Sunday, February 24 2013
JOE HERNANDEZ HANDICAP QUOTES
COREY NAKATANI, UNBRIDLED’S NOTE, WINNER: “I felt I had the race. My horse, he’s such a real nice horse, a real game horse. I want to thank Mr. McCarty (the owner) for letting me have this opportunity with him, and Steve (Blasi, assistant to Steve Asmussen.) You know, it’s been a tough meet for us but they are very good horses. Sometimes they’re not on their game, and today he wasn’t on his best and he was still able to get the job done. The turf was a little soft, had a lot of cut to it and he kept switching leads on it. He’s better with a little bit of a target but the pace scenario just didn’t pan out like I thought it would. He ran a tremendous race either way.”
Tuesday, February 19 2013
BUENA VISTA STAKES QUOTES
MIKE SMITH, MIZDIRECTION, WINNER: “If anything good came out of it, she rated really well (Referring to a bumping incident at the break). I don’t know if it was because of that or she was just going to rate well. She’s a much more mature horse this year. She’s stronger, she’s bigger, and she’ll definitely get a mile. I thought if a horse was going to come to her she would have dug back in so now at least we have options. There’s not too many six or six and a halves but we can kind of pick our spots. I don’t know how much further we want to go than this, but she can certainly get a mile.”
Thursday, February 14 2013
BOOK REVIEW HEADS SHORT FIELD IN GRADE II SANTA MARIA
BAFFERT & BEJARANO AGAIN JOIN FORCES;
HOLLENDORFER REPRESENTED BY THREESOME
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2013)—A winner of the Grade I La Brea Stakes going seven furlongs on Dec. 26, Book Review was then a sharp second in the Grade II La Canada Stakes going a mile and a sixteenth on Jan. 20, and she’ll try that distance again on Saturday as she heads a six-horse field in Santa Anita’s featured Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes for older fillies and mares.
Friday, February 01 2013
GAME ON DUDE TOWERS OVER COMPETITION
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2013)—With four Grade I wins and a solid last out Beyer Speed figure of 109 to his credit, Game On Dude towers over four rivals as he defends his title in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Antonio Stakes for older horses at 1 1/8 miles at Santa Anita.
BAFFERT’S FED BIZ TOPS LINEUP FOR SATURDAY’S GRADE II STRUB STAKES
ASMUSSEN, O’NEILL & MOTION ALL TO BE REPRESENTED BY TOP 4-YEAR-OLDS
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 30. 2013)—Regarded by many as Bob Baffert’s top Derby prospect, Fed Biz validated his early notices in his 4-year-old debut at Santa Anita on Jan. 12, winning the Grade II San Fernando Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, thus setting the stage for his role as favorite in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Strub Stakes at 1 1/8 miles.
Monday, January 28 2013
SANTA MONICA STAKES QUOTES
VICTOR ESPINOZA, TEDDY’S PROMISE, WINNER: “She set up very well for me. She broke a little slow out of the gate but it was good for me. That’s what I wanted, a chance to move to the outside. There were two horses in front of me and I just tracked them. At the three-eighths pole I kind of just let her do her own thing, and turning for home I just let her run.
“She’s an unbelievable filly and I know Ron (Ellis) is the best in training her. When she’s good she can beat anybody. She and I have been getting along the few times I rode her. I know how she likes to run and she ran big in the last race and then again today. Hopefully she has come back as herself.”
TEDDY’S PROMISE TAKES GRADE II SANTA MONICA
FIFTYSHADESOFHAY WINS GRADE III SANTA YSABEL
ON SUNSHINE MILLIONS DAY AT SANTA ANITA
ARCADIA, Calif. _ Teddy's Promise won the $250,000 Santa Monica Stakes by three lengths at Santa Anita on Saturday, a year after finishing fifth in the Grade 2 race.
STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• FED BIZ, GUILT TRIP WORK FOR NEXT SATURDAY’S STRUB
• BC JUVENILE RUNNER-UP HE’S HAD ENOUGH SET FOR LEWIS
• STRONG SUIT MAKES U.S. DEBUT IN GRADE II ARCADIA STAKES
Saturday, January 26 2013
STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• NO DISTRACTING BEJARANO IN PURSUIT OF SANTA MONICA WIN
• TRAINER HOPES HE MAKES ‘A-STUTE’ MOVE IN SANTA YSABEL
• CHOKECHERYMARY SEEKS REPEAT VALENTINE DANCER VICTORY
• HECTOR HAS CONTENDER IN THE PALMA HIS HANDS
• HOME JOURNEY TRIES TO REBOUND IN CAL BREEDERS’ STAKES
• THIRTYFIRSTSTREET SHOULD FAVOR TURF IN CRYSTAL WATER
Thursday, January 24 2013
STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• PERCENTAGES IN ESPINOZA’S FAVOR FOR SANTA MONICA
• BEHOLDER ON COURSE FOR LAS VIRGENES DESPITE ULCER
• STEVENS IN GOOD HANDS WITH BRANDING FOR SANTA YSABEL
• UNBEATEN FILLY ISMENE RETURNS FRIDAY AT SANTA ANITA
• NO BLANKS FOR BLANC AFTER STAKES WIN ON A JEALOUS WOMAN
GRADE II SANTA MONICA & GRADE III SANTA YSABEL HEAD SUNSHINE MILLIONS CARD
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2013)—Grade I winner Teddy’s Promise heads a nine-horse field in Saturday’s Grade II, $250,000 Santa Monica Stakes for older fillies and mares at seven furlongs, one of six stakes offered on Sunshine Millions Day as part of a 10-race program.
Tuesday, January 22 2013
SANTA YNEZ STAKES QUOTES
TYLER BAZE, RENEE’S TITAN, WINNER: (In response to Dennis O’Neill’s comment that Renee’s Titan is “crazy”): “She’s got a few problems in her head, but she can really run when she holds it all together and she proved that today.