Race callers from Britain and Singapore are among the four finalists to become the permanent track announcer at Santa Anita. David Fitzgerald, a presenter and commentator for Racing UK since 2010, will audition at the Arcadia, California, track on Feb. 27-28. Craig Evans, a senior race broadcaster for the Singapore Turf Club since 2010, will audition on Feb. 20-21.
Posted: February 11, 2016, 5:56 pm
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame waived a few requirements Wednesday, clearing the way for retired rider Ramon Dominguez to be eligible for the Hall of Fame this year. A three-time Eclipse Award winner, Dominguez was injured and forced to end his career in 2013, but can be considered for the Hall of Fame even though he hasn't been retired for the required five years. Also, the committee said Dominguez would have been eligible this year if he had continued riding based on another requirement - 20 years riding since being licensed in North America.
Posted: February 11, 2016, 7:22 am
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will allow retired jockey Ramon Dominguez to become eligible this year for Hall of Fame consideration. Dominguez, who announced his retirement in June 2013, suffered a career-ending injury at Aqueduct Racetrack in January 2013. Hall of Fame procedures require jockeys to be licensed in North America for 20 years to be eligible for consideration, but the museum's executive committee has the option of waiving the requirement at its discretion based on special circumstances.
Posted: February 10, 2016, 6:45 pm
He's an Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old with five victories in five career races. What's not to like about Nyquist?
Posted: February 8, 2016, 11:04 pm
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Kobe's Back rallied from far back to catch Salutos Amigos in the final 50 yards and win the $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes for older horses by a half-length Sunday at Santa Anita.
Posted: February 7, 2016, 11:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Storied Lady beat Saythreehailmary's by a head Sunday at Aqueduct in the $100,000 Biggio Rose Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares.
Posted: February 7, 2016, 11:10 pm
With American Pharoah retired to a breeding career, the trainer is eager to find his next great horse. Mor Spirit is coming along at just the right time. The dark bay horse won the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths Saturday at Santa Anita, reinforcing his status as the top 3-year-old in Baffert's barn.
Posted: February 7, 2016, 4:01 am
Governor Malibu came up from Florida to post a 2 1/2 length victory Saturday at Aqueduct in the $100,000 Gander Stakes for 3-year-olds bred in New York. Never worse than second, Governor Malibu wrested the lead from the pace-setting Sudden Surprise in deep stretch and steadily widened his advantage. Trainer Christophe Clement had targeted this race more than a month ago and Governor Malibu delivered in his first race wearing blinkers.
Posted: February 7, 2016, 1:06 am
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Mirage rallied to win the $58,000 feature for 3-year-old fillies by a neck Friday at Santa Anita, earning her first U.S. victory.
Posted: February 6, 2016, 1:23 am
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Mor Spirit will be making his 3-year-old debut for Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita.
Posted: February 5, 2016, 8:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Aqueduct canceled the Friday racing because of winter weather conditions in the New York area.
Posted: February 5, 2016, 4:53 pm
Training horses in L.A. one morning, gabbing with NFL Hall of Famers in San Francisco the next, then back home again to prepare his latest Kentucky Derby contenders for a prep race at Santa Anita. After Saturday's Robert B. Lewis Stakes, Bob Baffert plans to show up for the Super Bowl in Santa Clara, California, on Sunday. The trainer of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is back on the Derby trail, and before the Panthers and Broncos play in the Super Bowl, Baffert will send out favorite Mor Spirit and Let's Meet in Rio in the Lewis.
Posted: February 5, 2016, 7:48 am
Danzing Candy won the $58,000 feature by 5 3/4 lengths Thursday at Santa Anita. Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Danzing Candy ran a mile in 1:36.73 and paid $4.20, $3.20 and $2.80 as the even-money favorite in the field of nine. French Getaway returned $5.40 and $3.60, while Semper Fortis was another head back in third and paid $7 to show.
Posted: February 5, 2016, 2:52 am
NEW YORK (AP) -- The entry of Taken by Surprise and Surprise Cameo finished 1-2 in the $57,000 allowance feature for 3-year-old fillies on Thursday at Aqueduct.
Posted: February 4, 2016, 10:14 pm
Kentucky Derby prep season is warming up, and there's no hotter name in horse racing than Bob Baffert. ''Just here for the day, and I'm going back to LA,'' Baffert said. The place to be on Saturday is Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, where the trainer of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah should come away with a better idea of how talented some of his new 3-year-olds are after the Robert B. Lewis Stakes.
Posted: February 4, 2016, 9:41 pm
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Cadet Roni won the $75,000 Wishing Well Stakes by 6 3/4 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita after the race was taken off the turf course because of rain.
Posted: February 1, 2016, 12:27 am
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Ortiz brothers each rode a winner in $100,000 stakes for 3-year-old fillies on Sunday at Aqueduct.
Posted: January 31, 2016, 10:28 pm
Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Smokey Image ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.39 and paid $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10. Espinoza was aboard Smokey Image for the first time, while Carla Gaines took over as trainer of the Cal-bred colt after his most recent win at Del Mar on Oct. 30. ''He reminds me of California Chrome,'' said Espinoza, who rode that colt to victories in the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
Posted: January 31, 2016, 2:19 am
When Rick Nichols was trying to buy Mohaymen at Keeneland's yearling sales in September 2014, his mandate was to cap the bidding somewhere around $2 million. ''Probably would have gotten in trouble,'' said Nichols, who handles the buying for Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Farm. Mohaymen improved to 4 for 4 in his career on Saturday, rolling to an easy win over a field of five others in the Grade II Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park and presumably moving closer to a berth in the Kentucky Derby.
Posted: January 30, 2016, 11:22 pm
The gray son of Holy Bull bred in New Jersey earned 10 qualifying points toward a Derby starting berth. Breaking from the outside post in the six-horse field, Sunny Ridge engaged the pacesetting Vorticity coming out of the first turn. It was a two-way race the rest of the way with Sunny Ridge prevailing by three quarters of a length.
Posted: January 30, 2016, 8:45 pm