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Monday, November 09 2009


ROSARIO RIDES KAYS AND JAYS TO VICTORY IN CASCAPEDIA STAKES,


ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2009) – Zayat Stable’s Kays and Jays, having recovered from a foot abscess that sidelined her in July, returned to action Sunday to turn back fast-closing Irish Gypsy and win the seven-furlong $67,338 Cascapedia Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by three-quarters of a length at Santa Anita.

The second running of the Cascapedia provided Joel Rosario with his second win on Oak Tree’s closing day and moved him to within one victory of leader Rafael Bejarano, 31-30, in the 31-day meet’s jockeys’ standings. Bejarano emerged with the title when Rosario failed to win with his final two mounts.





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Friday, November 06 2009


TUSCAN EVENING GETS BACK IN WINNING FORM WITH LAS PALMAS HANDICAP SCORE


ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 6) – Irish-bred Tuscan Evening, who won 5 of her first 6 starts in the United Stakes prior to a two-race skid, regained her winning form Friday in Oak Tree’s Grade II, $200,000 Las Palmas Handicap for fillies and mares at one mile over Santa Anita’s Camino Real Turf Course.

Sent off as the 7-2 second choice in the stakes race that climaxed Friday’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships program, Tuscan Evening prevailed by 1 ¼ lengths over 28-1 longshot Closeout while running the distance in 1:33.50.





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Thursday, November 05 2009


EVER A FRIEND REGISTERS IMPRESSIVE COMEBACK VICTORY IN CATERMAN PURSE


ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2009) – A Grade I winner last year before going to the sidelines for 17 months, the 6-year-old gray gelding Ever a Friend made an impressive return to the races on Thursday when he nailed down Oak Tree’s $43,800 Caterman Purse by 1 ¼ lengths over pace-setter Banner Lodge.

Ever a Friend clearly demonstrated that he is back in form following a prolonged recovery from ankle surgery when he covered the 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s downhill turf course in 1:11.95, not far removed from the course record of 1:11.13.





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Stable Notes, Thursday, November 5th, 2009


CASSIDY EXPECTS ‘USUAL’ EFFORT IN GRADE II OAK TREE DERBY

The Usual Q.T. seeks his fourth straight victory and his first in graded company Saturday in the Grade II $150,000 Oak Tree Derby at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

“He’s really quite a nice horse,” said trainer Jim Cassidy when asked if the gelded son of Unusual Heat had exceeded his expectations. “I don’t know how nice he is, but I’ll find out. He hasn’t done much wrong. That one race (fifth by 11 lengths at Hollywood Park last July 5), we showed too much speed and he didn’t run well.





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REMATCH OF DEL MAR DERBY IN OAK TREE DERBY; M ONE RIFLE AIMS FOR DAMASCUS WIN ON SATURDAY’S BREEDE


ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2009) – A contentious Grade II, $150,000 Oak Tree Derby and the speedy M One Rifle’s run at Oak Tree’s $100,000 Damascus Stakes bookend Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships card as the unbeaten mare Zenyatta takes on the boys in the Classic at Santa Anita in a race that will surely dominate the focus of the racing world.

The 40th running of the Oak Tree Derby, which matches 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf, climaxes the two days of championship racing as Saturday’s 10th race with a scheduled post of 4:25 p.m., 40 minutes after the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic is to be contested.





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Monday, November 02 2009


Breeders’ Cup Notes: $2 Million Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf notes Monday


Dynaforce – The daughter of Dynaformer will be making her second consecutive start in the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, having finished a troubled seventh last year over the Santa Anita grass course.

The 6yo mare, owned by Dr. John Chandler and trained by Bill Mott, had an unpublished work last Tuesday at Belmont Park, going 1:05 4/5 on a sloppy training track under exercise rider and assistant
trainer Leanna Willford.





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CRISIS OF SPIRIT TAKES ANOAKIA STAKES AS SIZZLING BAFFERT WINS UNPRECEDENTED FIRST FOUR RACES


ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2009) – Crisis of Spirit provided Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert with his third of four straight victories on Sunday’s Oak Tree card when the 2-5 favorite wore down Well Deserved to capture the 31st running of the $63,672 Anoakia Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by three-quarters of a length at Santa Anita.

While running six furlongs in 1:09.39, Mike Pegram’s homebred daughter of Vindication gained her first stakes win. Her dam is an unraced daughter of Silverbulletday, the Hall of Fame filly also owned by Pegram.





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Stable Notes, Sunday, November 1st, 2009


OAK TREE ANNOUNCER DENMAN SEES ZENYATTA CONQUERING COLTS

Trevor Denman has called six of Zenyatta’s victories, and the sharp-eyed Oak Tree race caller sees no reason the brilliant mare can’t defeat males should she run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic next Saturday.

“Categorically, she can beat the boys,” Denman said. “In Europe, it’s done all the time, and why shouldn’t she? She’s such a big filly. She’s strong, she’s almost like a male. Definitely she can beat the boys. It’s tough for a filly to beat the colts, but it has been done and always will be done. What does it take? An exceptional filly. Is she exceptional? Oh, yes.”





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Saturday, October 31 2009


FAVORED MACIAS SCORES GAME VICTORY IN JACK GOODMAN STAKES


ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2009) – Zayat Stables’ Macias, a 2-year-old Purge colt trained by Bob Baffert, successfully made the transition into the stakes ranks Saturday when denying the closing bid of Hurricane Ike to take Oak Tree’s 35th running of the $60,413 Jack Goodman Stakes by a neck while negotiating six furlongs in 1:08.98.

With Garrett Gomez in the saddle, Macias overtook pace-setter Our Minesweeper entering the stretch, drew clear, and gamely withstood the late challenge by Hurricane Ike with Joe Talamo aboard. Privilaged, the 7-5 second choice ridden by Rafael Bejarano, finished third, two lengths behind the runner-up.





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STABLE NOTES, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31ST, 2009


ZENYATTA, SUMMER BIRD ON POSSIBLE SHOWDOWN COURSE IN BC CLASSIC

Champion Zenyatta took a step closer to a much-anticipated date with the boys in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Oak Tree a week from today, Saturday, Nov. 7, when she worked six furlongs at Hollywood Park this morning in 1:12.40, breezing, under regular rider Mike Smith.

“She went very well and everyone was pleased,” said trainer John Shirreffs. “We’ll discuss whether she will run in the Classic (or the Ladies’ Classic at 1 1/8 miles on Friday, Nov. 6) as soon as we sit down with Mr. and Mrs. Moss (owners Jerry and Ann Moss). We’ll see how she comes out of the work and make a decision.”





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Friday, October 30 2009


FAVORED HERMIONE’S MAGIC SCORES IN INTERCONTINENTAL


BUT $125 WINNER A RACE EARLIER SPARKS $74,470 PICK SIX CARRYOVER INTO SATURDAY

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 30, 2009) – Hermione’s Magic, the 11-10 favorite, justified her support Friday when jockey Garrett Gomez steered her between horses in the stretch to capture Oak Tree’s featured $43,912 Intercontinental Purse for fillies and mares by a widening three-quarters of a length over second choice Linda Lou while racing one mile on Santa Anita’s Camino Real Turf Course.





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STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30TH, 2009


TALE OF TWO TRAINERS: BAFFERT, SADLER EYE BREEDERS’ CUP

With eight racing days remaining in the Oak Tree meet and the eyes of the racing world zeroing in on 14 Breeders’ Cup World Championship races next Friday and Saturday, Bob Baffert and John Sadler not only are neck and neck for the training title, more importantly they are focusing on $25.5 million in Breeders’ Cup prize money.





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