BIRDLOVER OVERCOMES YEAR ABSENCE TO WIN $75,000 WISHING WELL STAKES GATE TO WIRE UNDER TRUJILLO; O’NEILL TRAINEE WINS BY HALF LENGTH AND GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF IN 1:13.22

  ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2015)–Idle one day shy of a year, trainer Doug O’Neill’s Birdlover broke sharply from her outside post under Elvis Trujillo and registered an impressive gate to wire win in Sunday’s $75,000 Wishing Well Stakes for older fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course. A […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 8, 2015

     BIG ‘CAP FOR SHARED BELIEF, DUBAI FOR CHROME BAFFERT EYES SANTA ANITA DERBY FOR DORTMUND SATURDAY’S ‘BID-NESS’ NUMBERS SOAR OVER A YEAR AGO ‘AIR DESORMEAUX’ SET FOR JOCKEYS’ CHARITY GAME HOLLENDORFER LEADS IN PURSE EARNINGS RACE   SHARED BELIEF, CALIFORNIA CHROME: MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS Sunshine burst through a powder blue sky in […]

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SHARED BELIEF ESTABLISHES HIMSELF AS NATION’S TOP OLDER HORSE WITH CONVINCING 1 ½ LENGTH WIN OVER CALIFORNIA CHROME IN GRADE II, $500,000 SAN ANTONIO INVITATIONAL; CANDY RIDE GELDING GETS 1 1/8 MILES IN 1:48.45

  ON-TRACK CROWD OF 21,522 SEE SHARED BELIEF GAIN FURTHER VINDICATON FOLLOWING CONTROVERSIAL BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC DEFEAT ON NOV. 1   ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2015)–Let there be no doubt. Jerry Hollendorfer’s Shared Belief, a tough-luck loser of the Grade I, $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 1, established himself as the nation’s top older […]

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FINNEGANS WAKE RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE II, $200,000 SAN MARCOS STAKES UNDER ESPINOZA; MILLER TRAINEE NOTCHES THIRD CONSECUTIVE WIN AS HE GETS 1 ¼ MILES ON TURF IN 2:00.88

  ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2015)–With an eye catching move around the far turn, Finnegans Wake rallied from far off the pace to take Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes by one length while covering 1 ¼ miles on turf in 2:00.88. Previously based in the Midwest and fresh off a pair of Grade […]

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SAN ANTONIO INVITATIONAL QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES   MIKE SMITH, SHARED BELIEF, WINNER: “I can’t even describe that performance. He ranks right up there with the top five horses I have ever been on, with room to grow. It really was so impressive. There’s no telling what this horse can do or the potential that he can reach. I think […]

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SAN MARCOS STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES   VICTOR ESPINOZA, FINNEGANS WAKE, WINNER: “No, I wasn’t ever concerned about catching Diamond Bachelor. I thought I could catch them anytime I wanted. This horse is unbelievable, he runs, he tries hard. He really likes it here in California, the weather, the track. Distance is never a problem. I thought last time, […]

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FAVORED DORTMUND PREVAILS IN EPIC STRETCH BATTLE WITH RIVAL FIRING LINE TO WIN GRADE III, $150,000 ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKES BY A HEAD; BAFFERT & GARCIA TEAM IN IMPORTANT SANTA ANITA DERBY PREP

  CHESTNUT SON OF BIG BROWN GETS 1 1/16 MILES 1:42.20, SAN FELIPE NEXT ON MARCH 7   ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2015)–Although he appeared beaten at the rail with a furlong to run, Bob Baffert’s Dortmund called upon his considerable class and courage to defeat rival Firing Line by a head in Saturday’s Grade […]

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ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES   MARTIN GARCIA, DORTMUND, WINNER: “He’s a really good horse. He’s just a big baby; he’s still learning. I broke sharp and I put myself in a good position. When I asked him to go he started moving slowly. It looked like Firing Line went by me but in the end, when I […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2015

   SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS HOOPS BENEFIT THURSDAY LA TIA HEADS PRESIDENTS’ DAY FEATURE FEB. 16   SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS-HOLY ANGELS ON TAP FEB. 12 Corey Nakatani, whose natural athletic prowess spans wrestling, golf and basketball in addition to world-class race riding, is looking forward to the 48th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels School […]

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HEAVILY FAVORED MIDNIGHT HAWK IMPRESSIVE $60,000 ALLOWANCE WINNER UNDER ESPINOZA; BAFFERT TRAINEE WINS BY 1 ½ LENGTHS AND GETS FLAT MILE IN 1:36.77

  ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2015)–Heavily favored Midnight Hawk seized command turning for home and rolled to an impressive 1 ½ length win in Friday’s $60,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita, getting one mile under Victor Espinoza in 1:36.77. Trained by Bob Baffert, Midnight Hawk, who was a well beaten ninth by superstar Shared Belief […]

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