Tags ‘Santa Anita Handicap’

Game on Dude First Three-Time Winner of the Big ‘Cap

Michael Compton | 1 month ago
Game on Dude became the first three-time champion of the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) at Santa Anita on March 8 with a sparkling win over Will Take Charge. Game On Dude snapped a three-race skid with his victory against seven rivals, including Mucho Macho Man and Will Take Charge, the one-two finishers over the track [...](Read more...) Read More...

Big ‘Cap Attracts Star Power Like the Old Days

When I moved to Southern California in 1979, the biggest day of the year on the local horse racing calendar was not the Santa Anita Derby or Hollywood Derby (which at that time was a dirt race in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

2013 Santa Anita Handicap, Race of the Week

The Kentucky Derby trail is in full swing with just over 10 weeks remaining on the schedule. The 2013 Gotham Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct this weekend features a few horses who could make it to the big race in May (Overanalyze and Vyjack among others).... Read More...

Hansen Back on Track with Gotham Win

It only took one race for the reigning two year old champ to get back to the winner’s circle. After posting three straight wins as a two year old including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Hansen started his three year old campaign with a distant 2nd... Read More...

Ron the Greek wins Big ‘Cap

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Florida-bred Ron the Greek had always flashed plenty of promise. It wasn’t until he joined trainer Bill Mott’s barn last year that the 5-year-old son of Hartley/De Renzo stallion Full Mandate began to truly blossom. Now he’s a Grade 1 winner. Read More...

Ron the Greek Rolls in Big ‘Cap

Florida-bred runner ships from his base at Payson Park to win the richest race of his career in California. Florida-bred Ron the Greek had always flashed plenty of promise. It wasn’t until he joined trainer Bill Mott’s barn last year that the 5-yea... Read More...

Ultimate Eagle One to Catch in Big ‘Cap

Photo of Martin Pedroza and Ultimate Eagle courtesy of Santa Anita Park/Benoit photo “He’s probably going to the front. He’s faster than any horse in the race, I think.”–Martin Pedroza on Ultimate Eagle’s tactics in ... Read More...

Full field of 13 drawn for Santa Anita Handicap

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
By MICHAEL COMPTON Saturday’s 75th running of the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) drew a full field of 13, including morning-line favorite Ultimate Eagle. Read More...

Ron the Greek pointed to Big ‘Cap

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
By MICHAEL COMPTON Ron the Greek, second most recently to Mucho Macho Man in the Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park, is being pointed to the Santa Anita Handicap (G1), according to trainer Bill Mott. The $750,000 race, slated for March 3, carries a purse of $750,000. Mott also added that Jose Lezcano will ride. Read More...