Wednesday, January 28 2009


SANTA ANITA TO HOST FIRST-EVER SNOW DAY FEB. 15


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2009)—Although Southern California is currently in the midst of a heat wave, Santa Anita Park will attempt to buck the trend by hosting its first-ever Snow Day on Sunday, Feb. 15.

A total of 400,000 pounds of the white stuff will be available in Santa Anita’s massive infield area, free of charge to kids of all ages throughout the racing day.





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SANTA ANITA RACES TO HAVE “BIG GAME” THEME SUNDAY


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2009)—Although Sunday’s Gr. III, $100,000 La Habra Stakes for 3-year-old fillies figures to be the highlight of the day’s racing at Santa Anita, the Great Race Place will card a number of races themed to coincide with the Super Bowl Game in Tampa, Fla., and Santa Anita will also name Sunday’s second race in honor of 106-year-old Florence Tuckman, who will attend along with family and friends.

Tuckman, who was born in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1903, was a regular attendee, along with her late husband Leo, at Santa Anita in the late 1930s and ‘40s, according to her family. Although she still enjoys the races, Tuckman’s spare time is now primarily spent “playing cards or bingo on a daily basis” with her family and friends.





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Monday, January 26 2009


JOHNNY EVES WIRES PALOS VERDES FIELD; FOXYSOX TAKES TUZLA


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2009) – Johnny Eves, winner of a single stakes race in nine attempts since taking Santa Anita’s Grade I Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26, 2007, rediscovered his winning groove Sunday with a dominant wire-to-wire triumph in Santa Anita’s 57th running of the Grade II, $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap at six furlongs.

Also a winner of but one stakes race in her last nine starts, Foxysox edged favored Gotta Have Her by one-half length in a driving finish to capture a companion feature, the Grade III, $100,000 Tuzla Handicap for fillies and mares at one-mile on turf.





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STABLE NOTES, SUNDAY, JANUARY 25TH, 2009


VENTURA WORKS FOR SANTA MONICA; BAFFERT UNDECIDED ON INDIAN BLESSING
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner Ventura, prepping for her 2009 debut in Saturday’s Grade I Santa Monica Handicap at seven furlongs, worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride Sunday in 1:00.20 under Goncalino Almeida.

“She went very well,” said Humberto Ascanio, assistant to Bobby Frankel. “We’re looking forward to her first race back.”





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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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