Friday, March 27 2009


FIERY TRIPPI’S FORTUNES RISE IN RISING MARKET PURSE


ARCADIA, Calif. (March 26, 2009) – Fiery Trippi, a 5-year-old gelding with but a single victory in 13 previous starts, proved best Thursday in Santa Anita’s $52,800 Rising Market Purse with a

1 ¾ length victory over favored Cause in the mile-and-one-eighth first-level allowance event.





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UNUSUAL HEAT PROGENY HOLD HOT HANDS IN SUNDAY CO-FEATURES


ARCADIA, Calif. (March 26, 2009) – Medzendeekron strives for his third straight win as the 119-pound high weight in Sunday’s $125,000 Sensational Star Handicap at Santa Anita while Beltene will attempt to ignite another winning streak in the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Paula Stakes.

The only commonality between the co-features is the 6 ½-furlong distance and that the likely favorites were both sired by California stallion-sensation, Unusual Heat.





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Thursday, March 26 2009


STABLE NOTES, THURSDAY, MARCH 26TH, 2009


THE PAMPLEMOUSSE FAVORED FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY

Pace makes the race, and with The Pamplemousse the lone speed in a prospective field of five for the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby at 1 1/8 miles on April 4, the son of Kafwain looms a solid early favorite in the West Coast’s major prep for the Kentucky Derby on May 2.

“He’ll definitely be the (morning line) favorite,” said Jeff Tufts, who has been providing program odds at Southern California tracks for some 30 years.





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FAVORED HERR MOZART GETS THE MONEY IN PRIME RAND PURSE


ARCADIA, Calif. (March 25, 2009) – Benefiting from his route and grass experience, 19-10 favorite Herr Mozart rallied from last on Wednesday to score by a head over African Gray in Santa Anita’s featured $53,336 Prime Rand Purse for 3-year-olds at one mile on turf.

Zayat Stable’s Kentucky-bred son of Mr. Greeley, ridden by Garrett Gomez, surged at the wire following his run on the extreme outside to gain his first victory on turf in five tries that had included a second and two thirds.





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Wednesday, March 25 2009


BIG BOOSTER, ZAPPA RENEW RIVALRY IN TOKYO CITY CUP SATURDAY


ARCADIA, Calif. (March 25, 2009) – Big Booster, an 8-year-old gelding who came within less than a length of winning the Breeders’ Cup Marathon in his last start, heads a field of seven long-fused runners in Saturday’s 53rd running of the Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup at 1 ½ miles over Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride synthetic surface.

The high weight at 119 pounds, Big Booster finished third, three-quarters of a length behind victorious Niagara Causeway, in last year’s Tokyo City when attempting a marathon distance for the first time.





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STABLE NOTES WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25TH, 2009


‘BIG THREE’ DRILL FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY ON APRIL 4

The Pamplemousse, Pioneerof the Nile and Chocolate Candy, the three favorites for the

Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 4, each worked on Pro-Ride Wednesday as the countdown began in earnest for the West Coast’s major prep for the Kentucky Derby on May 2.

Sham Stakes winner The Pamplemousse, expected to be a slight favorite over Pioneerof the Nile in the mile and an eighth Santa Anita Derby, worked six furlongs under regular rider Alex Solis in 1:13 flat.





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Monday, March 23 2009


BELMONT CAT SURGES IN SANTA ANA AS FRANKEL DOMINANCE DIMMED


ARCADIA, Calif. (March 22, 2009) – Belmont Cat, a 5-year-old New Zealand-bred import trained by John Sadler, on Sunday interrupted Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel’s domination of Santa Anita’s Grade II, $150,000 Santa Ana Handicap when rallying between rivals to emerge victorious in a four-horse photo finish.

With Joel Rosario in the saddle, Belmont Cat nodded fastest-closing Bel Air Sizzle by a head with Frankel’s 7-10 favorite, Vista, another neck back and a head ahead of Satan’s Circus in a dramatic conclusion of the turf event for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles. The winning time was 1:48.68.





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Sunday, March 22 2009


STABLE NOTES, SUNDAY, MARCH 22ND, 2009


BAFFERT SEEKS FIFTH SANTA ANITA DERBY WIN WITH PIONEEROF THE NILE

Bob Baffert is as familiar with winning the Santa Anita Derby as he is with winning training titles at the storied track. He has made his headquarters in Arcadia for nearly two decades, winning the Santa Anita Derby four times, and the training championship eight times, including a record seven years in a row from 1996-97 through 2002-03.

“They’re all different,” Baffert said on a rainy Sunday morning at Clockers’ Corner, when asked about his past Santa Anita Derby winners and this year’s major contender, Pioneerof the Nile. “Plus,” Baffert continued, “the last time I won (in 2001, with eventual Horse of the Year Point Given), this was a dirt track.”





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MIDSHIPS TAKES LEAD IN SAN LUIS REY MARATHON AND IS NEVER HEADED


ARCADIA, Calif. (March 21, 2009) – With front-running You Got Me Rocking a late scratch due to a minor injury, Midships assumed the pace-setting role Saturday and ran away with Santa Anita’s 58th running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Luis Rey Handicap at 1 ½ miles on turf.

Victor Espinoza sent the Juddmonte Farms’ British import to the lead at the outset, guided the 4-year-old roan through moderate fractions, and the 5-2 third choice came home strongly to score by 1 3/4 lengths over Medici Code while covering the marathon distance in 2:25.63.





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STABLE NOTES, SATURDAY, MARCH 21ST, 2009


‘CANDY’ ARRIVING FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY; FEISTY SUANCES TO RUN

El Camino Real Derby winner Chocolate Candy was scheduled to arrive at Santa Anita this afternoon from the Bay Area to begin final preparations for the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 4.

Expected to be the third choice behind Pioneerof the Nile and The Pamplemousse, Chocolate Candy has not raced since winning the Grade III El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 14. The Santa Anita Derby would be his first race in more than six weeks.





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Friday, March 20 2009


FLASHOVER WINS DUEL WITH DOTSY JEAN IN CASSIOPEIA PURSE


ARCADIA, Calif. (March 20, 2009) – Making her first start on grass, Flashover, a daughter of stellar California sire Unusual Heat, responded with a gritty half-length victory over Dotsy Jean Friday in Santa Anita’s featured $48,000 Cassiopeia Purse for California-bred fillies and mares at 6½ furlongs over the track’s downhill turf course.

Bet down to 6-5 favoritism with Joe Talamo along for the ride, Flashover gained a slight advantage over pace-setter and second choice Dotsy Jean, ridden by Joel Rosario, as the pair straightened into the stretch. They proceeded to battle stride-for-stride before Flashover inched clear in the closing yards under a hand ride. The final time was 1:13.12.





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POPULAR “UNCORKED” WINE EVENT SET FOR MAR. 29


ARCADIA, Calif. (Mar. 20, 2009)—Santa Anita Park will play host to its second annual “Santa Anita Uncorked” wine event on Sunday, Mar. 29. The event, which includes wine tasting, cuisine sampling and an art show, will be held in Santa Anita’s beautiful Paddock Gardens area, adjacent to the Seabiscuit Walking Ring.

Fans aged 21 and over are encouraged to spend a day at Santa Anita tasting fine wines, sampling cuisine from popular area restaurants, and perusing a colorful Paddock Art Exhibit while experiencing an exciting day at the races.





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