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  • Get A Hunch, Bet A Bunch

    Three certified horses, two of them former local champions, face the starter today in the Valentine Handicap. The form says sprint specialist Che Meza will make an easy lead and, …


  • Get A Hunch, Bet A Bunch

    Wet or dry, with half of the season in the books, it seems certain that the track has a bias toward speed horses. In other words, if they aren’t close …


  • Get A Hunch, Bet A Bunch

    Today, the track might really be dry, unlike last weekend when an old problem, handicapping for one surface and racing on another, punched some holes in the bankroll. In some …


  • Record Falls At Santa Anita

    Isitingood, with David Flores aboard, set a world record by going one mile in 1:32 on Santa Anita’s turf course to win the $71,000 feature by three-quarters of a length. …


  • Horse Of Year Honor Strengthens Cigar’s Standing In History

    Cigar became the first horse since Triple Crown winner Affirmed to win consecutive Horse of the Year Awards on Tuesday, assuring his status as one of the all-time greats. The …


  • Boston Harbor Loses

    Hello said goodbye to early Kentucky Derby favorite Boston Harbor, pulling away for a 1-3/4-length victory in the $105,950 Santa Catalina Stakes. Hello, an Irish-bred making his second U.S. start, …


  • Triple Crown Draws 375

    Breeders Cup Juvenile winner Boston Harbor and Storm Song, winner of the Breeders Cup fillies, head the list of 375 3-year-olds nominated for this year’s $5 million Visa Triple Crown …


  • Unbridled’s Song Retired

    Unbridled’s Song, the beaten 1996 Kentucky Derby favorite, who was plagued by injuries, was retired because of a fractured cannon bone in his left front leg. Trainer Nick Zito said …


  • Get A Hunch, Bet A Bunch

    Jockey Vince Ward, a computer whiz who has spent most of the winter working in a Yakima electronics shop, has been saddling up, now and then, to ride in stakes …


  • UI Pulls Out Road Win, Takes Over East’s Top Spot

    Melisa McDaniel hit two free throws with 9 seconds remaining as the University of Idaho women’s basketball team overcame poor shooting to pick up a 63-59 Big West Conference win …


  • Get A Hunch, Bet A Bunch

    Today’s challenges are the possibility of racing on a fast track and trying to pick a winner in the second race, perhaps the most contentious this season. If Crstzalu replicates …


  • Queen Of Money Victorious

    Queen of Money took the early lead and pulled away for a five-length victory over Goodnight Irene in the $105,650 Santa Ynez Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Ridden …


  • Get A Hunch, Bet A Bunch

    As often happens when short fields and wet tracks limit contention, today’s card presents some money-management challenges. Sister Charlene in the featured sixth is unbeaten in three starts on wet …


  • Get A Hunch, Bet A Bunch

    There are some horses to like on this card, maybe the best to date this season. Three-year-old fillies will sprint six furlongs in the Debutante Stakes. Claire Morn looked good …


  • Sandpit Adds To His Wealth

    Millionaire thoroughbred Sandpit won the $159,000 San Marcos Handicap as one of four winners for jockey Corey Nakatani at Santa Anita. Sandpit pulled away in the late going to win …


  • Get A Hunch, Bet A Bunch

    Until proven otherwise, eight days of racing have demonstrated that horses that have shown speed at Emerald Downs are likely to win here. Thus, the pick of All Fire in …


  • Get A Hunch, Bet A Bunch

    Sometimes it’s hard to cover all your tracks. A one-two finish by longshots Touchment and Seven Exits in Saturday’s last race flattered the handicapping, but wounded the pocketbook because there …


  • Arthur L. Scores

    Arthur L. led from start to finish to beat favored Acceptable by a neck in the Holy Bull Stakes for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream in Miami. The first two finishers are …


  • Get A Hunch, Bet A Bunch

    With 20 winners in the season’s first 44 races, it could be time to boast. But, in truth, such a high percentage of wins should have produced a greater rate …


  • Playfair Cancels Friday’s Racing Program

    Friday’s horse racing program at Playfair Race Course has been canceled because of insufficient entries, racing secretary Ted martin said Tuesday. The track will be open three days this week …


  • Injured Jockey Says He’ll Return

    Jockey Juan Ramos, who suffered a broken pelvis Sunday when his horse flipped entering the starting gate at Playfair Race Course, says he’ll ride again. Ramos, 34, said Monday he …


  • Kingdom Found Wins

    Kingdom Found closed quickly in the final furlong for a 2-3/4-length victory over Savinio in the $198,200 San Pasqual Handicap at soggy Santa Anita. Ridden by Gary Stevens, Kingdom Found …


  • Get A Hunch, Bet A Bunch

    Sound the horses for courses alert! Benton City Baron, Two An Oh and Sir Tiger K. all have superior form over the course in the sixth race. Mister Bynauer in …


  • Miscellany

    Heavyweight Andrew Golota received a two-year suspended prison sentence in Warsaw, Poland, and a $7,000 fine for beating up a man in a May 1990 disco brawl. … Cigar won …


  • Get A Hunch, Bet A Bunch

    One week does not a season make, but a profitable beginning, which included 11 wins and five seconds from 23 races, keeps the bill collectors and doubt at bay. Remember …


  • Playfair Has Clear Shot At Fans After Emerald Cancels Its Card

    Inland Northwest horsemen will have the state’s off-track betting markets to themselves Friday when racing resumes at Playfair Race Course. That’s the positive spin on another cancellation announced Wednesday at …


  • Miscellany

    Irish masters competitor Dick Hooper won the Walt Disney World Marathon in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., by more than a minute. Larisa Zyuzko of Russia won the women’s race. High …


  • All Bets Are On At Playfair Race Course Opens First Season Of Winter Racing

    And they’re off 1. Spectators line the rail Friday to watch the finish of a race at Playfair Race Course. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review 2. Some took shelter from …


  • Get A Hunch, Bet A Bunch

    Call it beginner’s luck, if you must, but it may have been sheer guesswork. Five winners and two seconds led to a very profitable opening day. Scores included the daily …


  • Get A Hunch, Bet A Bunch

    It’s opening day, a month past the original date, but, for members of the Eastern Washington racing community, late certainly is preferable to never. Considering it has been 13 months …

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