Horse Racing

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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