Hoppertunity Outduels Imperative in G2 San Antonio at Santa Anita

El Kabeir is an East Coast transplant in search of his first victory out West

El Kabeir is an East Coast transplant in search of his first victory out West

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Hoppertunity hooked up with Imperative at the 16th pole and their duel carried them to the front of the pack all the way to the finish line where the photo put Hoppertunity back in the winner’s circle.

 

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ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 3, 2016) – Bob Baffert’s trio of El Kabeir, Hoppertunity and Cat Burglar will all hope to cash in on the $500,000 purse in Saturday’s 79th running of the Grade II San Antonio Stakes at 1 1/8 miles contested on the main track.

Formerly trained by New York based John Terranova, El

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Mshawish Picks Up Rare G1 Double With Win in Donn Handicap

It's not everyday a turf horse is good enough to switch surfaces and win a Grade 1 on dirt

It’s not everyday a turf horse like Mshawish is good enough to switch surfaces and win a Grade 1 on dirt

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Mshawish has pulled off a rare double, winning G1 races on both the turf and the dirt. He won the G1 Donn Saturday, on the dirt at Gulfstream Park with powerful kick in the lane to haul in Valid and go on to a three length victory. Favorite Keen Ice was 6th.

 

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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Al Shaqab Racing’s Mshawish is scheduled for an attempt to establish himself among the rarest of Thoroughbreds Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1).

Should the Todd Pletcher-trained 6-year-old succeed in

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Songbird Routs Rivals in G2 Las Virgenes

Songbird has been working tremendously for her 3-year old debut

Songbird will go one mile in her 2016 debut

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If it’s possible, Songbird put in a performance that exceeded expectations. The 1-9 favorite went to the lead out of the gate with the greatest of ease and never stopped, winning the G2 Las Virgenes by nine lengths. If you remember Beholder’s performance in the Pacific Classic last year, you’ll get an idea of Songbird’s impressive run Saturday at Santa Anita. Jockey Mike Smith had her geared down in the end in a performance that has to have her connections thinking about jumping on the Triple Crown trail and making a run at the boys in the Kentucky Derby.

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Baffert Unleashes Mor Spirit on Derby Trail in the G3 Robert B. Lewis

Mor Spirit was last seen crossing the finish line first in the Los Alamitos Futurity

Mor Spirit was last seen crossing the finish line first in the Los Alamitos Futurity

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Bob Baffert hopped on the Derby Trail as his Mor Spirit kicked in late and won the G3 Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita. Under a masterful ride by Gary Stevens, Mor Spirit sat off the pace, three-wide throughout. He appeared to labor behind the dueling front runners, I Will Score and Uncle Lino down the lane until the 16th pole when Stevens straightened him out and surged past for the win.

 

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ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 3, 2016)–Bob Baffert, who has trained the winners of four Kentucky Derbies and a record

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Lukes Alley Gets Up At the Wire to Win G1 Gulfstream Park Turf

The Pizza Man ditched plans to run on the West Coast and chose South Florida instead

The Pizza Man ditched plans to run on the West Coast and chose South Florida instead

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Lukes Alley got up on the wire to nip pacesetter, Shining Copper, to win the G1 Gulfstream Park Turf. The Pizza Man, who went off as the even money favorite in his 2016 debut, was a middle of the pack fifth.

 

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HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Still going strong at the age of 7, well-traveled multiple graded stakes winner The Pizza Man will launch his fifth full season of racing on Saturday when he makes his South Florida debut in the $350,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1).

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California Chrome Continues To Impress in Dubai

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California Chrome worked 5-furlongs in 59.2 at Meydan Saturday morning. Just 19-days away from his World Cup prep race.

The Menu: Post Times and TV Listings for Saturday’s Top Races

Horses generic#4Things heat-up this week in the horse racing world as Bob Baffert rolls out his top Derby hopeful and Gulfstream Park celebrates Donn Handicap Day in South Florida. Not to mention the 2016 debut of what many consider to be the top 3-year old in the country and the return of The Pizza Man.

First to the East Coast where Gulfstream Park runs the G1 Donn which includes the surface switching, Mshawish and Keen Ice, the only horse to be American Pharoah during his history making

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Delta Downs Serves Up Late Night Stakes Extravaganza Saturday

The Pickett Factor outruns Mobile Bay in the Louisiana Champions Day Classic in December at Fair Grounds

The Pickett Factor outruns Mobile Bay in the Louisiana Champions Day Classic in December at Fair Grounds

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs is preparing for another rich race program on Saturday as the track hosts the 13th annual Louisiana Premier Night. The 11-race program will feature 10 stakes events for Louisiana-bred horses worth more than $1,000,000 in total purse money. First post time is scheduled for 5:40 pm Central Time.

Saturday’s featured race will be the $200,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship for older horses competing at 1 1/16 miles, which will be the 10th race on the program. This year’s Championship has attracted a field of eight including last year’s winner, One King’s Man. The Joe Sharp trainee will try to turn the tables on The Pickett Factor, who defeated him

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Aqueduct Cancels Friday’s Live Card

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Temperatures in the thirties and snow in the forecast has prompted the powers that be at the NYRA to cancel racing at Aqueduct Friday. In addition to the 1-to-3 inches of snow, winds were clocked in the 20 miles-an-hour range making it unsafe for riders and horses. Aqueduct hopes to return to live racing Saturday.

Smokey Image Pointing to G3 San Felipe March 12th

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Trainer Carla Gaines reports that undefeated Cal-bred Smokey Image came out of his smashing 8 ½-lenghth triumph in the California Cup Derby in excellent shape and at this stage is being pointed to the Grade III, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes against open company on March 12