Ticker
  • Minding rolls home an easy winner of the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh.Posted 3 days ago
  • Melatonin powers home a strong winner of the Gold Cup at Santa Anita.Posted 4 days ago
  • Lord Nelson lunges late to nip Subtle Indian in the Triple Bend.Posted 4 days ago
  • By the Moon proves best in the Grade 3 Bed O' Roses at Belmont Park.Posted 4 days ago
  • Mo Tom finds a trouble free trip, and rolls home an easy Ohio Derby winner.Posted 4 days ago
  • Isabella Sings strolls to victory in Monmouth's Eatontown.Posted 4 days ago
  • Sarah Sis makes all the running as the Chicago Handicap favorite.Posted 4 days ago
  • Harzand holds off Idaho in the Irish Derby to become a dual Derby winnerPosted 4 days ago
  • Far From Over wins his return today at Belmont after more than 16 months away.Posted 5 days ago
  • Champion Untapable has been retired from racing, according to owner, Ron Winchell.Posted 10 days ago

Blanc has history with Malibu Pier

Hollywood Park logo.
Photo: Hollywood Park

French-born jockey Brice Blanc practically salivated at the chance to ride Spendthrift Farm’s Malibu Pier in her last start in the Santa Barbara Handicap, which she won at Santa Anita last month.


Blanc had ridden the filly’s dam, the French-bred Blue Moon, to victory in the 2002 Buena Vista Handicap at Santa Anita for owner B. Wayne Hughes, and found the similarities of mother and daughter striking.


“They looked like twins,” said Blanc Sunday as he prepared to ride the 4-year-old filly again in the $250,000 Grade I Gamely Stakes Monday. “I have the pictures of both winning, and their stride, everything looks just alike.


“I went to Spendthrift Farm last year to visit Blue Moon,” added Blanc. “She had another foal, a sister to Malibu Pier, who looks just like her too.”


Trainer A.C. Avila hopes to spring an upset in the Gamely with Celtic Princess, a 7-year-old Brazilian-bred mare who will be making her first start since winning her California debut in an optional claimer on the Santa Anita turf December 30.


“She came out of the race with a tibia fracture,” explained Avila of the time off. “But she’s been training great.’’

 

 

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories