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    Christmas Weekend Horse Racing Roundup 1
Christmas Weekend Horse Racing Roundup 1

Christmas Weekend Horse Racing Roundup 1

Exciting Finale at Santa Anita's Boxing Day Event

Robert Kieckhefer reports on the thrilling Boxing Day racing at Santa Anita, marking both an end and a beginning for many horses. The weekend also included a significant early Kentucky Derby prep race.

Kentucky Derby Prep: Track Phantom Surprises in Gun Runner Stakes

Track Phantom, a Quality Road colt, clinched an unexpected victory in the $100,000 Gun Runner Stakes at Fair Grounds, earning crucial points on the Derby leaderboard.

Road to the Kentucky Oaks: Alpine Princess Leads the Way

In the $100,000 Untapable Stakes at Fair Grounds, Alpine Princess scored a 2-length victory, advancing in the Kentucky Oaks standings.

Sprint Highlights: Speed Boat Beach and Sibelius Shine

  • Malibu Stakes: Speed Boat Beach won the Grade I race at Santa Anita.
  • Mr. Prospector Stakes: Sibelius took the Grade III race at Gulfstream Park, aiming for a Dubai World Cup return.

A Veteran's Victory: Greeley and Ben's Remarkable Win

Greeley and Ben, at nine years old, impressively won the Dave's Friend Stakes at Laurel Park.

Filly & Mare Sprint: Daddysruby and Spirit Wind's Stellar Performances

  • La Brea Stakes: Daddysruby narrowly won at Santa Anita.
  • Sugar Swirl Stakes: Spirit Wind triumphed at Gulfstream Park.

Turf Triumphs: Easter and Two Emmys Excel

  • San Gabriel: Easter scored a win at Santa Anita.
  • Buddy Diliberto Memorial: Two Emmys clinched victory at Fair Grounds.

Filly & Mare Turf: Anisette Returns to Winning Form

Anisette dominated the American Oaks at Santa Anita with a commanding finish.

Turf Mile: Watsonville's Close Victory

In the Mathis Mile at Santa Anita, Watsonville narrowly defeated the favorite, Almendares.

Turf Sprint: Just Might Lead to Victory

Just Might led from start to finish in the Richard L. Scherer Memorial at Fair Grounds.

Newgrange's Impressive Win

Newgrange achieved a commanding victory in the San Antonio at Santa Anita.

Distaff Division: Hidden Connection and Saddle Up Jessie Triumph

  • Joseph E. Spanky Broussard Memorial: Hidden Connection won at Fair Grounds.
  • Carousel Stakes: Saddle Up Jessie emerged victorious at Laurel Park.

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