Zindaya split horses turning for home and surged over the final three-sixteenths of a mile to win the $200,000 Goldikova Stakes by a half-length Sunday on closing day of Santa Anita’s fall meet.
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Santa Anita is having some fun with the nasal strips worn by Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome. The suburban Los Angeles track will give fans free souvenir nasal strips Saturday, the same day the chestnut colt runs in the Belmont Stakes in New York trying to become horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 36 years. The nasal strips are purple with the word “Chrome” across the front. The track where California Chrome has run some of his races is also giving the first 10,000 fans with paid admission a Belmont button that says “Bring It Home California Chrome.” Belmont Park stewards agreed last month to allow California Chrome to wear his usual nasal strips when he runs in the 11/2-mile Belmont. The strips are thought to help airflow though the nostrils. – AP
The sight of Uncle Mo being passed by not one, but two horses in the stretch of the Wood Memorial silenced the hundreds of fans gathered at the rail at Aqueduct ready to cheer him on to another victory. Uncle Mo inexplicably failed to produce his usual race-ending burst of speed, though, and finished third Saturday behind Toby’s Corner and Arthur’s Tale in one of the biggest upsets in the 87-year history of the Grade 1 Wood at New York.