Multiple Eclipse Award winner Beholder, led by barn foreman Jose Vera, is spoiled by fans and exercise rider Janeen Painter (kiss near end) at Racing Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella's barn after winning the grade 1, $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff by a nose over Songbird on Nov. 4, 2016 at Santa Anita Park racetrack in Arcadia, California, U.S.A.
Beatrice (with Jelani Grant), Horizontalyspeakin (with Javier Meza), Imperative (with Kent Desormeaux), Miss Serendipity, Obviously (with Joe Talamo), Quick Casablanca (with Ricky Agarie), She's a Tiger (with Antonio Gutierrez), Silentio, Suggestive Boy (with Ricky Agarie), Unusual Hottie (with Alex Galindo) and Winning Prize (with Corey Nakatani) train on the morning of May 31, 2014 at Santa Anita Park racetrack in Arcadia, California, U.S.A.
Former superstar racehorse turned lead pony Lava Man waits in the tunnel before ponying stablemate Goldencents for the grade 2 San Felipe Stakes on March 9, 2013 at Santa Anita Park racetrack in Arcadia, California, U.S.A. He's much more professional and calm than the first time I filmed him waiting in the tunnel before ponying I'll Have Another for the April 7, 2012 Santa Anita Derby (G1). (see video reply)
Grade 1 winning racehorses Paynter (with jockey Martin Garcia), Mizdirection (with assistant trainer Jennifer Bramblett) and Lady of Shamrock during morning workouts and afternoon paddock schooling on March 23, 2013 at Santa Anita Park racetrack in Arcadia, California, U.S.A.
Chilean star and Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (Gr. 1) qualifier Bronzo hangs out at the barn with groom/exercise rider Juan Saavedra after an early-morning gallop on Oct. 9, 2014 at Santa Anita Park racetrack in Arcadia, California, U.S.A. Notice the unique, fringe blanket he wears while walking.
Rich Tapestry (with Vincent Sit Shun-Keung and Irving Chan) and Soi Phet school, and Tigre the kitten chases a beetle in trainer Jeff Mullins' barn on Oct. 1, 2014 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, U.S.A.
Multiple grade 1 winners and top Breeders' Cup World Championships contenders Beholder and Game On Dude in video on the morning of Oct. 28, 2013 at Santa Anita Park racetrack in Arcadia, California, U.S.A. Beholder is ridden by exercise rider David Nuesch and ponied by Roberto Ramos on Quirt.
Superstar racehorse turned lead pony Lava Man makes his showing debut at the Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show on July 28, 2013 at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano, California, U.S.A. He won all three classes in which he was entered - War Horse, War Horse Showmanship and Spirit of a Winner - and faced former racing rival Mr. Wolverine in the latter two. He was ridden and handled by Sommer Smith of NexStar Ranch, where Lava Man was laid up at one point during his racing career. Also appearing in this video are Dave Showalter, Smith's husband and co-owner of NexStar, and hunter/jumper trainer Kate McComas.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, multiple Eclipse Award winner Beholder (with rider Janeen Painter, trainer Richard Mandella and pony rider Roberto Ramos), grade 1 winner Masochistic, multiple grade 2 winner Om (with rider Francisco Alvarado) and multiple grade 1 winner Songbird go through their morning routines on Oct. 18, 2015 at Santa Anita Park racetrack in Arcadia, California, U.S.A.