Horse Racing

OLDSMAR, Fla. — Trainer Mark Casse said all systems are go with World Approval, the reigning Eclipse turf champion who will be using the 1 1/16-mile Tampa Bay Stakes on Saturday as a prep for the $6 million Dubai Turf on March 31. John Velazquez has the return mount. “We’re ready to get him started
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ARCADIA, Calif. — Itsinthepost won his fifth Grade 2 stakes in the last year in Saturday’s $200,690 San Marcos Stakes at 1 1/4 miles on turf at Santa Anita, holding off Hayabusa One to win by a nose. The margin was nearly a dead-heat. Officials needed four minutes to study the photo and determine that
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ARCADIA, Calif. — What failed on the backstretch worked in the homestretch for Accelerate in Saturday’s Grade 2 San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita. Accelerate found racing room on the rail. Accelerate was checked in traffic with about five furlongs remaining. Despite the trouble, jockey Victor Espinoza kept Accelerate on the inside and found sufficient
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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Trainer Todd Pletcher called a bit of an audible when bringing his talented New York-bred Audible down to south Florida a little earlier than originally planned due to the inclement weather and spate of cancellations at Aqueduct earlier this winter. It was a decision that paid big dividends as the colt
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The unbeaten 3-year-old colt Mask, considered a top prospect for the Kentucky Derby, has had a setback “that will require him to miss approximately two weeks of training,” trainer Chad Brown said Tuesday. Brown said the timing of the setback, details of which he did not want to disclose, would keep Mask out of his
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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Game Over, scratched from the Fred Hooper Stakes last Saturday, will be turned out for about 90 days and gelded after recently coming up with a foot issue, according to owner Ron Paolucci. Game Over, runner-up in the West Virginia Derby last August, has not raced since finishing fourth in the
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ARCADIA, Calif. — Hoppertunity, a multiple stakes-winning millionaire, will miss Saturday’s Grade 2 San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita while undergoing treatment for an abscess in a foot. Trainer Bob Baffert said the abscess was detected Tuesday. Entries for the $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes at 1 1/8 miles for older horses were taken Wednesday. Baffert
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