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Stilleto Boy wins the Santa Anita Handicap for trainer Ed Moger Jr.

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LOS ANGELES — Ed Moger Jr. has been a trainer for more than four decades, and his horses have won a lot of races, but none bigger than Saturday's Grade 1 $500,000 Santa Anita Handicap. Stilleto Boy ran down the favorite Defunded and held off a charging Proxy to win by a neck.

"Probably of all the races in California, this one is a bigger race...Read more

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After four decades, trainer Ed Moger gets his first Triple Crown starter

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LOS ANGELES — Horse racing is all about the Triple Crown, three races for 3-year-olds held over a five-week period. The vast majority of trainers never get there, but it doesn't keep them from trying.

Ed Moger Jr., 67, has been a trainer for more than four decades. He's had more than 15,000 starts and is approaching 2,000 winners. His horses ...Read more

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Bob Baffert moves his top Kentucky Derby horses to former assistant Tim Yakteen

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Trainer Bob Baffert moved the remainder of his top Kentucky Derby horses to former assistant Tim Yakteen on Sunday including Arabian Knight, winner of the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn and the horse given the best chance of winning the Derby, according to future odds.

Baffert said the horses will move back to his barn after the Derby and before ...Read more

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Japanese horse wins world's richest race as Baffert's entry finishes second

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Japan has been steadily growing as a force in international horse racing and Saturday added another big accomplishment to its record by winning the $20 million Saudi Cup, the richest horse race in the world.

Panthalassa took the lead out of the gate and held off a furious closing rally by Country Grammer to win by three-quarters of a length.

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Bryce Miller: Third time is charmed for Del Mar, which will host Breeders' Cup in 2024

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Horse racing's champion-crowning jewel is coming to Del Mar, again. The wads of cash, private jets and multi-colored passports will renew a blossoming love affair with the place "Where the Turf Meets the Surf."

For 33 years, the racetrack hardly mustered a sniff from decision makers running the Breeders' Cup, a 14-race, two-day racing ...Read more

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Breeders' Cup to return to Del Mar in 2024 for a third engagement

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LOS ANGELES — The Breeders' Cup will be held in Southern California for the second straight time next year when the two-day event returns to Del Mar on Nov. 1-2. The announcement was made by the Breeders' Cup on Thursday. It will be held this year at Santa Anita on Nov. 3-4.

The move was not a surprise as the group has fallen into a cycle of ...Read more

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Bob Baffert cannot run horses at Kentucky Derby after court denies injunction

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Trainer Bob Baffert’s attempt to run horses in this year’s Kentucky Derby was once again denied when a federal district court in Louisville, Ky., denied his request for a preliminary injunction. Baffert is currently serving a two-year suspension by Churchill Downs Inc. after Medina Spirit tested positive for a legal medication, but not legal...Read more

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Kentucky Derby Watch 2023: A look at the top 10 contenders, including Bob Baffert horses

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Less than three months remain until the 149th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 6 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, and a strong field of top contenders has already begun to form.

A total of 26 Kentucky Derby qualifying races have already been run, with 20 as part of the American road to the Derby, four as part of the ...Read more

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Newgate wins the Robert B. Lewis Stakes in an all-Bob Baffert race

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There was never a question that trainer Bob Baffert would have a horse win Saturday's Grade 3 $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita since he trained all four in the embarrassingly small field. The only question was which one would cross the finish line first.

It turned out to be the favorite, Newgate, with Frankie Dettori aboard. It ...Read more

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Art Collector runs down Defunded to win $3 million Pegasus World Cup

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Art Collector made his way into the mainstream of horse racing after winning the Blue Grass Stakes in 2020. He was creating buzz heading into the Kentucky Derby, which was being run on Sept. 5 because of the pandemic. Then a minor foot injury sidelined him and he had to wait for the Preakness Stakes and finished fourth...Read more

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Santa Anita-based Flightline easily wins Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year

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LOS ANGELES — Flightline, whose brief two-year, six-race career drew comparisons to Secretariat, was given horse racing's highest annual honor on Thursday when he was given the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year. He also was named top Older Dirt Male among the 17 horse and human awards announced at a ceremony in Palm Beach, Fla.

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Flightline heads list of finalists for Eclipse Awards, should win Horse of the Year

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LOS ANGELES — Southern California's grip on horse racing's Eclipse Awards continues to wane with only three horses and one person among the 16 groups of finalists that were announced Saturday. Though the number is small, the region does have the entry that should easily win the most important award, Horse of the Year.

Flightline, who is ...Read more