Saturday, October 10 2009


NEKO BAY’S UPSET IN SUNDAY SILENCE PURSE FOR ZENYATTA’S CONNECTIONS SEALS $78,530 PICK SIX CARRY


ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2009) – Lightly-raced 6-year-old Neko Bay, raced by the identical connections of unbeaten superstar mare Zenyatta, rallied along the inside to score a 5-1 upset Friday in Oak Tree’s featured $55,200 Sunday Silence Purse at Santa Anita and seal a Pick Six carryover of $78,530 into Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Challenge program in which Zenyatta is certain to be a most popular Pick Six single while seeking her 13th straight victory in the Grade I, $300,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes.

With Mike Smith in the saddle for trainer John Shirreffs, Jerry and Ann Moss’s Neko Bay returned from a 10-month layoff to find an opening near the rail and run down 17-10 favorite Mast Track by one length in Friday’s one-mile allowance event while covering the distance in 1:35.78.





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PAIR OF STAKES HEAD ‘DOLLAR DAY’ PROGRAM ON COLUMBUS DAY


ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2009) – A pair of stakes races, including the revived $65,000 Louis R. Rowan Stakes for fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs, head Oak Tree’s special “Dollar Day” holiday racing program on Monday at Santa Anita Park.

The Columbus Day attraction constitutes the only Monday card of the Oak Tree season with a $1 charge offered for General Admission, programs, beer, hot dogs, sodas, popcorn and coffee. The nine-race program begins at 12:30 p.m.





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STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9TH, 2009


NO DECISION ON BC CLASSIC YET FOR UNBEATEN CHAMP ZENYATTA

Undefeated champion mare Zenyatta and stablemate Life Is Sweet galloped at their Hollywood Park headquarters Friday morning and will ship to Santa Anita tomorrow morning for that afternoon’s Grade I $300,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, trainer John Shirreffs said.

Zenyatta won the Lady’s Secret last year prior to capturing the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic by 1 1/2 lengths as the 1-2 favorite. The 5-year-old Street Cry mare owned by Jerry and Ann Moss has earned $2,594,580 from her 12 victories, eight coming at 1 1/16 miles, which Shirreffs agreed is not her ideal distance.





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Friday, October 09 2009


DAVE’S REVENGE STEPS UP FOR HOLLENDOFER WITH AZERI VICTORY


ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2009) – Claimed one race back for $25,000 by co-owner and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Dave’s Revenge advanced quickly for her new connections Thursday when overtaking pace-setter Aromatherapy to win Oak Tree’s featured $46,000 Azeri Purse by 1 ¼ lengths while negotiating 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.87 at Santa Anita Park.

The 3-year-old daughter of The Cliff’s Edge, who one year ago finished fourth in Oak Tree’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies behind Stardom Bound at odds of 64-1, was sent off as the 9-2 fourth choice in Thursday’s allowance field of 10 fillies and mares.





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Hirsch and Ancient Title Stakes Advance


PRESIOUS PASSION CHANGES COURSE, HEADS HIRSCH ON SUNDAY AS OAK TREE OFFERS PAIR OF GRADE I PREPS FOR BREEDERS’ CUP

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2009) – A late scratch from last Saturday’s Grade I Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park due to wet weather, Presious Passion expects to find firm footing Sunday in an unrelated Hirsch, Oak Tree’s $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship over 1 ¼ miles at Santa Anita Park.

The 41st running of the Clement L. Hirsch, named in honor of Oak Tree’s original president, who served from Oak Tree’s founding in 1969 until his death in 2,000, is one of two Grade I stakes on Sunday’s nine-race program that includes the $300,000 Ancient Title at six furlongs. The 27th running of the Ancient Title is the last of the meet’s “Win-and-You’re-In” events assuring the winner a spot in Oak Tree’s two-day presentation of the $25.5-million Breeders Cup World Championships on Nov. 6 and 7.





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STABLE NOTES, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8TH, 2009


WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES FOR BOREL AT SANTA ANITA

It’s been almost a year since Calvin Borel rode at Santa Anita. The 42-year-old jockey last visited the track on Oct. 25, 2008, when he guided Delightful Kiss to a fourth-place finish behind Muhannak in the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon.

In the interim, Borel has become a sensation, thanks to history-making victories on the 3-year-old super filly, Rachel Alexandra, in the Preakness Stakes, the Haskell Invitational Handicap, and the Woodward Stakes. She defeated males in each of those Grade I stakes, and, for good measure, older males in the Woodward.





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Thursday, October 08 2009


Breeders’ Cup Challenge Day Advance


DERBY CHAMP MINE THAT BIRD, UNBEATEN ZENYATTA IN ACTION SATURDAY DURING OAK TREE’S BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE DAY

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 7, 2009) – Mine That Bird, the dramatic 50-1 shot who streaked along the rail to win this year’s Kentucky Derby by 6 ¾ lengths, and unbeaten 5-year-old mare Zenyatta, a paragon of perfection in 12 career starts while earning $2.5 million, provide the star power Saturday for Oak Tree’s Breeders’ Cup Challenge Day at Santa Anita Park.

Three Grade I stakes races and one Grade II-- “Win and You’re In” competitions ensuring each winner a starting spot in Oak Tree’s two-day, $25.5-million Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 6 and 7 -- mark Saturday’s elite program consisting of 10 races that get underway at 12:30 p.m.





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TANGLED TANGO’S UPSET WIN IN FEATURE TRIGGERS CARRYOVER OF $66,401


ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 7, 2009) – A Group II winner in England who came within a head of capturing Arlington Park’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes in his United States debut two months ago, Irish-bred Black Bear Island appeared to have a huge class edge over six opponents Wednesday in Oak Tree’s featured $47,800 optional claimer at one mile on turf at Santa Anita, but Tangled Tango clearly was not impressed.

The second choice at 4-1 behind the 1-2 favorite, Tangled Tango emerged victorious by a nose over Pleasure to Ride in a five-horse blanket finish as Black Bear Island, a full brother to 2003 Breeders’ Cup Turf Champion High Chaparral, checked in sixth and triggered a Pick Six carryover of $66,401 into Thursday’s eight-race program at Oak Tree.





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Stable Notes, Wednesday, October 7th, 2009


KENTUCKY DERBY KING MINE THAT BIRD FACES NINE IN GOODWOOD

Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird took the final major step towards his West Coast debut as a 3-year-old Tuesday with a sparkling five-furlong workout on Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride main track in 1:00.20 under jockey Joe Talamo. Mine That Bird heads a standout field of 10 in Saturday’s Grade I $350,000 Goodwood Stakes at 1 1/8 miles, a “Win and You’re In” event that gives the victor a berth in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at 1 1/4 miles on Nov. 7.

Bennie “Chip” Woolley Jr. couldn’t have been more pleased with the drill, the second over the track since the gelded son of Birdstone arrived at Santa Anita Sept. 25. “We really got it today,” the 45-year-old trainer said after watching the bay glide over the track on a pristine Southern California morning replete with blue skies and sunshine. “It looked like he knocked off that last eighth of a mile in 11 and change. He’s looking pretty sharp.





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Wednesday, October 07 2009


DERBY WINNER MINE THAT BIRD DRILLS FIVE FURLONGS


ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2009)—Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird drilled five furlongs Tuesday morning in 1:00.20 under jockey Joe Talamo in preparation for Saturday’s Gr. I, $350,000 Goodwood Stakes at Oak Tree, which is to be his final start before taking on the best in the world in the Gr. I, $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Oak Tree on Nov. 7.

“I thought he went perfect this morning,” said trainer Bennie “Chip” Woolley Jr. from Santa Anita’s Barn 4. “I’m pleased with the way he did it. He was smokin’ that last eighth—I had the last eighth to the wire in 11 and two (fifths of a second). The sun was in my eyes, so I wasn’t able to catch him galloping out six furlongs, but he must’ve got that extra eighth in 12 and one or two. He was really, really marchin’.





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Sunday, October 04 2009


LOOKIN AT LUCKY STILL PERFECT, TAKES GR. I NORFOLK, BLIND LUCK EASY WINNER OF GR. I OAK LEAF


ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Bob Baffert is looking loaded for the Breeders' Cup.

The Hall of Fame trainer has a pair of 2-year-olds who showed promise in their Grade 1 races at Santa Anita on Sunday.

Lookin at Lucky won the $300,000 Norfolk Stakes for 2-year-old colts by 1¾ lengths, while Always a Princess finished second in the $300,000 Oak Leaf Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.





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STABLE NOTES, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4TH, 2009


MITCHELL LOOKS TO THE FUTURE WITH MONZANTE IN GOODWOOD

With more than 30 years in the business, Mike Mitchell has learned to roll with the punches. He took one on the chin Saturday when Grazen, the 4-5 favorite in the California Cup Classic, suffered a career-ending tendon injury to his right leg.

But the 61-year-old trainer was back at it Sunday morning, looking forward to the upcoming weekend when he plans to start horses in two of five Grade I races which could lead to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships hosted by the Oak Tree Racing Association on Nov. 6 and 7.





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