Horse Racing News by Steve Andersen
More than six months has passed since Acclamation won his fifth consecutive stakes at Santa Anita last October. Since then, he has overcome a bruised foot that forced him out of training and secured his Eclipse Award.
Secret Circle will be given a rest in coming weeks and will not start in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, trainer Bob Baffert said on Thursday.
Nine days removed from having a heart attack, and fewer than 24 hours after arriving back in California from Dubai, trainer Bob Baffert strolled into Santa Anita on Wednesday morning, his humor still intact.
Jockey Victor Espinoza will be sidelined until mid-April after suffering a hairline fracture to a bone in his left hand in a spill last Friday, his agent, Brad Pegram, said on Tuesday.
Bourbon Bay rallied from last in a field of five, closing six lengths in the final quarter-mile, to score a thrilling win in Sunday's $150,000 San Luis Rey Stakes at Santa Anita.
Prospective rebounded from a second-place finish in last month's Sam F. Davis Stakes and put himself on the Kentucky Derby trail with a three-quarter-length victory over Golden Ticket in Saturday's Grade 2, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby.
Bodemeister has replaced Fed Biz on trainer Bob Baffert's team for Saturday's $300,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita, a race that will clarify the Hall of Famer's approach to the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 7.
Game On Dude will not defend his title in Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap and will make his next start in the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 31, trainer Bob Baffert said on Wednesday.
Jockey Martin Pedroza tried to coax Ultimate Eagle into a patient trip in the first half of Saturday's $200,000 Strub Stakes at Santa Anita.
Norvsky's affection for Santa Anita's turf course gave the veteran gelding his first graded stakes win in Monday's $150,000 San Gabriel Stakes, a victory that caught trainer Don Warren by surprise.