Horse Racing

Ms Locust Point galloped to her first graded victory in the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie at Laurel Park on Saturday, going straight to the front under jockey Jorge Vargas Jr. and posting an easy 4 1/2-length score. In all fairness, the Grade 2 Fritchie wasn’t a true test for Ms Locust Point because the race fell
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ARCADIA, Calif. — Fault, the 4-year-old filly who raced throughout the Midwest and East Coast last year, left Phil D’Amato impressed with her morning exercise shortly after she joined his stable earlier this year. The preliminary indications were encouraging, especially since D’Amato had watched Fault’s troubled fourth-place finish in the Pago Hop Stakes at Fair
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NEW ORLEANS — What did they expect when they called him The Player? True to his name, The Player appears to have been playing around during his races, losing focus during key points when his mind should have been bent on competing. The Player adds blinkers and has no problem winning the Mineshaft Handicap at
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Saturday was a “Champions Day” of sorts, as 2017 Eclipse Award winners Unique Bella and World Approval (who was also a finalist for Horse of the Year), made their 2018 debuts, and came away winners. I realize it might sound silly gushing about Unique Bella because, as the 1-10 favorite in Santa Anita’s Santa Maria
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ARCADIA, Calif. — Jerry Hollendorfer and his staff have gotten Unique Bella to slow down in the morning, and that has made the champion filly even more dangerous than she already was in the afternoon. In her first start since being named the Eclipse Award-winning female sprinter of 2017, Unique Bella had an easy time
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OLDSMAR, Fla. — Dona Bruja gave every indication that this could be her year when the Argentine-bred mare was an easy winner Saturday in the 19th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Endeavour Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. Always on the lead under Jose Ortiz, Dona Bruja won the 1 1/16-mile turf race by four
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OLDSMAR, Fla. — Trainer Mark Casse wasn’t sure whether Flameaway was good enough to outrun Catholic Boy and a couple others Saturday in the Grade 3, $200,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, but he was very confident of one thing. “He’s a fighter, this one,” Casse said. “And I knew if there
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ARCADIA, Calif. — An old race strategy employed by a new jockey gave Om his first stakes win since late 2015 in Saturday’s Grade 3 Thunder Road Stakes at Santa Anita. Om led throughout the Thunder Road Stakes for turf milers, a tactic similar to his wins in three Grade 2 races in 2015 –
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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — After seven frustrating attempts that included several heartbreaking near-misses, Heart to Heart finally got his first career Grade 1 victory after holding off a late bid from Kurilov to register a neck decision in Saturday’s $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf. With his regular rider Julien Leparoux back in the saddle following a
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ARCADIA, Calif. — There were three stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer won the first with Unique Bella, Flavien Prat rode the second with Om, and then Hollendorfer and Prat decided to join forces for the third, and they teamed up to take the Grade 2, $200,345 San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds
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OLDSMAR, Fla. — Dona Bruja will have a new rider in Eclipse champion Jose Ortiz when she faces La Coronel and Ultra Brat in a terrific lineup of eight older fillies and mares in the Grade 3, 1 1/16-mile Endeavour Stakes on Saturday. “I don’t know if Jose can ride her all year, but we’re
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OLDSMAR, Fla. — If anyone ever accuses Mark Casse of having Derby fever, well, he’s got a good comeback. “Doesn’t everybody?” Casse said, laughing. Casse will be on hand Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs to see if Flameaway has what it takes to advance along the Derby trail as one of the more credentialed contenders
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