SMOOTH LIKE STRAIT EYES A SHOEMAKER REPEAT MONSTER MEMORIAL DAY IS SET FOR SANTA ANITA WONG HAS FOUR OPTIONS FOR THE MIZDIRECTION BREEDER LOVINGER DOMINATES JUVENILE EVENT SMOOTH LIKE STRAIT TO DEFEND SHOEMAKER WIN Smooth Like Strait will seek to become only the sixth back-to-back winner of the Grade I Shoemaker Mile when the prestigious race named for the late Bill Shoemaker, arguably still the gold standard among jockeys nearly two decades after his death, is run for the 81st time on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.
Long Fused Neige Blanche Rallies To Win Grade III, $125,000 Santa Barbara Stakes For Second Consecutive Year
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 14, 2022)–Long fused Neige Blanche, who like her trainer, was born in France, overhauled favored Queen Goddess in deep stretch to notch her second consecutive win in Saturday’s Grade III, $125,000 Santa Barbara Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Leonard Powell and ridden by Juan Hernandez, the 5-year-old mare got a mile and one half on turf in 2:27.55.
• YAKTEEN MULLS NEXT MOVE FOR TAIBA, MESSIER • D’AMATO AIMS FOR A SANTA BARBARA SURPRISE • BELHOLDER THE NEWEST HALL OF FAME MEMBER • ECLIPSE CHAMPION CE CE BREEZES A HALF MILE • MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY OFFERS GREAT RACING & MORE YAKTEEN REGROUPING AFTER DERBY DEFEATS Taiba and Messier are back home at Santa
McCARTHY’S QUEEN GODDESS BIDS FOR THIRD STAKES WIN OF MEET AS SHE HEADS SATURDAY‘S GRADE III, $125,000 SANTA BARBARA AT 1 ½ MILES ON TURF
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 11, 2022)–A Grade I winner on opening day, Dec. 26, the Michael McCarthy-trained Queen Goddess bids for her third graded stakes win of the meet as she heads a field of six fillies and mares three and up going a mile and one half on turf in Saturday’s Grade III, $125,000 Santa Barbara Stakes at Santa Anita.
JOCKEY QUOTES RICARDO GONZALEZ, ELM DRIVE, WINNER: “I’ve been working her, and we knew she was going to be a little sharp, so the main thing for her was to get a breather in between. She broke really fast, so I just took the lead and I let her settle a little bit.
DERBY SHOCKER LEAVES RACING BREATHLESS NEIGE BLANCHE EYES SANTA BARBARA REPEAT RICH STRIKE EARNS 101 BEYER IN DERBY WIN HERNANDEZ & D’AMATO TEAM FOR SENORITA WIN GRADE I WINNER HIT THE ROAD BACK AT SANTA ANITA KENTUCKY DERBY PRODUCES RICH STRIKE INDEED That whoosh in the air is merely exhaling from the lungs of deflated fans who did not give Rich Strike a modicum of a chance to win the Kentucky Derby Saturday.