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December

22
With storms coming, Santa Anita looks ‘OK’ for opening day

Under somewhat similar circumstances two years ago, Santa Anita made the pre-emptive move five days early to push back the beginning of its marquee winter-spring meet to Dec. 28 from its traditional day-after-Christmas opening. It was the first time since 1976 the track did not open on Dec. 26. This time around – as things currently stand – Santa Anita plans to open as planned on Sunday. “The track guys pay for a couple of different weather services that give them pretty good information, and right now they think we’re going to be OK,” Santa Anita general manager Nate Newby […]

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November

30
Smile Happy Gives McPeek Another Kentucky Jockey Club Win

The horse that brought Kenny McPeek to the winner’s circle for the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs was not the one that most fans would have expected. Instead of Tiz the Bomb, who scratched out of the G2 stakes earlier Saturday, it was Smile Happy, a son of Runhappy, who gave McPeek his third victory in the early prep race for the 2022 Kentucky Derby. In a field scratched down from 14 to 11, Smile Happy broke from post eight, taking up position in fifth around the first turn and onto the backstretch. Setting early fractions of […]

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October

19
Trainer Fawkes Wins Three, Jockey Sutherland Four At Gulfstream Sunday

Veteran trainer David Fawkes has been forging his own path to the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle while saddling five winners from five starters over the past two programs at the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track. The South Florida mainstay, who has enjoyed much success on the national Thoroughbred stage, scored with his only two starters Saturday and his first three starters on Sunday’s card. He swept the first three races on Sunday’s nine-race card with Defendant ($3.60), Palomita ($5.60), and Golden Soda ($8.80), respectively. On Saturday, he visited the winner’s circle after victories by Wild Irishman ($5.60) in Race 3 and […]

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September

14
Lonesome Glory a clash of steeplechase titans, with The Mean Queen vs. Snap Decision

The queen of the steeplechase game takes on the king in a Grade 1 showdown in Thursday’s $150,000 Lonesome Glory Stakes, which helps kick off the 28-day Belmont Park fall meet. The Mean Queen, the mare who defeated the boys as the favorite in the Grade 1 Jonathan Sheppard Steeplechase at Saratoga, will now be the hunter when she meets Snap Decision, who seeks his 10th consecutive triumph, in the 2 1/2-mile Lonesome Glory over National fences. Trainer Jack Fisher, recently inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame, kept Snap Decision out of the two Grade 1 steeplechase events in Saratoga […]

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August

31
Experienced leads field of 12 for Virginia Derby

A field of 12 will go to post in the 18th running of the Grade 3 Virginia Derby on Tuesday at Colonial Downs, the featured event of five stakes on the card and eleven races in all. The Virginia Derby carries a purse of $250,000 and will be contested at 1 1/8 miles over the track’s signature Secretariat Turf Course. Programmed as the 10th race, it will be the final leg of an all-stakes, all-turf Pick-5 wager covering races 6-10 that kicks off with the $150,000 Old Nelson Stakes and continues with the $100,000 Kitten’s Joy Stakes, the $100,000 Rosie’s Stakes and […]

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August

11
Happ, Cards bullpen combine on 1-hitter, top Pirates 4-1

J.A. Happ combined with a trio of relievers on a one-hitter, Tommy Edman and Paul DeJong homered early and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the skidding Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 on Tuesday night. Happ (6-6) retired the first nine batters, then gave up rookie Hoy Park’s first career home run to lead off the fourth inning. ”I was able to get a couple of quick outs to manage the pitch count and (catcher Yadier Molina) was great back there and we were on the same page all night,” Happ said. “I was just trying to execute pitches and it turned out pretty well.” Making his second start for the Cardinals since […]

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August

03
Jackie’s Warrior Dominant In Amsterdam, Brings Asmussen Closer To Record

After a thunderous deluge delayed the Grade 2 Amsterdam for thirty minutes, soaking the sealed Saratoga surface, Jackie’s Warrior showed that the delay and the track were no trouble at all for the son of Maclean’s Music. At Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the 3-year-old’s multi-length triumph brought Steve Asmussen another victory closer to passing Dale Baird and becoming racing’s winningest trainer. A troubled break in the Grade 1 Woody Stephens last time out compromised Jackie’s Warrior’s chances at the victory on the Belmont Stakes undercard, with Drain the Clock taking that G1 stakes race. The two hooked […]

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July

06
Mind Control Snaps Losing Streak With Win In Nerud Stakes At Belmont

Mind Control had not seen the inside of a winner’s circle since March 2020 when he obtained the Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York, N.Y. The 5-year-old horse had gotten close in his last eight starts, finishing second to Mischevious Alex in the Carter Handicap at Aqueduct back in April. Sunday, Mind Control dueled with favorite Firenze Fire throughout the seven furlongs of the Grade 2 John A. Nerud Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., never letting Firenze Fire get more than a half-length on him before battling back to win by a head […]

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May

04
Icy Storm First Winner for Keen Ice

Team Hanley and Parkland Thoroughbreds’ Icy Storm became the first winner for Calumet Farm stallion Keen Ice May 3 when the colt took a five-furlong maiden special weight on dirt at Indiana Grand Race Course for trainer Steve Asmussen. Ridden by Jermaine Bridgmohan, Icy Storm broke well and chased the pace two wide on the turn, then made an early run for the leader, Gormleys Got Game , at the top of the lane. T he colt grabbed the lead in the final sixteenth and kept his head down to the wire, holding off a late challenge from Atta Boy Anthony to triumph by a neck in 1:00.81 on a track rated […]

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April

27
Malathaat Made 5-2 Favorite for Kentucky Oaks

Shadwell Stable’s Malathaat , winner of Keeneland’s April 3 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1) last time out, has been made the 5-2 morning line favorite for the April 30 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1). Trained by Todd Pletcher, the daughter of Curlin will break from post 10 under veteran rider John Velazquez. Co-second choices at 3-1 in the Oaks field are Larry Best’s OXO Equine’s Travel Column  (post 6) and Klaravich Stables’ Search Results  (post 12). The 147th Oaks, worth $1.25 million, will go as race 11 on Churchill Downs’ April 30 program with a arranged post-time of 5:51 p.m. ET. The Oaks has been dominated of late by trainers Brad Cox […]

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