Ticker
  • Cinco Charlie goes gate to wire in the William Walker at Churchill Downs.Posted 10 hours ago
  • Effinex runs to victory in the Excelsior; Wicked Strong finishes third.Posted 14 hours ago
  • Mr. Jordan DQ'd at 1-5 in the Tarpon Stakes; Royal Squeeze placed first.Posted 16 hours ago
  • Dortmund worked 6F in 1:13.60 (12/22) at Santa AnitaPosted 17 hours ago
  • Carpe Diem covers 4F in :48.60 (2/63) at Keeneland on SaturdayPosted 17 hours ago
  • El Kabeir drills 4F in :46.81 (3/55) at Belmont on SaturdayPosted 17 hours ago
  • Derby points leader International Star worked 4F in :50.80 (8/9) at Churchill TrainingPosted 17 hours ago
  • Kitten's Point gets there late to win Keeneland's Bewitch.Posted 1 day ago
  • Keen Ice is now in at #20 for the Kentucky Derby following the defection of Madefromlucky.Posted 1 day ago
  • Get Happy Mister rides the rails to victory in the San Simeon.Posted 6 days ago

Santa Anita Begins New Dirt Era

Canadian-based trainer Robertino Diodoro has always wanted to win a race at Santa Anita. On opening day, Dec. 26, he not only won his first race there, he won the very first race on Santa Anita’s new dirt surface.

The track, which started the day listed as "good," was upgraded to "fast" by the third race. In the fourth race, highly-regarded 2-year-old maiden The Factor broke the old main dirt record for six furlongs, clocking a timeof 1:06.98 while winning by 8 1/4 lengths. The old mark of 1:07.20 was set by Sunny Blossom on Dec. 30, 1989.

In the opener, PSC Holdings’s Skellytown emerged victorious in a four-horse blanket finish to win the $10,000 claiming race at 1 1/16 miles by a nose under Victor Espinoza. Though Skellytown is a familiar face to Southern California race fans, he had most recently been running at Turf Paradise, where Diodoro is based during the winter.

“I just love it here, and it’s been a goal of mine to have horses here,” said a jubilant Diodoro.

Santa Anita opened its 2010-11 75-day winter meeting Dec. 26 when it also unveiled its new dirt surface. During the fall, the track replaced its synthetic surface.



Read More

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories