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Saturday, October 17 2009


STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16TH, 2009


CLASSIC ALL THE SAME TO WOOLLEY, ZENYATTA OR NOT

If Zenyatta faces males for the first time in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, it would unquestionably generate a major PR boost for the World Championship event hosted by the Oak Tree Racing Association for an unprecedented second straight year at Santa Anita on Friday, Nov. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 7.

Whether it would make a strategic difference in the outcome of the mile and a quarter test is open to speculation. At least that’s the opinion of Chip Woolley Jr., trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, who is pointing to the Classic on Nov. 7.





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Friday, October 16 2009


MILD UPSET BY WARREN’S APPEAL HELPS SPUR PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $47,855 INTO “FREE FRIDAY”


ARCADIA, Calif., (Oct. 15, 2009) – Despite no payoff higher than $11.20 and an odds-on favorite taking the final race, Oak Tree’s Pick Six eluded fans on Thursday with a carryover of $47,855.20 ripe for the taking during Friday’s program at Santa Anita.

A 2-1 second choice captured Thursday’s feature when Warren’s Appeal, third in her two previous starts, closed strongly to dominantly gain her first victory of the year in the $44,400 Beautyandthebeast Purse for California-bred fillies and mares at one mile on turf.





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TIZ WEST FACES SEVEN IN OAK TREE’S LURE STAKES ON SUNDAY


ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2009) – Diamond A Racing’s graded stakes winner Tiz West is the most accomplished of eight entrants set to contest Sunday’s $60,000 Lure Stakes, Oak Tree’s featured event at one mile over Santa Anita’s Camino Real Turf Course.

Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella hopes to have found a comfortable circumstance to get the 4-year-old Gone West colt back in a winning stride after being denied in eight starts – five of them graded stakes – since capturing Hollywood Park’s Grade III Cinema Handicap in June of last year.





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Thursday, October 15 2009


Stable Notes, Thursday, October 15th, 2009


LOOKIN AT LUCKY, ZENSATIONAL IN FAST PREPS FOR BREEDERS’ CUP

Lookin At Lucky and Zensational, favorites for their respective Breeders’ Cup races, worked with alacrity typical of Bob Baffert runners Thursday morning, recording bullet drills under former jockey Joe Steiner on Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride main track.

Lookin At Lucky, an unbeaten 2-year-old son of Smart Strike prepping for the $2 million Grey Goose Juvenile at 1 1/16 miles at Oak Tree, went four furlongs in :46 seconds flat, in company with the filly Always a Princess, who was given :46.60.





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Breeders’ Cup News, Thursday, October 15th, 2009


BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC CALIF. LOTTERY SWEEPSTAKES BEGINS FRIDAY, PRIZES TO TOTAL $230,000

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct.15, 2009)—As announced this past August by the Oak Tree Racing Association, The Breeders’ Cup Classic Lottery Sweepstakes, where fans can win up to $230,000 in prize money, begins Friday and will be available at http://www.calottery.com, any one of 22,000 Lottery retail locations, or by visiting any operating racetrack or simulcast center in California.

Fans 18-years of age and older can begin participating in this one-of-a-kind promotion on Oct. 16, and may purchase $5 of Hot Spot tickets up until the day of the prestigious $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Oak Tree on Nov. 7.





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Wednesday, October 14 2009


GOTTA HAVE HER ONE TO BEAT IN SATURDAY’S MADDY HANDICAP


ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 14, 1009) – Carl Grether’s Queen Ofthe Catsle will attempt to become the third two-time winner of Oak Tree’s 41st running of the Grade III, $100,000 Sen. Ken Maddy Handicap for fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s hillside turf course on Saturday.

But the 5-year-old Tale of the Cat mare is not likely to have an easy task of it when facing 10 rivals headed by Gotta Have Her in the event run as the Autumn Day Handicap until 1999 when renamed to honor the late state senator who was a long-time advocate for horse racing in California.





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CORONET OF A BARON REBOUNDS IN OAK TREE’S SILVER MUSIC PURSE


ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2009) – Third in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile after losing the Grade I Del Mar Futurity by a nose to Midshipman, Darley Stable’s Coronet of a Baron gained his first victory since his maiden debut 15 months ago when victorious by a neck Wednesday in Oak Tree’s featured $43,556 Silver Music Purse at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride synthetic main track.

With Rafael Bejarano in the irons, the 3-year-old son of Pure Prize rallied strongly on the extreme outside to prevail in a three-horse photo while covering the distance in 1:16.26. Charm N Chuck, who set most of the pace, re-rallied for second after being headed by 2-1 favored Monolingual, who settled for third another neck back in the field of seven.





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Stable Notes, Wednesday, October 14th, 2009


BELMONT STAKES WINNER SUMMER BIRD AT OAK TREE FOR BC CLASSIC

Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird arrived in good order at Santa Anita Monday to prepare for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic hosted by the Oak Tree Racing Association on Nov. 7. The leading contender for male 3-year-old honors this year was on the track on a rainy Wednesday morning, galloping a mile and an eighth.

“He’ll breeze five-eighths on Saturday,” trainer Tim Ice said of the son of Birdstone, who followed his Belmont triumph with wins in the Travers Stakes and the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Oct. 3. In winning that race, Summer Bird became the first 3-year-old since Easy Goer in 1989 to win the Belmont, the Travers and then beat older horses in the Gold Cup.





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Tuesday, October 13 2009


SMITH RIDES FAVORED FREE FLYING SOUL TO LOU ROWAN STAKES WIN


ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2009) – Bet down to 17-10 favoritism, Free Flying Soul achieved her first career stakes victory on Monday when ridden by Mike Smith to a handy, two-length victory over former Grade I stakes winner Golden Doc A in Oak Tree’s 12th running of the $70,810 Lou Rowan Stakes for fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface.

The winner patiently tracked streaking pace-setter Oilgonewile, gained command entering the stretch and gradually drew away while covering the distance in 1:15.26.





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Stable Notes, Monday, October 12th, 2009


MINE THAT BIRD POINTS TO BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC

Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird will remain at Santa Anita and point to the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Oak Tree on Nov. 7, trainer Chip Woolley said Monday morning.

“We were disappointed with his race in the Goodwood Stakes (sixth, beaten about four lengths), but now that I’ve had a chance to sleep on it and talk things over with the owners, we’re going to the Breeders’ Cup Classic,” Woolley said.





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Monday, October 12 2009


Corrected Stable Notes, Sunday, October 11th, 2009


ZENYATTA VS. MALES IN BC CLASSIC WILL REMAIN ON HOLD

Zenyatta keeps clicking and the clock keeps ticking.

The champion mare equaled Personal Ensign’s unbeaten streak of 13 straight with her second consecutive victory in the Lady’s Secret Stakes Saturday, but there was no word Sunday morning on whether she would face males for the first time in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 7 or defend her Ladies’ Classic title on Nov. 6.





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Sunday, October 11 2009


Nite Lede, Saturday, October 10th, 2009


ZENYATTA RETAINS PERFECTION, WINS LADY’S SECRET, GITANO HERNANDO UPSETS IN GOODWOOD AS 20,329 ATTEND ON BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE DAY

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Zenyatta ran her way into rare company Saturday, improving to 13-0 with a victory in the $300,000 Lady's Secret Stakes at Santa Anita before an on-track crowd of 20,329.

The stellar mare tied filly Personal Ensign's streak of 13 consecutive wins set from 1986-88. Personal Ensign retired as the first undefeated champion in American racing in more than 80 years.





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