FAVORED LORD NELSON HANDY 6 ¾ LENGTH WINNER OF $100,000 SPEAKEASY STAKES; BAFFERT JUVENILE, RIDDEN BY GARCIA, GETS SIX FURLONGS IN 1:09.25

  ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 13, 2014)–Heavily favored Lord Nelson cut back in distance and totally dominated eight rivals en route to a powerful 6 ¾ length win in Monday’s $100,000 Speakeasy Stakes for 2-year-olds, negotiating six furlongs under Martin Garcia in 1:09.25. Fourth to his highly regarded stable mate American Pharoah in the Grade I, […]

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SPEAKEASY STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES               MARTIN GARCIA, LORD NELSON, WINNER: (Breaking from the 10 post)”He had a really good trip. The speed (All Indians and Social Request) came up inside of us and there wasn’t much room. They pushed us around a little so I just let him go and he took off. I think that’s […]

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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – (MONDAY OCTOBER 13, 2014)

   AMERICAN PHAROAH: BLINKERS COME OFF, LIGHTS GO ON WISE DAN INJURED, TO MISS BREEDERS’ CUP MILE DESORMEAUX TAKES IT ‘DAY-TO-DAY’ IN COMEBACK BID DEL MAR TITLE IS ‘MOST SATISFYING’ FOR TEAM BEJARANO BAYERN, FED BIZ, SECRET CIRCLE DRILL FOR BAFFERT   ‘PHAROAH’ QUIET AS SPHINX, SANS BLINKERS Bob Baffert is never one to put […]

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FAVORED LIGHT THE CITY TAKES $75,000 ANOAKIA STAKES BY 2 ½ LENGTHS UNDER TRUJILLO AS HOLLENDORFER RUNS ONE-TWO IN SIX FURLONG FEATURE FOR 2-YEAR-OLD FILLIES

  ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2014)–Benefitting from what track announcer Trevor Denman called a “war of attrition on the lead,” favored Light the City lagged far back early and came rolling late to take Sunday’s $75,000 Anoakia Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by 2 ½ lengths under Elvis Trujillo. A distant third behind scintillating fractions of […]

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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – (SUNDAY OCTOBER 12, 2014)

  OUTSIDERS MAJESTIC HARBOR, IMPERATIVE EYE CLASSIC EVEN IN FOG, BEHOLDER LOOKS GOOD TO MANDELLA TRAINER ART SHERMAN TO BE HONORED ON OCT. 29 THREE-YEAR-OLDS DOMINANT IN BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC   MAJESTIC HARBOR WORKING TOWARDS BC CLASSIC Majestic Harbor will be a longshot in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic come Nov. 1. That makes […]

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FAVORED VELVET MESQUITE HOLDS ON TO WIN $100,000 CALIFORNIA DISTAFF HANDICAP BY A HALF LENGTH UNDER SMITH; TRAINED BY BLAKE HEAP, COURSE SPECIALIST GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF IN 1:12.39

  ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 11, 2014)–In her first added money foray, favored Velvet Mesquite took Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap by a half length under Mike Smith while negotiating 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12.39. An absolute course specialist, Velvet Mesquite, a Harris Farms homebred 4-year-old filly by In Excess, […]

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CALIFORNIA DISTAFF HANDICAP QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES   MIKE SMITH, VELVET MESQUITE, WINNER: “She’s a big filly and she broke a little slow. I had to ask her a little when we were making that right-hand turn; I didn’t have much choice. She’s so tall that it took her longer to get up after slipping a little at the start. […]

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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – (SATURDAY OCTOBER 11, 2014)

  CANDY BOY WORKS FOR ‘PROBABLE’ CLASSIC START CALIFORNIA CHROME IN ‘GREAT’ DRILL FOR BC CLASSIC MOULIN DE MOUGIN TO MISS BREEDERS’ CUP F&M TURF   CANDY BOY DRILLS BUT ‘NOT DEFINITE’ FOR BC CLASSIC So far it’s been close but no cigar for John Sadler in the Breeders’ Cup, but the highly successful training […]

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KULIK LODGE REELS IN PACESETTING ETHNIC DANCE TO WIN $60,000 ISLAND FURY ALLOWANCE; SMITH/PROCTOR TEAM FOR ONE LENGTH TURF VICTORY

  TWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER INTO SATURDAY OF $110,484, TOTAL POOL COULD EXCEED $750,000   ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2014)–An attentive second throughout, favored Kulik Lodge overhauled pacesetting Ethnic Dance in deep stretch to take Friday’s $60,000 Island Fury Purse by a length under Mike Smith while negotiating 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:46.06. […]

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