 5 Returns Saturday

The $1 Coast-to-Coast Pick 5 with player-friendly 15 percent takeout rate returns Sunday with races from Santa Anita and Gulfstream Park. The sequence kicks off at 1:07 p.m. PT with the eighth race from Gulfstream Park. Gulfstream Park’s eighth race is a one-mile turf allowance for older fillies and mares. A field of 11 is […]

‘Happy And Fresh’ Elm Drive Returns From Layoff For Start In Desert Stormer

Graded stakes winner Elm Drive looms a major threat for trainer Phil D’Amato when she returns from a six-month layoff in Saturday’s Grade 3 Desert Stormer going six furlongs on the main track. Installed as the 6-5 morning-line favorite for her comeback, Elm Drive has been sidelined since Sept. 24 when she finished sixth in […]

National Treasure, Geaux Rocket Ride, Skinner Gear Up For Runhappy Santa Anita Derby

With less than three weeks until the Runhappy Santa Anita Derby (G1) on April 8, the contenders are ratcheting up their training. On Sunday, both National Treasure and Skinner worked five furlongs in preparation for the 1 1/8-mile test that also serves as a final local prep for the Kentucky Derby (G1). A day earlier, […]

Japan-Based Trainer Fujita Has High Hopes For Mandarin Hero In Santa Anita Derby

Japanese trainer Terunobu Fujita was on hand at Santa Anita getting the lay of the land ahead of his historic participation in the Runhappy Santa Anita Derby (G1) April 8 with Japan-bred Mandarin Hero. Fujita, 46, will be the first trainer from Japan’s National Association of Racing to start a horse in the U.S. when […]

‘A Beautiful Drill’: Practical Move Works Half Mile Toward Possible Santa Anita Derby Start; Reincarnate Works Handy Six Furlongs For Possible Oaklawn Return

Practical Move returned to the work tab Saturday at Santa Anita following his win in the San Felipe (G2) on March 4. Also drilling for trainer Tim Yakteen was Sham (G3) winner Reincarnate, who most recently was third in the Rebel Stakes (G2) on Feb. 25 at Oaklawn Park. Practical Move worked a solo half-mile […]

‘Consummate, Tenacious Racehorse’: Gaines Reflects On Nashoba’s Key Induction Into CTBA Hall Of Fame

Nashoba’s Key was inducted into the California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Hall of Fame March 6 for a brilliant 10-race career that spanned just 14 months starting in January 2007. Carla Gaines, who trained Nashoba’s Key for owner-breeder Warren B. Williamson, was on hand for the ceremony. She reminisced on the life and times of Nashoba’s […]