Odds-on choice Dortmund, passed in upper stretch by rival Firing Line, fought back gamely along the inside to score a determined head victory in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes Feb. 7 at Santa Anita Park.
Breeders' Cup Classic winner Bayern, a leading contender for Horse of the Year and male 3-year-old honors for 2014, worked four furlongs on the Santa Anita Park the morning of Dec. 19 in a bullet :46 1/5 seconds.
Reacting to strong criticism, California racing steward Scott Chaney explained the decision to allow the Breeders' Cup Classic win Nov. 1 by Bayern to stand in spite of obvious interference at the start.
Zayat Stables' Paynter tuned up for the Breeders' Cup Classic Oct. 14 with a five-furlong work in 1:00 under jockey Martin Garcia, who will ride the son of Awesome Again in the 1 ¼-mile race at Santa Anita Park Nov. 2.
Overcoming concerns about the Del Mar Polytrack, Game On Dude demolished the field by a record 8 1/4 lengths in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic in the most dominant performance of his career Aug. 25.
Shanghai Bobby has been unbeatable going into the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile. But the 2-year-old son of Harlan's Holiday will be battling history when he takes on eight challengers Nov. 3 at Southern California's Santa Anita Park.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has been on a torrid winning streak of late, and George Bolton and Fog City Stable's The Factor kept up the barn's momentum in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 San Carlos at Santa Anita.
Trainer Bob Baffert had to go back to the drawing board after Drill dropped five straight, but the Hall of Famer evidently came up with the right game plan as the colt returned to his best in Sunday's Grade 2, $147,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita.
Ellafitz led all the way home in the Grade 2, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday, scoring by 1 1/4 lengths over a furiously rallying Vision in Gold and Miss Mittagong, who dead-heated for second.