Category Archives: Horse Racing

Bench Warrant rallies to win Baffle Stakes at Santa Anita (The Associated Press)

Bench Warrant rallied to win the $75,000 Baffle Stakes for 3-year-olds by a neck Sunday at Santa Anita. Ridden by Tyler Baze, Bench Warrant ran 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course in 1:12.43 and paid $5.80, $3.80 and $2.60 as the 9-5 favorite. Pain and Misery returned $8.60 and $4.60, while Diamond Majesty was another length back in third and paid $3.60 to show. Bench Warrant was last at the top of the stretch as Serbian Syclone set a lightning-quick pace.

Jockey Gary Stevens rides 5,000th North American winner (The Associated Press)

In a photo provided by Benoit Photo, jockey Gary Stevens, right, collects his 5,000th win in North America, aboard Catch a Flight on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in the fourth horse race of the day at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. (AP Photo/Benoit Photo)

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens rode his 5,000th winner in North America in a $58,000 feature Friday at Santa Anita. The 51-year-old jockey guided 4-5 favorite Catch a Flight to a neck victory for Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella. Stevens was joined in the winner’s circle by Mandella, the jockey’s wife Angie and their 5-year-old daughter Maddie. ”It’s very special,” Stevens said.

British jockey Tony McCoy retiring at end of the season (The Associated Press)

Tony McCoy, Britain’s most successful jumps jockey, says he will retire from horse racing at the end of the season. ”It’s going to be the last time I ride 200 winners,” McCoy said. I want to go out as champion jockey, and it will be my 20th year if I can win the jockeys’ championship.” The 40-year-old McCoy, who has been crowned champion jockey 19 times, became the first jockey to ride 4,000 winners over jumps in Britain and Ireland in November 2013.

Lord Nelson wins San Vicente for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita (The Associated Press)

Lord Nelson won the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds by a neck Sunday at Santa Anita, upsetting Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion Texas Red in an early prep for the Kentucky Derby. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Lord Nelson ran seven furlongs in 1:22.15 and paid $5.80, $2.60 and $2.20. Texas Red returned $2.20 and $2.10 as the 3-5 favorite, while 23-1 shot Sir Samson was another three-quarters of a length back in third and paid $3.40 to show. Bejarano swung 9-5 second choice Lord Nelson four horses wide turning for home.