ON THE BACKSTREETS ACTNT

SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – (FRIDAY OCTOBER 31, 2014)

   ‘HORSE FOR COURSE’ SET FOR GRADE III MADDY DISTANCE IS IDEAL FOR RHAGORI ON CLOSING DAY SHOEMAKER AWARD TO TOP BREEDERS’ CUP JOCKEY   TRAINER HOPES IT’S MILLER TIME IN SEN. KEN MADDY STAKES With three victories from four starts on Santa Anita’s unique downhill turf course at about 6 ½ furlongs, On the […]

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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – (THURSDAY OCTOBER 30, 2014)

   IRISH SURF TRIES TO GO THE DISTANCE ON FRIDAY HARTY SEEKS LUCK OF THE IRISH IN TWILIGHT DERBY TAKE BACK SPRING GOES FOR GOLDEN STATE GOLD   YOUNG SAYS CALIFORNIA CHROME LOOKS LIKE OLD SELF Private clocker Gary Young likes what he sees from California Chrome as the Kentucky Derby winner cranks up for […]

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Trainer Art and Allen Sherman

SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – (WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 29, 2014)

  GIANTS ARE TONIGHT’S PRIORITY FOR ALAN SHERMAN IF STEVENS HAD HIS CLASSIC DRUTHERS, IT’S BAYERN NO. 1 NOT ELLIS’ FAVORITE FOR SEEKING THE SHERIF FLORES: WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS IN SINGAPORE   BASEBALL BEFORE RACING TONIGHT FOR ALAN SHERMAN Alan Sherman, like everyone else involved with Team California Chrome, is focused on Saturday’s […]

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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – (SUNDAY OCTOBER 26, 2014)

  CALIFORNIA CHROME ARRIVES PRIOR TO SUNRISE FOR BC CLASSIC BAFFERT WORKERS DRILL FOR BREEDERS’ CUP CHAMP BEHOLDER TO RACE AGAIN FOR MANDELLA   CALIFORNIA CHROME AT SANTA ANITA FOR CLASSIC Arriving at Santa Anita moments before a magenta sunrise that would have inspired van Gogh, California Chrome nestled in comfortably at Barn 56 Sunday […]

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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – (SATURDAY OCTOBER 25, 2014)

  CANDY BOY CARRIES SADLER’S HOPES IN CLASSIC CALIFORNIA CHROME IN SHARP WORK AT LOS AL SHARED BELIEF ‘RIGHT ON SCHEDULE’ FOR CLASSIC BIG MACHER, RICH TAPESTRY DRILL FOR SPRINT   SADLER OPTIMISTIC ABOUT ‘THE OTHER 3-YEAR-OLD’ Four 3-year-olds are grabbing all the headlines in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, but that’s OK with John Sadler. […]

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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – (FRIDAY OCTOBER 24, 2014)

  CALIFORNIA CHROME GOING IN RIGHT DIRECTION FOR CLASSIC MUCHO MACHO MAN LATER, STEVENS BACK FOR BREEDERS’ CUP MORENO WORKS OUT SIX FURLONGS IN 1:12.60 FOR CLASSIC ALEXIS TANGIER RETURNS TO MILE IN GRADE III AUTUMN MISS   ESPINOZA SAYS CHROME SHOWING OLD POLISH FOR CLASSIC As the regular rider of Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky […]

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mike_web

SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – (THURSDAY OCTOBER 23, 2014)

  SMITH COUNTS HIS BREEDERS’ CUP BLESSINGS STEVENS NON-COMMITAL ON BREEDERS’ CUP DESORMEAUX RESUMES RIDING ON SUNDAY FRENCH CONNECTION TEAMS UP IN AUTUMN MISS VETERAN JOCK OUZTS IN PURSUIT OF EDDIE D. ON SATURDAY   SMITH HOPES TO ADD TO BREEDERS’ CUP RECORD Mike Smith has 20 Breeders’ Cup victories, more than any jockey. Retired […]

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Big Macher ins1 deb

SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – (SUNDAY OCTOBER 19, 2014)

  TRAINER BALTAS CONFIDENT BIG MACHER WILL RUN HIS RACE TEMPERATURE PUTS BEHOLDER OUT OF BREEDERS’ CUP UNTAPABLE, TAPITURE GET OVER TRACK WELL FOR ASMUSSEN   BIG MACHER IN SHARP DRILL FOR BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT             Bargain claim Big Macher worked five furlongs on a picturesque Sunday morning at Santa Anita in a bullet :58.60 […]

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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – (SATURDAY OCTOBER 18, 2014)

  BEHOLDER, CALIFORNIA CHROME DRILL FOR BREEDERS’ CUP BIG MACHER CONTINUES SPRINT PREPARATIONS TOMORROW GARY STEVENS TO WORK FAST ANNA AT SANTA ANITA SUNDAY   COUNTDOWN TO BREEDERS’ CUP BEGINS IN EARNEST             The countdown to the 31st Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 intensified Saturday with a bevy […]

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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – (FRIDAY OCTOBER 17, 2014)

  • TRAINING OF GOLDENCENTS MORA LESS THE SAME • BC MILE HAS NEW LOOK WITH WISE DAN ON SIDELINES • RICH TAPESTRY, CALIFORNIA CHROME WORK SATURDAY THERE’S A SILVER LINING IN GOLDENCENTS’ TRAINING There’s a change in the trainer of record, but not much else in the conditioning regimen of Goldencents as the Santa […]

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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – (THURSDAY OCTOBER 16, 2014)

NO QUIT IN PEDROZA, PRIVATE ZONE FOR BC SPRINT SPEEDY MORENO CONCERN FOR BAYERN IN CLASSIC BALTAS CONFIDENT BIG MACHER WILL RUN BIG RACE HRTV TO TELEVISE BREEDERS’ CUP PRE-ENTRY SHOW   PEDROZA HOLDS KEY TO COURAGEOUS PRIVATE ZONE Martin Pedroza has never won a Breeders’ Cup race. He figures his best chance comes Nov. […]

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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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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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Candy Boy a2 72

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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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – (FRIDAY OCTOBER 10, 2014)

  TRAINER HOPES THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM VS. WISE DAN CHAMP SHARED BELIEF DOESN’T DEVIATE FOR BC CLASSIC GO WEST MARIE DOING WELL FOR CAL DISTAFF HANDICAP CYCLOMETER SIDELINED, TO MISS DAMASCUS STAKES   SPEEDY OBVIOUSLY ON COURSE FOR BREEDERS’ CUP MILE Faster than a speeding bullet, Obviously continues to train well as he prepares […]

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California Chrome a2 72

SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – (THURSDAY OCTOBER 9, 2014)

                                                                                                                        ‘LONGSHOT’ CHROME ‘EXCELLENT’ FOR BREEDERS’ CUP BS SPRINT CONTENDER PRIVATE ZONE AT CANANI BARN HORSE FOR COURSE VELVET MESQUITE IN STAKES DEBUT SANTA ANITA, BELMONT OFFER CROSS-COUNTRY DOUBLE DOWNHILL SPECIALIST LAKERVILLE RETIRED TO STUD SOLIS REMEMBERS HIS SIGNATURE VICTORY OVER CIGAR   CALIFORNIA CHROME TO ‘RUN BIG’ IN BC CLASSIC Whether California Chrome wins […]

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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – (SUNDAY OCTOBER 5, 2014)

                                                                                                                             ‘WISE’ DECISION PROMPTS SOME CLASSIC OPINIONS SECRET CIRCLE TO DEFEND BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT TITLE RICH TAPESTRY PROVES HE’S THE REAL DEAL TO BAFFERT CALIFORNIA CHROME FEELS LIKE OLD SELF, ESPINOZA SAYS DESORMEAUX RECOVERING WELL FROM KICK TO THE CHEST   FIVE COULD VIE FOR HORSE OF THE YEAR IN BC CLASSIC With trainer Charlie […]

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INTO OBLIVION ACTNT

SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – (SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2014)

  INTO OBLIVION RIDES WAVE INTO SURFER GIRL STAKES CALIFORNIA CHROME IN CLASSIC WORK AT LOS ALAMITOS PAPAPRODROMOU HOPES CLAIM FIRES IN ZUMA BEACH WHITE MAKES SHARED BELIEF BC CLASSIC FAVORITE   INTO OBLIVION SEEKS TO MAKE AMENDS IN SURFER GIRL Breaking from the rail and setting the pace until the final strides, Into Oblivion […]

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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – (FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2014)

    ANKENY HILL STEPS UP IN SA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP ‘HOPE’ SPRINGS ETERNAL FOR SCHOOLOFHARDROCKS UNBEATEN ‘DEBBIE’ SHOPS FOR BIG-TIME VICTORY SHARED BELIEF TO WORK NEXT AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS   POST AIDS ANKENY HILL AGAINST THE BIG BOYS Ankeny Hill takes a major step up in company from his win in the restricted Pirate’s […]

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secret circle web

SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – (THURSDAY OCTOBER 2, 2014)

                                                                                                                                                                                       SECRET CIRCLE RETURNS IN SA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP TRAINER HOPES IT’S MILLER TIME IN CITY OF HOPE ESPINOZA TO MAKE MOST OF SEVEN-DAY SUSPENSION HALL OF FAMER MATTHEWS HEADS GROUP HONORING LATE COACH   SECRET CIRCLE PREPARES FOR BREEDERS’ CUP ON SATURDAY Secret Circle returns after an eight-month absence Saturday as he prepares […]

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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – (Sunday, September 28, 2014)

     AWESOME AGAIN AFTERMATH: THE BEAT GOES ON BREEDERS’ CUP REUNION IN SA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP CANCHARI SCORES HIS FIRST VICTORY AT SANTA ANITA   OPINIONS ON AWESOME AGAIN ARE WIDE AND WOOLY Rain danced briefly and intermittently on Clockers’ Corner Sunday morning, but not enough to put a damper on the buzz of the […]

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STARSPANGLED HEAT ACT NT

SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – (Saturday, September 27)

    IT’S NOT UNUSUAL TO BE A 25-YEAR-OLD STALLION McANALLY REMEMBERS THE GREAT JOHN HENRY HOME RUN KITTEN EYES BREEDERS’ CUP TURF SPRINT   PATRIOTIC ABRAMS EYES ‘STARSPANGLED’ VICTORY Call it karma, but Barry Abrams has Starspangled Heat entered in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 John Henry Turf Championship for 3-year-olds and up at 1 […]

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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – (Friday, September 26, 2014)

    FOR THE SOLIS FAMILY, RACING IS IN THE BLOOD(STOCK) BAILEY: AWESOME AGAIN UPSET WOULD BE BEYOND ‘BELIEF’ BRICE BLANC WILL SEEK TO AVOID RODEO DRIVE TRAFFIC   EXPERIENCE PAYS FOR SOLIS II IN SHARED BELIEF             Although they’re in different vocations, when it comes to Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis, and his […]

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STABLE NOTES – (Thursday, September 25)

                                                                                                                                                  FED BIZ SET TO FLY FROM THE RAIL IN AWESOME AGAIN STAKES AMERICAN PHAROAH, OTHERS, STRETCH OUT IN FRONTRUNNER BEE BRAVE HEADING IN RIGHT DIRECTION FOR RODEO DRIVE OUTSIDE POSTS IN EDDIE D. OK WITH GARY MANDELLA SEE STANLEY CUP UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL AT SANTA ANITA   FED BIZ READY TO ROCK […]

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STABLE NOTES – (Wednesday, September 24)

                                                                                                                                                  MILLIONAIRE IMPERATIVE MEETS CHAMP IN AWESOME AGAIN IOTAPA CHALLENGES BEHOLDER IN ZENYATTA STAKES MISS SERENDIPITY ON GOOD PATH FOR RODEO DRIVE HALL OF FAMER SOLIS RETURNS TO HOME AND FAMILY   TRAINER HAS ‘IMPERATIVE’ TASK: BEAT SHARED BELIEF With 13 letters and five syllables, George Papaprodromou is the biggest name in racing. Well, […]

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STABLE NOTES – (Tuesday, September 23)

                                                                                                                                                  CHAMP SHARED BELIEF SHARP FOR AWESOME AGAIN BAFFERT MULLS BC CLASSIC FOR VERSATILE BAYERN ECLIPSE CHAMPION BEHOLDER READY FOR ZENYATTA TWO DECADES LATER, DESORMEAUX STILL ON A ROLL   SHARED BELIEF GALLOPS OUT STRONG FOR AWESOME AGAIN             Undefeated male 2-year-old champion of 2013 Shared Belief worked four furlongs over Golden Gate’s synthetic […]

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STABLE NOTES – (Friday September 19, 2014)

                                                                                                                                                  FANS AWAIT ‘CHROME VS. CROWN’ AT SANTA ANITA MOVE OVER ARNOLD: STEVENS SAYS ‘I’LL BE BACK’ THREE-TIME BIG ‘CAP WINNER GAME ON DUDE RETIRED GOING STRONG AT 49, SMITH COUNTS HIS BLESSINGS TWO-TIME CHAMP BEHOLDER RETURNS IN ZENYATTA ‘MACHER’ WORKS, BALTAS MULLS SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP NAKATANI SET TO DEFEND EDDIE D. TITLE OPENING DAY […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• TRAINER LOOKS FOR BIG KICK IN SAN JUAN TOMORROW • KEVIN HART AMONG VIP PRESENTERS AT SANTA ANITA • CARMA CHARITY BENEFITS RETIRED THOROUGBREDS • SPRING MEET TRAINERS’ RACE GOES DOWN TO THE WIRE BIG KICK ONE TO CATCH IN MARATHON SAN JUAN SUNDAY Big Kick makes his graded stakes debut in his 19th […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• CLUBHOUSE RIDE: THE HORSE THAT KEEPS ON GIVING • JERRY BAILEY SEES FAST PACE IN GOLD CUP ON NBCSN • CYCLOMETER READY TO ROLL IN GRADE I TRIPLE BEND • DUCHESSA MAKES U.S. DEBUT IN ROYAL HEROINE STAKES • McANALLY SEEKS SECOND STRAIGHT SAN JUAN VICTORY • QUEEN ELIZABETH GREETS ESPY NOMINEE ESPINOZA • […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• SMITH REUNITED WITH GAME ON DUDE FOR GOLD CUP • ‘WIN AND YOU’RE IN’ GOLD CUP TELEVISED ON NBCSN • SAHARA SKY EVOKES MEMORIES OF SKIPAT FOR LLOYD • MACHOWSKY HOPES TO AVOID ‘THREE STRIKE’ RULE • IRISH SURF SET FOR MARATHON SAN JUAN ON SUNDAY GAME ON DUDE READY FOR BIG EFFORT IN […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• TITLE IN VIEW, O’NEILL ON ROLL FOR UNCHARTED FUTURE • IMPERATIVE SEEKS ANOTHER UPSET OF ‘DUDE’ IN GOLD CUP • MAJESTIC HARBOR, SALTO DEL INDIO IN GOLD CUP WORKS O’NEILL READY TO MEET NEW CHALLENGES IN SO-CAL Doug O’Neill holds a slight lead over onrushing Peter Miller in his bid for a fourth Santa […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• TRAINER EYES GOLD CUP UPSET WITH MAJESTIC HARBOR • STORY TO TELL MAKES HIS STAKES DEBUT ON SUNDAY • MILLER’S NATURAL HAT TRICK CLOSES GAP ON O’NEILL GOLD CUP DISTANCE SHOULD BENEFIT MAJESTIC HARBOR It’s not easy to find an ideal spot after winning a stakes race at a mile and a half, but […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• TALAMO NEARS SANTA ANITA SPRING MEET RIDING TITLE • DESORMEAUX BACK ON WARD FILLY FOR GRADE II OAKS • ROBO GIRL STEPS UP SUNDAY IN LANDALUCE STAKES • RICHARD AND DEBBY BALTAS SERVE WINNING FARE CONSISTENCY PAYS OFF FOR TALAMO AS TITLE NEARS Joe Talamo is living a dream. Not yet old enough to […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• STORY TO TELL EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS FOR HENDRICKS • HARTY HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN SUMMERTIME OAKS • ELVIS IS IN THE BUILDING AND WINNING AT SANTA ANITA • GAME ON DUDE DRILLS FOR GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA HENDRICKS TWO-YEAR-OLD HAS A ‘STORY TO TELL’ The tale of Story to Tell was clearly […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• DERBY DREAMS START NEXT SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITA • SON OF SEATTLE SLEW’S TRAINER DRAFTED BY RED SOX • STAKES-WINNING BIG MACHER WORKS FOR HIS RETURN O’NEILL HAS TWO SET FOR SANTA ANITA JUVENILE STAKES It’s 11 months until the 2015 Kentucky Derby, but hopes and dreams of winning the 141st Run for the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• WIN, LOSE OR DEAD-HEAT, ‘CHROME’ IS ESPINOZA’S FAVORITE • HRTV RECEIVES SEVEN REGIONAL EMMY AWARD NOMINATIONS • STAKES-WINNING BIG MACHER GOES BACK TO WORK SUNDAY ESPINOZA OFF TO ENGLAND AFTER TRIPLE CROWN RUN From Louisville to Letterman to London, Victor Espinoza is piling up the Frequent Flyer mileage. Recently back from the Triple Crown […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• OBVIOUSLY ‘SPEED OF THE SPEED’ IN SHOEMAKER MILE • McANALLY REMEMBERS ‘THE SHOE’ AND JOHN HENRY • SADLER DOUBLES DOWN IN GRADE I VANITY STAKES D’AMATO LOOKS FOR BIG EFFORT FROM OBVIOUSLY In his 16 starts in the United States, Obviously has been in front all the way or at somepoint in 14 of […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• CLEMENT INVADES WITH MILE SPECIALIST FOR GRADE I SHOEMAKER • PINCAY REMEMBERS SHOEMAKER AS GREAT RIDER, GREAT FRIEND • CASSIDY SEES YAHILWA ON THE LEAD IN GRADE I VANITY STAKES • NBC HITS GRAND SLAM WITH TRIPLE CROWN TELECAST SATURDAY SUMMER FRONT SEEKS SIXTH MILE TURF WIN IN SHOEMAKER Christophe Clement, fresh from posting […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• CHROME’S TRIPLE BID ENDS BUT NOT CONTROVERSY • DENMAN TAKES A BREATHER, MIRAHMADI FILLS IN • SPAWR HAS FOND MEMORIES OF RETIRED CHAMPION HORSEMEN PONDER WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN FOR CHROME Opinions were as plentiful as discarded mutuel tickets at Santa Anita Sunday morning in the aftermath of California Chrome’s unsuccessful bid to become […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• FAMILIARITY WITH BELMONT OVAL A PLUS, SMITH SAYS • PINCAY SEES GOOD THINGS FOR CALIFORNIA CHROME • PEERS PULLING FOR ESPINOZA TO WIN TRIPLE CROWN • WHITE MAKES CASE FOR CHROME IN BELMONT STAKES • VICTORY BY CHROME WOULD GIVE RACING A BOOST • SANTA ANITA ‘NOSE’ BEST, OFFERS CHROME SOUVENIRS • BIG TIRE […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• START HOLDS KEY TO TRIPLE CROWN, BAFFERT SAYS • SANTA ANITA ‘NOSE’ BEST, OFFERS ‘CHROME’ GIFTS • BELMONT WIN WOULD EARN FAN A MILLION BUCKS • ARKENSTONE MAKES STAKES DEBUT IN AFFIRMED • UNUSUAL HEATWAVE SHARP FOR CRYSTAL WATER BELMONT START CRUCIAL TO TRIPLE CROWN: BAFFERT If anyone knows how tough it is to […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• SANTA ANITA REMEMBERS AFFIRMED ON BELMONT DAY • JULES JOURNEY TESTS (CRYSTAL) WATER AGAIN • VICTOR ESPINOZA IS BIG NEWS IN THE BIG APPLE • PROMOTIONAL ‘CHROME’ NASAL STRIPS ON JUNE 7 • PEREZ MAKES HIS PRESENCE FELT AT SANTA ANITA AFFIRMED STAKES HIGHLIGHTS SANTA ANITA CARD SATURDAY It’s only appropriate that Santa Anita […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• TRAINERS TAKE A SHINE TO ‘CHROME’ IN BELMONT • FAN HAS A MILLION REASONS TO ROOT FOR ‘CHROME’ • CALIFORNIA CHROME NASAL STRIPS AVAILABLE JUNE 7 SANTA ANITA-BASED TRAINERS SUPPORT CALIFORNIA CHROME It’s no surprise that peers of Art Sherman are rooting for California Chrome to capture the Triple Crown, but whether the California-bred […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• TEST OF CHAMPIONS IS THE TOUGHEST RACE TO WIN • SHORT TURNAROUND FOR TIZ A KEY IN AMERICAN OAKS • GRADE II CALIFORNIAN DRAWS TWO ‘MAJESTIC’ RUNNERS • CALIFORNIA CHROME NASAL STRIPS AVAILABLE JUNE 7 KNOWLEDGE OF BELMONT TRACK HELPFUL, DESORMEAUX SAYS If there’s ever been a tougher beat than Real Quiet’s in the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• STILL FUN AND GAMES FOR MAN OF THE HOUR ESPINOZA • TALAMO EYES GRADE I GLORY WITH NASHOBA’S GOLD • STREAKING FURY KAPCORI SEEKS FIFTH WIN IN A ROW • CHAMP BEHOLDER WORKS A MILE FOR OGDEN PHIPPS CALM, COOL, COLLECTED ESPINOZA KEEPS ROLLIN’ ALONG Perhaps Mel Stute put it best in describing Victor […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• MISS SERENDIPITY AT HER BEST FOR GRADE I GAMELY • JON WHITE REMEMBERS CHAMPION MARE GAMELY • RAINBOW PICK 6 PAYOUT COULD BE A LIFE-CHANGER • SADLER MULLS BELMONT DECISION FOR CANDY BOY • CYCLOMETER ‘FEELING GREAT’ FOR LOS ANGELES STAKES MISS SERENDIPITY SHARP FOR MONDAY’S GAMELY Whether it’s a sign of confidence or […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• CLOCKER SAYS ‘CHROME’ 50-50 TO WIN TRIPLE CROWN • FIRST POST TIME AT SANTA ANITA MONDAY IS 1:30 P.M. • HESS AND DESORMEAUX HAVE WINNING CHEMISTRY • IMPERATIVE WORKS FOR THE GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA NEW SHOOTERS, DISTANCE TEST CHROME IN BELMONT STAKES California Chrome went off as the 1-2 post time favorite […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• STEVENS: CHROME FACES ‘MOST DIFFICULT FEAT IN SPORTS’ • LETTERMAN AWAITS AS ESPINOZA CELEBRATES 42ND BIRTHDAY • ‘CASABLANCA’ START OF BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP FOR TALAMO • PARRANDA SEEKS 10TH CAREER VICTORY IN GRADE I GAMELY • MAJOR SANTA ANITA DIRT RENOVATION TO START JULY 11 BELMONT IS CALIFORNIA CHROME’S GREATEST CHALLENGE It’s coming up on […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• CALIFORNIA CHROME ‘BREAKING ALL THE RULES’ • AFRICAN OIL STEPS UP IN GRADE II WHITTINGHAM • COLOR OF COURAGE DEBUTS FOR RICHARD MANDELLA • RAFAEL BEJARANO RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL CALIFORNIA CHROME A ‘TREMENDOUSLY GIFTED ATHLETE’ Trainer Ron Ellis is among the growing list of horsemen who has been won over by California Chrome. The […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• CALIFORNIA CHROME: DESTINY’S HORSE AWAITS BELMONT • SANTA ANITA FAN STRIKES MOTHER LODE WITH ‘CHROME’ • MINE THAT BIRD’S ’50-1′ TAKES FLIGHT FRIDAY IN MONROVIA • MIRAHMADI AT SANTA ANITA MIKE DURING DENMAN RESPITE CALIFORNIA CHROME EYES TRIPLE CROWN ON JUNE 7 California Chrome: the horse that keeps on giving, a feel-good story for […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• ‘CHROME’ SPURS ESPINOZA CONFIDENCE IN PREAKNESS • JON WHITE JUMPS ABOARD ‘CHROME’ BANDWAGON • FANS CAN PARTY ON AT SANTA ANITA PREAKNESS DAY • OBVIOUSLY FIRING BULLETS FOR AMERICAN STAKES ESPINOZA’S FAITH PREVAILS IN ‘CHROME’ FOR PREAKNESS It’s been a dozen years since Victor Espinoza won the Preakness Stakes on War Emblem, after riding […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• ‘CHROME’ FACES PACE, SHORT INTERVAL IN PREAKNESS • FANS CAN PARTY ON AT SANTA ANITA PREAKNESS DAY • TRAINER PONDERS AMERICAN STAKES FOR TOM’S TRIBUTE ‘CHROME’ DOESN’T NEED THE LEAD IN PREAKNESS Facing perhaps half as many horses as he did in the Run for the Roses but twice as much pace, unlike his […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• ADVICE TO STUTE WAS COSTLY FOR WHITTINGHAM • HIGHLY ACCLAIMED ’50-1′ DEBUTS IN CALIFORNIA MAY 23 • WINNING PRIZE, OBVIOUSLY WORK FOR AMERICAN PREAKNESS WINNER STUTE RECALLS WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN At the grand old age of 86, Mel Stute still has a goodly number of lucid brain cells, especially when it comes to […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• CHELIOS STEPS UP IN GRADE III LAZ BARRERA • SATURDAY STAKE HONORS LATE TRAINING GREAT • PARTY ON AT SANTA ANITA ON PREAKNESS DAY CHELIOS MAKES STAKES DEBUT IN GRADE III BARRERA Chelios makes his first stakes start in his fourth career race when he runs in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Laz Barrera Stakes […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• SADLER HOPES LUCK TURNS AROUND FOR KOBE’S BACK • CALIFORNIA CHROME LOOMS ODDS-ON FOR PREAKNESS • VICTOR ESPINOZA RETURNS HOME TO SMELL THE ROSES KOBE’S BACK WELL-SCHOOLED AT GATE FOR BARRERA Kobe’s Back is John Sadler’s Joe Btfsplk. Btfsplk is the character in cartoonist Al Capp’s satirical comic strip Li’l Abner, who is the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• FANS BASK IN THE GLOW OF CALIFORNIA CHROME • CHROME GIVES WHITTIER MAN SHOT AT $1 MILLION • PUERTO RICAN ACE TO MAKE U.S. DEBUT SATURDAY ART SHERMAN: THE LITTLE TRAINER WHO COULD California slept easy last night. Slept easy with the peace of mind that all was right in the world of racing. […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• WHITE LIKES DANCE WITH FATE TO WIN KENTUCKY DERBY • DERBY SPIRIT PREVAILS AT SANTA ANITA ON SATURDAY • MALDONADO, MAJESTIC CITY SET TO FLY IN PRECISIONIST • TALAMO ON ‘HONEYMOON’ WITH NASHOBA’S GOLD DANCE WITH FATE WHITE’S KENTUCKY DERBY PICK Dance With Fate, the Santa Anita-based winner of this year’s Grade I Blue […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• SANTA ANITA HORSEMEN RALLY AROUND ‘CHROME’ • EVERYONE IS NOT IN THE ‘VANNGUARD’ FOR DERBY • SANTA ANITA IN DERBY SPIRIT FRIDAY & SATURDAY DERBY BREAK CRUCIAL FOR CHROME, BAILEY SAYS Victory in the Kentucky Derby could well depend on the breaks, or, more specifically, the break, when it comes to California’s pride and […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• STEVENS SWEET ON ‘CANDY’ AFTER LATEST WORKOUT • SANTA ANITA HOSTS FESTIVE KENTUCKY DERBY CARD CANDY BOY NOT UNDER THE RADAR FOLLOWING SATURDAY DRILL While California Chrome has justifiably captured the hearts and minds of the racing world, once the gates open for the 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs next Saturday, all the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• CALIFORNIA CHROME SPARKLES IN FINAL PRE-DERBY WORKOUT • LOCAL BOYS MAKE GOOD: JONES, SOLIS TO ENTER HALL OF FAME • DERBY MILLIONAIRE CONTESTANT TO FIRE WITH $7,500 ON DERBY DAY CALIFORNIA CHROME IN ‘GREAT’ WORK FOR KENTUCKY DERBY Santa Anita Derby winner and Kentucky Derby favorite California Chrome had his final major workout before […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• DERBY AWAITS ESPINOZA, BUT FIRST THERE’S SUNDAY • ROVENNA STRETCHES OUT IN $250,000 MELAIR STAKES • TALAMO HOPES TO DOUBLE HIS (STAKES) PLEASURE • O’NEILL HAS PAIR MINING FOR CALIFORNIA GOLD • DERBY CONTENDER DANCE WITH FATE WORKS SATURDAY ESPINOZA KEEN ON MOONE’S MY NAME IN WILSHIRE Moone’s My Name seeks her second straight […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• SOUTH AMERICAN IMPORT DEBUTS FOR McANALLY FRIDAY • SPECHT INVADES FROM NORTH FOR BIG CAL-BRED DAY • STORM FIGHTER ONE TO CATCH IN TIZNOW STAKES • MEL STUTE REMEMBERS SNOW CHIEF, JIM MURRAY McANALLY HOPES ‘CASABLANCA’ IS START OF A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP Santa Anita kicks off its inaugural Spring Meet Friday and Ron McAnally […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• FUTURE IS NOW FOR YOUNG-AT-HEART COREY NAKATANI • IF AT FIRST HE DOESN’T SUCCEED, LAKERVILLE TRIES AGAIN • PERSERVERANCE PAYS OFF FOR AGENT IN RICH CT CLASSIC • TRAINERS’ RACE COULD GO DOWN TO TODAY’S FINALE NAKATANI GOING STRONG IN QUEST OF FIRST DERBY WIN Corey Nakatani will seek his first Kentucky Derby victory […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• CALIFORNIA CHROME IN ‘GREAT’ WORKOUT FOR DERBY • TRAINER SEEKS ‘BLACK TYPE’ AGAINST BEHOLDER • SANTA ANITA ENDS ITS WINTER MEET TOMORROW CALIFORNIA CHROME IN PRISTINE DRILL AT LOS ALAMITOS Santa Anita Derby winner California Chrome took another step closer to the Kentucky Derby on May 3 when he worked four furlongs at his […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• CHAMP BEHOLDER READY FOR HER CLOSEUP SUNDAY • DIAMOND BACHELOR ADDS BLINKERS FOR LA PUENTE • MITCHELL PASSES BATON TO ASSISTANT PHIL D’AMATO • SANTA ANITA ENDS WINTER MEET ON EASTER SUNDAY • MIKE SMITH ON HOPPERTUNITY IN KENTUCKY DERBY MANDELLA ‘HAPPY TO BE BACK’ WITH BEHOLDER ON SUNDAY When last seen, Beholder was […]

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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• FOR SHERMAN, WINNING WAS ALWAYS IN THE CARDS • ‘NEW FACES’ MAKE PRESENCE FELT AT SANTA ANITA • GAME ON DUDE IN BULLET WORK FOR CHARLES TOWN WORK OF ART PAYS OFF FOR TRAINER SHERMAN Art Sherman and Vince DeGregory are two peas from the same generational pod: old, old school. They are racing’s […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• MISS SERENDIPITY SET FOR SUNDAY’S SANTA BARBARA • LAKERVILLE RETURNS TO FAVORITE COURSE IN SAN SIMEON • LOW TAKEOUT DOUBLE RETURNS TO SANTA ANITA APRIL 25 • CHAMPION BEHOLDER WORKS FOR 4-YEAR-OLD DEBUT McANALLY SEEKS FIRST SANTA BARBARA WIN ON SUNDAY Miss Serendipity is 7-2 on Jon White’s morning line to capture her first […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• ‘EIGHT’ IS ENOUGH FOR CYCLOMETER IN POTRERO GRANDE • SADLER HAS THREE FOR THE MONEY IN GRADE III LAS CIENEGAS • CHANGETHECHANNEL IN FOCUS FOR SUNDAY’S SANTA BARBARA • PROCTOR HAS PATAKY KID SHARP FOR SAN SIMEON STAKES • SANTA ANITA FIRST: FREE INFIELD ACCESS FOR TRIPLE CROWN & BEYOND GOOD START SOUGHT FOR […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• CALIFORNIA CHROME: EVERYBODY’S ‘NOW’ HORSE • BIG MACHER SET FOR GRADE II PALOS VERDES STAKES • TRIBAL SPY, TALAMO WORK WELL FOR LAS CIENEGAS • SANTA ANITA MOURNS THE PASSING OF MICKEY ROONEY ‘CHROME’ SHOWED HIS METTLE IN SANTA ANITA DERBY The frenzy over California Chrome continues unabated. The California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• ‘CHROME’ SPARKLES AS RACING’S NEWEST STAR • MORE THAN 35,000 ENJOY GREAT DAY AT SANTA ANITA • THREE WINNERS FROM MORE THAN 5,000 IN 5K RUNS CALIFORNIA CHROME ACHIEVES ROCK STAR STATUS Racing has itself a Rock Star. He’s California Chrome, who on Saturday started on the path of legends, winning the Santa Anita […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• STEVENS GOES FOR RECORD 10TH SANTA ANITA DERBY • SMITH HOPES TO MAKE MOST OF HIS ‘HOPPERTUNITY’ • BAILEY TAKES A SHINE TO ‘CHROME’ ON SATURDAY • BLINKERS OFF RIA ANTONIA FOR SANTA ANITA OAKS • MACHOWSKY KEEN ON LUCRATIVE CAL-BRED RACES CANDY BOY’S SANTA ANITA DERBY DRAW SWEET FOR STEVENS Hall of Fame […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• CALIFORNIA CHROME VS. FIELD IN SANTA ANITA DERBY • SPEEDY FASHION PLATE ON RAIL FOR SANTA ANITA OAKS • PRACTISING MOVES FORWARD INTO PROVIDENCIA STAKES • HRTV COVERS SANTA ANITA DERBY, WOOD MEMORIAL TEAM ‘CHROME’ CONFIDENT FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY It’s the Golden State vs. the Bluegrass State Saturday. California Chrome, bred in California, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• SHERMAN PUTS A ‘GOOD HORSE’ ON THE DERBY TRAIL • CALIFORNIA CHROME EARLY SANTA ANITA DERBY CHOICE • ARETHUSA SHOULD LIKE DISTANCE IN SANTA ANITA OAKS O’NEILL’S DERBY ADVICE: BRING BEST HORSE, ENJOY THE RIDE It’s been nearly 60 years since Art Sherman had a horseman’s interest in the Kentucky Derby. He was 18 […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• ‘CHROME,’ CANDY BOY WORK FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY • FASHION PLATE SET FOR GRADE I SANTA ANITA OAKS FAVORITES DRILL FOR SATURDAY’S SANTA ANITA DERBY California Chrome and Candy Boy, the two favorites for next Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, had their final major drills Saturday morning for their highly anticipated […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• SCHOOLOFHARDROCKS WORKS FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY • ESPINOZA MEETS PUIG & TROUT, TOSSES FIRST FREEWAY PITCH • BALTAS HOPES TIZ DYNAMIC STEPS UP IN MARATHON TOKYO CITY • FANTICOLA SHARP FOR CONTENTIOUS AMERICAN BEAUTY SCHOOLOFHARDROCKS IN ‘GREAT’ DRILL FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY Schoolofhardrocks worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Friday morning in […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• ODDSMAKERS JUMP ON CALIFORNIA CHROME BANDWAGON • SEGWAY MAKES MAIN TRACK DEBUT IN MARATHON TOKYO CITY • BEHOLDER FIRES BULLET AS CHAMP NEARS HER COMEBACK ‘CHROME’ 5-1 FUTURE BOOK CHOICE TO WIN DERBY California Chrome’s Kentucky Derby Express continued to gain steam when the California-bred son of Lucky pulpit was listed as the 5-1 […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• MAJESTIC HARBOR ‘ON PACE’ FOR MARATHON TOKYO CITY • MOORE ON TRACK SURFACE CARE: SO FAR, SO GOOD TOKYO CITY CUP DISTANCE SUITS MAJESTIC HARBOR, TRAINER SAYS Don’t expect Majestic Harbor to unleash any Azeri-type moves when he runs in next Saturday’s Grade III Tokyo City Cup for older horses at 1 ½ miles […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• ‘CHROME,’ CANDY BOY WORK FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY • TOC NAMES LEADING CALIFORNIA OWNERS OF 2013 ‘CHROME’ SPARKLES, CANDY BOY ‘SOLID’ IN SATURDAY DRILLS California Chrome and Candy Boy, who figure to be the top two betting choices in the Santa Anita Derby, had their penultimate workouts Saturday morning for the Grade I, $1 […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• TRAINER NOT STANDING ‘PAT’ IN SAN LUIS REY STAKES • ENTERPRISING BACK ON TURF IN PASADENA STAKES • BALTAS TRIPLE TRIGGERS $551,928 PICK 6 CARRYOVER • CHAMPION BEHOLDER WORKS TOWARDS 2014 DEBUT NIAGARA FALLS INTO TOUGH SPOT IN SAN LUIS REY At 10-1 on the morning line, Niagara Falls is the longest-priced runner in […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• CALIFORNIA CHROME SET FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY • THESE ‘SHOES’ WERE MADE FOR SAN LUIS REY DISTANCE • BAYERN WORKS, BAFFERT UNDECIDED ON NEXT RACE • LUCARELLI PROUD OF FIRST GRADED WIN AT SANTA ANITA CALIFORNIA CHROME WORKS SATURDAY FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY Streaking California Chrome will make his next start in the Grade […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• LUCAYAN RETURNS TO TURF MARATHON IN SAN LUIS REY • CALIFORNIA CHROME POSSIBLE FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY DRYSDALE SEEKS FIFTH SAN LUIS REY WIN SATURDAY Neil Drysdale is no stranger when it comes to winning marathon races. The Hall of Fame trainer has won the mile-and-a-half San Luis Rey Stakes four times, three times […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• BLANC WORKS MARE TOWARDS SANTA ANA VICTORY • BRIGHT LIGHT GOES ON FOR CALIFORNIA CHROME • CHAMP BEHOLDER MOVES CLOSER TO 2014 RETURN PACE WOULD AID MISS SERENDIPITY IN SANTA ANA STAKES While Brice Blanc has never ridden Miss Serendipity in a race, he has worked her two times and is optimistic that the […]

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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

· MANDELLA EYES FIRST SANTA MARGARITA VICTORY · DRYSDALE HAS HOT TOPIC IN SANTA ANA STAKES · TALAMO, DANCINGTOTHESTARS REUNITE IN O’BRIEN · CANDY BOY WORKS FOR RICH SANTA ANITA DERBY · ‘OLD SCHOOL’ HANDICAPPER TELLS TRADE SECRETS GRADE I WIN WOULD BE ICING ON THE CAKE FOR SPELLBOUND Here’s a racing rarity: Richard Mandella […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• VERSATILE IOTAPA SET FOR GRADE I SANTA MARGARITA • ’700 CLUB’ MEMBER McANALLY EYES SANTA ANA WIN • TURF NO PROBLEM FOR NAKATANI, COULD BE TROUBLE • POPULARITY ON THE RISE FOR CALIFORNIA CHROME • LUKAS SHOWS HIS CLASSY COLORS AFTER BIG ‘CAP LOSS IOTAPA SEEKS GRADE I WIN IN SATURDAY’S SANTA MARGARITA Iotapa […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• RECORD BIG ‘CAP WIN AN EMOTIONAL ONE FOR BAFFERT • SHERMAN MAKES HIS POINTS WITH CALIFORNIA CHROME • SANTA ANITA HANDICAP DAY TOTAL HANDLE UP 23 PERCENT GAME ON DUDE QUIETS CRITICS, TO BAFFERT’S DELIGHT Glib, flippant, aloof, unaffected. Those are the kinds of adjectives that permeate Bob Baffert’s public persona, but beneath that […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• BAFFERT HOPES PACE MAKES THE RACE FOR GAME ON DUDE • TRAINER LONG ON NAME, LONG ON ODDS FOR BIG ‘CAP • ESPINOZA SAYS CAL-BRED READY FOR BEST IN SAN FELIPE • CLUBHOUSE RIDE OPTS FOR GRADE II SAN CARLOS STAKES • JUDY THE BEAUTY INVADES FOR SUNDAY’S LAS FLORES • FREE BC ‘DAY […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• SHADES OF JOHN HENRY: GOOD HORSES BRING GOOD CROWDS • CONSISTENT KRISTO BEEN WORKING WELL FOR SAN FELIPE • DISTANCE SUITS BIG MACHER IN GRADE II SAN CARLOS • FREE BC ‘DAY ONE’ TIX FOR FIRST 15,000 FANS ON BIG ‘CAP DAY HORSEMEN, FANS LOOK FORWARD TO SANTA ANITA HANDICAP Ron McAnally’s been there, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• STEVENS VS. LUKAS PUTS LOYALTY ON BACK BURNER • MUCHO MACHO MAN EARLY 9-5 CHOICE FOR BIG ‘CAP • CALIFORNIA CHROME WORKS FOR SAN FELIPE • TALAMO REUNITED WITH CYCLOMETER IN SAN CARLOS STEVENS VS. LUKAS AGAIN IN SANTA ANITA HANDICAP Loyalty is a virtuous trait, but it won’t necessarily pay the bills. So […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• MIKE LAKOW JOINS SANTA ANITA AS RACING DIRECTOR • LEGENDARY AGENT O’BRYAN RECALLS MAGNITUDE OF BIG ‘CAP • CALIFORNIA CHROME TO WORK AT LOS AL FOR SAN FELIPE EASTERN-BASED MIKE LAKOW HIRED AS RACING DIRECTOR BY SANTA ANITA PARK Santa Anita Park has announced that Mike Lakow, who served for 12 years as Director […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• GRYDER HAS BIG ‘CAP MOUNT AND BLINGO IS HIS NAME-O • SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS WIN DEFENSIVE STRUGGLE, 27-20 • CALIFORNIA CHROME COULD WORK SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITA GRYDER WANTS TO KEEP BLINGO HAPPY FOR BIG ‘CAP If Blingo wins the Santa Anita Handicap, Aaron Gryder would be the first to admit he owes Mike […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• TEAM CALIFORNIA CHROME LOOKS TO SAN FELIPE AND BEYOND • MUCHO MACHO MAN MAKES HIMSELF AT HOME AT SANTA ANITA • SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS IN CHARITY HOOPS GAME TONIGHT • COREY LANERIE WINS SANTA ANITA’S GEORGE WOOLF AWARD ESPINOZA, CALIFORNIA CHROME CARRY GOLDEN STATE’S HOPES It’s been more than a dozen years since Victor […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• THIS YEAR’S BIG ‘CAP STIRS MEMORIES OF GLORY YEARS • WHITE RECALLS 1988 SANTA ANITA HANDICAP REMATCH • BY ANY NAME, CHARITY BASKETBALL GAME’S A WINNER SANTA ANITA HANDICAP EVOKES THOUGHTS OF YESTERYEAR If racing is to rejuvenate itself, and with apologies to The Lone Ranger, of all people, the sport needs to “return […]

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SANTA ANITA ANNOUNCES SERIES OF FOUR LIVE MONEY HANDICAPPING CONTESTS: MARCH 1 & 2, APRIL 12 & 13, MAY 17 & 18 AND JUNE 28 & 29; ESTIMATED TOTAL PRIZE POOL OF $370,000 AWAITS PLAYERS

CASH PRIZES, NHC TOURNEY BERTHS AMONG MANY PRIZES OFFERED ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2014)–Santa Anita Park has announced that it will offer a series of four handicapping contests beginning with the “Santa Anita Double-Down Challenge” contest on March 1 & 2, with first prize to include a guaranteed berth to the $750,000 Daily Racing Form, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• CALIFORNIA CHROME IN SHARP DRILL FOR SAN FELIPE • PINCAY TO GREET FANS AT CHARITY BASKETBALL GAME • SILENTIO ON COURSE FOR GRADE I FRANK E. KILROE CALIFORNIA CHROME WORKS AT LOS AL FOR SAN FELIPE California Chrome worked six furlongs at Los Alamitos Saturday morning in 1:11.80 under regular rider Victor Espinoza as […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• SMITH OPTIMISTIC ‘DUDE’ CAN BOUNCE BACK IN BIG ‘CAP • FOR JOCKEYS, CHARITY GAME SPARKS KINDRED SPIRIT • LAKERVILLE SEEKS TO STAY PERFECT ON DOWNHILL COURSE GAME ON DUDE HAS ROOM TO IMPROVE FOR BIG ‘CAP Generally speaking, “pace makes the race” is a dependable axiom in horse racing. It works in reverse, as […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• STEVENS FOCUSED ON BIG ‘CAP VICTORY WITH ‘MACHO MAN’ • JOE TALAMO RETURNS HOME AFTER SEVEN-YEAR HITCH • JONES DOUBLE TEAMS LAKERVILLE IN SENSATIONAL STAR WINNING IS EVERYTHING IN SANTA ANITA HANDICAP While much of the racing world is converging on the hype of the Santa Anita Handicap on March 8 that has commitments […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• MUCHO MACHO MAN, WILL TAKE CHARGE REMATCH IN BIG ‘CAP • RESPECT NO ISSUE FOR LAKERVILLE IN SENSATIONAL STAR • BARN WAKES UP FROM ‘KNAPP’ WITH TWO WINNERS WILL TAKE CHARGE TO FACE MUCHO MACHO MAN IN BIG ‘CAP “We’re coming.” With those words this morning from D. Wayne Lukas, the stage is set […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• SMITH LIKES HIS CHANCES IN MONDAY’S GRADE II BUENA VISTA • SHERMAN’S CALIFORNIA CHROME WORKS AT LOS AL FOR SAN FELIPE • SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS IN ANNUAL CHARITY HOOPS GAME FEB. 27 • GARY MANDELLA HAS FRESH HORSE FOR KILROE IN SILENTIO SMITH HAS LARGE ‘CUSTOMER BASE’ FOR BUENA VISTA Mike Smith hopes the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• MUCHO MACHO MAN RETURNS FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAP • ROSARIO HOPES FOR BETTER LUCK IN SAN VICENTE MUCHO MACHO MAN TO RUN IN SANTA ANITA HANDICAP MARCH 8 Mucho Macho Man returns to the scene of his greatest triumph when he comes to Santa Anita for the Santa Anita Handicap on March 8. Following […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• GRADE II SAN VICENTE ‘TOUGH RACE’ FOR PAPA TURF • STEADY IOTAPA ON COURSE FOR GRADE II SANTA MARIA • DANCINGTOTHESTARS IN TUNE FOR MONDAY’S BUENA VISTA • ROUTE RIGHT DOWN THE ALLEY FOR VENERABLE MENSA HEAT KASPAROFF LOOKS FOR IMPROVEMENT IN SAN VICENTE Papa Turf takes on the heavyweights again when he runs […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• MITCHELL, GARCIA, EGG DROP: IT’S ALL IN THE FAMILY • CALLAGHAN ‘EXCITED’ ABOUT CHERUBIM FOR SAN VICENTE • NAKATANI HAS ‘FAITH’ IN FILLY FOR GRADE II SANTA MARIA • DESORMEAUX STILL HAS ‘THE TOUCH’ WITH LIMITED RIDES • FORMER OWNER/TRAINER CURRIN PASSES AT AGE 77 EGG DROP ON HOLIDAY MENU MONDAY IN BUENA VISTA […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• SADLER HOPES THAT LUCK’S BACK FOR KOBE’S BACK • ‘GOLDEN’ CLAIM FOR MILLER IN GRADE II SANTA MARIA • BUENA VISTA GRASS IS GREENER FOR MISS SERENDIPITY KOBE’S BACK ‘DOING WELL’ FOR SAN VICENTE STAKES If it wasn’t for bad luck, Kobe’s Back would have no luck at all. In his three starts, the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• CALIFORNIA CHROME PREPS AT LOS ALAMITOS FOR SAN FELIPE • BIRDLOVER FRESH FOR SUNDAY’S WISHING WELL STAKES DERBY HOPEFUL CALIFORNIA CHROME IN ‘PERFECT’ DRILL California Chrome, seeking to become the first California-bred to win the Kentucky Derby since Decidedly in 1962, worked towards his ultimate goal Saturday morning at Los Alamitos, going four furlongs […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• 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 […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• ‘FRIENDLY’ RIVALRY CONTINUES IN SAN ANTONIO • WEATHER’S BEEN SWEET FOR CANDY BOY’S TRAINING • LUCAYAN ‘FIRM’ CONTENDER IN GRADE II SAN MARCOS BAFFERT, HOLLENDORFER BATTLE A ‘DEAD-HEAT’ When it comes to rivalries, Baffert-Hollendorfer isn’t exactly Ali-Frazier, Red Sox-Yankees or Affirmed-Alydar, at least not for the record at this early stage. But uncannily, the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• GAME ON DUDE, MIDNIGHT HAWK WORK FOR BAFFERT • WILLYCONKER TACKLES HEAVYWEIGHTS IN SAN ANTONIO BAFFERT DUO DRILL FOR WEEKEND STAKES ENGAGEMENTS Game On Dude and Midnight Hawk took a baby step Sunday morning on potentially a path to greater glory, each working towards weekend stakes engagements for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• MALDONADO SEEKS TO TURN TABLES IN PALOS VERDES • ZUCKER HOPES TO CELEBRATE AT ‘SUPER BOWL PARTY’ • JERANIMO WORKS FOR NEXT SATURDAY’S SAN MARCOS MALDONADO EYES BETTER LUCK FOR MAJESTIC STRIDE With better racing luck, Edwin Maldonado could be unbeaten aboard Majestic Stride. His only loss in four rides on the 5-year-old Trippi […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• GARCIA SITTING PRETTY ON BAFFERT FAVS THIS WEEKEND • EIGHT (POST) IS (GOOD) ENOUGH FOR NO JET LAG IN ARCADIA • PICK SIX ‘CARRYOVER KING’ REIGNS AT SANTA ANITA • TALAMO READY FOR SUPER BOWL PARTY HANDICAP FOR MARTIN GARCIA, HARD WORK PAYS OFF WITH BAFFERT Martin Garcia has paid his dues. From slinging […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• UNBEATEN STREAMING TRIES DIRT IN LAS VIRGENES • SUGGESTIVE BOY RETURNS IN GRADE II ARCADIA • BC SPRINT WINNER SECRET CIRCLE IN PALOS VERDES • BAEDEKER TO JOIN CALIFORNIA HORSE RACING BOARD STREAMING MAKES DIRT DEBUT IN GRADE I LAS VIRGENES Dating back to 1999 with Excellent Meeting, Bob Baffert has won the Las […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• MAIDEN WINNER FASHION PLATE IN GRADE I LAS VIRGENES • EXCITEMENT PREVAILS ON SUNSHINE MILLIONS CAL CUP DAY • VAGABOND SHOES IN STEP FOR GRADE II ARCADIA STAKES • YES, IT PAYS TO READ SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES FASHION PLATE SHARP FOR STAKES DEBUT IN LAS VIRGENES Fashion Plate would appear to be going […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• ARE PATRICK VALENZUELA’S RIDING DAYS OVER? • EXCITING LAKERVILLE RETURNS TO RACES SUNDAY • HANDSOME MIKE MEETS SOFTER IN CLOCKERS’ CORNER IS RETIREMENT AT HAND FOR PATRICK VALENZUELA? Are Patrick Valenzuela’s riding days over? According to a text he sent his agent Saturday morning, they could be. “I’m sorry, Tom. I’m not riding any […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• IF SPECHT’S AT SANTA ANITA, IT MUST BE CAL CUP DAY • MOBILIZED DOING WELL FOR CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT • SMITH: DIRT ‘GREENER’ THAN GRASS IN SANTA MONICA • ECLIPSE CHAMP SHARED BELIEF MISSES ANOTHER WORKOUT SPECHT INVADES FROM BAY AREA FOR SUNSHINE MILLIONS CAL CUP DAY Like Punxatawney Phil on Ground Hog Day, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• IOTAPA RETURNS IN GRADE II SANTA MONICA STAKES • TALAMO CONFIDENT OF WEEWINNIN IN TURF CLASSIC • APPRENTICE OROZCO RISING IN SANTA ANITA RANKS CLASSY IOTAPA SET FOR SATURDAY’S SANTA MONICA Iotapa, a daughter of 2005 Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner Afleet Alex, makes her return to the races after a six-month layoff in […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• CYCLOMETER GOING STRONG FOR CAL CUP SPRINT • MILLER HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN SANTA MONICA • TALAMO KEEN ON SPRAGUE RIVER IN CAL CUP OAKS • EL COMMODORE FINDS NEW NICHE FOR MACHOWSKY SPRINTERS RUN ‘LONG’ AT BRUCE HEADLEY BARN Longevity is a strong suit at the Bruce Headley barn. The veteran […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• SPELLBOUND SEEKS FIRST STAKES WIN IN LA CANADA • PAPA TURF ‘DOING WELL’ FOR MONDAY’S SAN PEDRO • TEDDY’S PROMISE WORKS FOR GRADE II SANTA MONICA SPELLBOUND ON FAVORITE COURSE IN LA CANADA If there are horses for courses, Spellbound certainly fits the category when it comes to running on Santa Anita’s main track. […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• HOLLENDORFER IN PURSUIT OF FIRST SANTA ANITA TITLE • SHARED BELIEF WILL WORK WHEN HE’S ’100 PERCENT’ • ECLIPSE EXPERIENCE BITTERSWEET FOR YAKTEEN • APPRENTICE VANDYKE A YANKEE DOODLE DANDY HOLLENDORFER TAKES LEAD FROM BAFFERT IN TRAINERS’ RACE Team Hollendorfer is nothing if not confident. When a trainer has 6,568 victories and counting in […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• GALLAGHER ROLLS THE ‘DICE’ IN STRUB STAKES • LET FAITH ARISE STRETCHES OUT IN LA CANADA • McANALLY HOPES MEGAHERTZ GRASS IS GREENER DICE FLAVOR TRIES DIRT FOR FIRST TIME IN STRUB Dice Flavor has won himself out nearly three times over since he was purchased for $100,000 at the Barretts 2-year-olds in training […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• CONSISTENT HEAR THE GHOST SET FOR STRUB STAKES • SHARED BELIEF MISSES WORK BUT ON COURSE FOR LEWIS • STEVENS READY TO REUNITE WITH MUCHO MACHO MAN • IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY FOR KENTUCKY DERBY FEVER HOLLENDORFER HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN STRUB With three wins Saturday including the Grade II San Pasqual […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• McANALLY’S SOUTH AMERICAN IMPORT FITS IN PASEANA • FAMILIAR NAMES ON TOP IN SANTA ANITA STANDINGS McANALLY ANTICIPATES MARE’S U.S. DEBUT IN PASEANA It would be only appropriate should Miss Serendipity win Sunday’s $75,000 Paseana Stakes for Ron McAnally. The 80-year-old Hall of Fame trainer conditioned the Eclipse Award-winning distaff star of the early […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• SYNTHETIC TO DIRT NO CONCERN FOR ‘HAWK’ IN SHAM • CALLAGHAN HOPES DIRT IS GREENER FOR ONTOLOGY • ‘SPUD’ TRIES TO MASH FOES FOR MORENO IN SAN PASQUAL • MALDONADO EYES NATIONAL GOALS WITH NEW AGENT SPEEDY MIDNIGHT HAWK STRETCHES OUT IN SHAM STAKES Bob Baffert seeks his third win in just 13 runnings […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• SADLER TACKLES BAFFERT IN GRADE III SHAM STAKES • PEDROZA, BLUESKIESNRAINBOWS SET FOR SAN PASQUAL • FAMILY, FUTURE BRING DESORMEAUX TO SANTA ANITA • MUCHO MACHO MAN CEREMONY TAKES PLACE SATURDAY BAFFERT, SADLER SQUARE OFF IN SHAM STAKES SATURDAY Bob Baffert has won the Sham Stakes twice and the Kentucky Derby three times, so […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• MAJESTIC CITY SET FOR GRADE II SAN PASQUAL STAKES • KRISTO WORKS FOR SATURDAY’S GRADE III SHAM STAKES MAJESTIC CITY STRETCHES OUT IN SATURDAY’S SAN PASQUAL Majestic City, a consistent and versatile son of City Zip, is on course for next Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes, an important steppingstone to the Grade […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• SMITH MEETS ULTRASONIC IN GRADE II MONROVIA • SANTA ANITA HONORS ONE-TON SALLY ON SUNDAY • TEDDY’S PROMISE WORKS FOR GRADE II SANTA MONICA JUDDMONTE’S ULTRASONIC SETTLED IN FOR SUNDAY’S MONROVIA Mike Smith has never ridden Ultrasonic in a race, but all that will change Sunday. That’s when the Hall of Fame jockey pilots […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• HUNTSVILLE TRIES TO KEEP ‘HEAT’ ON IN SAN GABRIEL • SKY HIGH GAL WORKING WELL FOR MONROVIA STAKES • SHARED BELIEF DRILLS FOR 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUT IN LEWIS UNUSUAL HEAT OFF TO FAST START AS 24-YEAR-OLD STUD Like Old Man River, Unusual Heat jes’ keeps rollin’ along. The venerable stallion, who stands at Harris Farms […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• PATRIOTISM HIGH WITH WOUNDED WARRIOR STABLES • TRAINER CALLAGHAN SEEKS WEEKEND STAKES DOUBLE • GUARANTEED PICK 6 POOL OF $150,000 BEGINS SATURDAY • GOOD START TO 2014: 11,233 ON TRACK AT SANTA ANITA OWNER McEWEN GOES BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY There was more than one winner when Sushi Empire rolled to a stylish […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• NEW YEAR, NEW HORIZONS FOR SO-CAL HORSEMEN • STREAKING PONCHATRAIN SET FOR MONROVIA • WIN MACHINE JOE CARL POPULAR AT THE CLAIM BOX • HRTV TO TELEVISE LIVE ECLIPSE FINALISTS JAN. 8 HORSEMEN ADJUST TO TRANSITION IN TRAINING VENUES Horsemen who made Hollywood Park their primary training headquarters are adjusting to the new landscape […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• RETIREMENT AWAITS MILLIONAIRE COST OF FREEDOM • KINDLE READY TO FIRE IN GRADE II MONROVIA • EDDIE D. HAS GOOD ADVICE FOR MONROVIA RIDERS • GAME ON DUDE WORKS HALF-MILE UNDER MIKE SMITH • NORDSTROM GREETER CELEBRATES 100TH BIRTHDAY AT SANTA ANITA WELCOME RETIREMENT AWAITS MILLIONAIRE COST OF FREEDOM On Jan. 1, Cost of […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• APPEALING TRAINING WELL FOR SUNDAY’S FRANKEL • MACHOWSKY GOES TO ‘B TEAM’ FOR DAYTONA STAKES • MUCHO MACHO MAN SPECIAL AIRS ON HRTV SUNDAY • JERANIMO WORKS FOR ANOTHER RUN IN SAN GABRIEL GALLAGHER HAS ‘APPEALING’ CHANCE IN FRANKEL Even though she was 9-2 in the betting, Appealing disappointed when she finished fifth in […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• ASCANIO REMEMBERS LONG-TIME FRIEND FRANKEL • ALL SYSTEMS GO SUNDAY FOR MOONE’S MY NAME • BAFFERT DEALS WITH THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY • NAKATANI, UNBRIDLED’S NOTE A SUCCESSFUL TEAM • NOBLE METAL SHARP FOR U.S. DEBUT IN EDDIE LOGAN MEMORIES, HOPE, FAMILY KEEP ASCANIO GOING Death brings finality to all but memories, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• LOSERS ARE WINNERS IN NEW YEAR DIET WAR • NO SHORTAGE OF BOBBY FRANKEL MEMORIES • NEW-LOOK SHOWVIVOR GETS UNDERWAY TODAY DIETERS TAKE WEIGHT AND SEE APPROACH IN CONTEST It has nothing to do with a New Year’s resolution, but agent Scotty McClellan and the Racing Department’s Tora Yamaguchi are in an avoirdupois adventure […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• HOLIDAY SPIRIT IN FULL SWING AS SANTA ANITA BEGINS • SADLER HOPES TO DOUBLE HIS PLEASURE OPENING DAY • EXECUTIVEPRIVILEGE BACK ON THE BEAM FOR LA BREA • SANTA ANITA HAS GUARANTEED $500,000 LATE PICK 4 OPENING DAY GOOD CHEER FOR ALL EVERY DAY AT DOUG O’NEILL’S BARN Perhaps no operation in California racing […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• STEVENS HAS BROTHERLY LOVE FOR ROLE MODEL • UNBEATEN BAKKEN INVADES FOR GRADE I MALIBU • TALAMO STAYS PUT FOR MADAME CACTUS IN LA BREA • THERE’S NO JET LAG FOR SIR BEAUFORT CONTENDER STEVENS REFLECTS ON HIS ‘MOST MEMORABLE YEAR’ Next month will mark a year since Gary Stevens made his comeback nearing […]

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