Alert Bay shook off pacesetter G. G. Ryder in the stretch and dug in to repel good-closing graded winners Gabriel Charles and Bal a Bali to win the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) April 30 at Golden Gate Fields.
Free from the likes of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runners Exaggerator, Danzing Candy, and Mor Spirit, Uncle Lino broke through for his first stakes win April 30 in the inaugural $150,000 California Chrome Stakes at Los Alamitos.
"I don't know if I'm still taking it in, it's still sinking in that we're here," Desormeaux said. "It is one of those subconscious goals that all trainers hope to achieve, but now that I'm here it's just a culmination of what we've put in."
Danzing Candy on April 30 breezed through five furlongs in :59 4/5, with a gallop out to six furlongs in 1:13 2/5, in his final timed workout for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Empire Way got his first winner April 29 when his son Dutt Bart, out of Applaud Dubai, by Essence of Dubai, won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight at Los Alamitos Race Course in his first start by 2 1/4 lengths.
Former trainer and Santa Anita Park stall manager Donn Luby died in his sleep April 26 from complications of cancer at the Life Care Center in Bridgeton, Mo. He was 71.
A bill that would legalize online poker, and also send $60 million a year in subsidies to the horse racing industry in California, passed unanimously through a state assembly committee April 27.
Del Mar and The Stronach Group this year will offer a $1 million bonus to a horse that sweeps three grade I races: the TVG Pacific Classic, Xpressbet.com Awesome Again Stakes, and Breeders' Cup Classic.
There are ample longshots in every running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), but one scheduled to make his way into the gate at Churchill Downs May 7 is unique.
Although he'd ideally like to have a softer landing spot, trainer Jeff Mullins is just happy to get grade I winner Gabriel Charles back to racing April 30 in the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) at Golden Gate Fields.
Trainer Art Sherman admits running in a race named after a horse he still has in training is a bit odd, but he couldn't help but have an entry in the inaugural $150,000 California Chrome Stakes April 30 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
The 1986 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) win was the first for legendary trainer Charlie Whittingham, who believed in only bringing a horse to the race if he believed it was completely justified. Ferdinand rewarded that belief with a 2 1/4 length victory.
Kaabraaj lowered Emerald Down's track record for six furlongs April 23, covering the distance in 1:06.86 in the day's eighth race.
With jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard for the first time, Finest City rallied furiously past her competitors in the stretch to win by 1 1/4 lengths ahead of 1-2 favorite and defending Great Lady M. winner Fantastic Style.
Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Exaggerator recorded his final timed Southern California workout April 23 in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Back where he first learned to be a racehorse at San Luis Rey Training Center, Danzing Candy put in a surprisingly fast workout—at least to trainer Cliff Sise—in his first drill since his fourth-place finish the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
First-time starter Milton Freewater got up in the final stride in race one at Los Alamitos Race Course April 22 and became the first winner for grade I winner and classic-placed Creative Cause.
The conference will coincide with Breeders' Cup week and will have panels about racehorse ownership. It will also feature a variety of social events and provide reserved seating for both Breeders' Cup days.
Jockey Martin Pedroza became Los Alamitos Race Course's winningest rider in Thoroughbred meets April 21, when he directed Zayat Stables' Justin Squared to a gate-to-wire victory in a six-furlong allowance race.
Despite multiple members expressing frustration with the way the process was handled, the California Horse Racing Board approved a reallocation of dates within the Northern California fair circuit April 21 during a meeting at Golden Gate Fields.
Wet weather that has hindered preparation of horses to race has led Hastings Racecourse to scrap its April 23 program and instead offer a 10-race card April 24.
Kaleem Shah's Fantastic Style took the 2015 edition of the Great Lady M. Stakes (gr. II) in commanding fashion and will look for a repeat performance April 23 in the race's renewal at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Breeders' Cup announced April 19 that the 2016 Breeders' Cup Challenge series will consist of 77 automatic qualifying races.
Cupid, who finished 10th in the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. I), won't compete in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), which means Mo Tom has secured a spot in the field for the May 7 first leg of the Triple Crown
In the wake of Robert Naify's death April 7, his wife, Jan Van de Bos Naify, said that she will continue with their racing operation, Ran Jan Racing.
Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze suffered a broken right collarbone in a third-race spill April 16 at Golden Gate Fields.
Matson Racing's San Onofre held off Wild Dude in the stretch and won the $100,000 Los Angeles Stakes (gr. III) April 16 at Los Alamitos Race Course, giving jockey Edwin Maldonado a fourth successive win in the race.
Los Alamitos Race Course owner Ed Allred April 15 distributed a letter to "participants and employees" that said he plans to run races at the Cypress, Calif. racetrack for at least 10 more years.
Danzing Candy is heading to Kentucky, but trainer Cliff Sise is going to alter the Twirling Candy colt's training schedule a bit in preparation for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The 2016 renewal of the Santa Anita race had been automatically downgraded to a listed stakes when moved from turf to dirt.
California Chrome, who easily won the world’s richest race this year despite his saddle slipping in the Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (UAE-I) March 26, shares the top spot in the April's Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings.
Jockey Edwin Maldonado will try to win the Los Angeles Stakes (gr. III) a fourth straight year Saturday, April 16 at Los Alamitos Race Course when he gets a leg up on highweight San Onofre in the six-furlong test for 3-year-olds and up.
"When you have a horse like Mor Spirit and Cupid that could be competitive, there's a little hope, a little dream there," the trainer said. "But you still have to get there, just get in that gate."
Twelve-day meet to be highlighted by five stakes, including two graded events.
Santa Anita Park saw a significant increase in on-track attendance and a slight decrease in all-sources handle when its 2015-2016 winter meet came to a close April 10.
An eye-catching move in the fourth and final turn snapped a 10-race winless streak for Quick Casablanca and gave trainer Ron McAnally his fourth San Juan Capistrano Stakes (gr. IIIT) victory April 10 at Santa Anita Park.
Although trainer Richard Mandella keeps entering LNJ Foxwoods' Dreamologist in grass races, the off-the-turf edition of the $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes (gr. III) April 10 showed once again that the Tapit filly likes dirt.
Phipps Stable's homebred Carrumba, a tough-luck second-place finisher in the Comely (gr. III) last time out, broke through for her first stakes win April 10 in the Top Flight Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
What a View showed some versatility April 9 to secure his fourth straight victory on the Santa Anita Park turf.
The only horse in the $1 millon Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) field to have win over a wet track sure looked like he loved the slop April 9.
Fox Hill Farms' Songbird grabbed the early lead and easily captured her seventh win in seven starts to take the grade I Santa Anita Oaks at Santa Anita Park April 9 and remain the dominant favorite for the Kentucky Oaks.
Voss and Big Chief Racing's Decked Out did well stretching out to 1 1/8 miles on the turf when she rallied from well off the pace to win the Providencia Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 9 at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Tim McCanna picked up the 2,000th victory of his career April 8 at Golden Gate Fields, when Whiskey Prince captured the third race.
Keith L. Stucki, trainer of Racing Hall of Fame member Ancient Title, one of the greatest California-breds of all-time, died at his home in Bradbury, Calif. April 5 at the age of 96.
Robert Naify, who with his wife, Jan Van de Bos Naify, races in the name of Ran Jan Racing, died April 7 at his home in San Francisco. He was 94.
In addition, it will also air the Equine Forum, its weekly talk show, on Saturday and provide live coverage of the Commonwealth, Shakertown, and Madison from Keeneland in its three-hour broadcast.
Haras Phillipson's homebred Generosidade will look to earn her second straight marathon victory on the Santa Anita Park turf April 10 in the $100,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Smoove It will try for a second straight stakes victory sprinting down the hill at Santa Anita Park when the 5-year-old Square Eddie mare faces other fillies and mares in the $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes April 10.
Although a forecast calling for rain may affect the field, it can be argued that one of the deepest fields on a loaded stakes schedule April 9 is the $100,000 Thunder Road Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Park.
Seven of the nine 3-year-old fillies entered in the Providencia Stakes at Santa Anita met last month in the China Doll Stakes, with Mirage prevailing by a neck over Lady Valeur, but the Providencia adds another furlong.
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