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Someone made a score when Arrogate ran his clunker; Betting trend shows what produced unusual payoffs

Warren Eves | July 24, 2017

By Warren Eves “Somebody made a score.” One astute horse player made that statement after 1-to-20 favorite Arrogate ran a clunker finishing a badly beaten fourth in the San Diego Handicap Saturday at Del Mar. “I wasn’t paying attention to betting trends in that race because [...]

Espinoza recounts hairy ride on ‘Chrome in World Cup:’I didn’t want the saddle to go any back further’

Warren Eves | March 31, 2016

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story was the lead item in Santa Anita Park’s daily ‘Stable Notes’ and is reprinted exactly as it was written March 31, 2016. We run the item with the permission of the track’s publicity department because it reveals how everything went down when California Chrome’s saddle slipped in the $10M Dubai [...]

A story about the ‘Ant Man’ and Porter named Melvin; Harry ‘The Hat” takes look back at jockey Chris Antley

Warren Eves | August 12, 2015

By Warren Eves The “Ant Man” and a porter named Melvin. My infatuation of a racetrack’s inner circle has always been spurred by the myriad of human interest stories. It never seems to amaze me how many story lines are out there. That’s [...]

‘Pharoah’s TC Was Lot More Special in Ohio Circles: Veteran handicapper David K. Ruth Has Lived It All

Warren Eves | June 11, 2015

By Warren Eves What was there not to like about American Pharoah? Longtime horse playing buddy David W. Ruth puts TC losing saga in perspective. “Talk about losing streaks,” Ruth begins, “being born, raised, and living in the greater Cleveland area the majority of my life, [...]

California Chrome Posts 1st of Five Works for Gold Cup: Dubai-UAE Expert Cummings Says It’s Right Decision

Warren Eves | February 21, 2015

By Warren H. Eves California Chrome recorded his first of five workouts for the Dubai World Cup on Saturday at Los Alamitos Race Course in California. Victor Espinoza was up as Art Sherman’s charge covered 4-1/2 furlongs and got an official half-mile clocking of 48 seconds.  It was his [...]

Thirtysevenlives On Impressive in First Route Try; Carpe Diem Wins Claiborne Like He Could Be Special

Warren Eves | October 5, 2014

By Warren Eves You might want to monitor a juvenile named Thirtysevenliveson. Watched the re-run of Zayat Stable’s first try at two turning and it was a perfect example of grit and determination despite losing lots of ground at Keeneland on Oct., 4. The Dale Romans-trained [...]

Something Extra Special May Be Brewing at Woodbine; Juvenile Named Seffeara Wins Stake Playing Around

Warren Eves | July 12, 2014

By Warren Eves Ontario-bred Seffeara proved his debut was no fluke Saturday at Woodbine. Here’s what happened.  After Seffeara dumped jockey Gary Boulanger behind the starting gate prior to the $150,000 Clarendon Stakes, things went pretty good. The Steve Oewns-trained son of Old Forester took a [...]

Lukas 2YO Optimizer Wins Not So Ordinary MSW Race; Forecast: Saratoga Turf Route To Be A Productive One

Warren Eves | August 6, 2011

By Warren Eves           D. Wayne Lukas ended a winless streak with a bang Saturday, August 6th.           The man who used to be in the Triple Crown forefront every year won with a promising juvenile named Optimizer.  Bluegrass Hall’s English Channel colt impressed.  He scored in a not so ordinary maiden special weight race [...]