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San Vicente Field Includes Mr. Jagermeister

The $200,000 Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday drew six entries including Minnesota-bred Mr. Jagermeister trained by Valorie Lund. Post time for the 7-furlong sprint is set for 4:30 p.m. central. Mr. Jagermeister, who will be ridden by Geovanni Franco, will start from post two just outside 6 to 5 morning […]

Mr. Jagermeister To Race Saturday in G2 San Vicente at Santa Anita

Unless something drastically changes in the next 24 hours, Minnesota-bred 3-year-old Mr. Jagermeister will be entered to race in the Grade 2 $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at 7 furlongs, trainer Valorie Lund indicated on Monday. Graded stakes appearances for horses foaled in Minnesota are rarified air. “I’m going to go ahead and enter Wednesday and […]

Race of the Week – The Robert B. Lewis Stakes

Stop two on the Road to Kentucky takes us out west, as Santa Anita hosts the Robert B. Lewis stakes on Saturday. The field size is not overwhelming, but have many been recently at the Great Race Place? There is still some quality to it, but this race in recent times has only one key […]

The Breeders’ Cup Aftermath

There are plenty of opinions on the running of each Breeder’s Cup race this year, but however you fared this year at Santa Anita the question remains – where will they go from here and will 2014 be as fruitful for the victors as this year? The Marathon – London Bridge – This son of […]

Agent & Rider Make a Team

Susie McBrayer had her jacket wrapped tightly around her against the spring cold as she walked the stable area Friday morning. A native of Southern California who arrived in Shakopee by way of Phoenix, McBrayer is still trying to acclimate herself to these new chilly surroundings. “I wear a jacket with a hood so I suppose […]

Road to Kentucky Heads to Tampa Bay

The free-to-enter Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest heads into Tampa Bay Downs this Saturday for a traditionally tough 12-race card which includes the Tampa Bay Derby and the current buzz-horse Verazzano. The San Felipe on the other side of the country is also part of this week’s contest. There are weekly prizes offered to the […]

Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest Begins

All Aboard: Week One of $30,000 Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest – Santa Anita Canterbury’s annual Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest contest takes off this week on the west coast, starting with the Robert Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita. Unfortunately it only drew four combatants, but the field seems to have scared off some of […]

Breeders’ Cup 2012: The Aftermath

Every year I have mixed thoughts on the Breeders’ Cup. This year it was another up-and-down affair, but overall Saturday went this handicapper’s way more than Friday. Race by race, let’s review: Juvenile Sprint: Anti-climactic at best. Merit Man and Hightail put on a decent stretch duel for us, but the rail was obviously playing […]

Geovanni Franco – The Godfather

The grin stretches ear to ear whenever he hears the music, in response to the recognition but maybe too because it’s a reminder he’s just ridden another winner. Each time he enters the winner’s circle, track announcer Paul Allen starts the background music from the movie, the Godfather. The music has played a total of 15 […]