Saturday, March 08 2014
SANTA ANITA HANDICAP QUOTES
MIKE SMITH, GAME ON DUDE, WINNER: “I knew he was going to run today. I knew it from the post parade when we turned around to go to the gate. He was on his toes today, he was on fire. He’s like that when he runs well. He ran big; I just had that feeling that he was going to. Down the backside he was happy, he was cruisin’, he was well within himself. He was throwing numbers, I knew we were going fast; I actually went even faster this time than I did last time (San Antonio Feb. 8). I got yelled at for going fast last time and that was forty-six; we went forty-five today and that’s at a mile and a quarter!
SAN FELIPE STAKES QUOTES
VICTOR ESPINOZA, CALIFORNIA CHROME, WINNER: “It was great. He ran like I expected him to. Everything worked out today. I wanted to try something new today so I let him go right out of the gate. I don’t know if people expected me to go right to the lead but I wanted to let him enjoy his race, I just let him go. In these races, you can’t just try and do too much with them. I think it’s important for him to do his thing for the first five-eighths and be happy. It seems like he likes both tracks. He’s been training over at Los Al but he does things so much easier at Santa Anita after having trained at Los Al. He didn’t feel tired at all after the wire.”
Thursday, March 06 2014
BAFFERT’S BAYERN LIKELY FAVORITE IN SATURDAY’S SAN FELIPE STAKES
FINAL MAJOR STEPPINGSTONE TO $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY
ATTRACTS 10 SOPHS AT 1 1/16 MILES
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2014)—A dazzling 15-length one mile allowance winner on Feb. 13, Bob Baffert’s Bayern looms the horse to beat in Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, the final major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5.
Wednesday, March 05 2014
EPIC REMATCH BETWEEN MUCHO MACHO MAN AND WILL TAKE CHARGE SET
77TH RUNNING OF GRADE I, $750,000 SANTA ANITA HANDICAP PRESENTED BY SAN MANUEL INDIAN BINGO & CASINO ATTRACTS FIELD OF EIGHT OLDER HORSES TO COMPETE AT 1 ¼ MILES
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2014)—Separated by just a nose in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 2, Classic winner Mucho Macho Man and runner-up Will Take Charge will again clash in the most highly anticipated Santa Anita Handicap since Alysheba and Ferdinand ran 1-2 in 1988, as they head a field of eight older horses set to contest the 77th running of the Grade I, $750,000 Big ’Cap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino at 1 ¼ miles on Saturday.
Monday, March 03 2014
MUCHO MACHO MAN’S FINAL WORK BEFORE BIG ‘CAP QUOTES
KATHY RITVO, TRAINER, MUCHO MACHO MAN:
“He was looking around a lot today (during the work.)
“He’s not even tired.
“He loves taking a bath. He’ll take one for an hour if he could. He’s a good boy. He doesn’t have the shank over his nose, it goes underneath. I mean as big as he is, that’s amazing.”
Sunday, March 02 2014
SANTA YSABEL STAKES QUOTES
MIKE SMITH, AWESOME BABY, WINNER: “The game plan was to break and get a clear lead so we could give her a chance to take a breather.
“We weren’t sure that she would go long; she didn’t at two. We got the first quarter in twenty-three and it was all her after that. I told Bob that I don’t know if it was her turning three or the mud today, but I finished with something left. That was real impressive to me since I didn’t know if she was going to get the distance at all. And, not only did we get it, but she was well within herself at the wire and pulled up with a lot of energy. I was really impressed.
Thursday, February 27 2014
BAFFERT’S AWESOME BABY HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE III SANTA YSABEL
FIELD OF EIGHT 3-YEAR-OLD FILLIES TO CONTEST 1 1/16 MILES
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2014)—Awesome Baby, a gate to wire winner of the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes going 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 4, heads a field of eight 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel at 1 1/16 miles Saturday at Santa Anita.
Monday, February 17 2014
SAN VICENTE STAKES QUOTES
JOEL ROSARIO, KOBE’S BACK, WINNER: “Last time he clipped heels and that was a tough race over at Hollywood. He handled the seven furlongs well today.
“I’ll talk to my agent, he makes all the calls, all the decisions (on whom I ride) but I like him; today was very impressive and he looked good today.”
Friday, February 14 2014
UP AND COMING CHERUBIM HEADS SUNDAY’S $200,000 SAN VICENTE STAKES
IMPORTANT STEPPINGSTONE TO $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2014)—Cherubim, an up and coming colt by Henny Hughes, heads a competitive field of six 3-year-olds going seven furlongs in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes, an important steppingstone to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5.
Saturday, February 08 2014
CANDY BOY CHARGES HOME IN STYLE TO WIN GRADE II ROBERT B. LEWIS
NEXT STOP--THE GRADE I, $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY APRIL 5
‘HE’S A SUPER, MAJORLY TALENTED RACEHORSE,’ SAYS STEVENS
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2014)—With a second place finish in the Grade I CashCall Futurity fresh on his mind, jockey Gary Stevens bided his time aboard Candy Boy in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes and the result was a rousing half length win, as the John Sadler trainee won in-hand going 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.83.
Friday, February 07 2014
SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES (Friday February 7
• SMITH, GAME ON DUDE START NEW YEAR IN SAN ANTONIO
• ‘GREEN’ MIDNIGHT HAWK FAVORED TO REMAIN UNBEATEN
• VENERABLE JERANIMO ENJOYS HIS DAYS AT THE TRACK
SMITH HAPPY TO BE BACK ON GAME ON DUDE
Horse of the Year seemed Game On Dude’s for the taking had he won or even fired his best shot in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. Instead, the durable gelding turned in an uncharacteristic dud, his second straight in the big race.
Wednesday, February 05 2014
GRADE II ROBERT B. LEWIS
MIDNIGHT HAWK, CANDY BOY HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE II ROBERT B. LEWIS,
FIELD OF SEVEN SOPHOMORES SET TO GO 1 1/16 MILES IN IMPORTANT PREP TO GRADE I SANTA ANITA DERBY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2014)—Bob Baffert’s Midnight Hawk, a recent winner of the Grade III Sham Stakes, and John Sadler’s Candy Boy, who was a sharp second in the Grade I CashCall Futurity, head a field of seven 3-year-olds set to go 1 1/16 miles in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes, an important prep to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby.