December 27, 2003 |
Whoever takes the $250,000 La Brea Stakes today at Santa Anita will have to go some to match the accomplishments of last year's winner. Got Koko went on to win the El Encino Stakes and La Canada, becoming only the third filly to sweep the three-race La Canada Series. Elloluv, a contender for the Eclipse award for 3-year-old filly, is the 2-1 morning line choice against nine others in the seven-furlong La Brea. Elloluv, a daughter of Gilded Time who is trained by Craig Dollase for owner J.
September 2, 2004 |
Of the seven fillies and mares entered in today's $75,000 Piedra Foundation Handicap at Del Mar who have raced in 2004, only two are winless this year. It's not surprising Sparkling Ava, who will be a longshot in the one-mile race that is part of a pick six with a carry-over of $160,854, hasn't won. She also was winless in 2003 and is winless in 12 since the beginning of last year. What is stunning is that Elloluv also is winless in 2004. A two-time Grade I winner for owner J.
December 10, 2001 |
Paul Reddam wanted to combine a game of golf in Mexico with watching his horse run in a $100,000 race at Hollywood Park. Reddam knew he was on a tight schedule, and he almost cut it a little too close. Flying into LAX from Cabo San Lucas late Sunday, Reddam and his golf buddies had a mix-up over their rental car. By the time they secured backup transportation and arrived at Hollywood Park, the Native Diver Handicap was half over.
September 8, 2000 |
Even with Tranquility Lake sidelined because of a reaction to what is believed to be a spider bite, Saturday's $400,000 Ramona Handicap will resemble a rerun of the Palomar Handicap three weeks ago. When Spanish Fern was a surprise entry here Thursday, the Ramona became an eight-horse race, five of them grass fillies and mares that couldn't beat Tranquility Lake in the Palomar.
April 7, 2005 |
Those who like races on Santa Anita's downhill turf course will be in heaven this afternoon. Half of the card is made up of about 6 1/2 furlong races on the grass, beginning with the second, then continuing with the fourth, sixth and eighth. Of the four races, Andujar seems the most probable winner against five opponents in the second, a $44,000 maiden contest for older fillies and mares. Owned by S.L.
June 27, 2002 |
A couple of streakers will get together in today's main event at Hollywood Park. Bonus Pay Day and Alfurune, both of whom have won two in a row, head a field of six in the seventh, a $55,000 allowance at 1 1/16 miles and the fifth leg of a pick six that has a $100,430 carryover. A California-bred gelding, Bonus Pay Day has blossomed since being claimed for $32,000 by trainer Pete Eurton for the partnership of Frank and Sharon Alesia, Mike Mellen's Bran Jam Stable and Joe Ciaglia.
September 2, 2001
Trainer Bob Baffert may salve some of the sting of losing Point Given to retirement with another stakes win this afternoon. El Corredor, the 3-5 favorite on the morning line, will try to defend his title in the $250,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap. A Grade II at a flat mile, the race attracted six others--Jorrocks was entered, but scratched Saturday morning--but if El Corredor runs his race, the rest are running for second money of $50,000. A 4-year-old son of Mr.
May 1, 2002 |
Some bettors skipped the pick six on Sunday, even with the $1-million guaranteed pool, thinking it was too difficult to isolate the winners of races 5-10 on the California Gold Rush program. Thanks primarily to shockers by Ladylore ($65.40) in the Melair and Affairintheforest ($50.40) in the Big Jag, those same players are smiling now. Those upsets, plus another by Bear Fan ($23.
May 2, 2002 |
A day before the Kentucky Oaks and two days before the Kentucky Derby, the best races in America today will be run at Churchill Downs. California-based trainers and jockeys will be represented in the $100,000 Mamzelle at five furlongs on the turf and Cashier's Dream, a double-stakes winner as a 2-year-old, will make her first start of the year in the $100,000 La Troienne, a Grade III, at seven furlongs.
June 18, 2004 |
In 10 starts at Santa Anita, Golden Gate Fields and Bay Meadows, Thunder's Echo is winless. The 4-year-old Swiss Yodeler filly has fared much better at Hollywood Park, the track where she is housed in the barn of trainer Craig Dollase. Owned by a partnership, the California-bred has won two of three on the main track in Inglewood and was third in her loss.