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Santa Anita Handicap

Santa Anita Handicap

On Saturday, March 7, 2020, Hronis Racing’s Combatant won the $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap (G1) at Santa Anita Park, giving Hronis Racing and trainer John Sadler a record third straight victory in the historic event. No matter if you’re looking for past Santa Anita Handicap contenders, odds, news, past winners, results and payouts, picks and tips, or handicapping advice, you will find the most updated information here.


Trained by John Sadler and ridden by Joel Rosario, Combatant stalked wide behind the early leader Brown Storm. He inched forward in the far turn and emerged at the top of the stretch with a slim lead, then fought gamely to keep everyone at bay before winning the 1 1/4-mile event over the fast main track in a final time of 2:02.32.

Read the full race recap HERE, along with the finishing order, results, and payouts below. Also, click the button below to download our 2020 Santa Anita Big ‘Cap Wagering Guide and see how we did! These wagering guides are included at least once a month as part of our premium picks packages.

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1st6CombatantJoel RosarioJohn Sadler 9.60
2nd1MultiplierTyler GaffalionePeter Miller33.10
3rd5MidcourtVictor EspinozaJohn Shirreffs0.70
4th3Brown StormHector BerriosMichael McCarthy24.60
5th8EndorsedDrayden Van DykeKiaran McLaughlin3.20
6th7HofburgFlavien PratBill Mott6.30
7th2Two Thirty FiveRuben FuentesRichard Baltas15.30
$1.00 Exacta6-1$187.00$246,302
$0.50 Trifecta6-1-5$284.75$172,013
$0.10 Superfecta6-1-5-3$337.72$10,769
$2.00 Daily Double1-6$94.60$79,630
$0.50 Pick 34-1-6 (3 correct)$113.80$80,503


Three other graded stakes races took place on Santa Anita Handicap day, including the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (G2), the second of three local preps for Churchill Downs’ Road to The Kentucky Derby which awards the Top 4 finishers points (50-20-10-5). Here are the results for the 2020 Big ‘Cap undercard races (graded stakes only):

SAN CARLOS STAKES – Race Recap/Replay

Race #: 4
Purse: $200,000
Grade: 2
Distance: 7 Furlongs
Age: 3-Year-Olds and Up

5City of LightDrayden Van DykeMichael McCarthy4.002.802.10
4Bobby Abu DhabiVictor EspinozaPeter Miller5.602.80
1Edwards Going LeftTyler BazeJohn Sadler2.20

FRANK E. KILROE MILE – Race Recap/Replay

Race #: 5
Purse: $400,000
Grade: 1
Distance: 1 Mile (Turf)
Age: 4-Year-Olds and Up

2River BoyneAbel CedilloJeff Mullins12.005.203.40
3Got StormyTyler GaffalioneMark Casse2.802.40
4Next SharesFlavien PratRichard Baltas5.00

SAN FELIPE STAKES – Race Recap/Replay

Race #: 8
Purse: $400,000
Grade: 2
Distance: 1 1/16 Miles
Age: 3-Year-Olds
Kentucky Derby Points: 50-20-10-5

4AuthenticDrayden Van DykeBob Baffert4.403.202.60
2Honor A. P.Mike SmithJohn Shirreffs4.002.80
6Storm the CourtJoel RosarioPeter Eurton2.80


Combatant Gives Sadler, Hronis Racing Record Third Straight Big ‘Cap

Combatant after winning the Santa Anita Handicap (Credit: Ernie Belmonte)

Thanks to recent acquisition Combatant, trainer John Sadler and owner Hronis Racing celebrated victory for a record third straight year in the $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap (G1) at Santa Anita Park on Saturday. Read More

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The Santa Anita Handicap was first held in 1935 and instantly became a hit. Commonly referred to as “The Big Cap,” the race still stands today as one of the most important races of the year. Winners such as Shared Belief, Game On Dude, Lava Man, and Shaman Ghost have dazzled us in recent runnings, while Affirmed, Spectacular Bid, John Henry, and Alysheba remind us how strong the race was in its early years. 

2020Combatant2:02.32Hronis RacingJohn SadlerJoel Rosario
2019Gift Box2:03.02Hronis RacingJohn SadlerJoel Rosario
2018Accelerate2:01.83Hronis RacingJohn SadlerVictor Espinoza
2017Shaman Ghost 2:01.57Adena SpringsJimmy Jerkens Javier Castellano
2016Melatonin 2:02.01
Tarabilla FarmsDavid E. Hofmans Joe Talamo
2015Shared Belief 2:00.67
Jungle Racing Jerry Hollendorfer Mike Smith
2014Game On Dude1:58.17
Lanni Family Trust, Mercedes Stable & Schiappa Bob Baffert Mike Smith
2013Game On Dude 2:00.14
Lanni Family Trust, Mercedes Stable & Schiappa Bob Baffert Mike Smith
2012Ron the Greek 2:00.41
Brous Stable/Wachtel Stable/HammerBill Mott Jose Lezcano
2011Game On Dude 1:59.47
Lanni Family Trust, Mercedes Stable & Schiappa Bob Baffert Chantal Sutherland
2010Misremembered 2:00.20
Jill Baffert & George Jacobs Bob Baffert Martin Garcia
Midnight Cry Stable Hellen Pitts-Blasi Julien Leparoux
2008Heatseeker 2.00.42
William de Burgh Jerry Hollendorfer Rafael Bejarano
2007Lava Man 2.02.11
STD Racing/Jason Wood Doug O'Neill Corey Nakatani
2006Lava Man 2.00.57
STD Racing/Jason Wood Doug O'Neill Corey Nakatani
2005Rock Hard Ten 2.01.20
Mercedes Stables/M. Paulson Richard Mandella Gary Stevens
2004Southern Image 2.01.64
Blahut Stables Micheal Machowsky Victor Espinoza
2003Milwaukee Brew 1.59.80Stronach Stables Robert J. Frankel Edgar Prado
2002Milwaukee Brew 2.01.02
Stronach Stables Robert J. Frankel Kent Desormeaux
2001Tiznow 2.01.55
M. Cooper/C. Straub-Rubens Jay M. Robbins Chris McCarron
2000General Challenge 2.01.49
Golden Eagle Farm Bob Baffert Corey Nakatani
1999Free House 2.00.67
McCaffery & Toffan J. Paco Gonzalez Chris McCarron
1998Malek 2.02.26
Stud Panter Richard Mandella Alex Solis
1997Siphon 2.02.23
Rio Claro Thoroughbreds Richard Mandella David Flores
1996Mr. Purple 2.02.04
Alex G. Campbell, Jr. Ron McAnallyEd Delahoussaye
1995Urgent Request 1.59.25
Stewart Aitken Rodney Rash Gary Stevens
1994Stuka 2.00.17
Allen E. Paulson Gary F. Jones Chris Antley
1993Sir Beaufort 2.00.40Victoria Calantoni Charlie Whittingham Pat Valenzuela
1992Best Pal 1.59.00Golden Eagle Farm Gary F. Jones Kent Desormeaux
1991Farma Way 2.00.30Quarter B Farm D Wayne Lukas Gary Stevens
1990Ruhlmann 2.01.20Ann & Jerry Moss Charlie Whittingham Garry Stevens
1989Martial Law 1.58.80Hughes, Messina Et Al Julio C. Canani Martin Pedroza
1988Alysheba 1.59.80Dorothy & Pamela Scharbauer Jack Van Berg Chris McCarron
1987Broad Brush 2.00.60Robert E. Meyerhoff Richard W. Small Angel Cordero, Jr.
1986Greinton 2.00.00Bradley/Whittingham/H. Wynne Charlie Whittingham Laffit PIncay, Jr.
1985Lord at War 2.00.60
Peter Perkins Charlie Whittingham Bill Shoemaker
1984Interco 2.00.60
David I. Sofro Ted West Pat Valenzuela
1983Bates Motel 1.59.60
J. Getty Phillips/M. Riordan John H. M. Gosden Terry Lipham
1982John Henry 1.59.00
Dotsam Stable Ron McAnallyBill Shoemaker
1981John Henry 1.59.40
Dotsam Stable Ron McAnally Laffit Pincay, Jr.
1980Spectacular Bid 2.00.60Hawksworth Farm Bud Delp Bill Shoemaker
1979Affirmed 1.58.60
Harbor View Farm Laz Barrera Laffit PIncay, Jr.
1978Vigors 2.01.20William R. Hawn Larry J. Sterling Darrel McHargue
1977Crystal Water 1.59.20Connie M. Ring Roger ClappLaffit Pincay, Jr.
1976Royal Glint 2.00.40
Dan Lasater Gordon R. Potter Jorge Tejeira
1975Stardust Mel 2.06.40Marjorie L. Everett Charlie Whittingham Bill Shoemaker
1974Prince Dantan 2.03.60Sigmund Sommer Frank Martin Ron Turcotte
1973Cougar II 2.00.00Mary F. Jones Charlie Whittingham Laffit Pincay, Jr.
1972Triple Bend 2.00.00Frank M. McMahon Vance Longden Donald Pierce
1971Ack Ack 2.03.00
Forked Lightning Ranch Charlie Whittingham Bill Shoemaker
1970Quicken Tree 1.59.60
L. R. Rowan/W. Whitney William T. Canney Fernando Alvarez
1969Nodouble 2.01.80
Verna Lea Farm J. Bert Sonnier Eddie Belmonte
1968Mr. Right 2.04.60Cheray Duchin Evan S. Jackson Moses Yanez
1967Pretense 2.00.80Llangollen Farm Charlie Whittingham Bill Shoemaker
1966Lucky Debonair 2.00.20
Ada L. Rice Frank Catrone Bill Shoemaker
1965Hill Rise 2.00.60
El Peco Ranch William B. Finnegan Donald Pierce
1964Mr. Consistency 2.01.00
Ann Peppers James I. Nazworthy Kenneth Church
1963Crozier 2.00.80Fred W. Hooper Julius E. Tinsley, Jr. Braulio Baeza
Lynn A. Boice Lynn A. Boice Donald Pierce
1961Prove It 2.00.00
Rex C. Ellsworth Mesh Tenney Bill Shoemaker
1950Linmold 2.00.60
Mr. & Mrs. L. I. Nelson Harold C. McBride Donald Pierce
1959Terrang 2.00.00
Poltex Stable & R. Bond Carl A. Roles William Boland
1958Round Table 1.59.80Kerr Stable William Molter Bill Shoemaker
1957Corn Husker 2.01.80Llangollen Farm Charlie Whittingham Ralph Neves
1956Bobby Brocato 2.04.60Kerr Stable William Molter Johnny Longden
1955Poona II 2.03.00
Helbush Farm Red McDaniel Bill Shoemaker
1954Rejected 2.00.60
King Ranch William J. Hirsch Bill Shoemaker
1953Mark-Ye-Well 2.01.20Calumet Farm Horace A. Jones Eddie Arcaro
1952Miche 2.01.00Muriel Vanderbilt Adams Don Cameron John S. Covalli
1951Moonrush 2.02.60Anita King & Gus Luellwitz Willie Alvarado Johnny Longden
1950Noor 2.00.00Charles S. Howard Burley Parke Johnny Longden
1949Vulcan's Forge 2.02.80
Isaac J. Collins Don Cameron Dave Gorman
1948Talon2.03.40Richard N. Ryan Horatio Luro Eddie Arcaro
1947Olhaverry 2.01.80
Pan De Azucar Stable Anthony E. Silver Melvin Peterson
1946War Knight 2.01.60
Ethel Hill Charlie Leavitt John H. Adams
1945Thumbs Up 2.01.20Louis B. Mayer George M. OdomJohnny Longden
1941Bay View 2.05.40
Anthony Pelleteri Patrick F. Dwyer Nick Wall
1940Seabiscuit 2.01.20Charles S. Howard Tom Smith Red Pollard
1939Kayak II 2.01.40Charles S. Howard Tom Smith John H. Adams
1938Stagehand 2.01.60Maxwell Howard Earl H. Sande Nick Wall
1937Rosemont 2.02.80Foxcatcher Farms Richard E. Handlen Harry Richards
1936Top Row2.04.20Albert A. Baroni Albert A. Baroni Wayne D. Wright
1935Azucar 2.02.20
Fred M. Alger, Jr. James Rushton George Woolf

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