Santa Anita

The Week in Review: Clout Heading into Classic, Older Horses or Upstart Sophs?

We're now inside the six-week mark for the GI Breeders' Cup Classic. Is your money on an older horse winning the season-capping dirt route championship race or one of the 3-year-olds? Both divisions have a respectable upper crust of candidates. Neither age group has a dominant, standout star who towers over his peers. Improbable (City Zip)'s last-to-first, 4 1/2-length shakedown of the GI Awesome Again S. field at Santa Anita this past Saturday nudged him into tepid early favoritism for the Classic. The Oct. 10 GI Jockey Club Gold Cup...

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Uncle Mo Filly Gets Better of Her Elders in ‘Win and You’re In’ Zenyatta

Alice Bamford and Michael Tabor's Harvest Moon (Uncle Mo), the only 3-year-old in the four-horse field, put away favored Fighting Mad (New Year's Day) at midstretch and then held off Hard Not To Love (Hard Spun) in the dying strides to win the GII Zenyatta S. at Santa Anita Sunday and earn an automatic berth in the GI Breeders' Cup Distaff. "I'm absolutely thrilled today, completely over the moon for Harvest Moon," said Bamford. "She's a homebred and she's just so deep in my heart and in my family's heart....

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Dialed In’s Get Her Number Upsets the American Pharoah

Get Her Number (Dialed In) and Rombauer (Twirling Candy), also-rans in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf Sept. 7, reported home one-two to spring an upset in Saturday's GI American Pharoah S., a 'Win and You're In' for the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Keeneland. It was another gap back to the favored maiden Spielberg (Union Rags) in third. Nicely away from gate six, Get Her Number set up camp just to the outside of longshot Dyn O Mite (Goldencents) as Spielberg settled in an apparently good spot, just behind the...

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Mucho Unusual Coast To Coast in Rodeo Drive

George Krikorian's homebred Mucho Unusual went wire-to-wire to win the GI Rodeo Drive S. at Santa Anita Saturday and earn an automatic berth in the GI Breeders' Cup F/M Turf. Tonahutu took the lead from her inside post in the early strides, but Mucho Unusual strode past her down the stretch for the first time. The bay filly loped along through pedestrian splits, scampered further clear rounding the final bend and resolutely held off Maxim Rate late, while late-closing favorite Lady Prancealot did her best to close into the slow...

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No Nay Never Filly Beats Boys in Speakeasy

Amanzi Yimpilo bested the boys and secured a spot in the gate for the GII Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint S. A debut winner sprinting on the lawn at Gulfstream June 10 and was third in Saratoga's Bolton Landing S. Aug. 19. Shedding blinkers for this one, the chestnut pressed the pace from second through a swift opening quarter in :21.89. Keeping the pressure on through a half in :44.66, the $300,000 KEESEP buy swept to the front in the final sixteenth and held off a late run from Wyfire...

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Princess Noor Lights ‘Em Up in Chandelier

The GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies will go through unbeaten 'TDN Rising Star' Princess Noor (Not This Time) following a third straight tour-de-force victory in Saturday's GII Chandelier S. at Santa Anita. Making her two-turn debut following an eye-catching debut win at Del Mar Aug. 22 and runaway score in the GI Del Mar Debutante S. Sept. 6, the $1.35-million OBS Spring topper wasn't the quickest away from her rail draw beneath Victor Espinoza. She rode the rail into the first turn, but was no better than third. Princess Noor...

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Collusion Illusion Tops Competitive Renewal of SA Sprint Championship

Collusion Illusion (Twirling Candy) is unbeaten going one-turn and will try to continue that run in Sunday's GII Santa Anita Sprint Championship S., a "Win and You're In" event for the GI Breeders' Cup Sprint S. Kicking off this term with a track-and-trip optional claimer score May 17, the sophomore triumphed in the GIII Lazaro Barrera S. June 20 and took the GI Bing Crosby S. by a nose last time at Del Mar Aug. 1. C Z Rocket (City Zip) looks to secure his fifth straight win Sunday. Capturing...

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Lady Prancealot Holds Slight Edge in Rodeo Drive

Saturday's GI Rodeo Drive S. at Santa Anita offers the winner an all-expenses-paid trip to the GI Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Keeneland Nov. 7, and Lady Prancealot (Ire) (Sir Prancealot {Ire}) figures a slight favorite against six familiar faces. Winner of the GI American Oaks over this course and distance last December, Lady Prancealot has done her California-based shuttle stallion proud this season, despite not having her picture taken. Fourth to the in-form Keeper Ofthe Stars (Midnight Lute) in the GII Buena Vista S. over a mile...

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Unbeaten Princess Noor Headlines Chandelier

Unbeaten 'TDN Rising Star' Princess Noor (Not This Time) looks to punch her ticket to the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in Saturday's 'Win and You're In' GII Chandelier S. at Santa Anita. After topping the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training at $1.35 million, she ran to the billing with a 'Rising Star' performance on debut for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert at Del Mar Aug. 22, then added a facile win in the seven-furlong GI Del Mar Debutante S. last time Sept. 6. The...

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Spielberg Receives Top Billing in American Pharoah

The highly regarded Spielberg (Union Rags) will look to earn his diploma in Saturday's GI American Pharoah S., a qualifier for the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Produced by a winning daughter of Smart Strike, the long-striding $1-million KEESEP yearling purchase figures to appreciate this stretch to two turns off a pair of runner-up finishes behind the talented Dr. Schivel (Violence), including a game effort after dueling throughout in the seven-furlong GI Runhappy Del Mar Futurity S. Sept. 7. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert seeks his record 10th victory in...

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Santa Anita, CARMA & PDJF Partner for Charity

Beginning with opening day of Santa Anita's 16-day Autumn Meeting Friday, Sept. 25 and running through the final day Oct. 25, fans can have their personalized cut out images appear in Santa Anita's Runhappy Winner's Circle for a donation of $200, with 100% of proceeds going to support the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) and the Permanently Disable Jockeys Fund (PDJF). Santa Anita will submit individual pictures within 48 hours of receipt. For more information on CARMA visit https://www.carma4horses.org/  and for additional information on the PDJF, visit https://pdjf.org/ For more...

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Santa Anita Release Revised Autumn Stakes Schedule

With its original start date delayed due to air quality concerns related to the Bobcat Fire, Santa Anita Park announced a revised Autumn Meet Stakes Schedule, which kicks off Sept. 25 and offering a total of 12 stakes--11 graded--and seven of them Breeders' Cup "Win & You're In" Challenge Race qualifiers.  Santa Anita's complete Autumn Meet Stakes Schedule is available at www.santaanita.com/stakes-schedule/. Among Saturday's races are the GI Awesome Again S., GI Rodeo Drive S., GI American Pharoah S. and the GII Chandelier S. and the Speakeasy S., all of...

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