Horse Racing

DEL MAR, Calif. — Jockey Corey Nakatani was the parade marshal Sunday in Los Angeles for the 2017 Nisei Week Japanese Festival, a prestigious honor made all the more poignant by the fact that Nakatani’s late father, Roy, was housed at Santa Anita as a youth during World War II when the track was temporarily
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Perhaps I wasn’t being open-minded enough, but I thought there were only two possible outcomes to Saturday’s Pacific Classic at Del Mar. The first had Arrogate putting his mysterious non-effort in last month’s San Diego behind him and running his race. And since Arrogate’s real race is better than anything seen in years from an
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Dream Dancing won the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks by a nose in a head-bobbing finish with Beau Recall on Saturday. Back in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., trainer Mark Casse watched Dream Dancing win the most prestigious race of his career and gladly postponed his bedtime. “I won’t sleep now,” Casse said
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The Pizza Man, the Illinois-bred gelding whose outstanding career peaked with a victory in the 2015 Arlington Million, has been retired at age 8 after being diagnosed with an ankle chip sustained last weekend in his final race. Richard Papiese, who bred and raced The Pizza Man with his wife, Karen, under their Midwest Thoroughbreds
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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — A field of 13 has been entered for Saturday’s 35th running of the Arlington Million. From the rail out, with riders, the horses entered to run are Oak Brook (Santo Sanjur), Oscar Nominated (Florent Geroux), Enterprising (Corey Lanerie), Ghost Hunter (Edwin Gonzalez), Deauville (Ryan Moore), Fanciful Angel (Daniel Muscutt), The Pizza
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Speed is always dangerous in racing, more so in handicap races if the speed horse gets significant weight from the competition. Those variables could be in play Saturday when the speedy Sassy Little Lila takes on the boys in the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap going a mile at Saratoga. Sassy
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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — Oscar Performance, the likely Secretariat Stakes favorite over an expected six rivals, has not won two Grade 1 races and is just shy of $1.5 million because he is an especially limited horse. But Oscar Performance is a front-running type who definitely benefited from making easy leads last out in the
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When Arrogate declined to perform in the San Diego Handicap two weeks ago, I suspect the connections of more than just a few second-tier handicap horses suddenly entertained hopes of having a much bigger fall than they might have originally been expecting. Well, those fantasies were jolted back to reality Saturday when Gun Runner dominated
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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Gunnevera made a successful return to action Sunday when easily defeating four overmatched rivals in preparation for his re-entry into the top echelon of the 3-year-old class. Jockey Edgard Zayas simply kept Gunnevera out of trouble as the chestnut colt looped the field in proceeding to a five-length victory in the
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DEL MAR, Calif. — Jockey Mike Smith, who turns 52 on Thursday, will be honored with the 2017 Laffit Pincay Jr. Award for meritorious service to racing in a ceremony at Del Mar on Aug. 20. Pincay will present the award to Smith. A fundraiser honoring Smith on behalf of the Winners Foundation will be
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Three weeks ago at Indiana Grand, Irap ran past Colonelsdarktemper midway around the far turn like he was tied to a post. But on Saturday in the Grade 3, $750,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Resort and Casino, Colonelsdarktemper held solid as a post, setting the pace and fending off an upper-stretch challenge from Game
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DEL MAR, Calif. — As great as this Del Mar meet has been for trainer Phil D’Amato, it has been maddening for trainer Peter Miller. Their differing fortunes played out glaringly in the Grade 2, $200,690 Sorrento Stakes on Saturday, when D’Amato’s 2-year-old filly Spectator romped to a 5 1/4-length victory over six rivals —
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