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Sunday, January 25 2009


SUNSHINE MILLIONS DOMINATED BY FLORIDA-BREDS


By BETH HARRIS - AP Racing Writer

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ It's a Bird rallied from the off the pace to win Saturday's $1 million Classic at Gulfstream Park, helping Florida-bred horses easily defeat their California counterparts for the seventh straight time in the bi-coastal Sunshine Millions program.

The eight races worth $3.6 million came off under drastically different conditions.





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PICK SIX CARRYOVER INTO SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITA


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2009)—Raiding Party, at odds of 22-1, took Saturday’s 11th and final race and keyed a Pick Six carryover of $155,407 into Sunday at Santa Anita. Returning $46.60 to win, Raiding Party, under David Flores was the longest priced winner on Saturday’s Sunshine Millions program.

Saturday’s Pick Six was contested on races six through 11 and the carryover is the 11th from 23 days of racing.





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Saturday, January 24 2009


LEEDSTHEWAY COMES FROM BEHIND FOR WIN IN GOOD VIBRATIONS


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2009) – After leading all the way to score his maiden victory at odds of 8-1, Leedstheway burst from behind at 4-1 on Friday to remain unbeaten with a

3 ¼ -length victory over 12-1 longshot Liturgical in Santa Anita’s $50,928 Good Vibrations Purse for 3-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs.

After earlier drizzles moved the race from its scheduled setting on the turf, Leedstheway tracked the early pace before a midstretch move under jockey Tyler Baze turned the eight-horse competition into a runaway.





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Friday, January 23 2009


STABLE NOTES, FRIDAY, JANUARY 23RD, 2009


MARY HARTMANN HOPES FOR GOOD RATINGS IN SUNSHINE MILLIONS TURF

When Mary Hartmann saddles Presious Passion for Saturday’s $500,000 Sunshine Millions Turf, she doesn’t expect the race to turn into a soap opera.

The trainer probably has heard all the wisecracks about her name, and its nearly identical spelling to that of the 1976 syndicated soap opera parody, “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.”





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JOHNNY EVES TOPS PALOS VERDES; MAGICAL FANTASY HEADS TUZLA


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2009) – Grade I winner Johnny Eves, a 5-year-old California-bred gelding who has experienced a series of ups-and-downs during his three-year career, will be the starting high weight at 118 pounds Sunday in Santa Anita’s 57th running of the Grade II, $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap at six furlongs.

Garrett Gomez will be back aboard the Mooncoin, LLC sprinter who broke a seven-race losing streak in Hollywood Park’s Grade III Vernon O. Underwood Stakes last November before being eased at 17-10 odds after tracking a blistering pace on New Year’s Day in Santa Anita’s Grade III El Conejo Handicap.





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BLUE EXIT UPSETS IN ALTADENA


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2009) – A winner of two listed stakes in France, Blue Exit finally transferred his European form to the United States on Thursday when becoming a three-length winner of Santa Anita’s $64,000 Altadena Purse at 1 1/16 miles.

The mild upset, spurred by 33-1 stunner Talktoomuch in the fifth race, led to Santa Anita’s tenth Pick Six carryover on the 21st day of its current meet. A total of $91,353 will be carried into Friday’s Pick Six on a day when the track offers free general admission.





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STABLE NOTES, THURSDAY, JANUARY 22ND, 2009


SMITH HOPES FOR MACHISMO BREATHER IN SUNSHINE MILLIONS SPRINT

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith expects another solid performance from Machismo in Saturday’s $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint. The consistent Florida-bred was second to multiple graded stakes winner In Summation in the Grade III El Conejo Handicap on Jan. 1, and has a 5-6-3 record from 26 starts overall, with earnings of $158,730.

Machismo also is entered in Sunday’s Grade II Palos Verdes Handicap.





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Tuesday, January 20 2009


ARTISTE ROYAL GETS HOME IN LAST JUMP FOR DRYSDALE IN SAN MARCOS


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2009) – Artiste Royal, whose fortunes veered off course when eleventh in last month’s $2.5-million Hong Kong Cup, got back on track in a hurry on Monday when storming from last to nail Medici Code on the money in Santa Anita’s 57th running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Marcos Handicap at 1 ¼ miles on turf.

With jockey Garrett Gomez timing his move to perfection, 5-2 favored Artiste Royal got up in the final jump to win by a nose and provide Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale with his fourth San Marcos win since 1989.





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SPRINT CLASH FOCUS OF SUNSHINE MILLIONS ACTION AT SANTA ANITA


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2009) – The clash between Grade I winners In Summation and Georgie Boy in Saturday’s $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint may be Santa Anita’s most compelling attraction of the four Sunshine Millions events that comprise its share of $3.6 million bi-coastal competition between California-bred and Florida-breds that reaches to Gulfstream Park in Florida.

In addition to the six-furlong Sprint, Santa Anita offers the $500,000 San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino Turf at 1 1/8 miles, $500,000 Distaff at 1 1/16 miles, and the $250,000 Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs. The $1 million Classic, which annually alternates between the two tracks, heads the Florida lineup of four Sunshine Millions stakes races.





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IN SUMMATION’S THE REAL DEAL FOR SUNSHINE MILLIONS SPRINT


There’s nothing synthetic about In Summation except the racing surface he fancies.

In 27 career starts, the 6-year-old Florida-bred horse has had 10 on synthetic surfaces, winning five, with two seconds and one third. In five starts on Santa Anita’s synthetic track, In Summation has three victories, including back-to-back scores in the Grade III El Conejo Handicap at 5 ½ furlongs.





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Monday, January 19 2009


SHADES OF ZENYATTA AS LIFE IS SWEET SWOOPS TO EL ENCINO VICTORY


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2009) – Following in the initial footsteps of her brilliant stablemate Zenyatta, Life Is Sweet stormed from behind Sunday to dominate Santa Anita’s Grade II, $150,000 El Encino Stakes for 4-year-old fillies with a 2 ½ length triumph over 6-5 favorite Country Star.

The victory was the first in a stakes race for the Storm Cat offspring owned and bred by Martin and Pam Wygod, and it was her first in the care of trainer John Shirreffs, whose Zenyatta launched a seven-race winning streak in last year’s El Encino that led to Horse of the Year candidacy.





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STABLE NOTES, SUNDAY, JANUARY 18TH, 2009


SUNSHINE MILLIONS SPRINT HAS THE LOOK OF GRADE I RACE

With four Grade I winners pre-entered in next Saturday’s $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint at Santa Anita next Saturday and two set to run, the seventh running of the six-furlong race has gathered increased status.

Pre-entered are Cost of Freedom (winner of the Grade I Ancient Title Handicap), Georgie Boy (winner of the Grade I Del Mar Futurity), Johnny Eves (winner of the Grade I Malibu Stakes in 2007), and In Summation (winner of the Grade I Bing Crosby Handicap in 2007, and back-to-back winner of the El Conejo Handicap).





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