Category Archives: Horse Racing

Beholder wins Santa Lucia Stakes at Santa Anita (The Associated Press)

Two-time Eclipse champion Beholder won the $75,000 Santa Lucia Stakes by 5¼ lengths in her 4-year-old debut at Santa Anita on Sunday, closing day of the track’s winter meet. Ridden by Gary Stevens, Beholder ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.67 and paid $2.20, $2.10 and $2.10 as the heavy favorite in the field of five older fillies and mares. The victory, worth $48,300, increased Beholder’s career earnings to $3,123,300, with nine wins in 13 starts. Beholder had been idle since winning the Breeders’ Cup Distaff in November, with trainer Richard Mandella wanting to freshen up her.

Jockey Club announces record financial results (Reuters)

The Jockey Club, which stages some of British horseracing’s most famous events including the Cheltenham festival and the Grand National, announced record financial results on Wednesday. Total prize money at Jockey Club racecourses in 2013 reached a record 41.6 million. “I am pleased we report another excellent year for the Jockey Club, enabling us to deliver on our promise to act for the good of British racing,” said Nicholas Wrigley, the senior steward. “The Jockey Club also takes seriously its wider role in British society.

Stormy Lucy wins Santa Barbara Handicap (The Associated Press)

Stormy Lucy rallied to win the $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap by a neck at Santa Anita on Sunday. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Stormy Lucy ran 1 1/4 miles on the turf in 1:58.73 and paid $5.40, $3 and $2.60 as the 8-5 favorite. Stormy Lucy was trained by Frank Lucarelli in her previous 21 starts before she was sold privately to Lucarelli’s high school friend Steve Moger. His brother, Ed Moger, trains the 5-year-old mare now.

Horseracing-Danza, Dance With Fate win Kentucky Derby preps (Reuters)

(Reuters) – Danza and Dance With Fate entered the Kentucky Derby discussion on Saturday after winning major prep races for the first jewel of American horseracing’s Triple Crown. Danza, a 41-1 long shot trained by Todd Pletcher, romped to a 4 3/4 length victory at the grade one $1 million Arkansas Derby in Hot Springs, Arkansas, while Dance With Fate charged to a 1 3/4 length win at the Blue Grass Stakes in Keeneland. Danza, with Joe Bravo in the irons, stormed away from Ride on Curlin, making Pletcher a four-time winner of the Arkansas prep. Dance With Fate came from well off the pace, Corey Nakatani pulling away from Medal Count down the home stretch for the win.

California Chrome easily wins Santa Anita Derby (The Associated Press)

Art Sherman knows what it takes to get a horse to the Kentucky Derby and win. He had a close-up view as an 18-year-old workout rider when Swaps won the 1955 Run for the Roses. Nearly 60 years later, Sherman is taking his own colt to Louisville as the early Derby favorite. California Chrome romped to a 5 1/4-length victory in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on Saturday, a race Swaps won by a half-length before he went on to Kentucky Derby glory.

Horse safety back in focus for Aintree Festival (The Associated Press)

FILE - This is a Saturday April 14, 2012 file photo of Synchronized ridden by Tony McCoy, centre left, falls after jumping Becher's Brook during the Grand National at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, England. Pre-race favorite Synchronised died after collapsing during the world's toughest steeplechase The Aintree Festival, which begins on Thursday April 3, 2014 is headlined by the 4-mile slog that is the world-famous Grand National Steeplechase, begins on Thursday with as much focus on whether horses get round the grueling course in northern England in one piece as on who wins the races. Twenty-one horses have died in races over Grand National fences since 2001. The number of fatalities is on the slide, according to the British Horseracing Authority, which has made a series of modifications to the course in recent years in the face of stinging criticism. But for some, notably animal-rights campaigners, the changes can't go far enough. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell, File)

The death of four horses at the recent Cheltenham Festival has brought equine safety back into the British public’s consciousness just in time for the most perilous jumps meeting of them all. The three-day Aintree Festival, headlined by the 4 1/2-mile (7,200-meter) slog that is the Grand National Steeplechase, begins on Thursday with as much focus on whether horses get round the grueling course in northern England in one piece as on who wins the races. Twenty-one horses have died over the feared Grand National fences since 2001. The number of fatalities is on the slide, according to the British Horseracing Authority, which has modified the course in recent years in the face of stinging criticism.