Friday, October 30 2009


HRTV to Show Zenyatta’s Final Breeders’ Cup Workout Live on Saturday


HRTV (R) will show undefeated Zenyatta's final Breeders' Cup workout live from Hollywood Park on Saturday, during the premiere of its daily "Pursuit of the Cup, presented by OCD Pellets" show.

Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, and undefeated in 13 career starts, Zenyatta is cross-entered in both the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, which would be her first attempt against the sport's top male runners, and the $2 million Ladies Classic. Trainer John Shirreffs has indicated that a decision as to which race the great mare runs in will likely depend on how she handles Saturday’s workout.





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SUB RIDER TALAMO DIRECTS MONA DE MOMMA TO DOMINANT FEATURE RACE VICTORY


ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2009) – With Joe Talamo subbing in the saddle for a flu-ridden Rafael Bejarano, Mona de Momma closed swiftly to score a handy, 2 ½-length victory Thursday over slightly favored Mi Chiamano Mimi in Oak Tree’s $41,120 allowance feature for fillies and mares at six furlongs over Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface.

Trainer John Sadler’s 3-year-old daughter of Speightstown thus atoned for a third-place finish as the $1.10 choice in an allowance event earlier this month that followed a pair of victories at Del Mar by a combined 6 ½ lengths.





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BAFFERT PAIR OF SOPH FILLIES TAKES ON STAKES WINNERS IN SUNDAY’S ANOAKIA


ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2009) – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will send out two impressive recent maiden breakers Sunday to tackle a pair of stakes winners, Camille C and Well Deserved, in Oak Tree’s 31st running of the $58,000 Anoakia Stakes for 2-year-old California-bred fillies at six furlongs over Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface.

Baffert aims to successfully crash the stakes ranks with Mike Pegram’s Crises of Spirit, a homebred son of Vindication who was a 3 ¼-length maiden winner on Oct. 4, and Kathleen S. Shah’s Excellent News, a California-bred daughter of Rahy who broke her maiden by 3 lengths on Oct. 10.





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Thursday, October 29 2009


STABLE NOTES THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29TH, 2009


BOYS WILL BE BOYS IN BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC, ZENYATTA OR NOT

The drama and anticipation surrounding Zenyatta’s possible first-ever challenge of males in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Oak Tree a week from Saturday, Nov. 7, will be finalized Tuesday morning, Nov. 3. That’s when horses pre-entered in two Breeders’ Cup races must decide on which one to enter. Zenyatta also is pre-entered in the $2 million Ladies’ Classic at 1 1/8 miles, to be run next Friday, Nov. 6.

It is expected that owners Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs will opt for the Classic at 1 1/4 miles and risk Zenyatta’s perfect record of 13 straight victories, all against her own sex. The 5-year-old stretch-running mare is three for three on Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface, including her second consecutive Lady’s Secret Stakes victory in her most recent start on Oct. 10.





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UNBEATEN OUR MINESWEEPER TO BE TESTED IN SATURDAY’S JACK GOODMAN STAKES


ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2009) – Unbeaten Our Minesweeper, an Idaho-bred who won a pair of stakes in Northern California, will attempt to transfer his form to Santa Anita on Saturday when facing six other 2-year-olds in Oak Tree’s 35th running of the $58,000 Jack Goodman Stakes at six furlongs.

Tyler Baze will take over aboard Art and Betty Sutter’s homebred grey gelding by the Giant’s Causeway stallion Cause Ur Mine. After breaking his maiden at Golden Gate in June, Minesweeper captured Santa Rosa’s $57,000 Cavonnier Jr. Stakes and Golden Gate’s $50,000 Bart Heller Stakes for trainer Michael Lenzini.





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DANCE WITH GABLE, BEJARANO RUN OFF WITH DOWNHILL CALIFORNIA SKY STAKES


ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2009) – Claimed for $40,000 in August, Dance With Gable gained a second stakes victory for his new connections on Wednesday when prevailing under a front-running ride by Rafael Bejarano in Oak Leaf’s inaugural running of the $54,280 California Sky Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s downhill turf course.

After resisting a bid by A Lil Dumaani at the head of the stretch, Dance With Gable drew clear again to score by one length over fast-closing Big Bad Leroybrown with the filly Flashover another three-quarters of a length back in third. The running time was 1:11.97.





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STABLE NOTES, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28TH, 2009


TWO ‘BIRDS’ IN HAND FOR BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC

Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird deviated from his standard two-mile gallop Wednesday, jogging one mile, as the countdown began in earnest for his engagement in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Oak Tree on Nov. 7, a week from Saturday.

The 3-year-old son of Birdstone worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride Monday in a bullet :58.20, fastest of 32 at the distance. “He went pretty quick, so we felt one mile today was sufficient,” trainer Chip Woolley Jr. explained. “But he’s doing fine.”





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Monday, October 26 2009


ROSARIO RIDES BERT’S LAW TO 8-1 UPSET IN MENDOCINO PURSE


ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2009) – Bert’s Law, at 8-1 the second longest price in a field of seven, survived a pace battle on the front end to gamely prevail by one length over Fire Break Sunday in Oak Tree’s $48,000 Mendocino Purse at one mile over Santa Anita’s Camino Real Turf Course.

It was the first win in the last seven starts for the 4-year-old gelding trained by Ed Moger Jr. who last was victorious in a $16,000 claimer at Hollywood Park on May 30. His winning time on Sunday was 1:34.61.





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STABLE NOTES SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25TH, 2009


LEADING 3-YEAR-OLD ECLIPSE CANDIDATE SUMMER BIRD DRILLS FIVE FURLONGS, DESORMEAUX FLYS IN FROM NEW YORK FOR DRILL, TRAINER ICE “SUPER HAPPY”

Belmont, Travers and Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Summer Bird, the leading candidate for an Eclipse Award in the male 3-year-old division, worked five furlongs in 1:00.45 under regular rider Kent Desormeaux Sunday after Oak Tree’s second race. The chestnut son of Birdstone came on the main track at the head of the quarter mile chute, back-tracked to the half mile pole and then jogged and galloped through the stretch and around the Club House turn.

Desormeaux set him down to breeze approaching the five furlong pole and he guided him through splits of 24.42 and 48.56. Summer Bird galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.03 as he continues to prepare for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at 1 1/4 miles on Nov. 7.





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Sunday, October 25 2009


INAUGURAL CALIFORNIA SKY STAKES LURES CONTENTIOUS FIELD


ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 24, 2009) – Hard-hitting Dance With Gable, in-the-money in 14 of 18 lifetime starts with 7 victories, will be the 123-pound high weight among six entrants Wednesday in Oak Tree’s inaugural $50,000 California Sky Stakes for California-breds at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s downhill turf course.

Rafael Bejarano, aboard for the 5-year-old bay gelding’s only previous turf victory in two grass starts, will be reunited with the Dance Floor offspring who was claimed three races back for $40,000 by trainer Mike Machowsky on behalf of Arbitrage Stable and Pro Selection Stable.





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STABLE NOTES, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24TH, 2009


SUMMER BIRD TO WORK SUNDAY BETWEEN SECOND AND THIRD RACES

Belmont, Travers and Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Summer Bird, the leading candidate for an Eclipse Award in the male 3-year-old division, reunites with regular rider Kent Desormeaux tomorrow for a five-furlong workout between Oak Tree’s second and third races—not the third and fourth as previously reported--in preparation for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at 1 1/4 miles on Nov. 7. Desormeaux will be in from New York where he rode at Belmont Park on Saturday.





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Saturday, October 24 2009


BEL AIR SIZZLE SCURRIES HOME UNDER TALAMO TO TAKE TURF FEATURE


ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2009) – Bel Air Sizzle ended a 10-race dry spell on Friday when Joe Talamo rallied her boldly from last place in a field of eight fillies and mares to capture Oak Tree’s $57,506 allowance feature by one-half length over Pericia Fina while covering

1 ¼ miles over Santa Anita’s Camino Real Turf Course in 2:00.78.

“She broke a bit flat-footed,” Talamo said in the winner’s circle, “but I think it helped her because she relaxed so well after that. She likes to sit back and make one run, and the added distance helped her a lot today.”





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