ARCADIA, Calif. — Through late summer and fall, City of Light suggested in his performances in maiden and allowance races that he would eventually be a factor in a stakes. City of Light made his first appearance in a stakes in Tuesday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita, and he ran the best
ARCADIA, Calif. — Gary Stevens is heading to Oaklawn Park next week, but before he got out of town he reminded everyone on Tuesday’s opening-day card at Santa Anita that he’s ready to come back here for major races over the next few months. Stevens, aboard Giant Expectations in the Grade 2, $300,000 San Antonio
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — It might have been a surprise to most of the experts when Luis Saez unseated five-time reigning Gulfstream Park riding champion Javier Castellano to win the 2016-17 Championship meet jockey title. But it certainly will not come as a surprise to anyone if Saez repeats the feat this winter, especially with
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Trainer Todd Pletcher said that Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming shipped back into his barn on Wednesday and galloped for the first time at Palm Beach Downs on Thursday. Always Dreaming has not started since finishing ninth in the Grade 1 Travers in August. “He looks great,” said Pletcher. “He put
It is tempting to take advantage of Santa Anita Park’s opening day Tuesday by launching into a sweaty reminiscence of “how things have changed.” Of how the Southern California circuit is a dim shadow of its glorious past. Of how the average ontrack attendance has declined by 20,000 souls over the past 30 years. Or
ARCADIA, Calif. — Bolt d’Oro has been taking it fairly easy since the Breeders’ Cup, but soon he and the rest of the 3-year-old class of 2018 at Santa Anita will begin their serious preparations toward the May 5 Kentucky Derby, which locally based horses have won four times in the last six years, with
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Of all the top-caliber stakes horses Jorge Navarro has trained over the past several years, none has meant more to him than the speedy but fragile X Y Jet, who launches his latest comeback against nine rivals in Saturday’s $100,000 Mr. Prospector, the final graded stakes of the 2016 season at
ELMONT, N.Y. — New York Racing Association officials believe a new hockey arena, hotel, and retail space announced Wednesday for Belmont Park is the next step in revitalizing the track and the Thoroughbred racing industry in New York. On Wednesday, it was announced that Arena Partners, a group representing the New York Islanders of the
CYPRESS, Calif. — Trainer Ron Ellis has been fined $10,000 and suspended 60 days after Masochistic tested positive for the steroid stanozolol following a second-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita in November 2016. Ellis said Sunday afternoon that he is considering an appeal, pending a conversation with his attorney, Steve Schwartz.
Bob Baffert led all trainers at the 11-day Los Alamitos winter meeting with six wins, two of which were in Grade 1 races. On Dec. 9, Baffert became the first trainer to win the Grade 1 Starlet Stakes and Grade 1 Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity in the same year. The Los Alamitos meet began Nov.