Month: January 2019

C.V. Whitney: A Friend of Horse Racing

The sport of horse racing has evolved greatly in the last 100 years, and to move forward it required more than the heroics of a legion of its greatest runners and most skilled trainers and jockeys. It needed the help of patrons. People like Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney. For decades, C.V. “Sonny” Whitney was one of…

Sunday Stakes: The Road to the KENTUCKY OAKS

Santa Anita Race Track Horse Racing Tips

by: Rich Bieglmeier Although there is only one stakes race with prize-money of at least $100,000 this Sunday, the SANTA YNEZ STAKES at Santa Anita is an important one for the Fillies. The $200,000 Grade II race is one of the stops on the 2019 Kentucky Oaks qualifying tour. The winner will be awarded 10…

Hall of Famers Smith, Hollendorfer Team to Win Sham with Gunmetal Gray

There were three phases to the $100,000 Sham Stakes Jan. 5 at Santa Anita Park. The first major development happened at the start, as speedy 3-5 favorite Coliseum broke poorly, was last early, and traveled through the first turn rank as he tried to advance. Then, the infamous “other” Bob Baffert-trained horse, Much Better, got…

Saturday Stakes Racing: The SAN GABRIEL STAKES at Santa Anita

Santa Anita Race Track

by: Rich Bieglmeier This is probably the last of the slow holiday related weekends of stakes racing. The number of big bankroll races will start to heat up with the Pegasus World Cup coming in three weeks and all the Kentucky Derby prep races shortly thereafter. There are six stakes races this Saturday with money…