Santa Anita DERBY/OAKS Day 04.08.17 © Helen Solomon REACH THE WORLD. This son of Tapit, out of the Galileo mare Reach The Stars, ran well to garner a fourth-place finish in the SA Derby, ridden by Mike Smith and trained by Bob Baffert. Seen here after the race with the bright sun gleaming in his eyes, with his caring long-time Baffert groom escorting him back to the barn to be pampered. Tragically, two weeks later, in a morning workout, he fractured his right sesamoid to such an extent that he needed to be euthanized. RIP beautiful boy. © HELEN SOLOMON Lots of children were in attendance on Santa Anita Derby/Oaks Day. For this future astronaut, there is no time like the present for calisthenics © HELEN SOLOMON Race #2, a 6 furlong MSW for 3yo fillies, was won by the Simon Callaghan trainee QUEEN LAILA, with jockey Bejarano © HELEN SOLOMON Trainer Simon Callaghan at Santa Anita 04.08.17 © HELEN SOLOMON In Race #3, a 7 furlong MSW for 3yo colts, the Hollendorfer trainee WHO’S HOT ridden by jockey Rafael Bejarano leads the field © HELEN SOLOMON WHO’S HOT ridden by jockey Rafael Bejarano breaks his maiden in Race #3 © HELEN SOLOMON Stewart Elliot in the silks of Mr. & Mrs. Williams in the Evening Jewel Stakes © HELEN SOLOMON Evening Jewel Stakes, 6.5 furlongs for 3yo fillies, won convincingly by S Y SKY and Joe Talamo, trained by Phil D’Amato, sired by Grazen, and bred by Nick Alexander © HELEN SOLOMON Families showed up in force on Santa Anita Derby/Oaks day © HELEN SOLOMON Mother with infant © HELEN SOLOMON JUNO (BRZ) in the G2 Royal Heroine Stakes at one mile over the turf, for Team Valor, trained by Neil Drysdale © HELEN SOLOMON Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale at Santa Anita 04.08.17 © HELEN SOLOMON East coast shipper for Bill Mott, HARMONIZE in the Royal Heroine Stakes © HELEN SOLOMON Mike Smith aboard the excitable mare PRIZE EXHIBIT (GB), trained by James Cassidy, in the G2 Royal Heroine Stakes © HELEN SOLOMON Running circles around mommy in the walking ring © HELEN SOLOMON The eventual winning jockey of the G2 Royal Heroine Stakes with HILLHOUSE HIGH, Corey Nakatani in the silks of Golden Eagle Farm © HELEN SOLOMON HILLHOUSE HIGH, winner of the G2 Royal Heroine Stakes, trained by Richard Baltas, ridden by Nakatani © HELEN SOLOMON Gary Mandella with his mother, the wife of HOF trainer Richard Mandella © HELEN SOLOMON Arriving for the big events, the Santa Anita Oaks and Derby, is the young daughter of HOF jockey Gary Stevens © HELEN SOLOMON Oaks favorite ABEL TASMAN, a recent addition to the Bob Baffert stable, owned by China Horse Club © HELEN SOLOMON At the break of the prestigious G1 Santa Anita Oaks, ABEL TASMAN (left) with Mike Smith up and PARADISE WOODS with Flavien Prat up © HELEN SOLOMON PARADISE WOODS, trained by Richard Mandella, owned by Wygod or Sarkowsky, ridden by Flavien Prat steals the show in the G1 Santa Anita Oaks © HELEN SOLOMON Trainer Leonard Powell © HELEN SOLOMON Nice to see the relationship between owner Paul Reddam and jockey Mario Gutierrez (MOPOTISM in the SA Oaks), the winning team of three triple crown races with the brothers O’Neill © HELEN SOLOMON Running tough in the G1 Santa Anita Derby and hanging on for a second place finish, BATTLE OF MIDWAY, trained by Hollendorfer and ridden by Nakatani © HELEN SOLOMON Riding in the Santa Anita Derby for Mick Ruis, Jamie Theriot © HELEN SOLOMON Ruis Racing’s MIDNIGHT PLEASURE in the Santa Anita Derby © HELEN SOLOMON HOF jockey Gary Stevens, in the silks of Jerry and Ann Moss, must send ROYAL MO from post 13 at the start of the G1 Santa Anita Derby © HELEN SOLOMON After setting speedy fractions, BATTLE OF MIDWAY and Nakatani hang on to the lead with an exciting development taking shape behind them — both Moss/Shirreffs entries, ROYAL MO and GORMLEY, hook up in midstretch. © HELEN SOLOMON GORMLEY and Victor Espinoza pass stablemate Royal Mo and leader BATTLE OF MIDWAY with Corey Nakatani (red cap) to win the 2017 G1 Santa Anita Derby © HELEN SOLOMON GORMLEY and triple-crown winning jockey Victor Espinoza win the G1 Santa Anita Derby 2017 © HELEN SOLOMON Famed music industry mogul, and owner of beloved mare Zenyatta, Jerry Moss hoists the Santa Anita Derby trophy following the victory of GORMLEY, made sweeter still by the third-place finish of his other entrant ROYAL MO © HELEN SOLOMON Trainer John Shirreffs graciously accepting congratulations, in his humble way, for his Santa Anita Derby 2017 victory with GORMLEY © HELEN SOLOMON ROYAL MO (Uncle Mo), the third-place finisher of the Santa Anita Derby, with Zenyatta’s groom Mario Espinoza © HELEN SOLOMON SIRCAT SALLY, eventual winner of the G3 Providencia Stakes for 3yo fillies on the turf © HELEN SOLOMON HOF jockey Mike Smith asking for blessings before his victory on SIRCAT SALLY in the G3 Providencia Stakes © HELEN SOLOMON Glen Hill Farm’s silks make an appearance once again at Santa Anita, worn by Flavien Prat in the G3 Providencia Stakes, on the Tom Proctor trainee EMPHATICALLY © HELEN SOLOMON G3 Providencia Stakes second-place finisher YOU MISSED IT, trained by O’Neill for Paul Reddam © HELEN SOLOMON Echo Eddie Stakes, sprint race for 3yo Cal-bred colts, with Gary Barber’s colt MR. HINX and Tyler Baze pulling away, trained by Steve Miyadi © HELEN SOLOMON Accomplished runner CALIFORNIA DIAMOND, trained by Peter Miller, for the Echo Eddie Stakes © HELEN SOLOMON MR. HINX ridden by Tyler Baze in the silks of Gary Barber for Steve Miyadi wins the Echo Eddie Stakes, challenged by Nakatani and Reddam colt B SQUARED © HELEN SOLOMON Magenta hair on Santa Anita Oaks/Derby Day © HELEN SOLOMON Copyright 2014-2017 © HELEN SOLOMON All Rights Reserved. My copyrighted images may not be used without my consent.