Thursday, January 29 2015


GRADE II, $200,000 SAN VICENTE STAKES


BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE WINNER TEXAS RED TO MAKE 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUT IN SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SAN VICENTE STAKES AT SEVEN FURLONGS

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2015)—A runaway winner of the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 1, Texas Red will make his 3-year-old debut in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs. Trained by Keith Desormeaux, the Kentucky-bred colt by Afleet Alex heads a field of eight in the San Vicente, an important steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4.





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‘X-COUNTRY’ PICK 4


XPRESSBET, SANTA ANITA, GULFSTREAM INTRODUCE ‘X-COUNTRY’ PICK 4

New and Exciting Wager will include a $500,000 Guarantee

January 28, 2015 (Washington, PA) – Leading online wagering provider, Xpressbet, in conjunction with Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park and the Stronach Group, is excited to announce its plans to offer horseplayers the opportunity to play a special Pick 4 on Saturday, February 7. The all-stakes, $500,000 guaranteed ‘X-Country’ (Cross Country) Pick 4 will combine the best races that day at Gulfstream – the Donn Handicap and Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap – and Santa Anita – the San Antonio Stakes and San Marcos Stakes – and will coincide with a live broadcast of those races on Fox Sports 1.





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GRADE II, $200,000 PALOS VERDES STAKES


GRADE I WINNER BIG MACHER SET FOR SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 PALOS VERDES STAKES;

WILD DUDE, DISTINCTIV PASSION & BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT CHAMP SECRET CIRCLE IN LINEUP AS WELL

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2015) – Grade I winner Big Macher heads a field of strong sprint contenders in Saturday’s Gr. II, $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes at 6 furlongs. Graded stakes winners Distinctiv Passion, Wild Dude and 2013 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Secret Circle help round out competitive field of six older horses.





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GRADE II, $200,000 ARCADIA STAKES


GRADED STAKES WINNING HOME RUN KITTEN HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 ARCADIA STAKES;

FIELD OF NINE OLDER HORSES SET TO CONTEST ONE MILE ON TURF

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2015)—A close second in Santa Anita’s Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile Dec. 26, trainer David Hofmans’ Home Run Kitten heads a competitive field of nine older horses in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Arcadia Stakes, which will also be run at one mile on turf.





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GRADE I, $300,000 LAS VIRGENES STAKES


BAFFERT’S MAYBELLENE HEADS FIELD OF TEN 3-YEAR-OLD FILLIES IN SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 LAS VIRGENES STAKES AT FLAT MILE

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2015)—Third to eventual Eclipse Award winning juvenile filly Take Charge Brandi last out, Bob Baffert’s Maybellene heads a field of ten 3-year-old fillies going one mile in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita.





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Sunday, January 11 2015


SAN PASQUAL STAKES QUOTES


JOCKEY QUOTES

MARTIN GARCIA, HOPPERTUNITY, WINNER: “I rode him with a lot of confidence; I knew I had the best horse. I just let him break, I saved ground on the rail and I knew they were going fast up front so I just had to wait. I expected that and more.”





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SHAM STAKES QUOTES


JOCKEY QUOTES

ELVIS TRUJILLO, CALCULATOR, WINNER: “It was a perfect trip. I went wide because I’d rather go wide than be in between horses, or caught inside. I wanted a clean trip. He did it very easy today. Stretching out will be no problem for him; he’s very good.”





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Monday, October 06 2014


ZUMA BEACH STAKES QUOTES


JOCKEY QUOTES

COREY NAKATANI, LUCK OF THE KITTEN, WINNER: “He’s got a lot of ability. He’s got a high cruising speed which is good for 2-year-olds and he’s a big strong colt. I have to thank Wesley (Ward, trainer) and the Ramseys (owners) for giving me the chance to ride him. I got to figure him out a little bit today and hopefully we can use this as a steppingstone. He relaxed really nice for me and had plenty left so I think the next step could be the Breeders’ Cup. He deserves a spot in there I think.”





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SURFER GIRL STAKES QUOTES


JOCKEY QUOTES

JOE TALAMO, HER EMMYNENCY, WINNER: “Mike (Stidham, trainer) and his assistant Chris (Davis), they’ve done such a great job with her, getting her ready. Really, ever since she broke her maiden they were pointing for the Del Mar Debutante and then this so (it was) a plan well-executed. I’m so glad I’ve been able to get on her in the mornings. I’ve been working her since Del Mar. She’s a very classy filly, so professional. She doesn’t act like she’s only two. I’ve seen her turn of foot in the mornings so I was confident that she would get a mile or more.”





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Saturday, October 04 2014


SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP QUOTES


JOCKEY QUOTES

OLIVIER DOLEUZE, RICH TAPESTRY, WINNER: “He’s such a nice horse. He traveled well and he did what we asked of him today. He’s going to improve from this race so he’ll absolutely be ready for the Breeders’ Cup.”






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Saturday, September 27 2014


AWESOME AGAIN STAKES QUOTES


JOCKEY QUOTES

MIKE SMITH, SHARED BELIEF, WINNER: “They tried to use some tactics on me which made the win today even sweeter. They just kept taking me wide, taking me wide, and I believe if you want to press the pace or take me out a little bit, OK. But doing it at all costs just to get me beat isn’t the way it should be done. It was to the extreme, I thought it was ridiculous. You just don’t do that.”





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Monday, June 30 2014


SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO STAKES QUOTES


JOCKEY QUOTES

VICTOR ESPINOZA, BIG KICK, WINNER: “I wanted to let him run out of there. I didn’t want to rate him too much. I wanted to let him do it and he was doing it comfortably. I wanted to open up two or three lengths and it was so easy so I let him stretch his legs even more. We got to the three-eighths and it was time to open it up as much as I could. I thought that if I could open up from there they were all going to have a hard time catching me. It worked out. I was too far in front to be worried about (Quick Casablanca and Joe Talamo) and he still had plenty left and enough energy to get it done.





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