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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2019

HIGHER POWER BREEZES FOR BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC LEADING TRAINER O’NEILL SURROUNDS SUNNY SLOPE XBTV REPLETE WITH BREEDERS’ CUP DATA ON PORTAL BREEDERS’ CUP CANDIDATES WORK AT SANTA ANITA Higher Power worked five furlongs in 1:01 flat this morning in his penultimate major drill for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita two weeks hence, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2019

TEAM SADLER SET FOR HOME FIELD BREEDERS’ CUP MANDELLA: OMAHA BEACH DESERVED THE CLASSIC TRAINER SEEKS ‘HEAP’ O’ LUCK IN CALIFORNIA FLAG AMERICAN THEOREM BREEZES FOR THE BC JUVENILE DELAHOUSSAYE, McCARRON RECALL 1993 BC DISTAFF SADLER QUARTET ‘EXCELLENT’ AS BREEDERS’ CUP NEARS All systems are go for John Sadler as he prepares for Breeders’ Cup […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2019

OMAHA BEACH TO GO IN BREEDERS’ CUP DIRT MILE BAFFERT: NO SUCH THING AS A ‘WEAK’ BC CLASSIC CLASSY D’AMATO DUO FRESH FOR CALIFORNIA FLAG PUERTO RICAN CONNECTION CONTINUES TO THRIVE OMAHA BEACH TO ENTER BREEDERS’ CUP DIRT MILE The envelope, please . . . (Dramatic pause for suspense . . .) “And the winner […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2019

MIDNIGHT BISOU IN ‘PERFECT’ DRILL FOR DISTAFF BLACKER EXCITED ABOUT FIRST BREEDERS’ CUP D’AMATO DUO SHORTEN UP FOR CALIFORNIA FLAG BAFFERT BREEZES EIGHT RINGS FOR BC JUVENILE TWO THUMBS UP FROM TEAM ASMUSSEN ON MIDNIGHT BISOU WORK Monster Midnight Bisou, undefeated in seven races this year, each a graded stakes, three of them Grade I’s, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2019

SADDLE OR MIC, STEVENS TAKES IT IN STRIDE HOT SIRE CLUBHOUSE RIDE TO LEGACY RANCH MANDELLA PONDERS RACE FOR OMAHA BEACH TRIPLE VAULTS APPRENTICE VELEZ INTO FIRST STEVENS HAS FOND MEMORIES PAST AND PRESENT Gary Stevens didn’t call it a career on his own terms, but blessed with a good head on his shoulders with […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2019

BALTAS TRIES BREEDERS’ CUP WITH ANOTHER CLAIM McKINZIE’S HALF-SISTER DEBUTS IN THE FIFTH RACE TODAY GIRL SCOUTS  PRESENT A $3,300 CHECK TODAY TO CARMA SADLER THREESOME DRILL FOR THE BREEDERS’ CUP BALTAS HOPES THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM WITH LADY NINJA Lady Ninja, who posted a pulsating nose victory over favored Selcourt in the LA Woman […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019

TWO ‘GRAZENS’ CARRY NICK ALEXANDER’S COLORS QUEEN BEE TO YOU HAS TRAINER LERNER BUZZING LISA BERNARD POSTS HER FIRST TRAINING VICTORY BACK FULL TIME AT SANTA ANITA, T. BAZE DOUBLES ALEXANDER HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN CALIFORNIA DISTAFF Longtime California owner/breeder Nick Alexander will be represented by another daughter of Grazen in addition to […]

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McKinzie

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2019

McKINZIE BREEZES FOR BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC OMAHA BEACH ‘LOOKS GREAT,’ ALL OPTIONS OPEN DISTANCE COULD AID GYPSY BLU IN UPSET EFFORT XPRESSBET ‘FIRST CALL’ LOOKS AT WEEKEND RACES OAK TREE STALWART CHILLINGWORTH DEAD AT 93 BAFFERT ‘COMFORTABLE’ GOING FROM SMITH TO ROSARIO Multiple Grade I winner McKinzie, tepid favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2019

WIN BY OMAHA BEACH ONE FOR THE AGES CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ GOES NATIONWIDE (S Y) SKY’S THE LIMIT FOR OLD GRAY MARE VICTORY BY OMAHA BEACH WILL ONLY GROW IN STATURE Like Bill Mazeroski’s home run that won the World Series, Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech, and Secretariat’s 31-length victory in the Belmont, the mythic return to […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2019

WAR BEAST MOVES UP WITH CEDILLO AND BLINKERS RAGING WHISKEY MORE THAN A HUNCH IN SPEAKEASY CALLAGHAN FILLY HAS EQUIPMENT CHANGE IN ANOAKIA CATALINA CRUISER BREEZES FOR THE BREEDERS’ CUP O’NEILL FANCIES MAIDEN WINNER WAR BEAST IN ZUMA BEACH War Beast seeks his second straight victory at a mile on turf Sunday, only this time […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2019

SADLER BEGINS BUSY WEEKEND TODAY AT SANTA ANITA MIDNIGHT BISOU STIRS THE MIX FOR HORSE OF THE YEAR GINOBILI TRIES TURF IN ‘WIN AND YOU’RE IN’ SPEAKEASY SADLER HAS THE NUMBERS, 19 ENTERED IN THREE DAYS John Sadler, who has run eight horses the first four days of Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn meet, continues his […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2019

MANDELLA EYES EMERALD CITY WITH OMAHA BEACH D’AMATO HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN CITY OF HOPE BAFFERT-SMITH SPLIT ON McKINZIE IS JUST BUSINESS CALLAGHAN MULLS BREEDERS’ CUP FOR SQUARE DEAL MANDELLA EXCITED ABOUT RETURN OF OMAHA BEACH Saturday marks the second time Richard Mandella embarks down the Yellow Brick Road with Omaha Beach. This time, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2019

OHIO RETURNS TO MILE IN GRADE II CITY OF HOPE McKINZIE, HIGHER POWER BOTH EYE BC CLASSIC ABEL CEDILLO MAKES THE GRADE AT SANTA ANITA MAIDEN WINNER DONNA VELOCE ONE ‘FAST WOMAN’ VETERAN  MECHE MAKES CALIFORNIA DEBUT TODAY TYLER BAZE RETURNS FULL TIME THIS SATURDAY TRAINER HAS OHIO IN WINNING STATE OF MIND Ohio returns […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2019

BAFFERT JUVENILES EARN TRIP TO BREEDERS’ CUP ZENYATTA STAKES APT STORY LINE FOR SHIRREFFS OMAHA BEACH SURFACES IN SPRINT THIS SATURDAY SANTA ANITA PRESENTS SEVEN STAKES ON WEEKEND BLINKERS HELPED EIGHT RINGS STAY FOCUSED Bob Baffert was in a familiar place Friday, his home-away-from-home, Santa Anita Park, specifically the Winner’s Circle. The two-time Triple Crown-winning […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2019

OMAHA BEACH FIRES BULLET FOR SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP SECRET SPICE IS SET FOR SUNDAY’S ZENYATTA STAKES NBC SPORTS BROADCASTS GRADED STAKES SATURDAY FOX SPORTS SHOW TO INCLUDE THE  ZENYATTA STAKES ODDS ARE JON WHITE’S IS BACK FOR THE MORNING LINE McKINZIE’S FULL SISTER WORKS TOWARDS HER DEBUT OMAHA BEACH ‘COULDN’T LOOK BETTER’ IN COMEBACK BREEZE Omaha […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2019

BAFFERT OK WITH POST POSITIONS ON OPENING WEEKEND RAIL IS NOT IDEAL FOR HIGHER POWER IN AWESOME AGAIN LONGSHOTS REPRESENT TEAM O’NEILL IN THE CHANDELIER ESPINOZA SEEKS TO CARRY MOMENTUM AT SANTA ANITA VAN DYKE FRESH, FIT AND READY TO GO AFTER ACCIDENT JOY SCOTT HONORED WITH MOONEY AWARD FOR COURAGE STATE-OF-THE-ART VIDEO BOARD IS […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

GLATT FANCIES THE DISTANCE IN SALTY AMERICAN PHAROAH SON OF AMERICAN PHAROAH RUNS IN AMERICAN PHAROAH! EURTON SEEKS A BETTER TRIP FOR DRAFT PICK SATURDAY ETHNICITIES APART BUT PEDROZA, DELAHOUSSAYE BONDED CELEBRITY CHEF FLAY HOPES HE HAS RECIPE FOR A WINNER STATE-OF-THE-ART VIDEO BOARD TO BE UNVEILED ON FRIDAY GLATT FEELS COLT IS ON THE […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2019

WORLD CLASS RIDERS AT SANTA ANITA FOR OPENING OMAHA BEACH EYES GRADE I SANTA ANITA SPRINT TEAM PRAT LOOKS FOR 2019 WILD RIDE TO CONTINUE PAVED IS ON SMOOTH ROAD TO RODEO DRIVE STAKES STATE-OF-THE-ART VIDEO BOARD TO BE UNVEILED FRIDAY JOHNNY V, ROSARIO, HERNANDEZ AT SANTA ANITA OPENING WEEKEND Two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey John […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

McKINZIE AMONG STARS ON DISPLAY AT SANTA ANITA PAIR OF GRADE I EVENTS HIGHLIGHT FRIDAY OPENER BAFFERT TWO-YEAR-OLDS EYE OPENING DAY STAKES CEDILLO SHOWS HE’S MORE THAN ABLE IN BIG TIME POPULAR CLAIMING HORSE MUCHOS BESOS RETIRED STATE-OF-THE-ART VIDEO BOARD DEBUTS OPENING DAY TALAMO SEVEN VICTORIES FROM 2,000 IN HIS CAREER TEAM BAFFERT KEEN ON […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2019

OH, ZUZANNA! QUITE A RIDE TO CLAIMER OF MEET THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME FOR TRAINER CECIL BAFFERT BREEZES McKINZIE FOR WHITNEY STAKES FAIRYTALE COMES TRUE FOR TEAM ZUZANNA It’s been a storybook ride the last three months for the five-year-old mare Zuzanna. Claimed for $8,000 on Sept. 13, 2018 by a partnership group that […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2019

D’AMATO IS LOADED FOR CLOSING DAY STAKES GLATT HOPES TO HIT THE MARK TWICE SUNDAY PRAT AND O’NEILL SITTING PRETTY IN STANDINGS D’AMATO HAS THREE EACH IN SAN JUAN AND MELAIR Phil D’Amato goes for the trifecta Sunday, sending out three horses each in two of the four stakes races on closing day, Acclimate, Red […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2019

HALL OF FAME JOCKEYS AT FUNDRAISER TOMORROW  BALTAS: THREE FOR THE MONEY IN GRADE III WILSHIRE TRAINING LEADER O’NEILL HAS TRIO FOR SNOW CHIEF CAUSEFORCOMMOTION TAKES ON MALES IN SAN JUAN BOMBARD RETURNS IN SUNDAY’S AMERICAN STAKES HALL OF FAME RIDERS HONOR PEERS AT TOMORROW’S FUNDRAISER Fifteen Hall of Fame riders are expected to attend […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2019

DERBY WINNER PRAT NEARS THE SPRING RIDING TITLE TODAY’S MANDATORY JACKPOT MAY REACH $5 MILLION DEDICATED STABLE EMPLOYEES SPEAK OUT THURSDAY SANTA ANITA REMEMBERS SNOW CHIEF ON SATURDAY TEAM PRAT NEARS SPRING TITLE AT SANTA ANITA With four racing days remaining in the spring portion of Santa Anita’s meet, Flavien Prat holds a comfortable 27-21 […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019

IPPODAMIA’S GIRL STEPS UP IN THE GRADE III WILSHIRE CONSISTENT ZAFFINAH IS SET FOR POSSIBLY PERFECT MANDATORY SOLO TICKET JACKPOT MAY HIT $5 MILLION LERNER FILLY MAKES GRADED STAKES DEBUT Ippodamia’s Girl makes her graded stakes debut in the Grade III Wilshire Saturday, and trainer Andrew Lerner feels the four-year-old daughter of Stormy Atlantic shows […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019

OMAHA BEACH FINALLY LANDS HOME AT SANTA ANITA ROADSTER RETURNS IN SUNDAY’S AFFIRMED STAKES PANTSONFIRE COMES BACK IN MARATHON TURF EVENT SMILING ANGELO IS SET FOR SATURDAY’S THOR’S ECHO MANDATORY SOLO TICKET JACKPOT MAY HIT $5 MILLION GRATEFUL MANDELLA REUNITED WITH OMAHA BEACH Pre-race Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach who missed the May 4 classic due to […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2019

THRONE OPEN FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD KING MARTIN GARCA ON A ROLL AT SANTA ANITA SMOKEY IMAGE RETURNS IN THOR’S ECHO JACKPOT IS $1,104,202 AT END OF ‘RAINBOW’ TRAINER LOUIS BRADVICA DEAD AT AGE 91 BEJARANO TWO SHY OF 4,000 CAREER WINS LEADER DEBATABLE AFTER TRIPLE CROWN RESULTS Three Triple Crown races, three different winners–maybe four–depending on […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019

BAFFERT EYES BELMONT FROM HOME THIS YEAR CECIL LEANS TOWARDS LISTING IN DESERT CODE JACKPOT IS $1,049,222 AT END OF THE ‘RAINBOW’ EDWIN MALDONADO RIDING TALL IN THE SADDLE BAFFERT VIEWS BELMONT FROM AFAR THIS YEAR California will have no equine or trainer representation in today’s 151st Belmont Stakes, final jewel in the Triple Crown, but […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2019

RAFAL MAKES HIS TURF DEBUT IN DESERT CODE EARLY FIRST POST TIME OF 12 NOON SATURDAY JACKPOT IS $1,017,841 AT END OF THE ‘RAINBOW’ HALL OF FAMERS HONOR PEERS AT FUNDRAISER BAFFERT GOES COAST TO COAST THIS WEEKEND Bob Baffert goes from the ridiculous to the sublime this weekend when he sends out multiple Grade […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2019

ESPINOZA IS BACK AND IN CHAMPIONSHIP MODE JACKPOT IS $956,875 AT END OF THE ‘RAINBOW’ ARCADIA AND SANTA ANITA HONOR TIM CONWAY FASIG-TIPTON SALE WEDNESDAY AT SANTA ANITA ESPINOZA IN SEARCH OF HIS NEXT CHAMPION The fairytale saga that is Victor Espinoza’s moves ever forward, chapter by chapter. His riding career in serious jeopardy following […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019

PARSIMONY SEEKS MAIDEN WIN IN CINEMA JACKPOT IS $895,108 AT END OF ‘RAINBOW’ ARCADIA, SANTA ANITA HONOR TIM CONWAY GREGSON GROUP TO FETE VICTOR ESPINOZA   TRAINING LEADER O’NEILL EYES MAIDEN WIN IN STAKES Doug O’Neill, holding a comfortable 19-14 lead over Richard Baltas in pursuit of his fifth overall Santa Anita training title, hopes to […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN & MIKE WILLMAN – FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2019

‘PARADISE’ SET TO SHOW HER BRILLIANCE TRAINER ROGER STEIN IS DEAD AT AGE 65 SERANITSA IN FIRST START FOR DRYSDALE JACKPOT IS $869,976 AT END OF ‘RAINBOW’ ARCADIA, SANTA ANITA HONOR TIM CONWAY   NO ZENYATTA, BUT PARADISE WOODS HAS BRILLIANCE Zenyatta won 19 straight races before suffering her lone defeat, and in every one of […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY, MAY 27, 2019

THUMBS UP FOR ‘PARADISE’ IN SANTA MARIA FLORES ON HAND FOR FASIG-TIPTON SALE GRYDER IS ENJOYING LIFE AT SANTA ANITA JACKPOT OF $784,695 AT END OF ‘RAINBOW’ PARADISE WOODS SET FOR SANTA MARIA STAKES On track astride a pony with one hand holding onto the reins, John Shirreffs gave a thumbs up with the other […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2019

CAUSEFORCOMMOTION ‘SQUEALING’ FOR GAMELY BOWIES HERO IS MOVING FORWARD IN SHOEMAKER CAN BLITZKRIEG STRIKE IN GOLD CUP FOR O’NEILL? JACKPOT OF $736,547 AT END OF RAINBOW PICK SIX TRAINER CREATES ‘CAUSEFORCOMMOTION’ IN GAMELY Causeforcommotion’s nine-length victory in the Grade III Santa Barbara Stakes at a mile and a half on turf May 11 caused trainer […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2019

McCARTHY STATES GRADE I CASE FOR SURGING OHIO EURTON SEEKS GAMELY UPSET, STATUS WITH AHIMSA SUMMERTIME OAKS ROUTE COULD AID SNEAKING OUT JACKPOT IS $673,893 AT THE END OF RAINBOW PICK SIX ON-LINE PROVIDER XBTV EARNS TWO TELLY AWARDS BARGAIN CLAIM OHIO FACES TOUGHER IN SHOEMAKER A Grade I is a Grade I is a […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN & MIKE WILLMAN- FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019

SADLER MOUNTS A HOLIDAY WEEKEND CHARGE PRIME ATTRACTION MAKES THE ‘GRADE’ AGAIN FASIG-TIPTON JUVENILE SALE HERE ON JUNE 5 OMAHA BEACH DUE HOME AT SANTA ANITA SOON SADLER’S SOLDIERS SALUTE ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND John Sadler has his charges standing at attention awaiting the command of “forward march” for this weekend’s Memorial Day graded stakes […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2019

SHOEMAKER REMEMBERED ON MEMORIAL DAY GIFT BOX REUNITES WITH ROSARIO IN GOLD CUP VASILIKA COULD WORK TUESDAY FOR GAMELY $605,038 AT END OF TODAY’S PICK 6 ‘RAINBOW’ SCOTT STEVENS GETS  WOOLF AWARD TODAY SHOEMAKER A RACE TO REMEMBER FOR McANALLY On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, America honors its patriotic veterans with a day of […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019

 OMAHA BEACH HEALING BUT RETURN IS DELAYED STARS GEARING UP FOR A MAJOR MEMORIAL DAY $551,262 AT THE END OF TODAY’S PICK 6 ‘RAINBOW’ OMAHA BEACH COULD RETURN TO SANTA ANITA NEXT WEEK Omaha Beach’s landing at Santa Anita has been delayed. Originally scheduled to arrive tomorrow, the pre-race favorite for the May 4 Kentucky […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

DANUSKA’S MY GIRL EYES FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN VANTASTIC GOES FROM TURF TO DIRT IN BARRERA SCOTT STEVENS RECEIVES WOOLF AWARD SUNDAY THREE GRADE I’S HEADLINE MEMORIAL DAY CARD $523,445 AT THE END OF TODAY’S ‘RAINBOW’ PICK 6 SANTA ANITA REMEMBERS RACING FAN TIM CONWAY HARD WORK PAYS OFF WITH WIN FOR IGGY PUGLISI STREAKING DANUSKA’S […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2019

NEW OWNERS ‘BONDE’ WITH TRAINER $465,219 AT THE END OF THE ‘RAINBOW’ MIKE SMITH WORKS PARADISE WOODS FATHER & SON OWNERS AMONG RACING’S NEW FACES In a game clamoring for new owners, perhaps no one meets the criteria more than John Del Secco and his father, David, who campaign as Del Secco DCS Racing. John […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2019

BAFFERT EYES PREAKNESS WITH IMPROBABLE BARGAIN CLAIM GYPSY BLU TRIES MILE SUNDAY MOTHERS HAVE A DESERVING DAY TOMORROW LUCRATIVE $429,880 IS AT END OF THE ‘RAINBOW’ GIFT BOX BREEZES FOR GRADE I GOLD CUP MAY 27 BAFFERT’S DERBY TRIO CHECKS OUT FINE Bob Baffert is back on the beat at Santa Anita after missing out […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2019

‘FRENCH CONNECTION’ IN SANTA BARBARA VETERAN TRAINER DON WARREN DIES AT 67 PREAKNESS IS NOT ‘IMPROBABLE’ FOR SMITH GOLD AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW: $405,029 VIVA LA FRANCE IN GRADE III SANTA BARBARA The French Connection is ready to take center stage in Saturday’s Grade III Santa Barbara Stakes for fillies and mares, three […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2019

PRAT IS ON TOP OF THE WORLD AFTER DERBY VICTORY CONTROVERSY REIGNS FOLLOWING DISQUALIFICATION $356,332 UP FOR GRABS AT END OF RAINBOW JACKPOT OHIO AT THE READY FOR THE GRADE I SHOEMAKER MILE TEAM PRAT ON CLOUD NINE AFTER HISTORIC DERBY WIN Flavien Prat won his first Kentucky Derby yesterday in historic fashion. In a […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019

OMAHA BEACH WILL RETURN TO SANTA ANITA MUCHOS BESOS ADDS TO MUCHO VICTORIES SCOTT STEVENS GETS WOOLF AWARD MAY 19 SURGERY WENT WELL ON OMAHA BEACH, MANDELLA SAYS This morning, Richard Mandella was back at the last place he expected to be four days ago–his home base of Santa Anita. It was late Wednesday afternoon […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2019

HORSEMEN FAVOR HOME TEAM IN KENTUCKY DERBY VICTOR ESPINOZA STILL HAS HEART OF A CHAMPION SCOTT STEVENS TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD MAY 19 ARROYO BACK IN THE SADDLE AFTER BROKEN ANKLE BAFFERT TRIO POPULAR WITH LOCAL HORSEMEN FOR DERBY With four of the last seven winners of the Kentucky Derby headquartered at Santa Anita,  a […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019

SANTA ANITA A WINNING PATH TO KENTUCKY DERBY OWNERS WELCOME OVERNIGHT PURSE INCREASES CALLAGHAN FILLIES SHORTEN UP FOR THE SENORITA FANS CAN MEET TRAINER RICHARD BALTAS ON XBTV SANTA ANITA HAS EDGE FOR DERBY, WEATHER OR NOT Horses based at Santa Anita have won four of the last seven runnings of the Kentucky Derby: I’ll […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019

CLOCKER WEIGHS KY. DERBY CHANCES OF LOCALS YOUNG-AT-HEART SOI PHET BACK RACING AT AGE 11 IRISH-BRED READY FOR U.S. DEBUT IN SINGLETARY GIFT BOX BREEZES FOR GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA FAVORED BELLAFINA ‘LOOKS GOOD’ FOR KY. OAKS CLOCKER GIVES IMPROBABLE DERBY EDGE Andy Harrington has been assiduously clocking horses at his Club House locale […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019

ROADSTER AND GAME WINNER BREEZE WELL FOR DERBY TRAINER BALTAS READY FOR A BUSY STAKES WEEKEND KILROE IS POSTHUMOUSLY NAMED TO THE HALL OF FAME ALL 3  EQUINE HALL OF FAMERS LINKED TO SANTA ANITA ROADSTER, GAME WINNER CAN SMELL THE ROSES Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster and champion Game Winner, two-thirds of Bob Baffert’s Talented Triple Crown […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2019

SMITH FANCIES OMAHA BEACH IN A ‘TOUGH’ DERBY SPAWR HAS ‘STARR’ IN GRADE II SANTA MARGARITA SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK 6 JACKPOT AT $159,584 SMITH HAS MUCH TO LIKE ABOUT ‘NOW HORSE’ OMAHA BEACH Mike Smith stunned the racing world in 2005 when he piloted Giacamo to a 50-1 upset in the Kentucky Derby, although […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN & MIKE WILLMAN – SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2019

ROADSTER, GAME WINNER PREP FOR KENTUCKY DERBY LA FORCE WORKS FOR THE GRADE II SANTA MARGARITA GIFT BOX IN ‘GORGEOUS’ MOVE FOR GRADE I GOLD CUP SANTA ANITA PURSES INCREASED $10,000 ON NON-STAKES TOP O’NEILL AIDE MORA IS LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM BAFFERT ‘REALLY HAPPY’ WITH DERBY CONTENDERS Two members of Bob Baffert’s Triple Crown […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019

KANTHAKA SEEKS KONA GOLD GOLD SATURDAY BAFFERT GOES WITH THE FLO WITH ROADSTER GIFT BOX TO BREEZE FOR GRADE  I GOLD CUP KANTHAKA DRAWS OUTSIDE FOR GRADE II KONA GOLD Kanthaka, third in the March 30 San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs after breaking from the rail, makes a relatively quick turnaround Saturday for the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2019

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ IN 145TH KENTUCKY DERBY TALAMO LIKES ZATTER’S STYLE FOR KONA GOLD YOUNG CERIN TREATS HORSES WITH EQUINE SPA ‘SANTA ANITA SUPERFECTA’ HEADS FOR KENTUCKY DERBY Omaha Beach, Roadster, Game Winner, Improbable: Santa Anita’s Fab Four, all based at The Great Race Place, all in primary pouncing position to win the Kentucky Derby on May 4. […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2019

HEADLEY REMEMBERS THE GREAT KONA GOLD TOKYO CITY CUP WILL BE CELEBRATED SUNDAY BAFFERT TO GIVE TALAMO A LEG UP ON ZATTER SANTA ANITA HONORS KONA GOLD NEXT SATURDAY Bruce Headley was born on Feb. 17, 1934, 10 months before Santa Anita opened on Christmas Day, 1934. More than eight decades later, both are still […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019

DISTINCT SANTA ANITA FLAVOR IN ARKANSAS DERBY ARCH PRINCE IN TOKYO CITY CUP FOR FIRST STAKES BELLAFINA TO LEAVE APRIL 29 FOR KENTUCKY OAKS ROSARIO, O’NEILL & HRONIS RACING LEAD WINTER MEET POPULAR RETIRED JOCK BOBBY YNEZ DIES IN CAR CRASH BAFFERT, MANDELLA SQUARE OFF IN ARKANSAS DERBY Bob Baffert is in pursuit of his […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019

SADLER BASKS IN JOB WELL DONE AT SANTA ANITA TRAINER PAINTS A NEW PICTURE FOR POSTER GIRL HOLLENDORFER MULLS NEXT RACE FOR TWO ACES SADLER EYES FUTURE AFTER SOLID WINTER MEET John Sadler, like most horsemen of his caliber, was focused on the business at hand Thursday after celebrating his second consecutive Santa Anita Handicap […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2019

IT’S A GREAT DAY AT THE GREAT RACE PLACE FUTURE AWAITS SATURDAY’S STAKE WINNERS MANDATORY PICK 6 JACKPOT RETURNS $53,312 BEER, CAMACHO TAKE SANTA ANITA’S 5K RUNS HRONIS, SADLER JOIN HOWARD & ‘SILENT’ TOM FOND MEMORIES RESURRECTED AT SANTA ANITA Seabiscuit, Round Table, Damascus, Buckpasser, Ack Ack, Affirmed, Native Diver, Spectacular Bid, John Henry, Best […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019

SHOW IT N MOE IT SEEKS FIRST GRADED STAKES VICTORY MANDATORY $3 MILLION JACKPOT AT END OF RAINBOW? HALL OF FAMER McANALLY ADDS TO SANTA ANITA WINS OUTSIDE POST SHOULDN’T HAMPER SHOW IT N MOE IT Good news and bad news for Gary Sherlock in Sunday’s Grade III Los Flores Stakes: the consistent filly he […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019

SADLER HOPING FOR BETTER LUCK SATURDAY CLOCKER FAVORS GIFT BOX AND GAME WINNER SLEWGOODTOBETRUE EYES UPSET IN THE OAKS STEADY MS BAD BEHAVIOR TRIES VASILIKA AGAIN O’NEILL HAS 2 SQUARE EDDIES IN EVENING JEWEL LISTING LEANS TOWARDS DIRT IN THE ECHO EDDIE FRENCH CONNECTION WITH SMITH PAYS OFF WELL RAINBOW 6 JACKPOT POOL COULD TOP […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2019

BAFFERT NO. 1 IN ODDS AND POST POSITIONS BELLAFINA SITTING PRETTY FOR GRADE I OAKS VASILIKA LOOKS LIKE A ’10’ IN THE PROVIDENCIA BALDWIN AVE. TO BE CLOSED EARLY FOR 5K RUN SANTA ANITA DERBY IMPORTANT FOR POINTS-SHY ROADSTER Bob Baffert had a question after both Roadster and McKinzie drew the rail for their respective races Saturday, the Santa […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019

KILROE PHOTO RESULTS IN A WIN FOR TEAM OHIO ESPINOZA’S STAKES VICTORY GOOD ALL AROUND McKINZIE AND GAME WINNER BREEZE TOMORROW TODAY’S RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT HITS $675,799 MANDATORY RAINBOW JACKPOT PAYOUT SATURDAY LONGEST PHOTO HAS HAPPY ENDING FOR FUENTES Hollywood has “The Longest Yard.” Now Santa Anita has “The Longest Photo.” After an interminable […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2019

THREE WORK FOR GRADE I STAKES ON SATURDAY LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN READY FOR THE SAN SIMEON BONDE HAS TWO FOR THE IRISH O’BRIEN MONEY BELLAFINA, GIFT BOX, NOLO CONTESTO IN GRADE I BREEZES Three major players seeking gold and glory on Santa Anita’s sensational stakes spectacular this Saturday, April 6, worked toward their goals this […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019

TRAINER POINTS NEW BUY TO SANTA ANITA DERBY POPULAR JAY COHEN IS BACK ON THE HORN TODAY RETIRED GARY STEVENS FEELING GOOD BEHIND MIC PAPAPRODROMOU SEEKS SANTA ANITA DERBY UPSET George Papaprodromou plans to run rank outsider and recent private purchase Synthesis in the Santa Anita Derby a week from Saturday, April 6. Stifle those […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2019

GIFT BOX, THREE OTHERS KEEP SADLER BUSY INSTAGRAND IS SET FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY EXUBERANCE EYES STAKES GOLD IN BEHOLDER HUNT SEARCHES FOR WIN IN GRADE I KILROE KANTHAKA CAN OVERCOME SAN CARLOS RAIL SADLER EYES REPEAT VICTORY IN BIG ‘CAP John Sadler goes for back-to-back victories in the Santa Anita Handicap presented by San […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2019

MANDELLA IS SMITTEN WITH DERBY FEVER A FIRST FOR DESORMEAUX IN SAN LUIS REY AGENT OSBORNE IS UPBEAT DESPITE LOSS RETIRED HORSES FLOURISH AT CARMA SHOW MANDELLA POINTS EXTRA HOPE TO SANTA ANITA DERBY Richard Mandella, not known for unabashed enthusiasm when it comes to championing his own horses, admittedly has a touch of Derby […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2019

BEACH VIEW IS READY FOR FRIDAY’S SAN LUIS REY McKINZIE, GAME WINNER PREP FOR BIG DAY APRIL 6 BALTAS EYES GRADE I WINS IN BEHOLDER, KILROE   BEACH VIEW SETTLES DOWN FOR SAN LUIS REY Early on in his racing career, Beach View either was on or close to the lead, but it didn’t necessarily […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2019

McKINZIE TOTES HIGH WEIGHT OF 123 IN BIG ‘CAP ALL EYES ON THE SAN FELIPE STAKES SATURDAY BARGAIN CLAIM OHIO IS SET FOR GRADE I KILROE ‘EXPECTATIONS’ ARE HIGH FOR THE SAN CARLOS SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT UP TO $549,038 McKINZIE, GIFT BOX TOP WEIGHTS IN BIG ‘CAP Multiple Grade I winner McKinzie, who […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN & MIKE WILLMAN – SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2019

SADLER EYES BACK-TO-BACK BIG CAP VICTORIES THE RICH GET RICHER: ROADSTER ON DERBY TRAIL TONSILS GONE, BEJARANO IS DUE BACK SHORTLY SADLER ‘HAPPY’ WITH GIFT BOX FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAP Just about a year ago John Sadler was celebrating Accelerate’s victory in the Santa Anita Handicap, the trainer’s first ever in the track’s historic race. […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2019

BAFFERT HAS A ONE-TWO PUNCH FOR SAN FELIPE BIG SCOTT DADDY READY TO GO WEATHER OR NOT $100,000 GUARANTEED STRONACH 5 POOL TODAY 317 WORKS HEADED BY BIG CAP-BOUND GIFT BOX BAFFERT STARTS IN EARNEST ON TRIPLE CROWN TRAIL Barring a dead-heat, at least one winning streak will end in next Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile San […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2019

ROSARIO, PRAT IN KEEN RACE FOR RIDING TITLE BAFFERT BREEZES MUCHO GUSTO IN A BULLET STUBBINS STRETCHES OUT IN PASADENA STAKES SANTA ANITA’S MAIN TRACK ‘100 PERCENT READY’ SINGLE TICKET PICK 6 JACKPOT IS UP TO $629,679 TOP JOCKS VIE FOR SANTA ANITA RIDING HONORS When super-agent Ron Anderson brought Hall of Fame jockey-in-waiting Joel […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2019

BE IT NORTH OR SOUTH, IT’S ‘MOREY’ THE MERRIER TRAINER LOSES FIRST HORSE, LOOKS FOR ANOTHER VICTOR ESPINOZA BACK IN THE SADDLE ON THURSDAY SINGLE TICKET PICK 6 RAINBOW JACKPOT AT $382,001 CARMA ELECTS CANDACE CODER-CHEW AS PRESIDENT CASTELLANO FLIES IN TO WORK INSTAGRAND MONDAY NEPTUNE’S STORM MAKES STAKES DEBUT IN PASADENA Bill Morey, a […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2019

TOP SOPHOMORES COULD MEET IN SAN FELIPE MARCH 9  BATTLE OF MIDWAY EUTHANIZED AFTER TRAINING MISHAP COCO KISSES RUNS IN FIRST STAKES RACE TOMORROW SINGLE TICKET JACKPOT CARRYOVER REACHES $282,342 TRIPLE CROWN FEVER IS ‘YOUNG’ AT HEART The Kentucky Derby is still more than two months away, but it’s never too soon for a touch […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019

FAHAN MURA ONE TO CATCH AGAIN IN BUENA VISTA SHOW IT N MOE IT ON TIME FOR THE SPRING FEVER STRONACH 5 CARRYOVER TODAY NEARS $170,000 SINGLE TICKET JACKPOT CARRYOVER AT $280,342 EXCLUSIVE TRIPLE CROWN WORK VIDEOS ON XBTV NOTE: FIRST POST TIME ON SATURDAY IS 12:25 P.M. POPULAR CHILI COOKOFF IS SET FOR TOMORROW […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2019

CARAVA EYES BUENA VISTA UPSET WITH ZAFFINAH TALAMO, S Y SKY EYE PIECE OF SPRING FEVER PIE SINGLE TICKET JACKPOT CARRYOVER AT $238,534 NOTE: FIRST POST TIME THIS FRIDAY WILL BE 1 P.M. CARAVA HOPES FOR LUCK OF THE IRISH AGAINST VASILIKA Zaffinah has never failed to earn a check in 12 starts since coming […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2019

TURF SHOULD SUIT MUCHO UNUSUAL IN CAL CUP OAKS MONDAY IS DOLLAR DAY AT THE GREAT RACE PLACE WEST POINT GROUP TO SEE GALILEAN IN CAL CUP DERBY VICTOR ESPINOZA IS BACK AND READY FOR HIS CLOSEUP SINGLE TICKET JACKPOT CARRYOVER TODAY AT $190,102 HRONIS RACING, REDDAM RACING VOTED TOC AWARDS YAKTEEN HOPES GRASS IS […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2019

GALILEAN TO FOLLOW IN CHROME’S FOOTSTEPS? ONE-HORSE TRAINER WINS WITH A MARE HE BRED PICK 6 JACKPOT CARRYOVER TODAY OF $148,819.50 TOMORROW IS PRESIDENTS’ DAY AND DOLLAR DAY GALILEAN ON PATH THAT LED TO GLORY FOR ‘CHROME’ California Chrome won the California Cup Derby in 2014 prior to capturing the Kentucky Derby and Preakness before […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019

SPEEDY SELCOURT SET FOR SALTY SANTA MONICA VICTOR ESPINOZA TO RESUME RIDING ON MONDAY TRAINER SEEKS ANOTHER RUN AT THE PREAKNESS STRONACH 5 TODAY GUARANTEES POOL OF $100,000 THIS MONDAY IS PRESIDENTS’ DAY AND DOLLAR DAY SELCOURT SET TO DEFEND TITLE IN SANTA MONICA John Sadler expects further progress from Selcourt in Saturday’s Grade II […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2019

LEADING TRAINER O’NEILL SET FOR SANTA MONICA AUTOMATIC PREAKNESS BERTH AT GOLDEN GATE ROSARIO CLOSES GAP ON PRAT IN JOCKEYS’ RACE THIS MONDAY IS PRESIDENTS’ DAY AND DOLLAR DAY ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR MOPOTISM IN SANTA MONICA Mopotism returns to a sprint after eight straight route races, two on turf, in Saturday’s Grade II Santa […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019

‘PARADISE’ NOT LOST, RETURNS FOR SHIRREFFS FIRSTS ALL AROUND AT SANTA ANITA SATURDAY SINGLE TICKET JACKPOT IS STILL UP FOR GRABS PARADISE WOODS DEBUTS FOR SHIRREFFS IN SANTA MONICA Multiple Grade I winner Paradise Woods is scheduled to make her first start under the direction of trainer John Shirreffs in this Saturday’s Grade II Santa […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2019

COLISEUM IS STILL ‘UNDER CONSTRUCTION’ MARIO GUTIERREZ, AGENT KNUST GO ‘PFFFT’ SINGLE TICKET JACKPOT IS STILL UNSOLVED BAFFERT HOPES COLISEUM LEARNS AS HE GOES IN SAN VICENTE Bob Baffert expects the real Coliseum to show up tomorrow in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes for three-year-olds at seven furlongs after disappointing as the  3-10 choice […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2019

CALF MOON BAY SEEKS AN UPSET IN LAS VIRGENES FLAMBOYANT GOES FOR SAN MARCOS GRAND SLAM OHIO STATES HIS CASE FOR THUNDER ROAD STAKES SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST SATURDAY IS 11:30 A.M. FIRST ‘SATURDAY AT THE RACES’ AIRS TOMORROW GOLD AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW PICK SIX TODAY TODAY’S STRONACH 5 GUARANTEES A $100,000 […]

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Bellafina

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2019

BELLAFINA AT HER BEST FOR THE  LAS VIRGENES SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST SATURDAY IS 11:30 A.M. BLINKERS OFF YA GOTTA WANNA IN SAN MARCOS BLACKJACKCAT IN DEBUT FOR HOLLENDORFER FOX2’S ‘SATURDAY AT THE RACES’ SHOW BEGINS BELLAFINA DOING ‘GREAT’ FOR LAS VIRGENES Recapturing her best form winning the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes by 8 […]

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Mucho Gusto

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2019

DOG BITES MAN: BAFFERT ON DERBY TRAIL AGAIN MACHOWSKY SADDLES HIS FINAL RUNNER TODAY THREE ARE IN TIGHT RACE FOR THE TRAINING LEAD TEAM BAFFERT PURSUES MORE THREE-YEAR-OLD CLASSICS Chad Brown has won an Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding trainer for the past three years, but if there was a category for most recognizable […]

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Easy Shot

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2019

TRAINER EYES BETTER TRIP FOR EASY SHOT IN LEWIS DECENT START IS CRUCIAL FOR GIANT EXPECTATIONS WELL-TRAVELED PAVEL BACK HOME FOR SAN PASQUAL FOX SPORTS SATURDAY TO  TELEVISE GRADE III LEWIS GUARANTEED $2 MILLION POOL IN THE RAINBOW PICK 6 FREE GENERAL ADMISSION SUNDAY WITH 11 A.M. START STRONACH FIVE OFFERS GUARANTEED POOL OF $50,000 […]

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Gunmetal Gray

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN & MIKE WILLMAN THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2019

GUNMETAL GRAY EYES ADDITIONAL DERBY POINTS SAN PASQUAL DISTANCE SUITS BATTLE OF MIDWAY FOX SPORTS SATURDAY TO AIR THE GRADE III LEWIS RAINBOW PICK SIX POOL COULD REACH $20 MILLION SANTA ANITA RIDERS PLAY CHARITY GAME TONIGHT LEWIS OFFERS 10 DERBY POINTS TO WINNER Jerry Hollendorfer hopes Gunmetal Gray doubles his Kentucky Derby qualifying points for Triple […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2019

ESPINOZA IS CLEARED TO RESUME HIS RIDING CAREER GUNMETAL GRAY BREEZES FOR ROBERT LEWIS STAKES BOB BAFFERT SHEDS LAUDATORY ‘LIGHT’ ON McCARTHY SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS IN CHARITY GAME ON THURSDAY STRONG WORK ETHIC PAYING OFF FOR DIEGO SANCHEZ PICK 6 JACKPOT HAS GUARANTEED POOL OF $2 MILLION VICTOR ESPINOZA COULD BE RACE RIDING IN TWO […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019

BAFFERT SAYS ‘EVERYTHING WORKED’ FOR JUSTIFY LEAVE IT TO EDDIE HASKELL IN CLOCKERS’ CORNER $2 MILLION RAINBOW PICK 6 JACKPOT UP FOR GRABS SOME 100 BETTORS BENEFIT FROM THE STRONACH 5 JUSTIFY AMONG THE ‘VERY ELITE’ IN RACING HISTORY Bob Baffert was back on the beat at Clockers’ Corner Saturday morning, less than 48 hours […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019

HORSEMEN FANCY ‘HOME BOYS’ IN RICH PEGASUS NO PLACE LIKE SANTA ANITA FOR ECLIPSE CHAMPS STAKES DEBUT FOR KING ABNER IN TURF CLASSIC TRAINER MAKES SHORT WORK OF WET WEATHER RICHARD’S BOY BACK ON DIRT IN CAL CUP SPRINT BECERRA GOES FOR ‘MILLIONS’ WITH LONGSHOT $2 MILLION GUARANTEED IN SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX EX JOCKEY […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2019

ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR STILL SWEET ON RACING TRUMAN HOPES TO ‘POST’ TURF SPRINT WIN D’AMATO HAS THREE FOR F&M TURF SPRINT LIVE MONEY RAINBOW POOL OVER $1.5 MILLION ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR SEEKS SECOND TURF CLASSIC WIN In his last 21 races, Ashleyluvssugar has run in stakes 20 times, 16 against open company, winning six, including four Grade II events. […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2019

RYE SET TO DEFEND HIS TURF CLASSIC TITLE CHAMPION ROY H CRUISES IN PALOS VERDES FIGUEROA DISPLAYS POWER OF PUERTO RICO GAME WINNER WORKS TOWARDS SAN FELIPE $2 MILLION GUARANTEE IN RAINBOW JACKPOT ‘MOREY’ THE MERRIER WITH CAL-BREDS ON DISPLAY SATURDAY Rye, one of trainer Bill Morey’s major bread winners among his large stable that […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2019

ACCELERATE IN BULLET BREEZE FOR RICH PEGASUS McKINZIE PASSES PEGASUS, POINTS FOR THE BIG CAP DESORMEAUX IS NEARING CAREER WIN NUMBER 6,000 RAINBOW PICK 6 JACKPOT GUARANTEES BEGIN TODAY ACCELERATE WORKS FIVE FURLONGS FOR PEGASUS WORLD CUP Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year finalist Accelerate had his final local workout at 6:30 this morning […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2019

ACCELERATE NEARS HIS FINAL BREEZE FOR PEGASUS ST. JOE BAY WILL TRY TO UPSET HIS FORMER TRAINER ASTRA DISTANCE SUITS LATE CLOSER LYNNE’S LEGACY MACHOWSKY LOOKS FORWARD TO HIS NEW ENDEAVOR TODAY’S STRONACH 5 HAS A $50,000 GUARANTEED POOL JOHN SHEAR TO LIGHT 98 CANDLES AFTER RACE 6 TODAY ACCELERATE LIKELY TO BREEZE SATURDAY FOR […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2019

CONGRATS IN ORDER FOR BAFFERT AND SMITH NO ESCAPING ESCAPE CLAUSE’S RISE TO FAME ALEX SOLIS RECALLS MIGHTY MITE MEGAHERTZ CTBA WINTER MIXED SALE SET FOR WEDNESDAY SAN FELIPE ON AGENDA FOR UNBEATEN GAME WINNER Bob Baffert celebrates his 66th birthday today. The two-time Triple Crown winning trainer will highlight the occasion this afternoon by attending […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2019

ACCELERATE IN BULLET BREEZE FOR PEGASUS VICTOR ESPINOZA’S NEXT WORKOUT IS ON HOLD BALTAS SEEKS LA CANADA WIN WITH LEMOONA THE ONE DOLLAR STRONACH 5 OFFERED TODAY SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW SIX JACKPOT: $662,871 ACCELERATE BEATS EXPECTED RAIN, BREEZES IN 1:27.20 Horse of the Year finalist Accelerate had his penultimate workout at Santa Anita Friday morning for the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, JANUARY 6, 2019

‘GRAY’ SKIES PROVE SUNNY FOR HOLLENDORFER LAVA MAN IS STILL A CHAMPION AT THE AGE OF 18 SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT REACHES $532,695 NEXT SHARES HEADS TO $7 MILLION PEGASUS TURF RAIN DOESN’T DAMPEN HOLLENDORFER’S OPTIMISM Because more than half an inch of rain inundated the Arcadia area last night, there was no training […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, JANUARY 5, 2019

ESPINOZA BACK, ‘FEELS GOOD’ AFTER FIRST BREEZE ACCELERATE DRILLS FOR RICH PEGASUS WORLD CUP FAVORED BELLAFINA SET FOR GRADE II SANTA YNEZ SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT STANDS AT $447,555 HORNBLOWER COHEN SIDELINED WITH BELL’S PALSY ESPINOZA RETURNS, SMILE AND ALL Racing is a little brighter today.Victor Espinoza is back with his smile that would light […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2019

KEITH DESORMEAUX SAYS NO PLACE LIKE SANTA ANITA U.S. DEBUT FOR IRISH JOCKEY IN GRADE II SAN GABRIEL SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER $396,369 POPULAR STRONACH FIVE WAGER AGAIN OFFERED TODAY 1,000 CHARGERS BLANKETS FOR BACKSTRETCH WORKERS GIANT KILLER DESORMEAUX SEEKS SHAM UPSET John Keith Desormeaux, a David among trainers, will attempt to slay […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2019

HORSEMEN SEEK HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR DAN BLACKER DEDICATED TO MAKING HIS MARK SHIRREFFS EYES SANTA MONICA FOR ‘PARADISE’ Any post-New Year’s Eve reveling quickly became last year’s news for most horsemen early Tuesday, as it was business as usual on a brisk New Year’s Day morning at Santa Anita, lending to an opportunity […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2018

SOLD IT EYES GRADE II SANTA YNEZ SUNDAY D’AMATO COULD HAVE TWO IN SAN GABRIEL BALTAS AND PRAT TEAM UP TO HIT TRIFECTA LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON IN TRAINING HORSES SOLD IT LIKELY FOR SUNDAY’S SANTA YNEZ STAKES Sold It, a gray daughter of multiple Grade I winner The Factor, is ticketed for this Sunday’s Grade […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2018

BAFFERT SEEKS YET ANOTHER SHAM VICTORY ‘STORMY’ WEATHER AWAITS ‘CITIZEN’ TUESDAY ROSARIO IS IN FAMILIAR SPOT ATOP STANDINGS $1 MILLION JACKPOT 6 IS GUARANTEED TODAY COLISEUM FIRES BULLET FOR GRADE III SHAM STAKES Coliseum, seemingly one in a plethora of Bob Baffert two-year-olds about to embark on the Triple Crown trail, worked six furlongs under […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2018

ACCELERATE WARMS UP FOR RICH PEGASUS ESPINOZA TO START WORKING HORSES SOON AFLEET ASCENT IS BACK ON HILLSIDE COURSE $1 MILLION JACKPOT GUARANTEE THIS WEEKEND ACCELERATE ‘BETTER THAN EVER’ FOR PEGASUS WORLD CUP At 6:30 Saturday morning, with temperatures hovering above freezing, Accelerate turned on the heat with a five furlong move in 1:00.40 as the Horse […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2018

PAVED EYES SMOOTH TRIP IN GRADE I OAKS SANTA ANITA REMEMBERS BOBBY FRANKEL WINTER MEET GETS OFF TO ROLLICKING START $1 MILLION GUARANTEES IN PICK SIX WAGERS TRAINER ANDREW LERNER MAKING HIS MARK PAVED LOOKS TO REGROUP IN AMERICAN OAKS The trouble line for Paved explains her disappointing 12th-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Filly […]

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STABLE NOTES BY MIKE WILLMAN – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2018

WORLD CLASS RIDERS WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT SANTA ANITA BRISK MORNING PROVIDES CLASSIC SETTING FOR OPENER OPENING DAY ICE SKATING OFFERED IN SANTA ANITA INFIELD WORLD-CLASS RIDERS AT SANTA ANITA OPENING WEEKEND Five of the nation’s top six jockeys in purse earnings won this year will put their world-class talent on display opening day […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2018

AXELROD SHORTENS UP FOR GRADE I MALIBU STAKES SPICED PERFECTION TESTS GRADE I WATERS IN LA BREA WORLD CLASS RIDERS WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT SANTA ANITA TALAMO & BAFFERT TEAM WITH DABSTER IN SAN ANTONIO DESERT STONE SHOULD FANCY MATHIS BROTHERS MILE WORLD-CLASS RIDERS WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT SANTA ANITA GRYDER RETURNS TO […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2018

DREAM TREE SEEKS TO STAY UNBEATEN IN LA BREA KANTHAKA FAVORS DISTANCE OF GRADE I MALIBU TEAM DESORMEAUX, SONNETEER IN SAN ANTONIO HOLLENDORFER HAS TWO FOR MATHIS BROS. MILE POPULAR WALL CALENDAR FREE ON OPENING DAY BE COOL WITH A SANTA ANITA FIRST: ICE SKATING DREAM TREE DRILLS TOMORROW FOR GRADE I LA BREA Dream Tree […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2018

JOSE ORTIZ TO RIDE COPPER BULLET IN GRADE I MALIBU BAFFERT SEEKS TO ADD TO HIS LA BREA VICTORY RECORD BATTLE OF MIDWAY IS ON COURSE FOR THE SAN ANTONIO DIRT MILE WINNER CITY OF LIGHT TO WORK FOR PEGASUS POPULAR WALL CALENDAR AVAILABLE FREE OPENING DAY FANS CAN BE COOL WITH SANTA ANITA FIRST: ICE SKATING   […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2018

ROSARIO, ANDERSON RETURN TO SANTA ANITA FULL TIME SADLER: ‘TWO GOOD CHOICES’ FOR HORSE OF THE YEAR AIR STRIKE TESTED FOR CLASS IN GRADE I MALIBU STAKES NEW FACES FOR SADLER IN SAN ANTONIO, MATHIS BROS. MILE POPULAR WALL CALENDAR FREE TO FANS ON OPENING DAY OPENING DAY BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL ON GRANDSTAND APRON […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2018

BAFFERT HAS THREE SET FOR GRADE I MALIBU OPENING DAY TRAINER CAN JUSTIFY BUT ONE FOR HORSE OF THE YEAR ESPINOZA LOOKING FOR MID-JANUARY RETURN TO SADDLE POPULAR WALL CALENDAR FREE TO FANS ON OPENING DAY SANTA ANITA FIRST: ICE SKATING AND WORLD-CLASS RACING   McKINZIE HEADS TRIO FOR BAFFERT IN GRADE I MALIBU Bob […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN & MIKE WILLMAN – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2018

VASILIKA SEEKS TO EXTEND STREAK IN GOLDIKOVA RIVER BOYNE SET FOR SUNDAY’S TWILIGHT DERBY TURF OR DIRT, BLANC WELCOMES OPPORTUNITIES RAINBOW PICK SIX IS GUARANTEED AT $2 MILLION FIRST POST TIME CLOSING DAY SUNDAY IS 11 A.M. CAL-BRED WINNER GIVES CONNECTIONS BIG DOUBLE   VASILIKA ON A ROLL FOR TEAM HOLLENDORFER             Vasilika has been […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2018

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ TO CONTINUE IN CLASSIC? OUR SILVER OAKS GOES AFTER JUVENILE GOLD TRAINER HOPES MADDY STAKES IS MILLER TIME $2 MILLION RAINBOW JACKPOT GUARANTEED ON SATURDAY POST TIME SATURDAY IS 10:30 A.M., SUNDAY 11 A.M.   GOLDEN STATE DOMINATES BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC             In 34 previous runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, nearly half […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, OCT. 28, 2018

D’AMATO GEARS UP FOR CLOSING WEEKEND JOCKEY ‘CRUZES’ TO FIRST SANTA ANITA WIN SINGLE TICKET PICK 6 JACKPOT HITS $912,155 POST TIMES ARE SET FOR FINAL THREE DAYS   D’AMATO LOOKS TO THE BIG MEET AT SANTA ANITA             Phil D’Amato, once again among the training leaders, has designs on two stakes as Santa Anita’s […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, OCT. 27, 2018

ACCELERATE IN ‘SUPER-DUPER’ CLASSIC WORK SINGLE TICKET PICK 6 JACKPOT HITS $817,542 POST TIMES ARE SET FOR CLOSING WEEKEND   ACCELERATE HEADS MAJOR BREEDERS’ CUP DRILLS             There were more significant workers at Santa Anita Saturday morning than there is spittin’ in a Clint Eastwood Western. With the weather clear, the track fast, the sun […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, OCT. 26, 2018

BAFFERT ACES BREEZE FOR BREEDERS’ CUP ‘MIDWAY’ BATTLES HIS WAY BACK TO RACES AUTUMN MISS STAKES FITS WEST PALM BEACH SINGLE TICKET PICK 6 JACKPOT HITS $769,417 SANTA ANITA POST TIMES SET FOR CLOSING WEEKEND   BAFFERT ‘REALLY HAPPY’ WITH GAME WINNER’S WORK             After a full moon gave way to sunrise over Santa Anita’s […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY, OCT. 25, 2018

BELLAFINA IS ‘READY’ FOR BC JUVENILE FILLIES ACCELERATE’S FINAL LOCAL BREEZE SATURDAY BALTAS HAS ‘OUTSIDE’ CHANCES IN AUTUMN MISS 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET JACKPOT OFFERS $724,807   BC JUVENILE FILLIES CHOICE BELLAFINA WORKS IN 47:40             Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies favorite Bellafina (video) worked four furlongs at 8:05 Thursday morning in 47.40 for the 1 […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2018

BC CLASSIC BATTLE CRY IS ‘REMEMBER McKINZIE!’ HUSBAND AND WIFE MEAH TEAM UP IN NEW CAREER SINGLE TICKET PICK 6 JACKPOT STANDS AT $662,512   McKINZIE WORKS FOR BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC             Bob Baffert’s battle cry for the Breeders’ Cup Classic won’t be “Remember the Alamo!” but it could be “Remember McKinzie!” Seemingly the odd […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, OCT. 20, 2018

SPAWR BIDS BYE TO ‘SKYE’, BUT ‘IT’S BEEN FUN’ CLASSIC FAVORITE ACCELERATE WORKS IN 59:80 JACKPOT IN 20 CENT RAINBOW PICK 6 AT $750,000   SPAWR SAYS FAREWELL TO BARGAIN CLAIM SKYE DIAMONDS The next two weeks will be bittersweet for Bill Spawr. The well-respected trainer, who turns 79 on Dec. 13, will say goodbye […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, OCT. 19, 2018

SADLER SEES HIS BREEDERS’ CUP AS HALF FULL BELLAFINA BULLET HAS TRAINER ‘REALLY HAPPY’ SUNNY SLOPE IS GOOD SPOT FOR SPARKY VILLE $750,000 GUARANTEED RAINBOW PICK 6 SATURDAY   ODDS FAVOR SADLER ENDING BREEDERS’ CUP DROUGHT John Sadler is not openly offended or even noticeably miffed when gently reminded he has never won a Breeders’ […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY, OCT. 18, 2018

GLATT HOPES TO MAKE HIS MARK SATURDAY TRAINER A QUICK AND SUCCESSFUL ‘LERNER’ FRIENDS BID FAREWELL TO COLORFUL KARLIK SANTA ANITA RAINBOW PICK 6 JACKPOT $512,056   EDDIE HASKELL SET FOR CALIFORNIA FLAG HANDICAP Mark Glatt felt Eddie Haskell had considerable upside when he claimed him for $50,000 last April 26, and it wasn’t because […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, OCT. 14, 2018

CLASSIC BREEDERS’ CUP WORKS AT SANTA ANITA RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT $450,619 FOR TODAY BARRETTS EQUINE TO HOLD FINAL SALE TUESDAY   WEST COAST, McKINZIE, ACCELERATE DRILL FOR CLASSIC Bob Baffert seeks to add to his record of three Breeders’ Cup Classic wins–all consecutive–with West Coast and McKinzie in this year’s edition of the $6 […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2018

ACCELERATE’S WORK IS DELAYED UNTIL SUNDAY WATCH ME BURN COULD SIZZLE IN THE ANOAKIA HESS AND STEVENS COMBINE FOR THE TRIFECTA RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT $403,214 FOR TODAY   RAIN ALTERS TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR ACCELERATE A soaking rain forced the closing of Santa Anita’s main track for training Saturday, postponing the scheduled workout for Breeders’ […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018

CLOCKER: JUSTIFY OVER ACCELERATE FOR HOY VICTOR ESPINOZA WORKING TOWARDS RETURN BONDE HOPES TO GET ISMELUCKY ON SATURDAY SINGLE TICKET A MAJOR MISS IN RAINBOW PICK SIX POPULAR FRIDAY ‘HAPPY HOUR’ CONTINUES TODAY   JUSTIFY TOPS ACCELERATE FOR HORSE OF THE YEAR, CLOCKER SAYS A victory by Accelerate in the Breeders’ Cup Classic would enhance […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, OCT. 7, 2018

ASA HOPES TO NOTCH VICTORY IN ZUMA BEACH S Y SKY RETURNS IN CAL DISTAFF ON SATURDAY $1 MILLION FIRM IN TODAY’S RAINBOW PICK SIX   ASA TAKES HIS BEST SHOT ON MORE ICE IN ZUMA BEACH Asa Espinoza is back aboard More Ice in Monday’s $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes for two-year-olds at a mile […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, OCT. 6, 2018

TRAINER HOPES TO ‘MOE’ ‘EM DOWN IN LA WOMAN O’NEILL WANTS TO WHOOP IT UP IN ZUMA BEACH FILLY FROM ‘DOWN UNDER’ RUNS TO HER LOOKS TRAINER McCARTHY ON A ROLL AT SANTA ANITA RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT FIRM AT $1 MILLION   SHOW IT N MOE IT SET FOR GRADE III LA WOMAN Show […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, OCT. 5, 2018

SADLER GOES FOR SPRINT UPSET WITH TWO ON SATURDAY WHERE THERE’S SHARP SAMURAI, THERE’S ALWAYS ‘HOPE’ OWNING SHORTENS UP IN ‘WIN AND YOU’RE IN’ SPEAKEASY TRAINER ALFREDO MARQUEZ IS HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT SANTA ANITA RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT FIRM AT $500,000 STRONACH 5 STARTS IN FIRST RACE AT SANTA ANITA TODAY   SADLER […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2018

‘RANSOM’ IS SHARP FOR SA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP STEVENS REUNITES WITH MAE NEVER NO SATURDAY LE KEN DEBUTS FOR McANALLY IN THE CITY OF HOPE RAINBOW PICK SIX TO OFFER HUGE GUARANTEED POOLS   RANSOM THE MOON ‘READY TO GO’ SATURDAY Two-time Grade I winner Ransom the Moon worked four furlongs Monday in a bullet 47 […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, SEPT. 30, 2018

RANSOM THE MOON HAS WEATHERED THE STORM ACCELERATE POINTS TO BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC JURY STILL OUT ON BREEDERS’ CUP FOR VASILIKA SMILING TIGRESS BERNSTEIN’S HORSE FOR COURSE $1 MILLION RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT AGAIN TODAY   D’AMATO HOPES PATIENCE PAYS WITH RANSOM THE MOON Multiple Grade I winner Ransom the Moon was scheduled to run […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, SEPT. 29, 2018

CHAMPION ABEL TASMAN’S MIND IS SET ON WINNING TRAINER EURTON IS SWEET ON ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR INAUGURAL STRONACH 5 PAYS $9,888 TO 14 WINNERS $1 MILLION JACKPOT POOL IN TODAY’S RAINBOW PICK SIX   CHAMP ABEL TASMAN LIKES TO DO HER THING Abel Tasman has a mind of her own. Not an unusual trait for a race […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, SEPT. 28, 2018

McCARTHY HOPES FOR TRIFECTA ON SATURDAY TRAINER OPTS FOR SLOW PACE IN JOHN HENRY HALL OF FAME POSTERS ARE FREE TOMORROW   McCARTHY HAS THREE FOR ‘WIN AND YOU’RE IN’ STAKES             Mike McCarthy has three horses entered Saturday in four of Santa Anita’s Grade I, Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” stakes races, all […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 2018

EAST COAST, WEST COAST, SMITH GAINS BIG BUCKS BEAU RECALL EYES CLEAR SAILING IN RODEO DRIVE HOLLENDORFER PAIR SET FOR AMERICAN PHAROAH STEVENS SEEKS GOLD ABOARD TOUCHING RAINBOWS TWO DOLLAR HAPPY HOURS START ON OPENING DAY FREE HALL OF FAME POSTERS AVAILABLE SATURDAY ‘VOICE OF VIKINGS’ ALLEN VISITS CLOCKERS’ CORNER   SMITH HOPES TO ADD […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2018

WEST COAST, ABEL TASMAN RUN OPENING WEEKEND EDDIE D STAKES HIGHLIGHTS OPENING CARD FRIDAY TWO DOLLAR HAPPY HOURS START ON OPENING DAY FREE HALL OF FAME POSTERS AVAILABLE SATURDAY   BAFFERT CHAMPIONS AWAIT SATURDAY, SUNDAY STAKES              Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert has two of his primary champions awaiting action opening weekend of […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2018

TRAINING KING O’NEILL PRIMED FOR AUTUMN MEET BAFFERT HAS TWO READY FOR AMERICAN PHAROAH GEROUX INVADES SANTA ANITA FOR GRADE I RACES DISTANCE OF CHANDELIER SHOULD SUIT BELLAFINA LA FORCE WORKS SATURDAY FOR ZENYATTA STAKES TWO DOLLAR HAPPY HOURS START ON OPENING DAY FREE HALL OF FAME POSTERS ON SATURDAY, SEPT. 29   O’NEILL EXCITED […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY, SEPT. 20, 2018

SADLER HOPES TO ‘ACCELERATE’ AT SANTA ANITA RECOVERING VICTOR ESPINOZA PLANS TO RIDE AGAIN TRAINER FINDS HIS NICHE IN HORSE RACING AND FILMS YOUNG AT HEART MATOS SET WITH STEVENS, ROMAN   HORSE OF THE YEAR HOPEFUL ACCELERATE SET FOR AWESOME AGAIN             John Sadler, as much a fixture in Southern California as beaches and […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN & MIKE WILLMAN – SUNDAY JUNE 24, 2018

                                                                                                                                                   O’NEILL, PRAT STEAM TO TAKE SPRING HONORS THE BEAT GOES ON FOR BAFFERT AND JUSTIFY APPRENTICE ESPINOZA A TEENAGE SENSATION MASSIVE MANDATORY EXOTIC PAYOUTS TODAY   O’NEILL & PRAT BRING LOFTY NUMBERS INTO CLOSING DAY             Congratulations are in order for Doug O’Neill and Flavien Prat, as both […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN & MIKE WILLMAN – SATURDAY APRIL 23, 2018

        POSTER SIGNING BRINGS OUT LONGEST LINE FIRST-TIME FANS ENJOY JUSTIFY EXPERIENCE LEADING RIDER PRAT PLANS TO STAY ON TOP BELLA LUMA IS ‘DOING GREAT’ FOR WILSHIRE PICK SIX CARRYOVER COULD EXCEED $750,000   ‘LONGEST LINE’ FOR JUSTIFY TRIPLE CROWN POSTER             Five minutes after Santa Anita’s admission gates opened at 10 a.m. Saturday, a […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JUNE 22, 2018

   SMITH SMELLS THE ROSES AND MORE WITH JUSTIFY JUSTIFY TAKES A BOW AT SANTA ANITA TOMORROW WISER STONE HANDS SET FOR GRADE II SAN CARLOS CHROME’S BROTHER EYES STAKE AFTER MAIDEN WIN D’AMATO ENTERS TWO FOR CLOSING DAY’S WILSHIRE   SMITH’S TRIPLE CROWN MEMORIES ARE EVERGREEN Mike Smith may not be fined for excessive […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JUNE 21, 2018

    JUSTIFY TAKES A BOW AT SANTA ANITA SATURDAY 12 NOON POST SATURDAY, SMITH TO SIGN POSTERS NTRA IS SEEKING FANS’ PHOTOGRAPHS OF JUSTIFY JUSTIFY RETURN TO SANTA ANITA BIG NEWS ON XBTV SADLER TESTS GRADED WATERS IN THE SAN CARLOS QUICK PACE WOULD AID BEAU RECALL IN WILSHIRE   BAFFERT, BARNES AND NOBLE JUSTIFY […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JUNE 17, 2018

   ‘RAINBOWS’ SEEKS GOLD AT END OF SAN CARLOS CORDIALITY DRILLS FOR POSSIBLE WILSHIRE START FANS CAN SEE JUSTIFY AT SANTA ANITA ON JUNE 23   ‘NOW HORSE’ TOUCHING RAINBOWS SET FOR SAN CARLOS Touching Rainbows seeks his fifth straight victory and his first stakes win in his first attempt in Saturday’s Grade II San […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JUNE 16, 2018

    FATHER’S DAY HAS MANY CHERISHED MEMORIES JUSTIFY MAKES ON-TRACK APPEARANCE JUNE 23 JUSTIFY DUE TO ARRIVE AT SANTA ANITA SUNDAY RETIRED HORSES, CARMA HONORED TOMORROW   HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO DADS EVERYWHERE Following is the inscription on a card sent to me by my son. The message could apply for any child to any […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN & MIKE WILLMAN – THURSDAY JUNE 14, 2018

      IT’S BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR BOB BAFFERT JUSTIFY ON PARADE AT SANTA ANITA JUNE 23 MOREY SWEET ON UNBEATEN OLLIE’S CANDY O’NEILL SEEKS THE RAINBOW’S POT OF GOLD ROMAN GETS GOLDEN WHIP AWARD SATURDAY RETIRED HORSES, CARMA FETED ON SUNDAY   BAFFERT BASKS IN POST-BELMONT NORMALCY Far from the madding crowd that produced the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JUNE 10, 2018

     BOB BAFFERT GAINS THE NATION’S RESPECT MIKE SMITH BONDS WITH JUSTIFY: SHIRREFFS SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT AT $168,759   SORRY, RODNEY, BAFFERT GETS RESPECT And there was Bob Baffert, the man with the quickest quips this side of the late “no respect” comedian, Rodney Dangerfield, fighting back the emotion of the moment as […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JUNE 9, 2018

       FIBONACCI HAS BIGGER FISH TO FRY AFTER RAINBOW STEVENS AND ROMAN KEEPING AGENT MATOS BUSY TWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER TODAY OF $158,758   PROMISING FIBONACCI BREEZES FOR RAINBOW STAKES Fibonacci, last seen March 30 when he put on a dominating performance winning an overnight race at Santa Anita by five lengths going a mile […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JUNE 8, 2018

   LOCAL CLOCKERS BACK JUSTIFY IN BELMONT SANTA ANITA JOCKS INVADE BELMONT PARK McCARTHY EYES A WEEKEND STAKES SWEEP   CLOCKERS SEE TRIPLE CROWN FOR JUSTIFY As the minutes tick by at a sloth-like pace, the world of racing sits in antsy anticipation of Justify’s pursuit of a Triple Crown sweep at Belmont Park tomorrow. […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN & MIKE WILLMAN – THURSDAY JUNE 7, 2018

      LOCAL HORSEMEN FANCY JUSTIFY IN BELMONT CASSIDY, MAY GIRL READY FOR A HONEYMOON DRAFT PICK TAKES ON TOUGHER IN AFFIRMED LITTLE MUNCHKIN WAS BIG FAN OF SANTA ANITA ROMAN FEELS GREAT, RETURNS NEXT THURSDAY   COMMON SENSE, LOYALTY FAVOR JUSTIFY Whether it’s practicality, knowledge, common sense or loyalty, Justify was a near-unanimous choice Thursday […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2018

FREY SEEKS TO REMAIN PERFECT AT BELMONT MISS SIENNA MAKES S. DEBUT IN HONEYMOON PEREIRA ESCAPES SERIOUS INJURY IN MISHAP GEROUX TO RIDE BOLT D’ORO IN THE MET MILE   FREY OUT TO MAKE HIS MARK IN BELMONT STAKES Kyle Frey has a chance to make his mark on the international stage Saturday when he […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2018

SMITH IS COUNTING DOWN TO BELMONT STAKES EURTON EYES IMPROVEMENT IN $200,000 MELAIR BAFFERT OPTS FOR A ‘PERFECT’ PACE SCENARIO ANNABELLE STUTE CELEBRATES 86TH BIRTHDAY   SMITH CONFIDENT AS BELMONT STAKES NEARS Mike Smith is not one to count his chickens before they’re hatched, or his victories before the race is official, for that matter. […]

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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2018

FAVORED UNIQUE BELLA IS READY FOR BEHOLDER KORINER HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN SNOW CHIEF EVIN ROMAN IS SET TO RESUME RIDING ON JUNE 14   UNIQUE BELLA ODDS-ON AGAIN FOR GRADE I BEHOLDER                                                                   Unique Bella, the latest in a seemingly endless line of stalwarts from the barn of Jerry Hollendorfer, will […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY MAY 28, 2018

    MUCH TO CELEBRATE AT SANTA ANITA KORINER HAS TWO FOR SNOW CHIEF ‘SHIP AND STAY’ PROGRAM PAYS OFF STEVENS STILL GOING STRONG AT 55   ANTICIPATION RUNS HIGH AT SANTA ANITA AND BEYOND             As the nation today duly honors the patriotic men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice enabling America to remain […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018

SHOEMAKER USED HIS HEAD AS WELL AS HANDS CONIAH MUST OVERCOME THE RAIL ON MONDAY TRAINER EYES A RETURN TO FORM IN MONROVIA VALE DORI WORKS FOR GRADE I BEHOLDER MILE   SANTA ANITA REMEMBERS SHOEMAKER ON MONDAY Vince DeGregory could write a book about racing. At 85, the senior agent in a game he’s […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2018

O’NEILL HOPES NO PLACE LIKE HOME FOR PAVEL TALAMO, DR. DORR PERFECT FOR RICH GOLD CUP MOPOTISM MAKES TURF DEBUT IN GRADE I GAMELY GALLAGHER IS COUNTING ON FRENCH CONNECTION EVIN ROMAN COULD RESUME RIDING AGAIN JUNE 7   PAVEL GOOD AS GOLD (CUP) AFTER DUBAI TRIP Pavel makes his first start since March 31 […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN & MIKE WILLMAN – SUNDAY MAY 20, 2018

     SMITH ‘CONFIDENT’ ABOUT JUSTIFY’S CHANCES SWEEPING TRIPLE CROWN IS A COMPLEX TASK IMPROVING PRINCE OF ARABIA EYES GOLD CUP STEVENS IS ON THE MARK WITH TRAINER GLATT   SMITH OFFERS INSIGHTS INTO PREAKNESS TRIP ABOARD JUSTIFY             “Big Money” Mike Smith, who has now guided Justify to four out of his five wins, including […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MAY 19, 2018

  PAVEL COULD DEBUT ON TURF IN SHOEMAKER BALTAS HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN GAMELY SINK OR SWIM FOR MILLER IN CRYSTAL WATER   O’NEILL MULLS SHOEMAKER, GOLD CUP FOR PAVEL Doug O’Neill is weighing his options with Pavel for the Memorial Day weekend, mulling either next Saturday’s Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MAY 18, 2018

     ONLY ONE HORSE CAN BEAT JUSTIFY– JUSTIFY MOONLESS SKY IS SET FOR FRAN’S VALENTINE ASA ESPINOZA ENJOYS HIS FIRST-EVER TRIPLE   TRIPLE CROWN AWAITS JUSTIFY, CLOCKER SAYS             Paraphrasing FDR, the only thing Justify has to fear is Justify himself. Saturday’s Preakness Stakes and beyond that the Belmont Stakes on June 9 is Justify’s […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MAY 17, 2018

        EURTON COMEBACKERS SURFACE THIS WEEKEND NO PLACE LIKE HOME (SANTA ANITA) FOR STEVENS KYLE NOT FRAYED BY HIS FIRST BIG APPLE VICTORY FRANCO RIDING FOR TITLE ON ‘TOUGHEST CIRCUIT’   EURTON EYES SUCCESSFUL STAKES WEEKEND      Trainer Peter Eurton hopes Cheekaboo and Ashleyluvssugar run well fresh in their Santa Anita stakes engagements this weekend, the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MAY 13, 2018

    UNIQUE BELLA WORKS FOR BEHOLDER SHOWDOWN RYE BACK WITH CAL-BREDS IN THE CRYSTAL WATER FASHION BUSINESS A FIRST FOR THE SIRE FRANKEL   UNIQUE BELLA BREEZES FOR APPEALING BEHOLDER             Working towards perhaps the most anticipated race of the Spring Meet, champion Unique Bella breezed six furlongs from the gate at 6:30 Sunday morning […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MAY 12, 2018

        JUSTIFY IS DOING ‘TERRIFIC’ FOR PREAKNESS TRAVEL LIKELY FOR TIJORI AFTER MAIDEN WIN BAZE, FREY SEEK VICTORY AT BELMONT PARK   HISTORY COULD BECKON JUSTIFY, O’NEILL SAYS Doug O’Neill has been down the Triple Crown road before, not as often as Bob Baffert, and experience–long or short, proverbially and otherwise–is the best teacher. A […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MAY 11, 2018

  ESPINOZA; ‘TRIPLE’ SWEEP MEMORIES ARE FOREVER CAN KING CAUSE GIVE O’NEILL LAZ BARRERA UPSET? NAKATANI IS BACK ON BOLT D’ORO FOR PREAKNESS   TRIPLE CROWN PURSUIT ‘BEST EXPERIENCE,’ ESPINOZA SAYS Now that Justify vanquished 19 foes in the Kentucky Derby, the racing world has turned its probing eyes on next Saturday’s Preakness Stakes and […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MAY 10, 2018

  JUSTIFY LOOKS ‘INCREDIBLE’ IN HIS GALLOP RAFAEL BEJARANO RESUMES RIDING TODAY KANTHAKA BACK SPRINTING IN LAZ BARRERA SHOW IT N MOE IT VS. GRADE I FOE SATURDAY STEVENS RETURNS TO SANTA ANITA ON MAY 17   ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR DERBY WINNER JUSTIFY Conquering hero Bob Baffert was back on the beat at his […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MAY 6, 2018

        AMPLE REASONS JUSTIFY MIKE SMITH’S SUCCESS SMITH SEZ JUSTIFY BEST 3-YEAR-OLD HE’S RIDDEN UNIQUE BELLA, SELCOURT WORK FOR BEHOLDER TRAINER IS HAPPY WITH CITY OF LIGHT’S BREEZE   MIKE SMITH PROVES A HANDS-ON RIDER Already firmly established as an astute athlete when the chips are down, and one of the best positional riders of […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MAY 4, 2018

     HORSEMEN LIKE CALIFORNIANS IN KENTUCKY DERBY FAULT VS. VALE DORI IN SUNDAY’S SALTY ADORATION RAFAEL BEJARANO WILL RESUME RIDING ON MAY 10   SANTA ANITA HORSEMEN FANCY JUSTIFY, BOLT D’ORO IN DERBY The stage is set for the 144th Kentucky Derby, the world’s most famous horse race, in which almost everyone has an […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MAY 3, 2018

      SMITH HOPES TO JUSTIFY HIS POSITION IN DERBY NEW GELDING LA LA LAND RUNS IN SINGLETARY TRAINER ROOTS FROM KENTUCKY ON SATURDAY   SMITH SITTING PRETTY FOR OAKS AND DERBY Mike Smith appears to be in the enviable position of riding favored Justify in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, in addition to second choice Midnight […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2018

VAN DYKE READY FOR HIS FIRST KENTUCKY DERBY SPAWR HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY NEXT WEEKEND PRAT RIDES WITH MOMENTUM AS DERBY DAY NEARS   VAN DYKE ON INSTILLED REGARD IN HIS FIRST DERBY             At the tender age of 23 and already sparkling with an aura of stardom, Drayden Van Dyke returns to his […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2018

JUSTIFY IN FINAL MAJOR KENTUCKY DERBY DRILL FULL OF LUCK MAKES DIRT DEBUT IN CALIFORNIAN MARATHON SHOULD SUIT CAUSEFORCOMMOTION ISOTHERM SHORTENS UP SUNDAY FOR SAN SIMEON FIRST POST WILL BE 12:30 P.M. STARTING ON MAY 3   JUSTIFY ‘WORKS WELL’ FOR KENTUCKY DERBY At 6:45 on an overcast Friday morning, Santa Anita Derby winner Justify […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018

PROUD PAPA JOE SET FOR THE CALIFORNIAN BALTAS TACKLES FAVORITE WITH FOURSOME DERBY HORSES SET FOR WEEKEND BREEZES INJURED ROMAN EXPECTED BACK IN A MONTH   TALAMO SEEKS THIRD IN ROW ON DR. DORR Joe Talamo hopes to make it three in a row on Dr. Dorr when he rides the son of Lookin At […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY APRIL 22, 2018

     BOLT D’ORO WORKS FOR KENTUCKY DERBY PRINCE OF ARABIA READY FOR CALIFORNIAN MILLER HAS 3 FOR THE MONEY IN SAN SIMEON McANALLY IS SIDELINED WITH BROKEN ANKLE   BOLT D’ORO IN SEVEN FURLONG DERBY BREEZE             Santa Anita Derby runner-up Bolt d’Oro worked seven furlongs under Victor Espinoza in 1:24.20 at 7:45 Sunday […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY APRIL 21, 2018

        FAVORED JUSTIFY WORKS FOR KENTUCKY DERBY TRAINER TRIES A QUICK SAN JUAN TURNAROUND EVO CAMPO TACKLES MALE RIVALS IN SAN JUAN   BAFFERT ‘HAPPY’ WITH JUSTIFY’S DERBY BREEZE Santa Anita Derby winner and current Kentucky Derby favorite Justify had his pen-ultimate workout this morning for the 144th Run for the Roses on May […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY APRIL 20, 2018

    MILLER HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN KONA GOLD FREE ROSE STEPS UP AGAIN IN GRADE SATURDAY NESSY MAKES HIMSELF AT HOME FOR SAN JUAN RACING COMMUNITY RALLIES TO AID VALENZUELA   MILLER DUO DOING WELL FOR KONA GOLD Peter Miller has two for the money in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018

RANSOM THE MOON TO DEFEND KONA GOLD TITLE KENJISSTORM STILL SHARP FOR AMERICAN STAKES RYE REMAINS FRESH FOR THE MARATHON SAN JUAN THURSDAY BREAKFAST TO AID ADRIAN VALENZUELA   RANSOM THE MOON RETURNS IN GRADE II KONA GOLD Ransom the Moon will defend his title in the Kona Gold Stakes next Saturday when the son […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018

TRIPLE CROWN-SAVVY ESPINOZA SET ON BOLT D’ORO WINNING TITLES NEVER GETS OLD FOR BOB BAFFERT TOUGH SUNDAY TOUGH PACE FACTOR IN THOR’S ECHO JOSE FERRER TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD ON SUNDAY BAFFERT, SMITH GIVEN PEGASUS WORLD CUP RINGS PANCAKE BREAKFAST APRIL 19 BENEFITS VALENZUELA   ESPINOZA SEEKS FOURTH DERBY WIN ON BOLT D’ORO If any […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2018

SANTA ANITA SOPH SENSATIONS BOUND FOR KENTUCKY JOSE FERRER TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD NEXT SUNDAY MILLIE HAS A BALL IN ANNUAL DERBY DAY 5K RUN & WALK SUNDAY’S TELETHON WILL BENEFIT DISABLED JOCKEYS   JUSTIFY, BOLT D’ORO, MIDNIGHT BISOU HEADING TO KENTUCKY Justify, Bolt d’Oro and Midnight Bisou, arguably the leading three-year-olds in the land, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY APRIL 6, 2018

       ‘BOLT’ TO SHADOW JUSTIFY IN SANTA ANITA DERBY SPECTATOR TRIES TWO TURNS IN SANTA ANITA OAKS TREASURING IS MOVING FORWARD IN PROVIDENCIA SPECHT HERE FROM BAY AREA FOR CAL-BRED GOLD MATT GARCIA NEEDS VERSATILITY ABOARD ARABIAN SUNDAY TELETHON WILL BENEFIT DISABLED JOCKEYS   BOLT D’ORO OUT TO WIN SANTA ANITA DERBY It wasn’t […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2018

BOLT D’ORO ‘ON POINT’ FOR RICH SANTA ANITA DERBY KTLA MORNING NEWS AT SANTA ANITA ON THURSDAY RACING MOURNS THE PASSING OF HACEK AND KOOBA APRIL 8 TELETHON WILL BENEFIT DISABLED JOCKEYS   BOLT D’ORO BREEZES FOR $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY Leading Triple Crown contender Bolt d’Oro had his final major drill Sunday for […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2018

INSTILLED REGARD WORKS FOR SA DERBY; McKINZIE OUT KTLA MORNING NEWS WILL BE AT SANTA ANITA THURSDAY AGENTLESS BLANC HAS A SOLID PROSPECT IN FIBONACCI   INSTILLED REGARD BREEZES FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY             Instilled Regard had his final major work for next Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, going five furlongs at […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN & MIKE WILLMAN – FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018

BOLT, McKINZIE REMATCH IN SANTA ANITA DERBY KTLA MORNING NEWS AT SANTA ANITA THURSDAY A HAPPY ENDING FOR OLD GELDING LITTLE JERRY APRIL 8 TELETHON TO BENEFIT DISABLED JOCKEYS   LITTLE DEGREE OF SEPARATION BETWEEN BOLT AND McKINZIE             A rematch of mythic proportions could be in the offing next Saturday when Bolt d’Oro and […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN AND MIKE WILLMAN – THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018

‘PHENOMENAL’ BOLT D’ORO WORKS FOR SA DERBY SUNDAY YOUNG ‘DISTAFFERS GOMEZ & CRAIGMYLE SHINE FOR CARMA CELEBRATION OF LIFE SATURDAY FOR AGENT MARK NORTH    BOLT D’ORO DOING ‘PHENOMENAL’ FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY Leading Triple Crown candidate Bolt d’Oro will have his final major workout Sunday for the $1 million, Grade I Santa Anita Derby […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MARCH 25, 2018

      INSTILLED REGARD WORKS FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY ESPINOZAS POST SANTA ANITA TRIPLE ON SATURDAY MIDNIGHT BISOU AMONG 257 SANTA ANITA WORKERS   INSTILLED REGARD IN ‘GOOD’ DRILL FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY Instilled Regard, prepping for the $1 million, Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 7, worked seven furlongs at 6:45 Sunday morning […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MARCH 24, 218

  BOLT D’ORO LOOKING GOOD FOR MONDAY’S BREEZE ANCIENT SECRET MAKES SANTA ANITA DEBUT SUNDAY REMINDER: FIRST POST TIME TOMORROW IS 11:30 A.M.   BOLT D’ORO MOVING FORWARD FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY Leading Triple Crown contender Bolt d’Oro, scheduled to work four furlongs Monday for the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MARCH 23, 2018

     PARADISE WOODS SET FOR SANTA MONICA SHOWDOWN ITSINTHEPOST IS READY FOR MARATHON SAN LUIS REY MOREY OUT TO GET THE BREAD WITH RYE ON SATURDAY ROSARIO ON INSTILLED REGARD IN SANTA ANITA DERBY   PARADISE WOODS ‘IN GOOD SHAPE’ FOR SANTA MONICA             Richard Mandella is quietly excited to have Paradise Woods race-ready […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MARCH 22, 2018

      BOLT D’ORO WORKS MONDAY FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY SANTA MONICA COULD BECOME JEWEL FOR ‘DIAMONDS’ RACING MOURNS THE PASSING OF AGENT MARK NORTH UNBEATEN CHAMP ‘GGG’ TO PRESENT SA DERBY TROPHY POPULAR CUCO TALAMANTES RESTING AT HOME AFTER SURGERY   BOLT D’ORO WORKS MONDAY FOR McKINZIE REMATCH Gearing up for a rematch with […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2018

McKINZIE VS. BOLT D’ORO REMATCH IS SET IN STONE SELCOURT IS AMONG SANTA MONICA HEAVYWEIGHTS CHAMPS HEAD MORE THAN 200 WORKERS ON SUNDAY CUCO TALAMANTES RECOVERING FROM SURGERY   McKINZIE, SOLOMINI VS. BOLT IN SANTA ANITA DERBY The only sure thing in racing is there are no sure things, but as of 8 o’clock Sunday […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MARCH 17, 2018

SAN FELIPE REMATCH SET FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY BALTAS HAS THREE FOR THE MONEY IN SANTA ANA MUCHOS BESOS: HAPPY HORSE WITH HAPPY ENDING   BOLT VS. McKINZIE ROUND TWO IN SANTA ANITA DERBY Although Bob Baffert has been known to call more audibles than Bret Favre, the Hall of Fame trainer now appears firm […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MARCH 16, 2018

        FAULT TO STAY ON DIRT IN GRADE I SANTA MARGARITA MATURING MOPOTISM MAINTAINS HER GRADED STREAK SANTA ANITA DERBY AN OPTION FOR UNBEATEN JUSTIFY ROMAN WINS TWO RACES ON FIRST DAY AS JOURNEYMAN   DON’T BLAME FAULT FOR TRYING DIRT IN SANTA MARGARITA Fault has made 12 of her 14 career starts on […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MARCH 9, 2018

     BAFFERT SEEKS HIS SEVENTH SAN FELIPE VICTORY OUTSIDER AQUILA EYES UPSET IN THE SAN FELIPE SADLER GOES FOR GRADE I DOUBLE ON SATURDAY MOTT CHARGE LOOMS LARGE VS. WORLD APPROVAL BALTAS TWO-TEAMS THE FRANK E. KILROE FAVORITE   FAVORED McKINZIE DOING WELL FOR ‘TOUGH’ SAN FELIPE Bob Baffert eyes his seventh San Felipe […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN & MIKE WILLMAN – THURSDAY MARCH 8, 2018

         THREE-YEAR-OLD STARS IN SAN FELIPE SPOTLIGHT GIANT EXPECTATIONS IS LIKELY FOR THE BIG ‘CAP BOWIES HERO FACES CHAMPION WORLD APPROVAL CITY OF LIGHT FAVORED IN GRADE I TRIPLE BEND BAFFERT’S JUSTIFY TO FACE WINNERS ON SUNDAY SUNDAY FIRST POST TIME OF 11:30 A.M. LAUNCHES ORTUZAR HOSTS SPANISH-SPEAKING RADIO SHOW   McKINZIE, BOLT D’ORO […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MARCH 4, 2018

      McKINZIE WORKS ‘VERY WELL’ FOR SAN FELIPE STAKES GIANT EXPECTATIONS FIRES A BULLET FOR THE BIG ‘CAP CITY OF LIGHT IS ON COURSE FOR GRADE I TRIPLE BEND PRAT RIDES CHAMPION WORLD APPROVAL IN KILROE   McKINZIE ‘LOOKS TERRIFIC’ IN SAN FELIPE BREEZE Undefeated McKinzie, probable favorite for next Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MARCH 3, 2018

     EURTON ‘TOTALLY STOKED’ FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAP BOLT D’ORO TO BREEZE FOUR FURLONGS 9 A.M. MONDAY NEW SUNDAY FIRST POST TIME OF 11:30 A.M. ON MARCH 11   NATIVE CALIFORNIAN EURTON EYES BIG ‘CAP             Giant Expectations is nominated to both the Triple Bend Stakes and the Santa Anita Handicap presented by San […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MARCH 2, 2018

     SANTA YSABEL DISTANCE SHOULD BE OK FOR SPRING LILY ONE FAST BROAD MAKES QUICK RETURN IN SANTA YSABEL NEW SUNDAY FIRST POST TIME OF 11:30 STARTS MARCH 11 JOSE FERRER IS VOTED WINNER OF GEORGE WOOLF AWARD   SPRING LILY SHOWS PROMISE IN MAIDEN VICTORY In her first start for John Shirreffs, Spring […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, FEB. 25, 2018

UNBEATEN DREAM TREE DRILLS FOR THE SANTA YSABEL BAFFERT COULD HAVE TWO FOR THE GRADE II SAN FELIPE CHAMPION UNIQUE BELLA CRUISES IN A BULLET WORKOUT BOLT D’ORO IN PIVOTAL WORK TOMORROW FOR SAN FELIPE NEWCOMER ANDREW LERNER HAS PASSION FOR LEARNING   DREAM TREE BRANCHES OUT IN QUEST OF ANOTHER WIN             Undefeated Dream […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, FEB. 24, 2018

BAFFERT THREE-YEAR-OLDS BREEZE ON DERBY TRAIL MAJESTIC HEAT COMES BACK QUICK FOR SPRING FEVER ASA ESPINOZA WINS HIS FIRST RACE AT THE AGE OF 18 NEW 11:30 A.M. SUNDAY FIRST POST STARTS MARCH 11 MAIDEN RACE NEXT FOR CALIFORNIA CHROME’S BROTHER   McKINZIE, SOLOMINI IN TRIPLE CROWN DRILLS FOR BAFFERT             Bob Baffert’s booming, bottomless […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, FEB. 23, 2018

DERBY FEVER HAS TEMPERATURES RISING IT’S MILLER TIME IN SATURDAY’S DAYTONA STREAKING MARE IS BACK IN WISHING WELL             TOP SOPHS PREP FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD STAKES              With the Santa Anita Derby and Santa Anita Oaks six weeks away, it seems apropos for fans and horsemen alike to turn their focus to aspiring three-year-olds. That […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY, FEB. 19, 2018

ESPINOZA TO WORK BOLT D’ORO ON TUESDAY EASY MAIDEN WINNER JUSTIFY GETS 104 BEYER ROMAN, PRAT DEADLOCKED IN JOCKEYS’ RACE   BOLT D’ORO TO BREEZE FOR SAN FELIPE UNDER ESPINOZA             Bolt d’Oro, a leading contender for the Triple Crown who is scheduled to make his three-year-old debut in the San Felipe Stakes at Santa […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, FEB. 18, 2018

BONDE LOOKS FOR LANDSLIDE ON PRESIDENTS’ DAY GEOVANNI FRANCO CAPS TRIPLE WITH STAKES WIN ROSARIO, STORMY LIBERAL REUNITE IN DAYTONA   TRAINER SEEKS DOUBLE IN RICH CAL-BRED STAKES Trainer Jeff Bonde has two for the money in Monday’s lucrative Presidents’ Day co-features, George From Tahoe in the $200,000 California Cup Derby at a mile and […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 17, 2018

                                                                                                                                                              HECK YEAH STRETCHES OUT IN $200,000 CAL CUP DERBY MO SEE CAL SHARP FOR MONDAY’S RICH CAL CUP OAKS McKINZIE AND SOLOMINI BREEZE, SAN FELIPE POSSIBLE   CAN HECK YEAH ROUTE? BAFFERT THINKS HECK YEAH Undefeated Heck Yeah comes off two daylight sprint wins, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 16, 2018

 CHROME’S FULL BROTHER IS SET FOR CAL CUP DERBY ‘CLASSY’ MARE DEBUTS FOR CASSIDY IN BUENA VISTA CONIAH BACK ON MAIN TRACK IN SUNDAY’S LAS FLORES 12 NOON FIRST POST TIME FOR SATURDAY’S PROGRAM BROTHERS DESORMEAUX RIDING HIGH AT SANTA ANITA ROCK ICON STEPHEN STILLS PURCHASES SHARE OF FILLY   CHROME’S BROTHER FAVERSHAM IN STAKES […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN- SUNDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2018

                                                                                                                                                        ONE FAST BROAD FITS IN CALIFORNIA CUP OAKS SKYE DIAMONDS, PEREIRA PROVE WINNING TEAM ECLIPSE WINNER ROMAN RIDES IN CAL CUP DERBY GEOVANNI FRANCO ON THE RISE AT SANTA ANITA   ONE FAST BROAD TACKLES CAL-BREDS ON PRESIDENTS’ DAY One Fast Broad, a versatile […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2018

CHROME’S BROTHER WORKS FOR CAL CUP DERBY TRIPLE CROWN STALWARTS DRILL AT SANTA ANITA SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT PAYS $175,066.80   CHROME’S FULL BROTHER SET FOR CAL CUP DERBY Faversham, a full brother to two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, worked five furlongs early Saturday morning in 1:01.20 for the $200,000 California Cup […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY FEBRUARY 8, 2018

                                                                                                                                                       CASTELLANO TO WORK BOLT D’ORO ON FEB. 26 ALL OUT BLITZ IS DOING WELL FOR SAN VICENTE KATHY’S SONG TRIES DIRT AGAIN IN SANTA MARIA OM PREPS FOR GRADE I KILROE IN THUNDER ROAD FIRST POST TIME THIS SATURDAY WILL BE 12 NOON   […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 4, 2018

 BAFFERT SEEKS 10TH SAN VICENTE WIN SATURDAY CHAMPION UNIQUE BELLA READY FOR SANTA MARIA MILE ACE BOWIES HERO IS SET FOR THUNDER ROAD PROMISING AX MAN HEADS SAN VICENTE FOR BAFFERT Ax Man is one of three possible starters for Bob Baffert in next Saturday’s San Vicente Stakes, a race the Hall of Fame trainer […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2018

    McKINZIE IN ‘MAINTENANCE’ WORK FOR BAFFERT TRAINER EYES GOOD TRIP FOR STEPH BEING STEPH SANTA ANITA HORSEMEN PICK SUNDAY’S BIG GAME VICTOR ESPINOZA’S NEPHEW IN DEBUT TOMORROW   McKINZIE BREEZES IN COMPANY FOR NEXT START McKinzie, who stamped himself as a leading Kentucky Derby contender based on his authoritative 3 ½-length victory in […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 2, 2018

        BOLT D’ORO IN ‘EASY’ BREEZE FOR SAN FELIPE GARCIA SEEKS LEWIS UPSET WITH PEPE TONO ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKES TO AIR LIVE ON FS2 RED HOT MOREY VS. CHAMP IN PALOS VERDES DREAM TREE BACK IN SUNDAY’S LAS VIRGENES VAN DYKE LEADS JOCKEYS IN CHARITY VICTORY   BOLT D’ORO WORKS TOWARDS THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUT […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY FEBRUARY 1, 2018

         INSCOM: FROM TURF TO DIRT IN LEWIS STAKES IKE WALKER RETURNS FAST FOR SAN PASQUAL FREE ROSE ON A GRADED ROLL IN SAN MARCOS SANTA ANITA JOCKS FACE HOLY ANGELS TONIGHT   CALLAGHAN SEEKS STAKES SWEEP SATURDAY Simon Callaghan will be a busy man on Saturday. In addition to sending out Inscom in […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JANUARY 28, 2017

      CASTELLANO TO RIDE BOLT D’ORO IN SAN FELIPE PAVEL SHOULD FANCY DISTANCE OF SAN PASQUAL THE MOREY THE MERRIER AND A ROMAN HOLIDAY SANTA ANITA JOCKS VS. HOLY ANGELS THURSDAY   BOLT D’ORO GETS NEW RIDER FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUT Javier Castellano will ride Bolt d’Oro when the runner-up for an Eclipse Award in […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JANUARY 26, 2018

   UNUSUAL HEAT TURF CLASSIC IS IDEAL FOR HE WILL HOT O’NEILL EYES A SPRINT UPSET WITH B SQUARED BARBARA BEATRICE SEEKS SUNSHINE MILLIONS GOLD FLEET SIR VALENTINE MAKES DEBUT FOR BALTAS SKYE DIAMONDS CALIFORNIA OLDER FEMALE CHAMP   RICH TURF CLASSIC CONDITIONS SUIT HE WILL He Will descends from two straight graded stakes to […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, JAN. 21, 2018

WEST COAST, COLLECTED WORK FOR $16 MILLION PEGASUS RYE IN HEADLINER FOR RICH CAL-BRED CARD ON SATURDAY SPRINT KING ROY H TARGETS THE GRADE II PALOS VERDES   WEST COAST, COLLECTED READY FOR GUN RUNNER             West Coast and Collected, in their final major drills for the world’s richest race, the $16 million Pegasus World […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JANUARY 20, 2018

MASOCHISTIC IN SHARP WORKOUT FOR CAL CUP SPRINT CALIFORNIA-BREDS TAKE CENTER STAGE NEXT SATURDAY GIANT EXPECTATIONS FARES WELL AFTER PEGASUS DRILL BARGAIN CLAIM SKYE DIAMONDS EYES FEB. 18 LAS FLORES   MASOCHISTIC IN BULLET GATE DRILL FOR CAL CUP Masochistic, a prime contender for next Saturday’s $150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint for four-year-olds and […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN & MIKE WILLMAN – FRIDAY JANUARY 19, 2018

GIANT EXPECTATIONS IN ‘TERRIFIC’ DRILL FOR PEGASUS OHIO-BRED MARE IN GRADE III LAS CIENEGAS STAKES CHROME’S BROTHER FAVERSHAM EYES CAL CUP DERBY CALIFORNIA-BREDS ON CENTER STAGE NEXT SATURDAY SHIP & STAY PROGRAM PAYS DIVIDENDS TO HORSEMEN PALMA‘S TRIPLE BRINGS MEMORIES OF DAYS GONE BY OWNER/BREEDER JOSEPHINE T. GLEIS PASSES AT 105   GIANT EXPECTATIONS HAS […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY, JAN. 15, 2018

  COLLECTED PREPS FOR GUN RUNNER REMATCH IN PEGASUS CONIAH RETURNS IN GRADE III LAS CIENEGAS DOWN THE HILL BAZE DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE WITH TWO STAKES VICTORIES WEDNESDAY BARRETTS SALE AIDS SAN LUIS REY FIRE VICTIMS   COLLECTED WORKS FOR $16 MILLION PEGASUS ON JAN. 27 Collected, working for a rematch with probable Horse of […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JANUARY 13, 2016

IRISH AND FRENCH ADD ‘INTERNATIONAL’ FLAVOR TO MEGAHERTZ VAN DYKE IS THE NEXT BILL SHOEMAKER, FORMER RIDER CLAIMS DURKIN NARRATES NEWLY RELEASED AUDIO BOOK, ‘HALF A CHANCE’   TWO SEEK FIRST STAKES WIN IN MONDAY’S MEGAHERTZ If Monday’s Grade III Megahertz Stakes were run on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, Lady Valeur and her trainer, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JANUARY 12, 2018

                                                                                                                                                   LA CANADA DISTANCE IDEAL FOR RESKY BUSINESS INSTA IRMA SET FOR HOLIDAY FEATURE MONDAY MARATHON ASTRA STAKES SUITS SHAZARA’S STYLE VAN DYKE AT HIS BEST FOR THE KALOOKAN QUEEN   MOREY FILLY ALL BUSINESS AT MILE DISTANCE OF LA CANADA Resky Business makes her […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, JAN. 7, 2018

  ‘BOLT’ GALLOPS TOWARDS THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUT McKINZIE IN FINE FETTLE AFTER SHAM STAKES ROMP QUICK TURNAROUND FOR LASEEN IN THE MEGAHERTZ   SAN FELIPE NEW GOAL FOR BOLT D’ORO Mick Ruis holds more than a modicum of hope that Bolt d’Oro, one of three finalists for an Eclipse Award as outstanding two-year-old male of 2017, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN & MIKE WILLMAN – SATURDAY, JAN. 6, 2018

ECLIPSE FINALIST UNIQUE BELLA IN RELAXING BREEZE YESTERDAY’S NEWS SEEKS HEADLINES IN SANTA YNEZ OLD FRIENDS AND BREES ARE SAINTS IN SAVING MARE   UNIQUE BELLA WORKS FOR FOUR-YEAR-OLD DEBUT Unique Bella, an Eclipse Award finalist for outstanding female sprinter of 2017, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday morning in 49.60, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY JANUARY 1, 2018

          DISTANCE, BLINKERS SIGNIFICANT IN SHAM? MAIDEN TO START IN GRADE II SANTA YNEZ HEALTHY FREE ROSE SET FOR SAN GABRIEL   LEWIS EXPECTS ‘HAPPY’ IMPROVEMENT IN SHAM STAKES             Here Is Happy is light years away in talent at this stage from 1995 Santa Anita Derby winner Larry The Legend, but trainer Craig Lewis, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, DEC. 31, 2017

VICTOR LOOKS FOR MORE VICTORIES IN 2018 BLANC BIDS GOODBYE TO 2017 WITH A BANG STEPH BEING STEPH DRILLS FOR SANTA YNEZ   ESPINOZA LOOKS FORWARD TO THE NEW YEAR It’s light years from American Pharoah, California Chrome and Stellar Wind, champions all, but relatively speaking, Victor Espinoza and Tribalist are quite a team. The […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, DEC. 30, 2017

  THE QUALITY SEEMS RED HOT IN BLUE NORTHER ONE FAST BROAD BACK ON TURF FOR TEAM RUIS DESORMEAUX OFF AND WINNING AT SANTA ANITA BLUE NORTHER STAKES COULD MAKE THE GRADE             Monday’s Joe Hernandez Stakes is a restricted race offering $75,000 in purse money, but among the 10 horses entered are some that […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – TUESDAY DECEMBER 26, 2017

• ASCANIO HOPES TO PRESENT FRANKEL TROPHY • SANTA ANITA WILL RESUME RACING THIS FRIDAY • HOPPERTUNITY SEEKS THIRD SAN ANTONIO WIN • SANTA ANITA OFFERS UBER DISCOUNT TO FANS ASCANIO ‘OK’ AFTER ‘TUMBLE’ AT TRACK Humberto Ascanio, longtime valued assistant to the late Bobby Frankel, hopes to recover from “a tumble” at the track […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY DECEMBER 22, 2017

• HOLIDAY’S A WINNER FOR TRUMAN DESPITE LOSING HORSES • BOB BAFFERT SEEKS GRADE I STATUS WITH IRISH FREEDOM • CERIN NEEDS HORSE AT TOP OF HIS GAME FOR SAN ANTONIO • POPULAR WALL CALENDAR FREE TO FANS ON OPENING DAY TRAINER MAINTAINS HOLIDAY SPIRIT YEAR-ROUND Santa Anita never gets old for Eddie Truman. When […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY DECEMBER 21, 2017

• UNIQUE BELLA IN SMART BREEZE FOR GRADE I LA BREA • BOWIES HERO REMAINS ON TURF FOR MATHIS BROTHERS • SANTA ANITA’S STELLAR SIMULCAST TEAM READY TO GO • POPULAR WALL CALENDAR FREE TO FANS OPENING DAY UNIQUE BELLA IN ‘EASY’ DRILL FOR LA BREA Don Alberto Stable’s Unique Bella, who has been firing […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2017

                                                                                                                                                DABSTER BREEZES FOR GRADE I MALIBU ON OPENING DAY SAN ANTONIO COULD PROVE A PEGASUS STEPPINGSTONE BONDE OUT TO DOUBLE HIS PLEASURE IN GRADE I LA BREA POPULAR WALL CALENDAR FREE TO FANS ON OPENING DAY     BAFFERT WORKS DABSTER, WEST COAST, MASOCHISTIC                              Bob […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – TUESDAY DECEMBER 19, 2017

• COLLECTED AND DABSTER EYE OPENERS FOR BAFFERT • ECLIPSE KING CASTELLANO RIDES HERE ON OPENING DAY • BOLT D’ORO TO RETURN IN GRADE II SAN VICENTE FEB. 10 • UNIQUE BELLA DRILLS THURSDAY FOR GRADE I LA BREA COLLECTED IN SHARP WORK FOR SAN ANTONIO Arrogate conqueror Collected and Dabster are but two of […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY OCTOBER 29, 2017

• SANTA ANITA-BASED RUNNERS PREP FOR BREEDERS’ CUP • ARROGATE TO WORK FOR CLASSIC MONDAY AT 7:45 A.M. • RACE FOR TRAINING TITLE COULD GO DOWN TO THE WIRE UNBEATEN JUVENILE FAVORITE BOLT D’ORO LOOKS ‘PERFECT’ Headed by undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile favorite Bolt d’Oro, several Santa Anita-based stalwarts had their final major breezes for […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY OCTOBER 28, 2017

• AUTUMN MISS MILE SUITABLE FOR MISS SOUTHERN MISS • COLLECTED AND STELLAR WIND HEADLINE BC BREEZERS • RACING REMEMBERS BELOVED BEVERLY J. LEWIS • CARMA HOSTS AFTERCARE AWARENESS DAY ON SUNDAY MISS SOUTHERN MISS RETURNS TO MILE IN AUTUMN MISS Miss Southern Miss returns to a venue over which she registered her most impressive […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, OCT. 27, 2017

          STREAKING SHARP SAMURAI SET FOR TWILIGHT DERBY SKYE DIAMONDS ‘ON TIME’ FOR BREEDERS’ CUP EVENT BALTAS BIDDING FOR TRAINING TITLE IN AUTUMN MISS LATE SURGE HAS O’NEILL IN THE RUNNING FOR CROWN CARMA HOSTS AFTERCARE AWARENESS DAY ON SUNDAY   SHARP SAMURAI SHARP FOR TWILIGHT DERBY       Sharp Samurai seeks his fourth […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY, OCT. 26, 2017

BARN FAVORITE HOPPERTUNITY RETURNS ON SATURDAY D’AMATO HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN TWILIGHT DERBY BOLT D’ORO SET FOR FINAL MAJOR JUVENILE WORKOUT   BIGGER FISH TO FRY DOWN THE ROAD FOR HOPPERTUNITY Racing’s Hall of Fame might do well to have a private wing for Bob Baffert’s runners, both current and recent vintage. Arrogate, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY OCTOBER 22, 2017

• BOLT D’ORO, WEST COAST HEADLINE BC BREEZERS • D’AMATO WORKS HIS RUNNERS FOR BREEDERS’ CUP • POETIC JUSTICE: SPIN ME A KISS FOR AUTUMN MISS UNBEATEN BOLT D’ORO IN ‘GREAT’ WORK FOR JUVENILE A bevy of blueblood talent bent on winning Breeders’ Cup races was out en masse on a spectacular Sunday morning at […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY OCTOBER 21, 2017

  COLLECTED, STELLAR WIND WORK FOR BREEDERS’ CUP ECLIPSE WINNER KYLE FREY RETURNS AT SANTA ANITA VETERAN IGGY PUGLISI RIDING A WELCOME HOT STREAK   COLLECTED, STELLAR WIND IN ‘NICE’ BC BREEZES Pacific Classic winner Collected, one of Bob Baffert’s “Fab Four” for the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 4, worked six furlongs at 7:45 […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY OCTOBER 20, 2017

PARADISE WOODS, AVENGE BREEZE FOR BREEDERS’ CUP DR. TROUTMAN BACK DOWN THE HILL IN CALIFORNIA FLAG OLD WARHORSE ROYAL F J IS RETIRED AFTER 102 RACES FANS WILL BE ‘IN THE PINK’ ON SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA   PARADISE WOODS ‘COULDN’T BE BETTER’ FOR DISTAFF Santa Anita Oaks winner Paradise Woods and two-time Rodeo Drive […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY, OCT. 19, 2017

 SATURDAY’S STAKES RACE IS NAMED FOR CALIFORNIA FLAG CHILD ACTOR ETHAN JONES TO APPEAR IN ‘LET THERE BE LIGHT’ ‘DIAMONDS’ WORKS FOR BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE SPRINT FANS WILL BE ‘IN THE PINK’ THIS SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA   CALIFORNIA FLAG SET BREEDERS’ CUP RECORD California Flag, for whom Saturday’s $100,000 stakes race is […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, OCT. 15, 2017

BOLT’ IN EASY BREEZE FOR BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE ‘OCTOPLUS’ SEPTET IS GOING STRONG AT SANTA ANITA B SQUARED ‘SPRINTS’ HOME FOR THE CALIFORNIA FLAG SANTA ANITA FANS SHOULD BE ‘IN THE PINK’ SATURDAY BARRETTS FALL YEARLING SALE AT FAIRPLEX TUESDAY   BOLT D’ORO WORKS HALF MILE FOR BC JUVENILE Undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile favorite Bolt […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY OCTOBER 14, 2017

  CHAMPION STELLAR WIND BREEZES FOR BREEDERS’ CUP VAN DYKE SCORES ‘ACE’ IN CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT WHITE HOUSE ACKNOWLEDGES CHILDRENS’ RACING BOOK BARRETTS FALL YEARLING SALE HELD AT FAIRPLEX OCT. 17   STELLAR WIND IN ‘GOOD’ WORK FOR BREEDERS’ CUP DISTAFF Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza worked champion Stellar Wind six furlongs at 6:30 […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY OCTOBER 13, 2017

  GRASS SPECIALIST MOONLESS SKY DEBUTS DOWN THE HILL BARRETTS FALL YEARLING SALE HELD AT FAIRPLEX OCT. 17 BOLT D’ORO, FINEST CITY IN BREEDERS’ CUP WORKS SUNDAY   MOONLESS SKY MAKES HER DOWNHILL COURSE DEBUT Moonless Sky is four for four on Santa Anita’s turf course, but the four-year-old Bold Chieftain filly has never raced […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY OCTOBER 9, 2017

  ESPINOZA SAYS THERE’S VALUE IN CROSSOVER SPORTS PR CAL-BRED LONG HOT SUMMER IS ‘IN GOOD SPOT’ SATURDAY GUN RUNNER WORKS FOR CLASSIC, ARROGATE TOMORROW BARRETTS FALL YEARLING SALE HELD AT FAIRPLEX OCT. 17   ESPINOZA SEES CROSSOVER BENEFIT FOR RACING Victor Espinoza knows a good PR op when he sees one. He’s been in […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY OCTOBER 8, 2017

WEST COAST BREEZES FOR BC CLASSIC; VALE DORI IS OUT CHAMPION STELLAR WIND WORKS IN FOG FOR BC DISTAFF FIRST SANTA ANITA WIN IS BITTERSWEET FOR RISENHOOVER STREAKING BLACKJACKCAT SET FOR BREEDERS’ CUP MILE BARRETTS FALL YEARLING SALE HELD AT FAIRPLEX OCT. 17   WEST COAST ‘MOVES BEAUTIFULLY’ TOWARDS BREEDERS’ CUP Travers and Pennsylvania Derby […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY OCT. 7, 2017

BONDE FILLY TACKLES ‘LUXURY BUS’ IN LA WOMAN STAKES BAFFERT HAPPY WITH COLLECTED’S DRILL FOR BC CLASSIC BARRETTS FALL YEARLING SALE HELD AT FAIRPLEX OCT. 17   PRINCESS KAREN AMONG SIX ENTERED AGAINST UNIQUE BELLA             Jeff Bonde understandably has misgivings about taking on Unique Bella in Sunday’s Grade III LA Woman Stakes, but what’s […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY OCTOBER 6, 2017

UNIQUE BELLA IS AS GOOD AS SHE COULD BE FOR LA WOMAN BOLT D’ORO, MOONSHINE MEMORIES SET FOR BREEDERS’ CUP ROMAN 4-BAGGER HELPS CREATE $266,793 PICK 6 CARRYOVER SADLER-TRAINED CAL-BRED STEPS UP IN GRADE I SA SPRINT BARRETTS FALL YEARLING SALE HELD AT FAIRPLEX OCT. 17   FABULOUS FILLY UNIQUE BELLA RETURNS ON SUNDAY             […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY OCTOBER 5, 2017

  AMERICAN ANTHEM IN TUNE FOR THE SA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP BLACKJACKCAT HAS A GOOD HAND FOR BREEDERS’ CUP MILE UNIQUE BELLA HAS BEEN WORKING LIGHTS OUT FOR RETURN STRONACH FAMILY TO SELL KY. FARM, BOLSTER CALIF. PRESENCE GOLF CLASSIC WILL BENEFIT THE PDJF ON TUESDAY, OCT. 10   AMERICAN ANTHEM SHARP FOR SANTA ANITA SPRINT […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY OCTOBER 1, 2017

  RANSOM THE MOON WAS A GOOD BUY FOR D’AMATO BAFFERT HAS QUARTET QUED UP FOR BC CLASSIC PRAT’S FOUR BAGGER INCLUDES THREE GRADE I’S BOLT D’ORO EYES BIG DANCE AFTER FRONTRUNNER   RANSOM THE MOON BREEZES FOR SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP Ransom the Moon, winner of three of four starts for Phil D’Amato since […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, SEPT. 29, 2017

PETER EURTON TRAINEE HAS ‘GIANT’ EXPECTATIONS MAJESTIC HEAT SET FOR WIN AND YOU’RE IN RODEO DRIVE FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE TO SANTA ANITA STARTS TODAY LOS ANGELES TIMES NEWSLETTER DEBUTS STARTING TODAY JOHN MORRIS GOLF TOURNAMENT WILL BENEFIT THE PDJF   GIANT EXPECTATIONS EYES SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP Giant Expectations, who registered a mild surprise at […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY, SEPT. 28, 2017

CURLIN RULES SEEKS UPSET IN AWESOME AGAIN STAKES RUIS HAPPY WITH BOLT D’ORO FOR THE FRONTRUNNER MOONSHINE MEMORIES TRIES TWO TURNS IN CHANDELIER TRIBALIST MAKES INFREQUENT APPEARANCE IN EDDIE D. FRANK CONVERSATION SEEKS TO SURPRISE IN JOHN HENRY FREE PROMOTIONAL ITEM TO THOROUGHBREDS MEMBERS LOS ANGELES TIMES NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE TOMORROW FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE TO SANTA […]

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HUNT & ITSINTHEPOST HEADLINE SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 JOHN HENRY TURF CHAMPIONSHIP AT SANTA ANITA; FIELD OF NINE SET GO 1 ¼ MILES

  SHARP GLEN HILL HOMEBRED CHICAGO STYLE SEEKS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE WIN IN STAKES DEBUT   ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2017)–Trainer Phil D’Amato’s Hunt and Jeff Mullins’ Itsinthepost are among five horses exiting a common race as both headline Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 John Henry Turf Championship Sunday at Santa Anita.  The John Henry, for 3-year-olds […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2017

  DORTMUND ‘OUT OF RETIREMENT’ FOR AWESOME AGAIN HISTORY-MAKING START FOR PRIZE EXHIBIT OPENING DAY GUN RUNNER MAKES HIMSELF AT HOME AT SANTA ANITA FREE PROMOTIONAL ITEM TO THOROUGHBREDS MEMBERS LOS ANGELES TIMES NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY JOHN MORRIS GOLF TOURNAMENT WILL BENEFIT THE PDJF   DORTMUND ‘HAPPY’ IN BREEZE FOR AWESOME AGAIN Dortmund, “retired” […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

  KEITH DESORMEAUX HAS FOUR READY FOR SATURDAY ARROGATE AND DREFONG DRILL FOR BREEDERS’ CUP GOODYEARFORROSES BREEZES FOR THE RODEO DRIVE CLASSIC CHOICE GUN RUNNER ARRIVES AT SANTA ANITA ‘VOICE OF SANTA ANITA’ WRONA RETURNS ON FRIDAY MEMORIAL SERVICES ARE MONDAY FOR PENNY CHENERY FREE PROMOTIONAL ITEM TO THOROUGHBREDS MEMBERS   KEITH DESORMEAUX HAS QUARTET […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

  SADLER HAS STELLAR WIND ‘BACKUP’ IN ZENYATTA ‘WIN AND YOU’RE IN’ FIELDS ARE POISED TO ENTER PENA ON VERGE OF WINNING FIRST RIDING CROWN SURGERY GOES WELL FOR INJURED LAURA WERNER SANTA ANITA TO AGAIN OFFER FREE GOLD LINE SHUTTLE   SHENANDOAH QUEEN STEPS UP FOR ZENYATTA STAKES John Sadler will train streaking Grade […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

  PARADISE WOODS ‘DOING GREAT’ FOR ZENYATTA DORTMUND LIKELY FOR AWESOME AGAIN STAKES FREE PROMOTIONAL ITEM FOR ‘THOROUGHBREDS’   PARADISE WOODS BACK IN STRIDE FOR ZENYATTA Paradise Woods, hailed as the second coming of Ruffian in some quarters after winning the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks last April by a race record margin of 11 […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

    BALTAS, D’AMATO READY FOR SANTA ANITA DUEL COLLECTED, DREFONG DRILL FOR BREEDERS’ CUP UNIQUE BELLA WORKS FROM GATE FOR RETURN DALLAS KEEN ON HAND FOR SANTA ANITA MEET ‘SO FAR, SO GOOD’ FOR BAFFERT AIDE JIM BARNES MORRIS CLASSIC GOLF TOURNEY TO BENEFIT PDJF   TRAINERS HOPE TO CONTINUE ON ROAD TO SUCCESS […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

  SANTA ANITA REMEMBERS ICONIC PENNY CHENERY CUPID BREEZES FOR AWESOME AGAIN STAKES CLASSIC HOPEFUL ARROGATE WORKS IN 49.60 SURGERY IMMINENT FOR BAFFERT AIDE BARNES RUIS FILLY DRILLS FOR THE CHANDELIER STAKES   SANTA ANITA MOURNS PASSING OF PENNY CHENERY             A legendary figure in the annals of racing history, Penny Chenery, owner of 1973 […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – TUESDAY JULY 4, 2017

  SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS’ RACE DOWN TO THE WIRE MILLER IS RUNAWAY WINNER OF TRAINING CROWN PICK SIX CARRYOVER TODAY COULD HIT $2 MILLION   ROMAN TWO UP ON PRAT AS MEET ENDS TODAY Apprentice jockey Evin Roman holds a 41-39 lead over journeyman Flavien Prat in the battle for the riding title at the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY JULY 3, 2017

  ROMAN POISED TO MAKE SANTA ANITA HISTORY MILLER TIME AT SANTA ANITA, FOR PETE’S SAKE STEVENS AND OM HOPE TO CELEBRATE JULY 4 PAUL LoDUCA LEAVES TVG FOR THE BIG APPLE    ‘ROMAN’ HOLIDAY IMMINENT AT SANTA ANITA             In the rich history of Santa Anita Park that emerged from racing’s womb on Dec. […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JULY 2, 2017

  D’AMATO IS IN THE HUNT FOR AMERICAN VICTORY FOUR IN PURSUIT OF SANTA ANITA JOCKEY TITLE ARROGATE WORKS FOR THE SAN DIEGO HANDICAP IT WAS BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR ESPINOZA SUNDAY   LONGER RACES IN THE HUNT FOR D’AMATO RUNNER             Hunt, an Irish-bred son of Dark Angel, makes his first start in seven […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JULY 1, 2017

  EMPRESS OF LOV STEPS UP IN LANDALUCE STAKES RUN AWAY 6-5 FAVORITE IN SANTA ANITA JUVENILE DRYDEN VAN DYKE STILL REMEMBERS HOW TO WIN JOCKS’ RACE UP FOR GRABS WITH FOUR DAYS LEFT   TRAINER LOOKS AHEAD WITH EMPRESS OF LOV             Empress of Lov steps up from a handy maiden allowance victory to […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JUNE 30, 2017

  WORLD TRAVELER COOL COWBOY DEBUTS AT SANTA ANITA THE WILSHIRE IS A NEW GIG FOR WIN MACHINE ENOLA GRAY PHOTO FINISH LOOMS IN JOCKS’ RACE WITH FIVE DAYS LEFT GRADED STAKES WINNER MASOCHISTIC LEAVES ELLIS BARN   COOL COWBOY BACK IN THE USA FOR SAN CARLOS Cool Cowboy makes his first United States start […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JUNE 25, 2017

  OM COULD COME BACK WITH A BANG ON JULY 4 ARROGATE CRUISES IN A BREEZE FOR BAFFERT LIVE RACING RESUMES AT SANTA ANITA ON FRIDAY   OM RETURNS FOR HENDRICKS IN AMERICAN STAKES             What could be more fitting than running the American Stakes on the Fourth of July? Not much, which is why […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JUNE 24, 2017

                                                          FAIRYTALE FILLY SOUTHERN TRUCE REMEMBERED KOBE‘S BACK BACK TO DEFEND SAN CARLOS TITLE SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT REACHES $193,829   RAGS TO RICHES SOUTHERN TRUCE HONORED SUNDAY The tale of Southern Truce is one of many faded into the rich lore of racing, but to those associated with the horse for which Sunday’s […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN & MIKE WILLMAN – FRIDAY JUNE 23, 2017

                                                                                  COLLECTED IS HEAVY FAVORITE FOR PRECISIONIST BATTLE OF MIDWAY RETURNS IN AFFIRMED STAKES RACING REMEMBERS MAN AMONG MEN, IVAN PUHICH   BAFFERT HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN ‘TOUGH’ PRECISIONIST Bob Baffert has the 4-5 morning line favorite (Collected) and the 9-2 third choice (Cat Burglar) in Saturday’s Grade III Precisionist Stakes for three-year-olds […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JUNE18, 2017

  HORSE OF THE WORLD ARROGATE BREEZES AT SANTA ANITA FRENCH NO FOREIGNER WHEN IT COMES TO WINNING RACES APPRENTICE ROMAN DOESN’T ‘BUG’ BAFFERT WITH EASY WIN PRAT HAS FOUR-VICTORY EDGE IN RACE FOR LEADING RIDER   ARROGATE LIGHT YEARS AHEAD WITH 46.80 BULLET WORK                         In the world of contemporary race horses, there […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JUNE 17, 2017

  FATHERS REMEMBERED TOMORROW ON THEIR DAY TWO SPECIALS ON FATHER’S DAY AT SANTA ANITA GOOD DAD DAY NEWS FOR FORMER VALET LEON BENDABLE RETURNS SUNDAY IN DESERT STORMER   FATHER’S DAY SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITA AND ELSEWHERE Father’s Day is Sunday, when homage is paid to caring and loving paternal members of the family […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JUNE 16, 2017

  MAJESTIC QUALITY EYES SUMMERTIME OAKS UPSET TEAM O’NEILL SEEKS TURNAROUND FOR MOPOTISM EURTON HOPES HONEYMOON IS OVER FOR FAVORITE BAFFERT, SMITH BELMONT BOOM BOOSTS SA FIGURES SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS’ RACE GOING DOWN TO WIRE TWO FATHER’S DAY SPECIALS SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITA   KEITH DESORMEAUX SEEKS ‘MAJESTIC’ UPSET John Keith Desormeaux, whose victories with […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JUNE 11, 2017

                BOB BAFFERT IS THE EXCEPTION AMONG GREAT TRAINERS QUALITY JOB ONE AS SIMULCAST RACING OFFERED JUNE 15, 22 SHEZA CHATTYKAT GOES LONG IN GRADE II SUMMERTIME OAKS LOTS OF SPECIALS FOR DAD ON FATHER’S DAY AT SANTA ANITA   BAFFERT, SMITH FEAST IN THE EAST ON BELMONT DAY Bob Baffert and Mike Smith enjoyed […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JUNE 10, 2017

                                                                           DRAYDEN VAN DYKE IS BACK ON HORSES, RETURN IS IMMINENT QUALITY JOB ONE AS SIMULCAST RACING OFFERED JUNE 15 & 22 HONEYMOON’S NOT OVER ON SATURDAY FOR FILLY BEAU RECALL   VAN DYKE COULD RESUME RIDING WITHIN TWO WEEKS The jagged scar on the inside of Drayden Van Dyke’s right forearm that runs from […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JUNE 9, 2017

  ELLIOTT REMEMBERS 2004 BELMONT STAKES TOP MLB PROSPECT TIED TO SEATTLE SLEW BIG MACHER IN GOOD SPOT FOR HIS RETURN D’AMATO EYES GOLD AT END OF THE RAINBOW   BIG BELMONT PRESENTS BIG ADJUSTMENTS With no Triple Crown on the line this year, interest in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes understandably has been greater in the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JUNE 4, 2017

  BEHOLDER MILE IS ALL IT WAS CRACKED UP TO BE BIG MACHER DRILLS FOR RETURN IN THOR’S ECHO TALAMO SURGE NARROWS GAP IN JOCKEYS’ RACE GORMLEY BELMONT DECISION ‘PLANE,’ NOT SIMPLE   BEHOLDER MILE DIDN’T DISAPPOINT IN EXCITEMENT             The Beholder Mile lived up to its advance billing.             If it wasn’t the Race […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JUNE 3, 2017

  GORMLEY WORKS, BELMONT STILL UNDECIDED HIKING WALKS THE WALK IN POSSIBLY PERFECT VAN DYKE POISED TO RESUME RIDING CAREER MEMORIAL DAY BOOSTS SANTA ANITA NUMBERS   BELMONT ON HOLD FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY WINNER Santa Anita Derby winner Gormley worked seven furlongs in 1:26.20 under regular rider Victor Espinoza following the 9 a.m. renovation […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JUNE 2, 2017

  TO THE VICTOR GOES THE STRATEGY IN THE BEHOLDER BAL A BALI AND SMITH READY FOR GRADE I SHOEMAKER JOCKEY DAVID FLORES RETURNS HOME TO SANTA ANITA AUDI TV SPOT SHOT AT SANTA ANITA AIRS ON NBA FINALS   STELLAR WIND PRIMED, TACTICS UP TO ESPINOZA             The countdown is on in earnest for […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JUNE 1, 2017

  BEHOLDER BOASTS FIELD OF ‘FAST FILLIES’ FREE ROSE IN STELLAR SHOEMAKER LINEUP IRISH-BRED LASEEN IN U.S. STAKES DEBUT   FINEST CITY NEEDS HER BEST IN BEHOLDER             Finest City is nothing if not versatile. She has run well on dirt, turf, sloppy tracks, going short and long, and has won five of 17 starts […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY MAY 29, 2017

  ESPINOZA TOSSES STRATEGY TO THE ‘WIND’ WHAT A VIEW IS FRESH, FIT FOR SHOEMAKER APPRENTICE RIDER ENJOYS ‘ROMAN’ HOLIDAY MONROVIA SCHOOL‘S HIPPIE BOTS HONORED   ESPINOZA WON’T COME UP ‘SHORT’ IN BEHOLDER Victor Espinoza has reached racing’s apex thanks to victories all over the globe, from Dubai with California Chrome to America with Triple […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MAY 28

  BIG THREE EYE ‘BATTLE OF THE BEHOLDER’ GOLD CUP DAY ATTENDANCE STILL RISING 1986 CHAMPION SNOW CHIEF REMEMBERED RADISH SEEKS FIRST WIN IN MELAIR STAKES MEMORIAL DAY FESTIVITIES ARE UNDERWAY DAVID FLORES RIDES AT SANTA ANITA AGAIN   GRADE I BEHOLDER LURES ‘BIG THREE’ With two champions and a streaking graded stakes winner at […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MAY 27, 2017

  CHAMPIONS BREEZE FOR GRADE I BEHOLDER GORMLEY IS POSSIBLE FOR BELMONT STAKES PATENTAR ASCENDS IN GRADE II WHITTINGHAM MEMORIAL DAY FESTIVITIES UNDERWAY TODAY   STELLAR WIND, FINEST CITY WORK FOR BEHOLDER Champions Stellar Wind and Finest City each worked at Santa Anita Saturday morning for the Grade I, $400,000 Beholder Mile a week from […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MAY 26, 2017

  LADY ELI SETTLED IN FOR GRADE I GAMELY BETTER LATE THAN NEVER FOR BIG JOHN B ENOLA GRAY HAS GOOD POST IN MONROVIA MEMORIAL DAY FESTIVITIES BEGIN SATURDAY SAUDI CHARM IMPRESSIVE FIRST-TIME VICTOR   LADY ELI DESERVING FAVORITE IN GAMELY STAKES Lady Eli, the mare who has no scare, is the 4-5 morning line […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MAY 25, 2017

  MIDNIGHT STORM, PRAT READY FOR RICH GOLD CUP SANTA ANITA HONORS VETS WITH MEMORIAL DAY BBQ AVENGE FIRING BULLETS FOR THE GRADE I GAMELY ILLUMINANT GOES IN MONROVIA ‘WITH CONFIDENCE’ HOME RUN KITTEN ‘FRESH’ FOR RETURN IN DAYTONA SONGBIRD TO MAKE 4-YEAR-OLD DEBUT IN NEW YORK SANTA ANITA LATE PICK 4 AND PICK 6 […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MAY 21, 2017

  MEMORIAL DAY FESTIVITIES START SATURDAY SADLER HOPES HARD ACES HAS WINNING HAND BALTAS DUO SET FOR GRADE I GAMELY STAKES SANTA ANITA’S JACOBELLIS HONORED AT HONDA CENTER   SANTA ANITA OFFERS SEVEN STAKES MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND As America honors its patriotic men and women of the military this Memorial Day weekend, Santa Anita proudly […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MAY 20, 2017

  MIDNIGHT STORM CAN WEATHER PACE BATTLE TRUMAN HOPES ‘SKY’S’ NOT THE LIMIT ON SUNDAY ROMAN, BELVOIR ARE A PERFECT WINNING TEAM   MIDNIGHT STORM ‘CAN RATE’ FOR RICH GOLD CUP             Midnight Storm’s forte is speed, and on paper, it appears there will be plenty in the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MAY 19, 2017

  BAFFERT SEES PREAKNESS AS TWO-HORSE RACE THE BEHOLDER MILE LOOMS ‘AN INSTANT CLASSIC’ MOE CANDY SWEET ON SANTA’S ANITA MAIN TRACK HEADLEY REMEMBERS HIS CHAMPION KONA GOLD   BAFFERT: ALWAYS DREAMING, CLASSIC EMPIRE IN PREAKNESS Bob Baffert, as successful on the Triple Crown trail as Steph Curry is from the three-point line, likes Kentucky […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MAY 18, 2017

  MANDELLA HAS EASTWOOD ON IMPROVE FOR KONA GOLD CHAMPION SONGBIRD IN BULLET BREEZE WITH SMITH UP FREE COOLER BACKPACK AT SANTA ANITA ON SATURDAY LONGTIME VALET BOBBY MARKUS PASSES AT AGE 77 WHAT A VIEW IS READY TO RUN ON ‘BEST TURF COURSE’ CALIFORNIA MOURNS PASSING OF UNUSUAL HEAT AT 27   EASTWOOD ON […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MAY 14, 2017

  CALCULATOR HAS RIGHT NUMBERS FOR KONA GOLD FREE BACKPACKS AT SANTA ANITA PREAKNESS DAY FORMER RIDER AND VALET LUIS LEON ON THE MEND SIRCAT SALLY DRILLS, SONGBIRD WORKS THURSDAY   KONA GOLD COULD BE MILLER TIME WITH CALCULATOR Peter Miller expects a return to familiar surroundings at Santa Anita in next Saturday’s Grade II […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MAY 13, 2017

  RANSOM THE MOON STEPS UP IN KONA GOLD TRUMAN: BUCK DOESN’T STOP WITH REDEKOP PEREIRA HAS SIGHTS SET ON THE TOP THREE A BONE SCAN ON PARADISE WOODS IS CLEAN     RANSOM THE MOON IN STAKES DEBUT SATURDAY             Ransom the Moon makes his stakes debut next Saturday in the Grade II, $200,000 […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MAY 12, 2017

  ROYAL MO, TERM OF ART PREAKNESS BOUND STELLAR WIND WORKS TOWARDS BEHOLDER ARISTOCRATIC IN BARRERA FOR CALLAGHAN TRAINER GIVES ‘EM SOMETHING TO CHEW ON     STEVENS HAS FRESH HORSE FOR PREAKNESS             Gary Stevens missed an opportunity to win his fourth Kentucky Derby when his mount, Royal Mo, didn’t draw into the field […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MAY 11, 2017

  SONGBIRD JUST CRUISES UNDER MIKE SMITH AFFIRMED IS LIKELY FOR BATTLE OF MIDWAY LAZARO BARRERA DISTANCE SUITS KIMBEAR CITY STORM TAKES STEP UP IN DESERT CODE     SONGBIRD BREEZES FOR FOUR-YEAR-OLD DEBUT             Two-time champion Songbird worked five furlongs on a picturesque Thursday morning in 59 flat for her four-year-old debut in either […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MAY 7, 2017

  BAFFERT: FASTEST HORSE WON RUN FOR THE ROSES STEVENS WATCHES THE DERBY FROM JOCKS’ ROOM MULLINS, SUTHERLAND HAVE REASON TO CELEBRATE BATTLE OF MIDWAY DUE AT SANTA ANITA ON TUESDAY     NO DERBY, BUT ABEL TASMAN BOOSTS BAFFERT WITH OAKS WIN Bob Baffert might have been back at Santa Anita Sunday morning celebrating […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MAY 6, 2017

  BARGAIN CLAIM MEETS VALE DORI SUNDAY D’AMATO GOES THREE FOR THREE FRIDAY PROMISING QUEEN LAILA IN STAKES DEBUT     ODDS ARE AGAINST SPAWR TO KEEP STREAK GOING Bill Spawr knows where the Winner’s Circle is. Any trainer who wins at a 38 percent clip, like Spawr did during the Winter portion of Santa […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MAY 5, 2017

  SANTA ANITA OFFERS KENTUCKY DERBY EXPERIENCE PACIFIC WIND TAKES ON UNDEFEATED SIRCAT SALLY SINGLETARY GRASS IS GREENER FOR SHARP SAMURAI CHAMP STELLAR WIND BREEZES FOR BEHOLDER MILE SINGLE TICKET JACKPOT PICK SIX IS HIT FOR $439,362     ENJOY THE DERBY ATMOSPHERE AT SANTA ANITA The Kentucky Derby is not dubbed The Most Exciting […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MAY 4, 2017

  CLOCKER LIKES IRISH WAR CRY IN OPEN DERBY UNBEATEN SIRCAT SALLY EYES SIXTH STRAIGHT D’AMATO HAS THREE FOR SINGLETARY STAKES SONGBIRD WORKS FOR FOUR-YEAR-OLD DEBUT     CLOCKER FANCIES IRISH WAR CRY IN WIDE OPEN DERBY Gary Young is a quick study with a quicker opinion, remindful of this Woody Allen quip: “I took […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY APRIL 30, 2017

  PRAT LOOKS FORWARD TO FIRST KENTUCKY DERBY VALE DORI EYES SIXTH STRAIGHT WIN IN ADORATION SKY RING FACES UNBEATEN SIRCAT SALLY SATURDAY   PRAT HAS KENTUCKY DERBY VICTORY IN FOCUS N Jerry Hollendorfer be seeking a first and Flavien Prat will achieve one at Churchill Downs next Saturday. The 70-year-old Hall of Fame trainer […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY APRIL 29, 2017

  GORMLEY AND ROYAL MO WORK FOR KENTUCKY DERBY HIKING IS READY FOR MARATHON SANTA BARBARA TRIP SANTA ANITA-BASED ACES DRILL FOR DERBY DAY STAKES     FOR SHIRREFFS, TO THE VICTOR GOES THE WORKMATE             It wasn’t a case of musical horses Saturday morning when exercise rider Cisco Alvarado worked Santa Anita Derby winner […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY APRIL 28, 2017

  BATTLE OF MIDWAY IN FINAL MAJOR DRILL FOR DERBY SONGBIRD BETTER THAN EVER AS A FOUR-YEAR-OLD D’AMATO HOPES FARHAAN STEPS UP IN THUNDER ROAD CECIL ‘DRESSED TO A T’ FOR SANTA BARBARA STAKES ANKLE ISSUE PUTS ILIAD OFF THE TRIPLE CROWN TRAIL     BATTLE OF MIDWAY IN ‘GOOD WORK’ FOR KENTUCKY DERBY Battle […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY APRIL 27, 2017

  ESPINOZA IS HONORED TO BE IN HALL OF FAME PARADISE WOODS HAS A ‘BEAUTIFUL’ OAKS DRILL BOLO IN QUICK TURNAROUND FOR THUNDER ROAD BATTLE OF MIDWAY, SONGBIRD BREEZE ON FRIDAY     ESPINOZA JOINS GOMEZ, CASTELLANO IN SHRINE Victor Espinoza, the self-proclaimed “happy Mexican,” seemed no more ebullient than usual at Clockers’ Corner Thursday […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY APRIL 23, 2017

  ESPINOZA EYES DERBY WIN NO. 4 ON GORMLEY ROYAL MO ‘POINTS’ TO 143RD KENTUCKY DERBY GOOD THINGS SEEN FOR TWENTYTWENTYVISION     SANTA ANITA DERBY WINNERS BLOOM IN RUN FOR ROSES             Gormley will attempt to become the 11th Santa Anita Derby winner to capture the Kentucky Derby when the son of Malibu Moon trained by […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY APRIL 22, 2017

SONGBIRD, GORMLEY AND ‘MIDWAY’ WORK WELL COASTLINE IS READY FOR SUNDAY’S SIREN LURE VALE DORI ON COURSE FOR GRADE I BEHOLDER     SANTA ANITA DERBY WINNER GORMLEY AMONG BEVY OF BREEZERS Two-time champion Songbird and Kentucky Derby candidate Battle of Midway each worked on Santa Anita’s fast main track early Saturday morning, after which […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY APRIL 21, 2017

  STALKING TRIP IS LIKELY FOR PROSPECT PARK NAKATANI: PACE MAKES THE RACE IN SAN JUAN PATIENCE PAYS OFF AT 12-1 FOR RON McANALLY ‘BEAUTIFUL’ OAKS DRILL FOR PARADISE WOODS     PROSPECT PARK ‘DOING GREAT’ FOR CALIFORNIAN With speed to his inside from Bob Baffert trainees Collected and Cupid, Cliff Sise Jr. sees Prospect […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY APRIL 20, 2017

  TEXAS RYANO MAKES HIS DIRT DEBUT SATURDAY D’AMATO HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN SAN JUAN MIZDIRECTION IS WIDE OPEN WITH A FIELD OF 10 LA TIMES COVERAGE NO LAUGHING MATTER TO MEL BROOKS     TEXAS RYANO TRIES DIRT FOR FIRST TIME IN CALIFORNIAN             Saturday will mark a day of firsts for […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY APRIL 16, 2017

     SHORT WORKS FOR BATTLE OF MIDWAY, ROYAL MO FOLLOW ME CREV DOING WELL FOR CALIFORNIAN SAN JUAN DISTANCE SUITS LONGSHOT GENEROSO     BATTLE OF MIDWAY, ROYAL MO HOPE TO MAKE THEIR POINTS Battle of Midway and Royal Mo, second and third in the Santa Anita Derby, each worked Sunday morning for what their […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY APRIL 15, 2017

     CHAMP STELLAR WIND EYES GRADE I BEHOLDER SONGBIRD BREEZES TOWARDS BEHOLDER MILE ARROGATE, MASTERY DOING WELL FOR BAFFERT SANTA ANITA HOSTS EASTER EGG HUNT SUNDAY GORMLEY WORKS FOR MAY 6 KENTUCKY DERBY     STELLAR WIND TICKETED FOR GRADE I BEHOLDER Stellar Wind, fresh from winning the Grade I Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY APRIL 14, 2017

     MANDELLA HOPES EASTWOOD MAKES HIS DAY HAIL CAESAR, FROM TRAINER TO SOLID AGENT MONROVIA ROBOTICS VIES WITH CHROME BOT BEHOLDER NEXT FOR CHAMPION FINEST CITY?     EASTWOOD DEBUTS FOR MANDELLA SATURDAY Richard Mandella hasn’t had Eastwood long enough to know whether the seven-year-old full horse is named for the iconic Hollywood actor/director, but […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY APRIL 9, 2017

  IT’S ON TO KENTUCKY FOR GORMLEY, ROYAL MO STEVENS IN PURSUIT OF FOURTH DERBY VICTORY SANTA ANITA DERBY WINNER DORTMUND RETIRED TWO-TIME CHAMPION SONGBIRD IN BULLET BREEZE SPRING PORTION OF THE MEET STARTS NEXT FRIDAY     FROM SANTA ANITA DERBY TO KENTUCKY DERBY FOR SHIRREFFS A rolling stone may gather no moss, but […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY APRIL 8, 2017

    SUNDAY’S SANTA PAULA IS VERY CONTENTIOUS TRAINERS’ RACE COULD GO DOWN TO THE WIRE SPRING PORTION OF MEET STARTS NEXT FRIDAY     BALTAS SEES SANTA PAULA AS ‘TOUGH RACE’ Sunday’s Santa Paula Stakes offers a relatively small pot of $75,000, but pound for pound, the 6 ½ furlong dirt race for three-year-old fillies […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY APRIL 7, 2017

      GARY STEVENS EYES A ’10’ IN THE SANTA ANITA DERBY MAJESTIC QUALITY STAYS HOME FOR RIGHT REASONS BALDWIN AVE. TRAFFIC DIVERTED SATURDAY MORNING HOLLENDORFER NEARS TITLE IN A ‘FRIENDLY RIVALRY’ ECLIPSE WINNER KYLE FREY TO RIDE AT SANTA ANITA     STEVENS HOPES TO ADD TO RECORD ABOARD ROYAL MO Monday morning’s five furlong […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY APRIL 6, 2017

  CLOCKER EVALUATES WIDE OPEN SA DERBY MANDELLA TESTS GRADE I WATERS IN OAKS BALDWIN AVE. TRAFFIC DIVERTED SATURDAY FIRST WIN THRILLS NEW OWNER POLANSKY     REACH THE WORLD, BATTLE OF MIDWAY COULD STEP UP With a 7-2 morning line favorite in Iliad, it’s no secret that Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – WEDNESDAY APRIL 5, 2017

   BAFFERT ENTERS THREE IN SANTA ANITA DERBY O’NEILL HAS FOUR FOR THE MONEY SATURDAY HOLLENDORFER EYES FIRST SA DERBY VICTORY IT TIZ WELL, ABEL TASMAN HEAD GRADE I OAKS RECORD $16 MILLION FOR PEGASUS WORLD CUP PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $135,546 INTO THURSDAY     BAFFERT SEEKS TO ADD TO SANTA ANITA DERBY MARK […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2017

                                                                                                                                    STEVENS COULD SEEK HIS 10TH SANTA DERBY WIN DERBY DRAW WILL AIR ON XBTV THIS WEDNESDAY BAFFERT WOULD BE ROYALTY ACROSS THE POND PEREIRA IMPRESSING HORSEMEN AND PLAYERS   STEVENS COULD ADD TO SANTA ANITA DERBY MARK Gary Stevens has won the Santa Anita Derby a record nine times, more than […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY APRIL 1, 2017

  KRULJAC COULD CELEBRATE FROM AFAR BAFFERT TRIO SET FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY DOLLASE, NAKATANI ATTEND TO FAMILY BIZ UNDEFEATED SIRCAT SALLY RUNS SATURDAY     HERE COMES THE BRIDE, THEN THE SANTA ANITA DERBY           Nothing against The Great Race Place, but if Kimbear wins the Santa Anita Derby a week from today, Eric Kruljac, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MARCH 31, 2017

  BATTLE OF MIDWAY ON IMPROVE FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY FOUR O’NEILL THREE-YEAR-OLDS WORK TOWARDS DERBY IRISH SURF RETURNS FOR THE MARATHON TOKYO CITY CUP ARABIAN-BRED HORSES IN THE SPOTLIGHT ON SATURDAY VETERAN DISTINCTIV PASSION FINDS A NEW HOME AT SEVEN       VERSATILE BATTLE OF MIDWAY SET FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY Battle of Midway, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2017

                                                                                                                                    BAFFERT MULLS THREE FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY ARROGATE DUE AT SANTA ANITA ON SATURDAY BRIT, YANK RUN FOR O’NEILL IN SANTANA MILE TODAY’S PICK 6 JACKPOT CARRYOVER: $496,486   BAFFERT HOPES TO ADD TO SANTA ANITA DERBY RECORD With superstar starter Mastery sidelined, Bob Baffert will go to his bench in […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MARCH 26, 2017

  LARGE FIELD LOOMS FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY DORTMUND RETURNS TO DIRT IN SANTANA MILE LONGSHOT OR CHALK, PEREIRA ‘NOSE’ BEST TWO LUCRATIVE PICK SIX CARRYOVERS TODAY     TEAM O’NEILL SET FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY             Headed by a quartet from the Doug O’Neill barn, as many as 13 three-year-olds are candidates for the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MARCH 25, 2017

  BIG JOHN B TO DEFEND TOKYO CITY TITLE ELLIOTT TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD SUNDAY STEVENS IS BACK AND CALIFORNIA HAS HIM   CONSUMMATE PRO BIG JOHN B BACK FOR TOKYO CITY CUP Big John B, a marathon runner of the first order, returns next Sunday to defend his title in the Grade III, $100,000 […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MARCH 24, 2017

  O’NEILL WORKS ILIAD FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY FLAMBOYANT SET FOR MARATHON SAN LUIS REY FAMILIARITY BREEDS VICTORY IN DUBAI: ESPINOZA WAGERING FRIDAY ON THE DUBAI WORLD CUP TOP NOTCH SHOULD FANCY A MILE ON SUNDAY DRAYDEN VAN DYKE DUE TO RETURN IN MID-MAY     ILIAD BREEZES FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY San Vicente Stakes […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017

                                                                                                                                    D’AMATO HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN SAN LUIS REY GAINES EYES BETTER SCENARIO FOR TEXAS RYANO ADVANCE WAGERING FRIDAY ON DUBAI WORLD CUP STEWART ELLIOTT RECEIVES WOOLF AWARD SUNDAY   D’AMATO ROLLS SAN LUIS REY DICE WITH LONGSHOTS Phil D’Amato sends out old timer Papacoolpapacool and new hand Syntax in […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MARCH 19, 2017

  KING RICHARD ON A ROLL AT SANTA ANITA 24/7 ELLIOTT TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD ON SUNDAY UNIQUE BELLA BREEZES FOR SANTA ANITA OAKS GORMLEY, ROYAL MO SANTA ANITA DERBY BOUND? SINGLE PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER AT $317,374     BALTAS HAS NEAR-PERFECT ENTRY RECORD A day without Baltas at Santa Anita is like a […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MARCH 18, 2017

    STEVENS, ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR TOGETHER AGAIN MANDELLA MAY HAVE A HIT FROM OKLAHOMA HUNCH PLAY PREVAILS ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY   STEVENS, ASHLEY REUNITED FOR SAN LUIS REY             Ashleyluvssugar is set for next Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes for older horses at a mile and a half on turf, and he’ll be […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017

  SHOW STEALER EYES SANTA MARGARITA UPSET ENOLA GRAY IS A HORSE FOR DOWNHILL COURSE McCARTHY MARE ‘TRAINING SUPER’ FOR O’BRIEN FORMER TOC PRESIDENT VAN DE CAMP DIES AT 81   PACE WOULD AID SHOW STEALER IN SANTA MARGARITA             Show Stealer has finished second in her last two starts behind streaking Vale Dori, who […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN/MIKE WILLMAN – THURSDAY MARCH 16, 2017

    FINEST CITY, VALE DORI MEET IN SATURDAY’S SANTA MARGARITA O’NEILL’S SMOOVE IT DEFENDS TITLE IN SATURDAY’S IRISH O’BRIEN MULHALL & PEDROZA TEAM WITH ROO’S VALENTINE SAN FELIPE WINNER MASTERY ON MEND AFTER SURGERY $1 MILLION DOLLAR ST. PAT’S PITCH WINNER RECALLED     ECLIPSE CHAMP FINEST CITY STRETCHES OUT IN SANTA MARGARITA Finest City […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MARCH 12, 2017

  ILIAD, TERM OF ART BOUND FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY HENDRICKS HAS HAPPY MARE FOR SANTA MARGARITA NO DARE AND GO, BUT BAL A BALI POSTS KILROE UPSET STEVENS ‘REPROVES’ HIMSELF WITH A COMEBACK WIN BAFFERT LIKES WHAT HE SEES IN ARROGATE WORKOUT     TEAM O’NEILL HAS DESIGNS ON SANTA ANITA DERBY San Vicente […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017

                                                                                                                                                        BAZE, BEJARANO ON PRIME MOUNTS SANS SMITH EURTON: ‘HAVEN’T SEEN THE BEST OF MILKY WAY’ LEWIS WINNER ROYAL MO WORKS FOR SHIRREFFS BAFFERT BREEZES TRIO SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA   NEW PILOTS IN SANTA MARGARITA FOR FINEST CITY, VALE DORI With regular rider of both Finest City and Vale Dori […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN / MIKE WILLMAN – FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017

       O’NEILL HAS ’11-4 THE MONEY’ ON SATURDAY ‘CLASS IS IN’ THROUGHOUT DAY IN PADDOCK WHITE’S MORNING LINE AVAILABLE FOR ALL SATURDAY STAKES   TEAM O’NEILL SET FOR BUSY DAY WITH 11 HORSES ENTERED The big boys come out to play Saturday. Among those entered at Santa Anita in five stakes–three of them Grade I’s–are […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN / MIKE WILLMAN – THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017

                                                                                                                                       CLASSY DORTMUND GOES GREEN IN KILROE MILE FOUR-TIME ECLIPSE CHAMP CASTELLANO HERE ON SATURDAY VINTAGE 1940 STARTING GATE ON DISPLAY IN PADDOCK GARDENS TWO-TIME BIG ‘CAP WINNER JOHN HENRY BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1975 SHIRREFFS ‘STAYS HOME’ WITH GORMLEY IN SAN FELIPE     GRASS IS GREENER FOR DORTMUND […]

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STABLE NOTES BY MIKE WILLMAN – SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2017

                                                                                                                                                UNIQUE BELLA HEADED TO SANTA ANITA OAKS STORMY LIBERAL MARCHES ON FOR MILLER MASTERY WORKS FOR SAN FELIPE MIDNIGHT STORM DRILLS FIVE FURLONGS FOR BIG ‘CAP   SUPERSTAR UNIQUE BELLA HEADED TO SANTA ANITA OAKS             Jerry Hollendorfer’s newest superstar, 3-year-old filly Unique Bella, overcame a good dose of adversity in […]

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STABLE NOTES BY MIKE WILLMAN – SATURDAY MARCH 4, 2017

JERKENS THINKING FAST WITH SHAMAN GHOST SHERMAN SAYS DORTMUND TO TRY TURF IN KILROE MILE STAR CROSSED MASOCHISTIC RESURFACES IN TRIPLE BEND     SHAMAN GHOST RATES HUGE CHANCE IN SATURDAY’S BIG ‘CAP             Trainer Jimmy Jerkens’ Shaman Ghost, who got a career best 112 Beyer Speed figure while running second to Arrogate in […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MARCH 2, 2017

  UNIQUE BELLA READY FOR SANTA YSABEL MIDNIGHT STORM IS DEFINITE FOR BIG ‘CAP ECLIPSE CHAMP CASTELLANO RIDES ‘KOBE’ BLACK CALLS SANTA ANITA TURF ‘BEST EVER’     VERSATILE UNIQUE BELLA ON RAIL FOR SANTA YSABEL             Unique Bella will have to overcome two firsts in Saturday’s Grade III Santa Ysabel Stakes for three-year-old fillies: […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, FEB. 26, 2017

      ARROGATE WORKS MONDAY, POSSIBLE FOR BIG ‘CAP SENSITIVELY RETURNS IN THE GRADE III LAS FLORES KOBE‘S BACK DRILLS WITH GARY STEVENS ABOARD   ARROGATE, MIDNIGHT STORM WORK TOMORROW “The big horse works tomorrow.” So spoke Bob Baffert at Clockers’ Corner on an intermittently rainy Sunday morning, referring to Breeders’ Cup Classic and […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25, 2017

DORTMUND ‘GETTING CLOSE’ FOR TRIPLE BEND GRAZEN SKY BACK AT A MILE IN TIZNOW STAKES BAL A BALI TRAINING FOR GRADE I KILROE MILE     DORTMUND COULD RUN IN TRIPLE BEND Dortmund, the 2015 Santa Anita Derby winner recently transferred by owner Kaleem Shah from trainer Bob Baffert to Art Sherman, could make his […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017

                                                                                                                                                          ROYAL MO WORKS FOR SAN FELIPE OR REBEL THE RAIL NO PROBLEM FOR BETTYS BAMBINO ELLIOTT WINS THE PRESTIGIOUS WOOLF AWARD BEJARANO RESUMES RIDING NEXT THURSDAY SANTA ANITA RIDERS EDGED IN CHARITY GAME STEVENS HAS CALLS DURING BIG ‘CAP WEEK FIRST-EVER SANTA ANITA MARDI GRAS SATURDAY   TRIPLE CROWN CONTENDER […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – (MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2017)

     GORMLEY WORKS FOR POSSIBLE START IN SAN FELIPE SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS CHARITY GAME THIS THURSDAY THE MARDI GRAS COMES TO SANTA ANITA ON SATURDAY GRADE I WINNER ILLUMINANT WORKS FOR WISHING WELL   TRAINER ‘HAPPY’ WITH GORMLEY’S WORKOUT Sham Stakes winner Gormley, one of the West’s leading Triple Crown contenders, worked four furlongs on […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017

                                                                                                                                                            BETTYS BAMBINO EYES HIS SIXTH STRAIGHT VICTORY BAFFLE STAKES HEADLINES PRESIDENTS’ DAY PROGRAM BAZE JOINS JOCKEYS CHARITY GAME ON THURSDAY POPULAR HORN BLOWER JAY COHEN BACK ON THE BEAT IT’S DOLLAR DAY TOMORROW, FIRST POST IS AT 12 NOON   STREAKING BETTYS BAMBINO SEEKS SENSATIONAL STAR REPEAT Streaking Bettys Bambino […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY FEBRUARY 16, 2017

  MIDNIGHT STORM, MOR SPIRIT COULD VIE IN BIG ‘CAP WEATHERMAN HOLDS ACES IN BUENA VISTA STAKES CLOCKERS BUSY WITH 416 WORKERS AT SANTA ANITA SANTA ANITA JOCKS IN CHARITY GAME NEXT THURSDAY     MOR SPIRIT DRILLS FOR POSSIBLE BIG ‘CAP START Mor Spirit, second to Dubai-bound Hoppertunity in the San Antonio Stakes on […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2017

ARCADIA REMATCH LOOMS IN THE GRADE I KILROE BAFFERT UPS ANTE FOR SMITH IN JOCKEYS’ GAME MIDNIGHT STORM TO WORK MONDAY FOR BIG ‘CAP     BOLO AND WHAT A VIEW COULD MEET IN KILROE Bolo and What a View, who treated fans to one of the most exciting races of the Winter Meet Saturday […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, FEB. 11, 2017

                                                                                                                                                     EXPERIENCE ON ‘LAW’S’ SIDE IN SAN VICENTE STEVENS RESUMES RIDING CAREER IN MARCH ANNUAL SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS’ GAME FEB. 23 CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY AT SANTA ANITA   SAN VICENTE DISTANCE SUITS LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN             With five career starts, Law Abidin Citizen has had more races than any of the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2017

    QUICK TURNAROUND FOR WHAT A VIEW IN ARCADIA LADY TAPIT COULD RUN BETTER, FOR PETE’S SAKE ILIAD DEBUTS FOR O’NEILL SUNDAY IN SAN VICENTE FAMILY MAN GUTIERREZ ACHIEVES 1,000TH VICTORY DREFONG BREEZES ON A ‘BEAUTIFUL’ MAIN TRACK     WHAT A VIEW BACK IN TWO WEEKS FOR ARCADIA What a View will be running […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – (THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017)

                                                                                                                                                ‘MIDNIGHT HOUR’ NEAR IN THE SANTA MARIA PRAT CALLS THE SHOTS IN ARCADIA STAKES THURSDAY WORKERS AT SANTA ANITA HIT 278 MIDNIGHT STORM DUE TO BREEZE FOR BIG ‘CAP             STREAKING MIDNIGHT TOAST IN STAKES DEBUT Midnight Toast makes her stakes debut in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes for […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 5, 2017

  ESPINOZA SEEKS NEXT CHAMPION LATE PICK 4 WAS ‘PRAT OUT’ EASY WORKS APLENTY AT SANTA ANITA   ESPINOZA EYES FUTURE AFTER ‘AWESOME RIDE’ For the past several years, Victor Espinoza has experienced a ride most jockeys can only dream about. American Pharoah and California Chrome have carried him down the Yellow Brick Road to […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – (SATURDAY, FEB. 4, 2017)

     IS MISS SOUTHERN MISS KEITH’S ‘GIANT KILLER’ ? CHAMPIONS STELLAR WIND AND DREFONG WORK MIDNIGHT STORM TO BREEZE SUNDAY FOR BIG ‘CAP   MISS SOUTHERN MISS VS. LAS VIRGENES TOUGHIES Miss Southern Miss tackles a champion and a potential champion Sunday in the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY FEBRUARY 2, 2017

                                                                                                                                                        PEGASUS KING ARROGATE IS BACK HOME AT SANTA ANITA LEWIS STRATEGY FOR ROYAL MO WILL BE UP TO ESPINOZA BAFFERT HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN GRADE II SAN ANTONIO HINDSIGHT IS LOOKING GOOD FOR TWENTYTWENTYVISION RACING MOURNS THE PASSING OF TRAINER ARMANDO LAGE   ARROGATE ‘LOOKS GOOD’ AFTER PEGASUS ROMP             Horse of […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JANUARY 29, 2017

  PEGASUS UNFURLS BITTERSWEET STORYLINE CHAMP CHAMPAGNE ROOM VS. UNIQUE BELLA SHEER FLATTERY WORKS FOR GRADE III LEWIS GRAZEN WINNERS AMONG STRING OF CHALK VAN DYKE IS RECOVERING FROM BROKEN ARM   ARROGATE REIGNS SUPREME AFTER PEGASUS VICTORY If there were any doubts after the Breeders’ Cup Classic, there should be none now. There’s a […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JANUARY 28, 2017

                                                                                                                                                         SHEER FLATTERY SET FOR ROBERT B. LEWIS HOPPERTUNITY EYES SAN ANTONIO REPEAT STORMY LIBERAL 9-5 IN CLOCKERS’ CORNER   SHEER FLATTERY ON COURSE FOR LEWIS STAKES Jerry Hollendorfer takes what he hopes will be the first step on the Triple Crown trail with Sheer Flattery when the Kentucky-bred son of Flatter runs in next […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN (FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2017)

                                                                                                                                                HORSEMEN FAVOR CHROME OVER ARROGATE SPECIAL FIRST POST TIME SATURDAY: 11:45 A.M. MIYADI SENDS OUT TWO FOR CALIFORNIA GOLD VAN DYKE SUFFERS BROKEN RIGHT ARM IN SPILL   HORSEMEN VARY ON PEGASUS PICKS Less than a month into 2017, the Race of the Year is here. It unfolds Saturday at Gulfstream […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2017

                                                                                                                                                  ECLIPSE AWARD LANDSLIDE BY SO-CAL HORSES ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR READY FOR TURF CLASSIC SPECIAL FIRST POST TIME SATURDAY: 11:45 A.M. DESERT STEEL RETURNS TO TURF VS. CAL-BREDS UNIQUE BELLA FIRES BULLET FOR LAS VIRGENES             SOUTHERN CAL HORSES DOMINATE ECLIPSE AWARDS Headed by Horse of the Year California Chrome, Southern California-based horses […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JANUARY 22, 2017

  GOLDEN STATE GOLDEN AT ECLIPSE AWARDS CAL-BREDS VIE FOR $1 MILLION ON SATURDAY CHAMP FINEST CITY EYES GRASSY BUENA VISTA   GOLDEN STATE GLITTERS AT ECLIPSE AWARDS             The Golden State was never more golden than it was Saturday night, after seven horses that call California home won eight Eclipse Awards as best in […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JANUARY 21, 2017

  ESPINOZA’S WILD RIDE ON CHROME COULD CONTINUE APPRENTICE FUENTES WINS FIRST RACE AT SANTA ANITA STEVENS PROGRESSING FROM LEFT HIP REPLACEMENT   CALIFORNIA CHROME: IT AIN’T OVER TILL IT’S OVER Victor Espinoza, who journeyed worldwide aboard California Chrome on a path to gold and glory that has reaped $14,084,600, could ride the great California-bred […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JANUARY 20, 2017

     CLOCKER GIVES ARROGATE HORSE OF THE YEAR NOD CAL-BREDS SEEK $1 MILLION IN GOLD NEXT SATURDAY ALL’S ‘FARE’ FOR UBER RIDERS TO AND FROM TRACK PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER CLIMBS OVER $222,684   HORSE OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCEMENT TOMORROW Horse of the Year 2016 will be announced Saturday at Gulfstream Park in Florida, and […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY JANUARY 16, 2017

  ARROGATE LOOKS GOOD AFTER PEGASUS BREEZE EDWIN MALDONADO RETURNS TO WINNER’S CIRCLE KOBE‘S BACK WORKS FOR THE GRADE I TRIPLE BEND   ARROGATE COULD WORK AT SANTA ANITA AGAIN SUNDAY, IF . . . Despite curve balls thrown at him by the weatherman, Arrogate remains sitting on a fastball as he awaits a rematch […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JANUARY 15, 2017

    FINEST CITY WORKS FOR THE SANTA MONICA MEGAHERTZ IS REMEMBERED BY ALEX SOLIS NEXTDOORNEIGHBOR STILL LOOKS LIKE A ’10’ UNIQUE BELLA’S DRILL HAS TRAINER HAPPY   FINEST CITY ‘FIT’ FOR GRADE II SANTA MONICA Finest City, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita Nov. 5 and favored to win […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JANUARY 12, 2017

                                                                                                                                                         CALIFORNIA CHROME IS READY, WEATHER OR NOT UFC SUPERSTAR MCGREGOR SETS PEGASUS ‘BUZZ’ HEAVY RAINS CAUSE THURSDAY CANCELLATION TIZ A KISS EYES FIRST STAKES WIN ON DOLLAR DAY   CHROME AWAITS PEGASUS AT GULFSTREAM PARK             The Chromie Countdown is on. It’s just over two weeks until the world’s most popular race horse, California Chrome, makes […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JANUARY 8, 2017

   SAN FELIPE LOOMS FOR SHAM WINNER GORMLEY BALTAS HOPES HIS CLAIMING SUCCESS CONTINUES WHAT’S IN A NAME? NO SURPRISE WITH BLABIMIR MYSTERY VOUCHER WORTH $1,000 TO DUARTE MAN   GORMLEY ‘LOOKS GOOD’ AFTER SHAM VICTORY Gormley was as fresh and bright as the dry, sunny Sunday morning after his exciting head victory over favored […]

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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – (SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 2017)

            BAFFERT HOPES TO WORK ARROGATE TOMORROW HOLLENDORFER: TWO FOR THE $$ IN SANTA YNEZ DOLLAR DAY ON MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HOLIDAY   ARROGATE JOGS, COULD BREEZE TOMORROW FOR PEGASUS Bob Baffert hopes to work Arrogate Sunday if the weatherman cooperates and track conditions are suitable. The Hall of Fame trainer plans to run […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JANUARY 6, 2017

  SHAM STAKES LURES TRIPLE CROWN HOPEFULS RING WEEKEND HOLDS FORM FOR SAN GABRIEL TVG’S ‘THE STARTING GATE’ TO DEBUT SATURDAY SANTA YNEZ HAS A GRADE I QUALITY: BAFFERT MIDNIGHT STORM LIKELY TO WAIT FOR BIG ‘CAP CHAMP SONGBIRD DUE AT SANTA ANITA JAN. 24 ‘BOOGER’ AND BELVOIR TOGETHER AGAIN   WELL-TRAVELED COLONEL SAMSEN TRIES […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY JANUARY 2, 2017

  GORMLEY BREEZES FOR GRADE III SHAM STAKES ‘DADDYO’ COOL FOR THE GRADE II SAN GABRIEL CADET RONI READY FOR GRADE III LAS CIENEGAS $12 MILLION PEGASUS NEXT FOR MIDNIGHT STORM?   GORMLEY WORKS ‘VERY WELL’ FOR SHAM             Under Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza, Gormley, winner of the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes Oct. 1, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – JANUARY 1, 2017

                                                                                                                                      NEW YEAR OFF TO A WINNING START FOR NAKATANI SHAH TURNS HIS HORSES OVER TO SHERMAN, O’NEILL SHANE’S GIRLFRIEND TO RUN IN SANTA YNEZ STAKES   NAKATANI RETURNS TO SANTA ANITA A WINNER Corey Nakatani is back. Now 46, the native of Covina has returned to Santa Anita, site of some of his greatest […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY DECEMBER 31, 2016

HORSE OF THE YEAR CONTENDER ARROGATE IN 2017 DEBUT A ‘POLL’ OF TRAINERS FAVORS CHROME OVER ARROGATE ARROGATE GALLOPS MILE FOR TOMORROW’S SAN PASQUAL   ARROGATE SAN PASQUAL WIN WOULD AID HOY BID Arrogate is a certainty to be a finalist for the Eclipse Award as the 2016 Horse of the Year, his credentials confirmed […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY DECEMBER 30, 2016

  D’AMATO SEES A ‘BIG PERFORMANCE’ VS. ARROGATE MOKAT ON OUTSIDE LOOKING IN FOR AMERICAN OAKS SHIRREFFS: BOBBY FRANKEL ‘CARED FOR HIS HORSES’ JIMMY BOUNCER DRAWS WELL FOR THE MIDNIGHT LUTE DOMINGUEZ TO TAKE TRAINING BREAK AFTER 39 YEARS MASSIVE TWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER HITS $361,436   MIDNIGHT STORM THRIVES ON PRESSURE Breeders’ Cup Classic […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY DECEMBER 29, 2016

  ARROGATE SET FOR SAN PASQUAL NEW YEAR’S DAY QUEEN BLOSSOM MAKES S. DEBUT IN GRADE I OAKS FRENZIFIED LIKELY TO STALK IN THE FRANKEL STAKES PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $115,062 ON THURSDAY CARD   HORSE OF THE YEAR CONTENDER ARROGATE IN SAN PASQUAL Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Arrogate, a leading contender for Horse of […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY DECEMBER 26, 2016

   SAN PASQUAL NOMINEE ARROGATE TO WORK TUESDAY STEVENS ON HAND AFTER HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY CHAMP SONGBIRD DUE AT SANTA ANITA IN TWO WEEKS WAGERING MENU OFFERS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE   ARROGATE TO WORK TUESDAY FOR POSSIBLE JAN. 1 START Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Arrogate, a leading contender for Horse of the Year along with […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY DECEMBER 23, 2016

   ENOLA GRAY IS OUT TO MAKE AMENDS IN LA BREA BETTYS BAMBINO RETURNS AFTER LONG ABSENCE WALL CALENDAR PLUS MUCH MORE OPENING DAY WAGERING MENU HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE ‘REAL HORSE RACING’ ON DISPLAY AT SANTA ANITA BC WINNER FINEST CITY EYES JAN. 21 SANTA MONICA   ENOLA GRAY LANDS GOOD POST FOR SPEED-FILLED […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY DECEMBER 22, 2016

                                                                                                                         ACCEPTANCE BACK DOWNHILL IN SAN SIMEON CHAO CHUM SEEKS ANOTHER UPSET IN LA BREA WALL CALENDAR AND MORE ON OPENING DAY CHAMP STELLAR WIND EYES SANTA MARGARITA   BLACK HOPES SAN SIMEON SUITS ACCEPTANCE While the Grade I Malibu Stakes for three-year-olds and the Grade I La Brea Stakes for three-year-old fillies, both at […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 21, 2016

  ARROGATE DRILLS, COULD RUN IN SAN PASQUAL BAFFERT ENTERS THREE FOR GRADE I MALIBU WALL CALENDAR AND MORE ON OPENING DAY CHAMPAGNE ROOM TARGETS FEB. 5 LAS VIRGENES CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR EDWIN MALDONADO FRENCH FRIES RIDING CART AND WALKS WITH CANE   ARROGATE COULD RUN AT SANTA ANITA JAN. 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2016

    MATHIS MILE IS IDEAL FOR BLACKJACKCAT WALL CALENDAR AND MORE ON OPENING DAY CHEEKABOO NEEDS PACE IN AMERICAN OAKS GARY STEVENS SAYS HE IS NOT RETIRING NEW YORK-BRED SHARP FOR GRADE I MALIBU   BLACKJACKCAT CUTS BACK FOR MATHIS BROS. MILE Blackjackcat has won sprinting and routing on turf, but will try a mile […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2016

       LIGHTSTREAM COULD SHINE IN GRADE I LA BREA BC SPRINT KING DREFONG LIKELY FOR MALIBU FREE WALL CALENDAR OF PLENTY OPENING DAY AIMEE DOLLASE IS AN ‘ASSISTANT IN MOTION’ WORKERS KEEP SANTA ANITA CLOCKERS BUSY   LIGHTSTREAM HAS (LITTLE RED) FEATHER IN HER CAP FOR LA BREA Lightstream, winner of the Grade II Raven […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY DECEMBER 16, 2016

   MIDNIGHT STORM COULD FACE ARROGATE LUNAR EXPRESS STEPS UP IN GRADE I LA BREA WALL CALENDAR AND MORE ON OPENING DAY POPULAR SHOWVIVOR TO RETURN ON DEC. 26 CALIFORNIA CHROME SET TO GO TOMORROW SONGBIRD DUE AT SANTA ANITA NEXT MONTH VERSATILE MIDNIGHT STORM SET FOR SAN PASQUAL Trainer Phil D’Amato has versatile multiple […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY DECEMBER 15, 2016

  BAFFERT IN PRIME TIME AT SANTA ANITA AGAIN RACING MOURNS PASSING OF GARRETT GOMEZ STEVENS TO HAVE HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY BEHOLDER HAPPY, AWAITS SERVICE TO UNCLE MO $1 MILLION LATE PICK 4 GUARANTEE OPENING DAY   BAFFERT HAS ARROGATE, DREFONG ON TARGET Bob Baffert is at it again. Trainer of the first Triple Crown […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 14, 2016

CLASSIC WINNER ARROGATE DRILLS FOR 2017 DEBUT LANGUAGE BARRIER NO PROBLEM FOR GARY STUTE SANTA ANITA WINTER MEET STARTS MONDAY, DEC. 26 CHROME’S FAREWELL CALIFORNIA RACE SATURDAY   ARROGATE COULD RUN IN SAN PASQUAL STAKES JAN. 1 Juddmonte Farm’s Arrogate, who upset fan favorite California Chrome in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, NOV. 6, 2016

                                                                                                                                                   BREEDERS’ CUP NO. 33 IS ONE FOR THE AGES ESPINOZA PONDERS WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN CONGRATULATIONS TO PAPA JOE TALAMO   MEMORABLE BREEDERS’ CUP AT SANTA ANITA And so it came to pass that in the 77th year of racing at the storied venue known as Santa Anita Park, on […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY, NOV. 3, 2016

               NYQUIST GONE BUT O’NEILL LOOKS TO THE FUTURE MIGLIORE RECALLS $75 UPSET WITH DESERT CODE TIZ A KISS GOES FOR GOLDIKOVA GOLD IN FINALE   O’NEILL: LIFE GOES ON AFTER NYQUIST Horse racing, like life, is relative. So last Saturday, when Kentucky Derby winner and two-year-old colt champion […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2016

      ESPINOZA WELL-SCHOOLED WITH CHROME DORTMUND, DREFONG DRILL FOR BAFFERT DESORMEAUX’S TRIPLE PUTS HIM NEAR TOP   CLASS IS NEVER OUT WITH ESPINOZA, CHROME Victor Espinoza has been down this road before. Kentucky Derby wins, Breeders’ Cup wins, even a Triple Crown victory. Come Saturday, the 44-year-old future Hall of Famer goes for […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2016

‘HAPPY’ GORMLEY IN LIESURELY JUVENILE WORK NYQUIST OUT OF CLASSIC WITH A ‘PUFFY ANKLE’ CLASSIC CONTENDER MELATONIN FRESH AND FIT MASOCHISTIC, RUNHAPPY IN SHARP BC BREEZES SMITH REMEMBERS TWO-TIME MILE WINNER LURE ICONIC ASSISTANT STARTER HUNGERFORD TO RETIRE   GORMLEY BREEZES FOR BC JUVENILE Undefeated FrontRunner winner Gormley worked six furlongs Saturday morning under Chantal […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY OCTOBER 28, 2016

    CLOCKER WEIGHS CHAMPIONS’ CHANCES IN DISTAFF KING OF MOUNTAIN CHROME MUST HURDLE ARROGATE STELLAR WIND IN LAST MAJOR DRILL FOR THE DISTAFF ALL IN THE FAMILY FOR STEVENS IN BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT CHAMP RUNHAPPY TO BREEZE FOR DIRT MILE   DISTAFF LURES THREE CHAMPIONS             Perhaps the most anticipated race in the 33-year history […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY OCTOBER 23, 2017

   GIANT KILLER HOFMANS EYES CLASSIC UPSET SONGBIRD TO WORK ON SUNDAY FOR DISTAFF DERBY KING NYQUIST BREEZES MILE THURSDAY   FRESH MELATONIN PEAKING FOR CLASSIC Meet David Hofmans, the Giant Killer of the Breeders’ Cup. Consider the fact that he saddled Adoration, at 40-1 the longest shot on the board, to win the 2003 […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, OCT. 21, 2016

     IS THIS THE YEAR FOR SADLER AND CUBS? MASOCHISTIC FIRES A BULLET FOR SPRINT GRASS GREENER FOR THE BREEDERS’ CUP THE FLAG IS UP FOR CONSISTENT BOOZER   STELLAR WIND BREEZES FOR DISTAFF For the Chicago Cubs and John Sadler, the long drought could soon be over. The Cubs are one win away […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY, OCT. 20, 2016

  BEHOLDER, SONGBIRD DRILL FOR DISTAFF CHROME DUE AT SANTA ANITA ON OCT. 30 NYQUIST WORKS THURSDAY FOR CLASSIC   BEHOLDER, SONGBIRD AT THE READY FOR DISTAFF             Beholder and Songbird, two-thirds of the Fearsome Threesome scheduled to square off in the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff for fillies and mares, three and up […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY OCTOBER 16, 2016

   GORMLEY WORKS ‘VERY WELL’ FOR BC JUVENILE DISTAFF HISTORY BODES WELL FOR SONGBIRD INTANGIBLES CRUCIAL IN BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT SPRINT CONTENDER DREFONG IN ‘GOOD WORK’ ROSE MENTIONS ‘CHROME’ ON FOX POST GAME SHOW   GORMLEY IN COMFORTABLE DRILL FOR JUVENILE             FrontRunner winner Gormley worked six furlongs under Chantal Sutherland for John Shirreffs at […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY OCTOBER 15, 2016

  MELATONIN CONTINUES PREPPING FOR RICH CLASSIC CHROME GOES ‘NICE AND EASY’ AT LOS ALAMITOS DOLLASE WORKS UNION STRIKE FOR JUVENILE FILLIES NYQUIST TO BREEZE ON MONDAY FOR THE BC CLASSIC   MELATONIN ‘LOOKS REAL GOOD’ IN CLASSIC DRILL             Santa Anita Handicap winner Melatonin moved another step closer to his first race since winning […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY OCTOBER 14, 2016

   STELLAR WIND & BEHOLDER PREP FOR BC DISTAFF CAL-BRED MASOCHISTIC FIRES BULLET FOR SPRINT D’AMATO HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY SATURDAY UNUSUAL HEAT IS PENSIONED FROM STUD AT 26 BREEDERS’ CUP NEXT FOR MISS SOUTHERN MISS   STELLAR WIND GIRDS FOR ‘GREAT’ DISTAFF             Stellar Wind, one of three champions scheduled to do battle […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY OCTOBER 9, 2016

                                                                                                                                                         MELATONIN ‘LOOKS GOOD’ IN CLASSIC WORK MISS SOUTHERN MISS IN TURF DEBUT MONDAY OFFSHORE IS ON COURSE FOR ZUMA BEACH KITCAT ‘PURRTY GOOD’ IN PREP FOR BC MILE SANTA ANITA OFFERS DOLLAR DAY MONDAY   MELATONIN WORKS TOWARDS BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC Santa Anita Handicap winner Melatonin, unraced since capturing the Grade I Gold Cup […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY OCTOBER 8, 2016

  BILL PARCELLS COMES UP ‘SHY’ IN SURFER GIRL POST 3 BETTER FOR PERFECT PIC ON SUNDAY SANTA ANITA OFFERS DOLLAR DAY ON MONDAY DREFONG WORKS FOR BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT   NFL LEGEND PARCELLS BUYS SURFER GIRL FILLY When the two-year-old filly with the succinct name of Shy runs in Monday’s $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY OCTOBER 7, 2016

  HENDRICKS HAS ‘HOPE’ FOR BREEDERS’ CUP NYQUIST WORKS FOUR FURLONGS FOR CLASSIC FILLY FROM CHILE MAKES S. DEBUT SATURDAY DOLLAR DAY IS NEXT MONDAY AT SANTA ANITA   OM EYES ANOTHER GRADE II WIN IN CITY OF HOPE             Om, a consistent son of Munnings trained by Dan Hendricks for the Sareen Family Trust, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY OCTOBER 6, 2016

   SONGBIRD IS RIGHT AT HOME IN DISTAFF BREEZE ‘LORD’ REIGNS IN ‘WIN AND YOU’RE IN’ SPRINT D’AMATO: TWO FOR THE MONEY IN CITY OF HOPE NYQUIST EYES THE BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC DOLLAR DAY IS NEXT MONDAY AT SANTA ANITA TRAVERS HERO ARROGATE BREEZES FOR CLASSIC VETERAN PHOTOGRAPHER MOCHON PASSES AT 74   SONGBIRD ‘STEALS […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY OCTOBER 2, 2016

      CLASSIC COUNTDOWN IS ON FOR CHROME ESPINOZA WAS READY FOR ‘GRAND SLAM’ MELATONIN BREEZES FOR THE BC CLASSIC SONGBIRD HOME TO PREPARE FOR DISTAFF   CHROME ‘LOOKS GREAT’ AFTER AWESOME AGAIN ROMP The fairytale that is California Chrome continued to flower at Santa Anita Saturday. In what amounted to a paid workout, the five-year-old […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY OCTOBER 1, 2016

   SWEET SIGNS FOR ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR CHROME RARIN’ TO GO AFTER JOGGING JOCKEYS’ POSTER SIGNING ON SUNDAY MELATONIN TO WORK FOR BC CLASSIC POPULAR DOLLAR DAY MONDAY, OCT. 10   FAVORABLE JOHN HENRY SCENARIO FOR ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR On paper, Ashleyluvssugar has much going for him Sunday in the Grade II, $200,000 John Henry Stakes for three-year-olds and […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

   CHROME COUNTDOWN IN ITS FINAL STAGES BUSY SATURDAY FOR KEITH DESORMEAUX WINSTAR MULLS CLASSIC FOR EXAGGERATOR   ESPINOZA: CHROME IS THE BEST HORSE Perhaps Victor Espinoza’s most natural trait is his easy going, roll-with-the-punches attitude. Sitting on a couch opposite David Letterman before millions of TV viewers or on California Chrome in a million […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

  RAIL OR NO, CHROME SET FOR AWESOME AGAIN DORTMUND ADDS BLINKERS AGAINST CHROME ARGENTINE-BRED FILLY IN CLASSY RODEO DRIVE McANALLY: ANOTHER OPENING, ANOTHER SHOW MACHOWSKY HAS TWO FOR EDDIE D. ON FRIDAY   PACE COULD PUT CHROME IN CATBIRD SEAT The number one post position didn’t hamper California Chrome in the slightest when he […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

    CHROME ‘VERY HAPPY’ FOR AWESOME AGAIN IT’S STELLAR WIND VS. BEHOLDER, ACT THREE EDDIE D. DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE ON FRIDAY SONGBIRD: PERFECT IS AS PERFECT DOES   ‘BIGGER, STRONGER’ CALIFORNIA CHROME READY TO ROLL Chromemania crescendo intensifies by the hour as the countdown draws ever closer for California Chrome’s performance Saturday on the world-class […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

   CHROME, BEHOLDER HOLD AUDIENCE ON SATURDAY CHANDELIER’S ZAPPERKAT NO SURPRISE TO BALTAS D’AMATO: WINNING THE EDDIE D. WOULD BE SPECIAL SONGBIRD AND NYQUIST ARE DUE HOME TOMORROW   RACING ROYALTY CHROME, BEHOLDER AT SANTA ANITA OCT. 1             King California Chrome and queen Beholder, two members of racing’s reigning royalty, will descend from their […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2106

   BEHOLDER BREEZES IN BID FOR FOURTH ZENYATTA WIN CALIFORNIA CHROME SEEKS SIXTH STRAIGHT VICTORY EURTON HOPES DISTANCE SUITS CHAMPAGNE ROOM FRENZIFIED WORKS WELL FOR RODEO DRIVE STAKES TRAINER OK WITH EXAGGERATOR, FAST TRACK OR NO   CHROME, BEHOLDER HEADLINE AT SANTA ANITA OCT. 1             Three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder worked six furlongs under […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

                                                                                                                                                        A YEAR LATER, NO PRATFALLS FOR FLAVIEN CHROME ARRIVES SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITA BEHOLDER BREEZES FRIDAY FOR ZENYATTA PLUM DANDY RIPE FOR FRONTRUNNER STAKES NYQUIST SETTLES IN FOR PENNSYLVANIA DERBY MASOCHISTIC IN BULLET BREEZE FOR SPRINT   PRAT LOOKS FORWARD TO BREEDERS’ CUP What a difference a year makes. On Sept. 17, 2015, Flavien […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2016

                                                                                                                                                  ESPINOZA: CHROME ‘DOING HIS BEST RIGHT NOW’ MELATONIN WORKS FOR BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC BAFFERT MULLS HIS AWESOME AGAIN STARTERS OPTIONS ARE OPEN FOR VERSATILE TARA’S TANGO   CALIFORNIA CHROME ‘NEVER BETTER’ FOR AWESOME AGAIN             If anybody knows California Chrome better than trainer Art Sherman and his son and assistant, Alan, it’s Victor Espinoza. […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – TUESDAY, SEPT. 20, 2016

                                                                                                                                                         CHROME HEADS BLOCKBUSTER SATURDAY OCT. 1 DISTAFF IS STILL ON BEHOLDER’S AGENDA, BUT . . . DERBY WINNER NYQUIST IS PENNSYLVANIA BOUND UNBEATEN SONGBIRD SEEKS 11TH STRAIGHT WIN   CALIFORNIA CHROME AT THE READY FOR AWESOME AGAIN             Santa Anita Park, rich in racing lore for nearly eight decades, enhances its storied reputation come […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JULY 10, 2016

    SANTA ANITA HOSTS BREEDERS’ CUP NOV. 4 & 5 CHAMPION STELLAR WIND WORKS FOR HIRSCH SMITH BACK HOME FOLLOWING BELMONT SCORE SECURITY’S MIKE JACOBELLIS RETIRES TODAY DERBY WINNER NYQUIST BREEZES TOMORROW   HOME COURSE ADVANTAGE FOR BREEDERS’ CUP? Santa Anita hosts the Breeders’ Cup World championships for an unprecedented ninth time come Nov. 4 […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JULY 9, 2016

   SONGBIRD BREEZES FOR EAST COAST TOUR BEHOLDER WORKS FOR HIRSCH AT DEL MAR D’AMATO CLINCHES SECOND STRAIGHT TITLE BEJARANO ZEROES IN ON ANOTHER CROWN SLUGO RACING IS AT HOME ON ANY SURFACE   SONGBIRD IN ‘VERY GOOD’ WORK FOR EASTERN TRIP Superstar filly Songbird, who reels off fractions with the rhythmical precision of a […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JULY 8, 2016

   O’NEILL HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN JUVENILE ‘MISS’ LOOKS LIKE A HIT TO KEITH DESORMEAUX McANALLY CELEBRATES 84TH BIRTHDAY MONDAY TRAINER TED H. WEST CALLS IT A CAREER AT 43 JUNIOR GILLIAM BY ANY NAME PROVES A WINNER SONGBIRD BREEZES TOMORROW FOR CCA OAKS   TEAM O’NEILL SET FOR SANTA ANITA JUVENILE Trainer […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY JULY 4, 2016

      NYQUIST BREEZES A HALF-MILE IN 48.60 ESPINOZA STOPS TO SMELL THE ROSES HEAVYWEIGHT DORTMUND ‘CHROME’   TEAM O’NEILL HAPPY WITH NYQUIST WORK Kentucky Derby king Nyquist worked four furlongs at Santa Anita Monday morning in 48.60 as he prepares for his first race since finishing third in the Preakness Stakes on May 21. Under […]

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AFFIRMED STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY JULY 2, 2016

JOCKEY QUOTES   KENT DESORMEAUX, DALMORE, WINNER: “He drifts a little bit down the straight. I was checking my rearview mirror. He took me down towards the rail, but he was driving at that point. The most impressive part was that half-mile move to the quarter pole. That was all him, I never asked him. […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JULY 2, 2016

  SONGBIRD BREEZES FOR EAST COAST CAMPAIGN NARDO MAKES HIS STAKES DEBUT IN THOR’S ECHO KNAPP HOPES TO CATCH SPEEDSTERS SLEEPING FIRING LINE IN ‘PERFECT’ WORK TO MEET ‘CHROME’   SONGBIRD WORKS ‘VERY EASILY’ AT SANTA ANITA Superstar filly Songbird, who always gives her all even though she has yet to be asked for it, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JULY 1, 2016

   ‘GIANT KILLER’ CASSIDY EYES AN UPSET IN AFFIRMED FOREST CHATTER ON DIRT IN MONDAY’S THOR’S ECHO BIG ‘CAP ACE MELATONIN LIKELY FOR PACIFIC CLASSIC NEW TURF COURSE INSTALLED FOR AUTUMN CAMPAIGN WRONA SET TO TIE THE KNOT FOLLOWING SPRING MEET BIG BANG FOR YOUR BUCK ON MONDAY AT SANTA ANITA KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER NYQUIST […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JUNE 30, 2016

     DANZING CANDY DEBUTS FOR BAFFERT IN AFFIRMED D’AMATO EYES BANGUP FOURTH WITH SUNDAY RULES VERSATILE LIVING THE LIFE RETURNS TO MAIN TRACK FAN APPRECIATION DAY, DOLLAR DAY MONDAY, JULY 4   BAFFERT SWEET ON ‘CANDY’ IN AFFIRMED Danzing Candy makes his first start for Bob Baffert in Saturday’s Grade III Affirmed Stakes for three-year-olds […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

                                                                                                                                                        AWESOME AGAIN NEXT RACE FOR MELATONIN? SONGBIRD WORKS FOR EAST COAST CAMPAIGN NYQUIST ‘FANTASTIC’ AFTER PUBLIC WORKOUT MICHAEL WRONA & THE GOLD CUP–THEN & NOW REMATCH LOOMS FOR BEHOLDER, STELLAR WIIND   MELATONIN ‘LOOKS GOOD,’ COULD WAIT FOR AWESOME AGAIN Melatonin, racing’s newest “overnight sensation,” was resting on his expanding laurels Sunday at Santa […]

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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

      SANTA ANITA DERBY WINNER TARGETS JIM DANDY ALABAMA STAKES FIRM ON SONGBIRD’S SCHEDULE SHH SHE’S OURS EYES FIRST STAKES WIN SUNDAY   EXAGGERATOR ON COURSE FOR JIM DANDY Santa Anita Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Exaggerator is doing well in the Empire State as he prepares for the nine furlong, Grade II, $600,000 Jim […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JUNE 24, 2016

      BIG ‘CAP KING MELATONIN FRESH FOR GOLD CUP GOLD CUP MARKS DIRT DEBUT FOR BAL A BALI LORD NELSON SHARP FOR GRADE I TRIPLE BEND NYQUIST WORKS BEFORE SATURDAY’S FIRST RACE   BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC LONG-RANGE GOAL FOR MELATONIN Santa Anita Handicap winner Melatonin makes his first start in two months when he runs […]

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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JUNE 23, 2016

                  HOPPERTUNITY RETURNS IN ‘FORMIDABLE’ GOLD CUP KOBE‘S BACK AND SO IS STEVENS FOR TRIPLE BEND NYQUIST WORKS BEFORE SATURDAY’S FIRST RACE TWO RIVALS HELPED SAVE HORSES AMID WILDFIRES   GOLD CUP DISTANCE SHOULD SUIT HOPPERTUNITY Bob Baffert, who was on the fence at best last week about running Hoppertunity in Saturday’s Grade I Gold […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JUNE 19, 2016

      SONGBIRD GIVES ANOTHER ‘WOW!’ PERFORMANCE IMPERATIVE WEARS BLINKERS FOR RICH GOLD CUP TRIPLE BEND IS STILL AN OPTION FOR WILD DUDE BEHOLDER, STELLAR WIND COULD VIE AT DEL MAR   UNBEATEN QUEEN SONGBIRD ‘ZENYATTA IN REVERSE’ Wow! If Secretariat moved like “a tremendous machine,” Songbird moves like something “rarely seen,” although when it comes […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JUNE 18, 2016

  LORD NELSON LIKELY TO RUN IN GRADE I TRIPLE BEND HARD ACES, IMPERATIVE BREEZE FOR RICH GOLD CUP CHAMPS BEHOLDER, STELLAR WIND WORK TOMORROW FIRST POST TIME AT SANTA ANITA SUNDAY IS 12 NOON   ‘STRONG POSSIBILITY’ LORD NELSON RUNS IN TRIPLE BEND Lord Nelson, smashing winner of an overnight race in his first […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JUNE 17, 2016

                                                                                                                                                          CHAMPION NYQUIST ‘BREEZES’ FOUR FURLONGS SMITH AND SONGBIRD ARE UNITED IN PERFECTION CHEEKABOO HONEYMOONS WITH GRASS SUNDAY BEHOLDER SCHEDULED TO WORK THIS WEEKEND FIRST POST TIME ON SUNDAY MOVED TO 12 NOON   O’NEILL ‘HAPPY’ WITH NYQUIST WORKOUT At his home base of Santa Anita Friday morning, Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist had his first […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JUNE 16, 2016

      HOLLENDORFER SANS BAZE: LIFE GOES ON CHAMPION NYQUIST TO WORK TOMORROW SADLER FILLY TAKES ON QUEEN SONGBIRD HARD ACES SET FOR DEFENSE OF GOLD CUP   HOLLENDORFER: ABILITY, WORK ETHIC MADE BAZE GREAT Koufax and Drysdale, Montana and Clark, Cousy and Russell, great tandems in the annals of sports, all etched in the history […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JUNE 12, 2016

                                                                                    D’AMATO TO DOUBLE TEAM SONGBIRD IN OAKS IMPERATIVE BREEZES FOR GRADE I GOLD CUP KOBE‘S BACK IN STIFF WORK FOR TRIPLE BEND   BELLAMENTARY, COPPA TO FACE SONGBIRD Phil D’Amato plans to enter two fillies against undefeated champion Songbird in next Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Summertime Oaks, Bellamentary and Coppa. Bellamentary won the restricted […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JUNE 11, 2016

                                                                         SONGBIRD HAS ‘SPECTACULAR’ WORK FOR OAKS GREGSON FOUNDATION TO HONOR BOB BAFFERT DERBY WINNER NYQUIST FULL OF ENERGY IN JOG   EARLY SONGBIRD GETS THE WORK Despite Jerry Hollendorfer calling an audible and working Songbird a day earlier than originally planned, it was just another day at the office for the undefeated champion two-year-old […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JUNE 10, 2016

               TRAINER HAS THE ‘WRIGHT STUFF’ IN CRYSTAL WATER CLOCKER LIKES EXAGGERATOR IN BELMONT TRIFECTA STEVENS RETURNS FULL TIME AT SANTA ANITA JUNE 23 DERBY KING NYQUIST BACK ON TRACK AT SANTA ANITA TRAINER ROSEMARY TRELA A WINNER ON TWO FRONTS   WIN MACHINE ALERT BAY INVADES FOR CRYSTAL WATER Alert Bay, winning at nearly […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JUNE 9, 2016

                                                                                                                                                        ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR RETURNS IN CRYSTAL WATER DERBY KING NYQUIST IS AT HOME AT SANTA ANITA KENT KEEN ON EXAGGERATOR WITH FAST TRACK HIKING TAKES LONG ROAD IN POSSIBLY PERFECT GRASS IS GREENER FOR PRAT IN RACE FOR TITLE   ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR RETURNS IN SWEET SPOT Ashleyluvssugar returns to the races in Saturday’s $100,000 Crystal Water Stakes […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JUNE 5, 2016

    BIG CAP WINNER MELATONIN ON COURSE FOR GOLD CUP KOBE‘S BACK, SECOND SUMMER WORK FOR PETE’S SAKE CLEMENT L. HIRSCH IS NEXT FOR SUPERSTAR BEHOLDER   ‘TRUE STAYER’ MELATONIN SET FOR GOLD CUP Santa Anita Handicap winner Melatonin, who worked five furlongs Tuesday in a bullet 1:11.80, is on course for the Grade I, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JUNE 4, 2016

     SONGBIRD BREEZES SIX FURLONGS IN A BULLET 1:13 KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER NYQUIST IS DUE IN SUNDAY KENT DESORMEAUX RETURNS FROM REHAB PROGRAM THE SHOW GOES ON WITH ACT IN SUNDAY’S SIREN LURE   SONGBIRD FIRES BULLET IN ‘VERY NICE’ WORK Unbeaten and unchallenged champion Songbird worked six furlongs in 1:13 flat under regular rider […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JUNE 3, 2016

   CHAMPION BEHOLDER IS BIGGER, BOLDER, BETTER D’AMATO HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN SHOEMAKER IT’S ‘ALL GOOD’ WITH EXAGGERATOR FOR BELMONT SANTA ANITA FIRST POST TIME 1:30 STARTING JUNE 9   STEVENS REUNITES WITH CHAMP BEHOLDER IN VANITY Gary Stevens has ridden Beholder 11 times, winning 10, the last six in a row, all […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY MAY 30, 2016

    CHAMPIONS BEHOLDER, STELLAR WIND VIE IN VANITY TWENTYTWENTYVISION: SIGHTS SET ON SHOEMAKER EXAGGERATOR TO BREEZE ON JUNE 7 FOR BELMONT IGGY GETS JIGGY WITH 59-1 MAIDEN WIN FOR SAYLER MEMORABLE MEMORIAL DAY: PICK 6 POOL AT $437,763   BEHOLDER, STELLAR WIND HOME AT SANTA ANITA Champions Beholder and Stellar Wind, who between them have […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MAY 29, 2016

   CHAMPION SONGBIRD WORKS TOWARDS HER RETURN FANTICOLA HAS BETTER DRAW IN MONDAY’S GAMELY EDWIN MALDONADO IS KING OF THE TWO-YEAR-OLDS OBVIOUSLY DRILLS FOR THIRD SHOEMAKER VICTORY   SONGBIRD TAKES A MINUTE FOR SUNDAY BREEZE On an overcast Sunday morning, Songbird, racing’s perfect filly, worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track shortly after […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MAY 28, 2016

    CHAMPS BEHOLDER, STELLAR WIND SET FOR VANITY EXAGGERATOR TO BREEZE AT BELMONT NEXT WEEK SONGBIRD DUE TO WORK AT SANTA ANITA TOMORROW OUTSIDE POST NO DETERENT FOR QUICK CASABLANCA   STELLAR WIND WORKS FOR MEETING WITH ‘THE QUEEN’ Anticipation is gaining momentum hour by hour for Santa Anita’s Spring Meet showdown between champions Beholder […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MAY 27, 2016

    KENT TO WORK EXAGGERATOR AT BELMONT PARK TEMPERATURE FOR NYQUIST STEADY AS SHE GOES SNOW CHIEF STAKES DISTANCE SUITS TOUGH IT OUT CHEEKABOO TACKLES 2-5 ENOLA GRAY IN MELAIR SONGFORJOHNMICHAEL CAN RATE IN TIZNOW STAKES DISTANCE SUITS LILY KAI IN FRAN’S VALENTINE FOREST CHATTER READY FOR LENNYFROMALIBU   KENT DESORMEAUX TO WORK EXAGGERATOR AT […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MAY 26, 2016

                                                                                                                                                        PREAKNESS WINNER EXAGGERATOR WALKS SHEDROW RALIS TACKLES TURF FOR FIRST TIME IN SNOW CHIEF NYQUIST DUE IN CALIFORNIA JUNE 5, PLANS ON HOLD SINGING KITTY IS IN TUNE ON A FIRM TURF COURSE BOOZER STAYS ON THE ON DIRT IN TIZNOW STAKES DYNAMITE DEBUT WINNER ENOLA GRAY HEADS MELAIR LENNYFROMALIBU IS REMEMBERED ON SATURDAY […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MAY 22, 2016

   KEITH DESORMEAUX IS A MAN WHO KNOWS HIS HORSE CHAMPS SONGBIRD, STELLAR WIND BREEZE FOR STAKES GONZALEZ FIRES STEPHEN, HIRES BRANDON O’BRYAN GRADE I GAMELY DISTANCE SHOULD AID SADLER DUO GOLD RUSH DAY AT SANTA ANITA IS NEXT SATURDAY   TURNS OUT, KEITH DESORMEAUX WAS NOT EXAGGERATING It was just last June that Keith […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MAY 21, 2016

   HARD ACES ALL IN FOR SUNDAY’S CALIFORNIAN MALDONADO LEADS BEJARANO IN JOCKS’ RACE GOLD RUSH FESTIVAL FEATURED NEXT SATURDAY CLASSIC CAL RODS WILL BE ON DISPLAY SUNDAY   HARD ACES: CALIFORNIAN, HERE HE COMES             Hard Aces, a late-running son of Hard Spun, seeks his first win since capturing the Grade I Gold Cup […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MAY 20, 2016

    THREE DECADES LATER, SOLIS RECALLS PREAKNESS KONA GOLD: ‘SKY’S NOT THE LIMIT’ FOR HOLLENDORFER SECOND SUMMER’S FORM IMPROVES ON MAIN TRACK MANDELLA HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN MIZDIRECTION   SNOW CHIEF GAINED REDEMPTION IN 1986 PREAKNESS             It’s been three decades since Alex Solis won his only Triple Crown race in a Hall […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MAY 19, 2016

                                                                                                                                    DESORMEAUX RETURNS TO PIMLICO FOR PREAKNESS BERNSTEIN EYES KONA GOLD UPSET WITH KAFISTER PUYPE SEEKS FITTING MIZDIRECTION STAKES VICTORY BEHOLDER, MELATONIN WORK FOR UPCOMING STAKES   KENT DESORMEAUX RETURNS TO ‘HOME AWAY FROM HOME’ Kent Desormeaux knows Pimlico like the back of his hand, probably the front, too. In 1989, he rode a staggering […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MAY 15, 2016

  PREAKNESS POST POSITION IMPORTANT FOR UNCLE LINO BEJARANO IS BACK ON WILD RIDE IN GRADE II KONA GOLD CHAMP STELLAR WIND BREEZES FOR GRADE I VANITY MILE UNDEFEATED FILLY SONGBIRD COULD BREEZE NEXT WEEK   PREAKNESS DRAW COULD IMPACT OUTCOME Despite the fact that at age 70, Gary Sherlock will be the oldest trainer […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MAY 14, 2016

  TRAINER NONPLUSSED OVER KNOCKS ON NYQUIST FOLLOW ME CREV TO WORK FOR THE CALIFORNIAN PREAKNESS CHALLENGE OFFERS $150,000 IN PRIZES BARGAIN TRACKSIDE PACKAGE ON PREAKNESS DAY   ON NYQUIST, DESORMEAUX IS NOT AN EXAGGERATOR             Keith Desormeaux has uttered unfettered praise of Nyquist since the undefeated two-year-old champion male of 2015 defeated the colt […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MAY 13, 2016

   SUPER MARIO: DERBY IS EASIER SECOND TIME AROUND UNCLE LINO LEAVES TUESDAY AFTER PREAKNESS WORK BLINKERS STAY ON I WILL SCORE FOR THE LAZ BARRERA LUCKY BRYAN MAKES DEBUT FOR SADLER IN SINGLETARY BARNES HAS BIG DREAMS AS HE DEBUTS AT SANTA ANITA   CONFIDENCE RISES FOR GUTIERREZ WITH DERBY WIN The Kentucky Derby […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MAY 12, 2016

    TEAM O’NEILL ALL SMILES OVER CHAMP NYQUIST SONGBIRD COULD RETURN IN SUMMERTIME OAKS DENMAN’S CALL, MRAZEK SET FOR LAZ BARRERA ARCATURE RETURNS TO MILE IN SINGLETARY STAKES SANTA ANITA HOSTS TACO FESTIVAL ON SATURDAY   NYQUIST FIT FOR SECOND JEWEL OF TRIPLE CROWN Team O’Neill hopes it’s déjà vu all over again when Nyquist […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MAY 8, 2016

    NYQUIST: PERFECT IS AS PERFECT DOES TRAINER FELT ENERGY OF TEAM O’NEILL GUTIERREZ IS MR. COOL IN THE SADDLE STELLAR WIND WORKS FOR VANITY MILE GOLDEN GATE JACKPOT NEARS $700,000   NYQUIST, SEATTLE SLEW MADE FROM SAME MOLD? The sun was out in all its glory at Santa Anita early Sunday morning, as if […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MAY 7, 2016

   TRAINER SEEKS TO UPSET BEHOLDER ON SUNDAY PALMA, D’AMATO DOUBLE, TALAMO WINS THREE TACO FIESTA AT SANTA ANITA NEXT SATURDAY   SOUZA HOPES CAREER MARCHES FORWARD TOMORROW             Felipe Souza is a 30-year-old trainer only three years in the business stateside, flying far under the radar at this point in his aspiring career. But […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MAY 6, 2016

  ELLIOTT RECALLS SMARTY JONES’ DERBY VICTORY HORSEMEN FANCY NYQUIST IN RUN FOR THE ROSES CLOCKER SAYS NYQUIST IS ‘NOT A WEAK FAVORITE’ MELATONIN, STELLAR WIND TO BREEZE TOMORROW   ELLIOTT FAVORS NYQUIST, FIRST TURN CRUCIAL             Stewart Elliott’s signature victory came in the 2004 Kentucky Derby on Smarty Jones. Twelve years later, the Toronto […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MAY 5, 2016

     ESPINOZA HOPES TRIPLE CROWN RUN CONTINUES HOLLENDORFER: TWO FOR THE MONEY IN SENORITA DERBY IS PARTY TIME AT THE GREAT RACE PLACE FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE FOR FANS AT SANTA ANITA   ESPINOZA’S FOCUS IS ON DERBY, CALIFORNIA CHROME              Victor Espinoza will attempt to win a Triple Crown race for the sixth time from […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – WEDNESDAY MAY 4, 2016

   BEHOLDER ‘STRETCHES HER LEGS’ FOR 2016 DEBUT NYQUIST GETS DERBY NOD FROM TRAINER SHERLOCK D’AMATO SEEKS FAST START IN SANTA ANITA STAKES BARRY ABRAMS ‘SUSPENDS CAREER’ DUE TO HEALTH UNBEATEN CHAMPION SONGBIRD BACK ON THE TRACK FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE FOR FANS AT SANTA ANITA   BEHOLDER DRILLS FOR ADORATION STAKES ON SUNDAY             Three-time […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY APRIL 29, 2016

   TRIPLE CHAMP BEHOLDER PREPS FOR ADORATION GALLAGHER HOPES TO SMELL ROSES WITH MAIDEN SADLER SENDS OUT PAIR IN OPENING DAY FEATURE FORMER TRAINER DONN LUBY PASSES AT 71 TOP JOCK GONZALEZ RESUMES RIDING THURSDAY HOME RUN KITTEN FRESH FOR AMERICAN STAKES FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE FOR FANS AT SANTA ANITA   BEHOLDER DRILLS FOR 2016 […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY APRIL 10, 2016

   CHAMPION SONGBIRD IS STILL ‘PERFECT’ AFTER OAKS ROMP KENTUCKY AWAITS SANTA ANITA DERBY KING EXAGGERATOR D’AMATO HONORED TO WIN HIS FIRST-EVER TRAINING CROWN   SONGBIRD CONTINUES TO FLY ABOVE THE REST             Superstar filly Songbird, who soars over her prey like a raptor, won her seventh straight race with consummate ease Saturday, taking the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY APRIL 8, 2016

  SANTA ANITA DERBY IS THE STRONGEST PREP RED HOT D’AMATO TRIES TO TOPPLE SONGBIRD NYQUEST DESERVING CHOICE FOR THE ROSES IT’S TEXAS RED RAIN OR SHINE COME SATURDAY KEITH STUCKI, TRAINER OF ANCIENT TITLE, PASSES McANALLY EYES SAN JUAN WIN ON CLOSING DAY THE BUCK STOPS AT 100 WITH MOTHER TRUMAN   IT COULD […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY APRIL 7, 2016

  ‘MOR’ FOR THE RECORD IN SANTA ANITA DERBY? UNBEATEN CHAMP SONGBIRD ON RAIL FOR OAKS D’AMATO HAS HIS ‘PHIL’ WITH 10 ON DERBY DAY SANTA ANITA DERBY 5K RUN & WALK SATURDAY BEHOLDER WORKS FOR HER SIX-YEAR-OLD DEBUT   STEVENS EYES BIG PICTURE WITH MOR SPIRIT Gary Stevens hopes to add to his record […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY APRIL 3, 2016

  NYQUIST: HOMETOWN BOY MAKES GOOD IN FLORIDA IT’S SONGBIRD VS. THE WORLD IN SANTA ANITA OAKS SANTA ANITA DERBY 5K RUN AND WALK ON SATURDAY   NYQUIST ‘LOOKS GREAT’ AFTER FLORIDA DERBY ROMP California is on a roll, and we’re not talking sushi here. American Pharoah, Beholder, California Chrome, Songbird, Stellar Wind and now […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY APRIL 2, 2016

  ‘CANDY’ SWEET IN FINAL SANTA ANITA DERBY DRILL LONE PICK SIX WINNER REAPS $52,823 ON $32 TICKET CHAMPION STELLAR WIND WORKS FOR HER RETURN BALDWIN AVE. TRAFFIC TO BE DIVERTED SATURDAY   DANZING CANDY IN ‘PERFECT’ BREEZE FOR SA DERBY Several of the West Coast’s leading Triple Crown aspirants got in their final major […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY APRIL 2, 2016

      FLORIDA DERBY EDGE GOES TO NYQUIST ON HEART D’AMATO EYES SAN SIMEON VICTORY, TRAINING TITLE FOES COULD SALUTE ‘COLONEL’ IN TOKYO CITY CUP ULTIMATE BETTING CHALLENGE REAPS NEARLY $90,000 BEHOLDER IN EASY BREEZE FOR SIX-YEAR-OLD DEBUT   RIVAL TRAINER SAYS IT’S NYQUIST OVER MOHAYMEN If anyone has more respect for Nyquist than his owners, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MARCH 31, 2016

    CONQUERING HERO ESPINOZA RETURNS BATTLE OF UNBEATENS IN FLORIDA DERBY ARGENTINE INVADER MAKES S. DEBUT TURF FESTIVAL DEBUTS AT GOLDEN GATE   ESPINOZA BACK IN ONE PIECE FROM DUBAI Victor Espinoza was back on the beat at Clockers’ Corner Thursday morning, disappearing Claude Rains-like into the crowd, no fanfare, no entourage, no ceremonial welcome, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MARCH 27, 2016

    ESPINOZA TOURS DUBAI AFTER SPARKLING CHROME ROMP DESORMEAUX SEEKS BETTER FINISH IN SANTA ANITA DERBY HENDRICKS LIKES MARATHON DISTANCE OF TOKYO CITY CUP SANTA ANITA WELCOMES ESPINOZA ON THURSDAY Victor Espinoza had more reason than usual to smile yesterday after guiding California Chrome to an eventful yet facile victory in the $10 million Dubai […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MARCH 26, 2016

   THREE WORK FOR $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY ‘IRON HORSE’ MELANISTIC TO MAKE HER 52ND START SANTA ANITA HOSTS EASTER EGG HUNT TOMORROW DANZING CANDY IN BULLET DRILL FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY Danzing Candy, front-running winner of the San Felipe Stakes on March 12, worked five furlongs on a warm Saturday morning in a […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MARCH 25, 2016

    TWO MORE SOPHS POINTED TO SANTA ANITA DERBY NYQUIST BREEZES FOR MOHAYMEN SHOWDOWN GLORY, GLORY HALLEJULAH IN SANTA ANA STAKES? D’AMATO ENJOYING ‘DREAM’ MEET AT SANTA ANITA DESORMEAUX SETS HIS SIGHTS ON NEW HORIZONS   IRON ROB, DENMAN’S CALL EYE SANTA ANITA DERBY Iron Rob and Denman’s Call, the one-two finishers in the San […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MARCH 24, 2016

   ‘SPIRIT’ IS WILLING IN SANTA ANITA DERBY DRILL G’DAY, MATE: WRONA GETS CALL AT SANTA ANITA RACING MOURNS THE PASSING OF JEFF LUKAS ‘NANCY’ DRAWS JOHN SADLER’S FANCY IN SANTA ANA OAKLAWN OR CHARLES TOWN NEXT FOR MELATONIN GRASS COULD BE GREENER FOR CHAMP BEHOLDER KENT DESORMEAUX NAMES J.R. PEGRAM NEW AGENT   MOR […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MARCH 20, 2016

    COUNTDOWN ON FOR NYQUIST-MOHAYMEN MATCH ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR FOR CUPID IN REBEL CHAMPION SONGBIRD WORKS WEDNESDAY FOR OAKS   INTEREST AMPS UP FOR FLORIDA DERBY SHOWDOWN The racing world awaits the multi-story lined showdown April 2 in the $1 million Florida Derby between the two undefeated favorites for the Kentucky Derby, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MARCH 19, 2016

      STREAKING CADET RONI IN GRADE III LAS FLORES APPRENTICE LINDSAY MAKES SANTA ANITA DEBUT DAVID FLORES IS LOOKING AT NEW HORIZONS   GLATT HOPES PACE AIDS CADET RONI IN LAS FLORES             Cadet Roni seeks her third straight win and her first graded victory when she runs in Sunday’s Grade III Las Flores Stakes […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MARCH 18, 2016

                                                                                                                                     CHAMPS NYQUIST, BEHOLDER IN SMART WORKS BLINKERS ADDED FOR TARA’S TANGO SATURDAY ESPINOZA LEAVES MONDAY FOR CHROME, DUBAI EXAGGERATOR POINTED TO SANTA ANITA DERBY   NYQUIST, BEHOLDER STRUT THEIR STUFF             Santa Anita’s “Winter Meet of Champions” showcased a pair of them Friday when Nyquist and Beholder worked towards future engagements, undefeated male two-year-old […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MARCH 17, 2016

    PLANS FOR MELATONIN’S NEXT RACE ON HOLD GRADE I OPPORTUNITY AWAITS TARIS SATURDAY NEW FACE ABOARD SMOOVE IT IS FLAVIEN PRAT TURKISH-BRED HORSE SCORES AT SANTA ANITA CHAMPS NYQUIST, BEHOLDER WORK TOMORROW   HOFMANS UNDECIDED ON MELATONIN’S NEXT RACE Melatonin, who won the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap as the lightweight under 115 pounds, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MARCH 13, 2016

    ‘CANDY’ IS SWEET, ‘SPIRIT’ IS GOOD ON DERBY TRAIL SANTA ANITA HANDICAP VICTORY WAS TEAM EFFORT WHAT A VIEW LOOKS GOOD AFTER KILROE TRIUMPH   REMATCH LOOMS IN SANTA ANITA DERBY If all goes well, it’s on to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9 and a rematch between Danzing Candy and […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MARCH 12, 2016

    HAVANNA BELLE TACKLES MALES IN SAN LUIS REY ESPINOZA TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD ON SUNDAY PENWITH INVADES FOR GRADE I SANTA MARGARITA   HAVANNA BELLE SEEKS DISTANCE REPEAT IN SAN LUIS REY Havanna Belle takes on male rivals in Sunday’s Grade II San Luis Rey Stakes at a mile and a half on turf. […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MARCH 11, 2016

    DONWORTH COULD BE THE ONE TO CATCH IN BIG ‘CAP IT’S SMITH’S CALL ON DANZING CANDY IN SAN FELIPE BEST IS YET TO COME FOR BOLO IN GRADE I KILROE COASTLINE RETURNS TO DIRT IN GRADE II SAN CARLOS DRYSDALE ENTERS FOUR IN SUNDAY’S SAN LUIS REY   BIG ‘CAP LEAD COULD BELONG TO […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MARCH 10, 2016

     SMITH EYES FOURTH STRAIGHT BIG ‘CAP VICTORY BAFFERT HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN SAN FELIPE TRAINER SEES FAST FRACTIONS FOR KILROE MILE NO OPTIONS FOR KOBE’S BACK IN SAN CARLOS NYQUIST IN SHARP WORKOUT FOR FLORIDA DERBY   SMITH EXPECTS BIG EFFORT FROM EFFINEX             Mike Smith seeks an unprecedented fourth straight victory […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MARCH 6, 2016

   EFFINEX HIGHWEIGHT FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAP SONGBIRD ‘PERFECT’ AFTER SANTA YSABEL ROMP BAFFERT SEEKS FIFTH WIN IN GRADE II SAN FELIPE MIDNIGHT STORM YES, OBVIOUSLY NO FOR KILROE DAUGHTER TRIES TO EMULATE DAD IN SAN CARLOS   EFFINEX GALLOPS AS HE PREPARES FOR BIG ‘CAP             East Coast invader Effinex, the probable favorite for […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MARCH 5, 2016

   TOP SOPHS WORK FOR SAN FELIPE STAKES IMPERATIVE IN EASY DRILL FOR THE BIG ‘CAP WHAT A VIEW STEPS UP IN GRADE I KILROE CHAMP BEHOLDER BREEZES TO BEAT RAIN WILD DUDE TO DEFEND SAN CARLOS TITLE   MOR SPIRIT ‘FOCUSED’ IN SAN FELIPE WORK With the Man Upstairs set to unleash a deluge […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MARCH 4, 2016

   EFFINEX ARRIVES FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAP MOR SPIRIT DRILLS SATURDAY FOR SAN FELIPE KOBE‘S BACK WORKS FOR THE SAN CARLOS OM IS ON COURSE FOR GRADE I KILROE MILE   EASTERN INVADER EFFINEX SETTLES IN FOR BIG ‘CAP Effinex, the probable favorite for the 79th running of the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MARCH 3, 2016

     CHAMPION SONGBIRD IS READY FOR SANTA YSABEL NYQUIST IS ‘FULL OF ENERGY’ IN HALF-MILE BREEZE NEW TURF COURSE INSTALLATION STARTS JUNE 20 SHUTTLE SERVICE TO SANTA ANITA BEGINS SATURDAY                                                                                            ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR SONGBIRD ON SATURDAY The fact that nine three-year-old fillies were entered to run against undefeated champion Songbird in the Santa […]

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     ‘AGGRESSIVE’ MOR SPIRIT WORKS FOR SAN FELIPE CHAMPION SONGBIRD BREEZES FOR SANTA YSABEL BEJARANO LEADS JOCKEYS; TWO TRAINERS TIED   BAFFERT ‘HAPPY’ WITH MOR SPIRIT AFTER DRILL               Working in company with stablemate Hoffenheim, Mor Spirit had his mind on business Sunday morning, breezing five furlongs in 59.80 under Martin Garcia for the Grade […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2016

  SMOKEY IMAGE, DANZING CANDY BREEZE FOR SAN FELIPE OCTOGENARIAN AGENT DEGREGORY FINE AFTER THROAT SURGERY TEXAS RED IN EASY WORK FOR HIS FOUR-YEAR-OLD DEBUT   QUARTET WORK FOR SAN FELIPE STAKES Undefeated California-bred Smokey Image worked six furlongs Saturday morning under Victor Espinoza in a bullet 1:12.20 as he prepares to run against open […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 26, 2016

     THREE-YEAR-OLD STARS GET TO WORK THIS WEEKEND SPAWR REMEMBERS CLASSY CLAIM SENSATIONAL STAR D’AMATO TAKES ‘HILLUVA’ CHANCE IN JOE HERNANDEZ   TOP SOPHS GET IN THEIR LICKS AT SANTA ANITA Santa Anita clockers will be at the ready this weekend to record the workout times of leading three-year-olds scheduled to breeze at The Great […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY FEBRUARY 25, 2016

      MOR SPIRIT COULD WORK SUNDAY FOR SAN FELIPE BAFFERT HAS EYE ON DUBAI FOR HOPPERTUNITY LUCKY J LANE IS FRESH FOR SENSATIONAL STAR SANTA ANITA HONORS LEGENDARY JOE HERNANDEZ CALIFORNIA CHROME ROMPS IN WORLD CUP PREP   MORE SPIRIT NEEDED FROM MOR SPIRIT FOR SAN FELIPE Mor Spirit, who was eased in a workout […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2016

      SONGBIRD COULD SURFACE IN THE SANTA YSABEL SMOKEY IMAGE HAS ‘EASY’ DRILL FOR SAN FELIPE ZENYATTA’S SON PROMISING THIRD IN DEBUT RACE AGENT HAS WINNING DUO IN MALDONADO, LOPEZ   SONGBIRD IN ‘BRILLIANT’ DRILL; COULD GO IN SANTA YSABEL Champion filly Songbird could make her next start in the Grade III Santa Ysabel Stakes […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 20, 2016

   DANZING CANDY, UNCLE LINO DRILL FOR SAN FELIPE DONWORTH PREPS FOR RICH SANTA ANITA HANDICAP TIZ A BILLY SET FOR BAFFLE STAKES AFTER TIME OFF ZENYATTA’S EXERCISE RIDER WILLARD IS DEAD AT 72   THREE-YEAR-OLDS PREP FOR SAN FELIPE STAKES Danzing Candy and Uncle Lino, two contenders for the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 19, 2016

  GOOD SPORTS HEADED IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS SON OF ZENYATTA MAKES HIS DEBUT ON SATURDAY TRIP MAKES RACE IN BUENA VISTA, SHIRREFFS SAYS   NYQUIST GOING TO FLORIDA, EXAGGERATOR STAYS HOME Keenly competitive on the track, both Doug O’Neill and Keith Desormeaux were uncommonly gracious and magnanimous after O’Neill’s unbeaten champion two-year-old colt of 2015 […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2016

   FOLLOW ME CREV, PROSPECT PARK EYE BIG CAP UNBEATEN SMOKEY IMAGE PREPS FOR SAN FELIPE PEREZ GAINS A TOP 10 RANKING AT SANTA ANITA   BIG CAP REMATCH LOOMS FOR ‘PARK’ AND ‘CREV’ Streaking Follow Me Crev and Prospect Park could meet again in the Santa Anita Handicap on March 12 after running one-two […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2016

      THE RAIL IS NO DETERRENT FOR UNBEATEN NYQUIST CHAMPION SONGBIRD DRILLS FOR SANTA ANITA OAKS BAFFERT MULLS HITHER OR YON FOR HOPPERTUNITY CALCULATOR VICTORIOUS IN COMEBACK FOR MILLER   INSIDE IS THE SHORTEST WAY AROUND FOR NYQUIST Nyquist makes his much-anticipated three-year-old debut Monday in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 13, 2016

  EXAGGERATOR HAS NYQUIST WHERE HE WANTS HIM UPTOWN TWIRL MAKES GRASS DEBUT IN SWEET LIFE GONZALEZ WINS FOUR, TIES BEJARANO FOR LEAD   EXAGGERATOR ‘READY NOW’ FOR SAN VICENTE If the Kentucky Derby were run on Monday, Exaggerator might be worth a bet. As it is, the Run for the Roses is not until […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – Friday February 12, 2016

                                                                           RECORD SPEAKS FOR UNBEATEN CHAMP NYQUIST RELAXED OM IS READY TO GO IN GRADE II ARCADIA ‘TANGO’ DANCES TWO TURNS AGAIN IN SANTA MARIA SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS DEFEAT HOLY ANGELS, 43-34   NYQUIST MAKES THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUT ON MONDAY             Nyquist is the Rodney Dangerfield of Thoroughbreds. He gets no respect, no respect at all. […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2016

   NYQUIST HAS TEAM O’NEILL CAUTIOUSLY EXCITED RACE STRATEGY FOR OBVIOUSLY REMAINS OBVIOUS DISTANCE SHOULD BENEFIT KYRIAKI IN SANTA MARIA SANTA ANITA JOCKS FACE HOLY ANGELS BOYS TONIGHT   NYQUIST SET FOR SAN VICENTE; BAFFERT EYES 10TH WIN Monday is D Day for Nyquist and Team O’Neill, “D” as in the three-year-old “debut” for the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2016

     NYQUIST HAS SHARP DRILL FOR SAN VICENTE STAKES GAS TOTAL BACK ON (MAIN) TRACK FOR SANTA MARIA BLANC AND FLAMBOYANT ARE WINNERS AT ANY PRICE TRADITION GOES ON AS JOCKEYS MEET HOLY ANGELS   CHAMPION NYQUIST WORKS FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUT             Champion two-year-old male of 2015 Nyquist worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s pristine […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 6, 2016

                                                                                                                                                SALUTOS AMIGOS, CAUTIOUS GIANT VIE SUNDAY HORSEMEN VARY ON SUPER BOWL SELECTIONS CHAMPION NYQUIST WORKS SUNDAY MORNING   SALUTOS AMIGOS, CAUTIOUS GIANT IN PALOS VERDES Salutos Amigos doesn’t have to carry his track with him as he showed in the Grade III Midnight Lute Stakes on Jan. 2 when he finished a willing second […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 5, 2016

     STREET FANCY TAKES ON CHAMP SONGBIRD SATURDAY IMPERATIVE THE NEW CHOICE IN SAN ANTONIO STAKES OUTSIDE POST GOOD FOR UNCLE LINO IN ROBERT LEWIS McANALLY SEEKS TO ADD TO HIS SANTA ANITA RECORD BLINKERS BETTER LATE THAN NEVER FOR KOBE’S BACK? DAVID C. LOPEZ IMPRESSES HORSEMEN AT SANTA ANITA CHAMP NYQUIST TO WORK BEFORE […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY FEBRUARY 4, 2016

      ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR CHAMP SONGBIRD SATURDAY CAT BURGLAR TIPTOES INTO SAN ANTONIO STAKES I WILL SCORE TACKLES MOR SPIRIT IN ROBERT LEWIS FLAMBOYANT OUT TO PROVE HE’S THE REAL DEAL SANTA ANITA RIDERS’ CHARITY GAME NEXT THURSDAY   SONGBIRD MAKES THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUT SATURDAY The countdown to the much-anticipated three-year-old debut of undefeated champion […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JANUARY 31, 2016

     MOR SPIRIT ON A BLOCKBUSTER SATURDAY CARD CHAMP SONGBIRD SET FOR LAS VIRGENES STAKES D’AMATO ADDS TO TRAINING LEAD, MORE TO COME KENNY BLACK RELISHES CLASSIC WIN WITH WHAT A VIEW   SINK OR SWIM TIME FOR TRIPLE CROWN HOPEFULS As American Pharoah fades majestically into the sunset, Derby Fever begins anew Saturday when […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JANUARY 30, 2016

             NYQUIST WORKS FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUT HOPPERTUNITY BREEZES FOR RICH SAN ANTONIO  B. WAYNE HUGHES ON HAND TO SEE BEHOLDER   NYQUIST AMONG 300-PLUS WORKERS AT SANTA ANITA Undefeated two-year-old male champion of 2015 Nyquist worked six furlongs in 1:16.20 on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday for his three-year-old debut in the Grade II […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JANUARY 29, 2016

  UNDEFEATED SMOKEY IMAGE IN RICH CAL CUP DERBY G. RYDER SEEKS 12TH CAREER WIN IN TURF CLASSIC RAIL NO ISSUE FOR SAN ONOFRE IN VALPREDO SPRINT RUN FOR BETTS MAKES TURF DEBUT IN CAL CUP OAKS SMOOVE IT RETURNS IN FILLY & MARE TURF SPRINT   UNBEATEN SMOKEY IMAGE TRIES TWO TURNS IN CAL […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JANUARY 28, 2016

    DRINKS ON BOOZER IN $250,000 TURF CLASSIC? SUNDAY RULES VS. MALES IN VALPREDO SPRINT TOUGH IT OUT SET FOR RICH CAL CUP DERBY TALAMO’S FILLY ‘REAL BOSS’ IN CAL CUP OAKS ASHLEY’S SASSY IN FILLY & MARE TURF SPRINT MOR SPIRIT DRILLS FOR ROBERT LEWIS STAKES   ‘GOOD TRIP’ CRUCIAL FOR BOOZER IN TURF […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JANUARY 24, 2016

    CHAMPION COLT NYQUIST WORKS FOR SAN VICENTE SUNDAY RULES REBOUNDS FOR SUNSHINE MILLIONS GRAZEN SKY TACKLES TOUGHER IN TURF CLASSIC   NYQUIST DRILLS FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUT             Champion two-year-old colt of 2015 Nyquist took another step closer to his three-year-old debut in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes Feb. 15, working six furlongs on […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JANUARY 23, 2016

  MOR SPIRIT BREEZES FOR LEWIS STAKES ON FEB. 6 TRAINERS AT THE READY FOR CLOCKERS’ CORNER TWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER STANDS AT $307,069   MOR SPIRIT IN ‘STIFF’ WORK FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUT Under a 360-degree cloud cover that obliterated old Sol, leading Triple Crown contender Mor Spirit worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JANUARY 22, 2016

    SANTA MONICA AN OPEN RACE SANS SUNDAY RULES ESPINOZA PUTS KIBOSH ON RETIREMENT REPORTS SPECIALIST BENCH WARRANT IN CLOCKERS’ CORNER DORTMUND IN BULLET DRILL FOR RICH SAN ANTONIO   SANTA MONICA FIELD GROWS WITHOUT BIG FAVORITE Saturday’s Grade II Santa Monica Stakes drew nine entrants, thanks in no small part to the unexpected absence […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY JANUARY 18, 2016

   SUNDAY RULES ONE TO CATCH IN SANTA MONICA CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ ECLIPSES EXPECTATIONS LOUISIANA NATIVE BONNET FULFILLS AMBITIONS   SUNDAY RULES SEEKS EIGHTH WIN IN NINE STARTS When it comes to axioms, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” readily applies to Sunday Rules, a speed-proficient mare out to win her eighth race from nine […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY JANUARY 17, 2016

   ECLIPSE AWARD WINNERS REIGN AT SANTA ANITA NYQUIST AND MOR SPIRIT DRILL FOR 2016 DEBUTS GENDER AGENDA GOES THE EXTRA MILE AGAIN SUNDAY RULES WORKS OUT FOR SANTA MONICA POPULAR DOLLAR DAY AT SANTA ANITA MONDAY   ‘A WONDERFUL YEAR’ FOR AMERICAN PHAROAH’S TEAM Perpetually blessed by Mother Nature, Santa Anita basked in another […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JANUARY 16, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                                DORTMUND AND EXAGGERATOR IN SOLID WORKS ‘TEAM’ KEY WORD IN SUCCESS OF TEAM O’NEILL DOLLAR DAY AGAIN AT SANTA ANITA ON MONDAY   EXAGGERATOR IN ‘GREAT’ BREEZE FOR SAN VICENTE Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund and Delta Jackpot winner Exaggerator worked on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday morning in preparation for upcoming stakes […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JANUARY 15, 2016

                                                                                                                                                 ILLUMINANT BACK QUICK ON DIRT IN LA CANADA GLORY GOES FOR STAKES GOLD IN MEGAHERTZ FRANTIC FRIDAY FOR TRAINER KEITH DESORMEAUX DOLLAR DAY AGAIN AT SANTA ANITA ON MONDAY   BRIGHT FUTURE FOR ILLUMINANT IN LA CANADA? Illuminant ran such a creditable race finishing fourth in the Grade II Monrovia Stakes at about 6 […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JANUARY 14, 2016

     SONGBIRD IN TUNE FOR HER THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUT TARIS STRETCHES OUT IN THE GRADE II LA CANADA BALTAS TRIO EYES MEGAHERTZ STAKES ON MONDAY MORE THAN LESS GOES IN MARATHON ASTRA STAKES ECLIPSE AWARDS TO BE STREAMED ON XPRESSBET.COM ARCADIA WALK OF FAME ANNOUNCES NEW INDUCTEES   SONGBIRD’S DRILL ‘JUST WHAT WE WANTED’ Unbeaten Breeders’ […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JANUARY 10, 2016

                                                                                                                                                 BAFFERT: ‘CHROME’ IS GOOD FOR THE SPORT NYQUIST IN ‘SUPER’ DRILL FOR SAN VICENTE FIVE-DAY RACE WEEK STARTS ON THURSDAY   CALIFORNIA CHROME FILLS RACING’S VOID             My son had to put his cat to sleep Friday night.             It was a traumatic experience. Anyone who has been through that knows it. There is […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JANUARY 9, 2016

    GONZALEZ ATTEMPTS TO DETHRONE BEJARANO TOEWS ON ICE PREPS FOR ROBERT B. LEWIS BALTAS HAS THREE FOR GRADE III MEGAHERTZ   GONZALEZ CONTINUES ON A ROLL AT SANTA ANITA It’s not a stretch to call Santiago Gonzalez an overnight sensation, at least since he began riding in the United States just over a year […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JANUARY 8, 2016

     CHROME WELL-SCHOOLED FOR THE SAN PASQUAL IT’S EARLY (SONG)BIRD THAT CATCHES THE WORK RAIN DOESN’T DAMPEN ENTHUSIASM FOR TRACK TRAINER SEEKS STALKING TRIP IN SHAM STAKES BURGER & BREWFEST SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA   COUNTDOWN ON FOR CALIFORNIA CHROME IN SAN PASQUAL             After more than five inches of rain inundated Santa Anita four […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JANUARY 7, 2016

         CHROME READY FOR SAN PASQUAL, RAIN OR SHINE O’NEILL HAS THREE FOR THE MONEY IN SHAM STAKES SONGBIRD TO WORK BEFORE FRIDAY’S FIRST RACE AUTHOR WEST TO SIGN ‘RIDE TO WIN . . . ‘ ON SATURDAY   CALIFORNIA CHROME AWAITS SATURDAY’S SAN PASQUAL             California Chrome is at the ready for his first […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JANUARY 3, 2016

   CHROME READY TO SHINE, BUT NOT DORTMUND MORE THAN 300 WORKERS IN ADVANCE OF RAIN LONG-TIME RACING OFFICIAL DICK WHEELER DIES GOOD LUCK, HARD WORK PAY OFF FOR BLANC   CALIFORNIA CHROME AWAITS SATURDAY’S SAN PASQUAL             After a stylish six furlong workout in 1:10.04 before yesterday’s first race at Santa Anita, California Chrome […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JANUARY 2, 2015

   SAN PASQUAL HINGES ON DORTMUND’S SUNDAY WORKOUT BAFFERT MULLS ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKES FOR MOR SPIRIT GRADE II MONROVIA MARKS STAKES DEBUT FOR ILLUMINANT   DORTMUND WORKS SUNDAY FOR SAN PASQUAL START Dortmund, an equine version of The Big Red Machine, is scheduled to work Sunday morning, after which Bob Baffert will decide to […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JANUARY 1, 2016

   CALIFORNIA CHROME ARRIVES FOR SAN PASQUAL STAKES UNBEATEN SONGBIRD WORKS FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUT D’AMATO TAKES DISPARATE MEASURES FOR SAN GABRIEL TEAM HEADLEY HAS SAN ONOFRE SET FOR MIDNIGHT LUTE PORTLAND MEADOWS STARTS $100,000 RAINBOW 6 WAGER   ‘CHROME’ COUNTDOWN IS ON FOR SAN PASQUAL             California Chrome arrived at Santa Anita before sunrise Friday […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY DECEMBER 31, 2015

      WILL CALIFORNIA CHROME SHINE BRIGHTER IN 2016? RAISE A SECRET ON THE ‘MARK’ FOR MIDNIGHT LUTE FRESH START FOR FOREVER DARLING IN SANTA YNEZ SAN GABRIEL DISTANCE NO PROBLEM FOR BAL A BALI VANITY IN JUNE LONG-RANGE GOAL FOR BEHOLDER   ESPINOZA WORKS CALIFORNIA CHROME SATURDAY             Tom Mix had his Tony, Gene Autry […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 30, 2015

    ‘CHROME’ TO WORK BEFORE FIRST RACE SATURDAY STRATEGY CHANGE FOR IMPERIOUS ONE IN LOGAN DECKED OUT ‘READY TO GO’ FOR GRADE II SANTA YNEZ QUICK CASABLANCA: TIME IS ON HIS SIDE IN SAN GABRIEL SALUTOS AMIGOS ‘DOING GREAT’ FOR MIDNIGHT LUTE TRAINER KEEPS HIS COOL WITH ONE-HORSE STABLE   FANS CAN SEE CALIFORNIA CHROME […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY DECEMBER 27, 2015

  UNBEATEN NYQUIST DRILLS FOR SAN VICENTE ‘CHROME’ WORKS FOR SAN PASQUAL STAKES RUNHAPPY IN GREAT SHAPE AFTER MALIBU ROMP LIVE RACING THIS WEDNESDAY AT SANTA ANITA SANTA ANITA HAS BLOCKBUSTER OPENING DAY   NYQUIST ‘CRUISES’ IN WORK FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUT Undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and odds-on favorite to be named champion two-year-old male […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY DECEMBER 24, 2015

  OUT-OF-TOWNERS DOMINATE GRADE I MALIBU TRAINER HOPES LILY POD BLOOMS IN LA BREA CRITTENDEN TRIES TO REBOUND IN MATHIS MILE TRAINER TRELA ON MEND AT CLOCKERS’ CORNER WARREN‘S VENEDA RETURNS IN SUNDAY’S FRANKEL LIVE RACING AT SANTA ANITA WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30 WALL CALENDAR AND MORE FREE ON OPENING DAY   EL KABEIR ‘SITTING ON […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 23, 2015

     FOUR DECADES LATER, JACOBSON’S AT SANTA ANITA RATTATAPTAP READY FOR GRADE I LA BREA STAKES OM OK OUTSIDE IN GRADE II MATHIS BROTHERS MILE TRAINER HOPES IT’S MILLER TIME IN DAYTONA STAKES MANDELLA ENTERS TWO FOR SUNDAY’S FRANKEL LIVE RACING AT SANTA ANITA WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30 WALL CALENDAR AND MORE FREE ON OPENING DAY […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – TUESDAY DECEMBER 22, 2015

  OH, BROTHER! THERE’S PAIN AND MISERY IN MALIBU BEN’S DUCHESS SET FOR GRADE I LA BREA STAKES GRASS NOT GREENER FOR SISE IN MATHIS MILE ‘BUG BOY’ BRUNO IS READY TO MAKE HIS MARK WALL CALENDAR AND MORE FREE ON OPENING DAY   OFF TRACK MIGHT RELIEVE PAIN AND MISERY Pain and Misery’s only […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY DECEMBER 21, 2015

                                                                                                                               BAFFERT READY FOR ‘TOUGHEST MEET IN AMERICA’ CHRISTMAS COMES TWICE A YEAR FOR GARY STEVENS PERFECTLY MAJESTIC STEPS UP IN GRADE II MATHIS MILE DAYTONA SUITABLE FOR GARY MANDELLA TWOSOME JEFF METZ AND FAMILY ON BOARD AT SANTA ANITA POPULAR WALL CALENDAR FREE TO FANS OPENING DAY   BAFFERT’S BACK WITH GRADE I WINS […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY DECEMBER 18, 2015

  TEAM McLAUGHLIN HAPPY WITH GRADE I CONTENDERS STAKES DEBUT FOR VIGILANTE IN MATHIS BROTHERS McANALLY NEARS SEVENTH DECADE AT SANTA ANITA POPULAR WALL CALENDAR FREE TO FANS OPENING DAY   McLAUGHLIN INVADERS SET FOR MALIBU, LA BREA             Happy, healthy and hell-bent on winning, talented East Coast invaders Cavorting, Marking and Watershed had their […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY DECEMBER 17, 2015

KIARAN McLAUGHLIN HAS THREE FOR THE GRADE I MONEY POPULARITY OF THE MATHIS BROTHERS MILE IS TWO-FOLD CAN EXAGGERATOR TRUMP TEXAS RED IN SAN VICENTE? POPULAR SANTA ANITA WALL CALENDAR FREE OPENING DAY   McLAUGHLIN TRIO HERE FOR OPENING DAY STAKES             World-class trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has three for the money at Santa Anita on opening […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – Wednesday December 16, 2015

      SANTA ANITA’S ‘MEET OF CHAMPIONS’ BEGINS ON DEC. 26 BC SPRINT WINNER RUNHAPPY SET FOR GRADE I MALIBU PRAT RESUMES RIDING ON OPENING DAY AT SANTA ANITA HARD WORK PAYS FOR AGENT STEPHEN, JOCKEY GONZALEZ POPULAR WALL CALENDAR GIVEAWAY ON OPENING DAY FREE COFFEE TO WARM YOUR HEART AT CLOCKERS’ CORNER   FOUR CHAMPS […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY OCTOBER 25, 2015

      BAFFERT BIDS PHOND PHAREWELL TO PHAROAH MASOCHISTIC IN BULLET WORKOUT FOR SPRINT PEDROZA EYES FIRST BC WIN ON PRIVATE ZONE STEWARD TOM WARD WORKS FINAL DAY AT SANTA ANITA   AMERICAN PHAROAH ANSWERED BAFFERT’S PRAYERS             Bob Baffert sometimes displays an impregnable, armadillo-like exterior, bullet proof to probing questions about his horses that might […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY OCTOBER 24, 2015

  LAST CHANCE TO SEE PHAROAH AT SANTA ANITA SONGBIRD, WILD DUDE HEAD MANY BC WORKERS PHAROAH, BEHOLDER DOMINATE CLASSIC POLL   PHAROAH TO HAVE FINAL SANTA ANITA DRILL MONDAY Fans will have their last opportunity to see American Pharoah at Santa Anita Monday morning when the Triple Crown winner is scheduled to work a […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY OCTOBER 23, 2015

MIKE AND JERRY SHOW MONOPOLIZE WINS AMERICAN PHAROAH SCHOOLS, GALLOPS SISE GOES TO PLAN B FOR TWILIGHT DERBY KOOL KAT NEEDS THE RIGHT TRIP IN MADDY   AT 12,000-PLUS, HOLLENDORFER, SMITH KNOW HOW TO WIN Jerry Hollendorfer and Mike Smith have more than 12,000 career wins between them, 12,274 to be exact. Talk about having […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY OCTOBER 22, 2015

  AMERICAN PHAROAH AT THE READY FOR CLASSIC UNBEATEN NYQUIST IN P.M. WORK FOR BC JUVENILE OM TRAINING SMARTLY FOR THE TWILIGHT DERBY DORTMUND COMES BACK SATURDAY IN BIG BEAR   PHAROAH LOOKS ‘FANTASTIC’ AS BC CLASSIC NEARS American Pharoah will have his final workout Monday–“an easy half-mile”–at Santa Anita before shipping Tuesday, Oct. 27, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY GOLDEN – SUNDAY OCTOBER 18, 2015

       SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IDEAL FOR MILLER TIME SONGBIRD IN ‘GOOD’ WORK FOR JUVENILE FILLIES PHAROAH, BEHOLDER GALLOP TOWARDS CLASSIC ‘BIG, STRONG’ CALIFORNIA CHROME BACK HOME   MILLER HITS TRIFECTA IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Peter Miller has the best of both worlds. He trains in an ideal setting at San Luis Rey Downs and races at Santa […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY OCTOBER 17, 2015

  UNHERALDED SMOOTH ROLLER WORKS FOR BC CLASSIC BEVY OF BREEZES AT SANTA ANITA FOR BREEDERS’ CUP EASY MORNING FOR AMERICAN PHAROAH AND BEHOLDER IT WAS HIGH-FIVE FRIDAY FOR JOCKEY MARIO GUTIERREZ   SMOOTH ROLLER ‘THRIVING’ FOR CLASSIC ENDEAVOR Unsung Smooth Roller, who earned a fees-paid berth to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY OCTOBER 16, 2015

  TO THIS VICTOR (ESPINOZA) GOES THE SPOILS ROUTINE MORNING FOR PHAROAH, BEHOLDER SADLER, SUVA HARBOR REUNITE ON SATURDAY SPEAKEASY IS EASIER FOR BLAMEITONTHELAW NYQUIST IN SHARP WORKOUT FOR BC JUVENILE   ESPINOZA, PHAROAH: A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN Perhaps it was part of history’s grand equation to have Victor Espinoza win the Triple Crown […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY OCTOBER 15, 2015

                                                                                                                                                                                                            BEHOLDER BREEZES TOWARDS BC CLASSIC BAFFERT HAPPY WITH PHAROAH’S WORKOUT SINGING KITTY IN TUNE FOR AUTUMN MISS UNBEATEN NYQUIST TO WORK TOMORROW   STEVENS GUIDES BEHOLDER IN ‘AWESOME’ DRILL             Beholder took her penultimate major step Thursday towards the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31 and an anticipated meeting with Triple Crown hero American […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY OCTOBER 12, 2015

        AMERICAN PHAROAH, BEHOLDER GALLOP ALONG PAULINA’S LOVE SET FOR AUTUMN MISS STAKES GRAHAM IS AT HOME IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA UNDEFEATED SONGBIRD ‘PERFECT’ IN BC DRILL   BEHOLDER, PHAROAH ON COURSE FOR BC SHOWDOWN             American Pharoah and Beholder galloped along Monday morning as they continue on the road to the Breeders’ Cup Classic in […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY OCTOBER 11, 2015

                              BEHOLDER, PHAROAH INCH CLOSER TO CLASSIC IS OVER PAR UP TO PAR FOR CALIFORNIA FLAG? ROSEMARY BECOMES PARTLY SAGE OVER TIME SHARED BELIEF SET TO BEGIN GALLOPING SOON   BEHOLDER, PHAROAH ON COURSE FOR BC SHOWDOWN Beholder and American Pharoah continued towards the end of the rainbow in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY OCTOBER 10, 2015

  CROWN TRUMPS CLASSIC FOR HORSE OF YEAR PHAROAH, BEHOLDER WALK AFTER WORKOUTS FOREST CHATTER TRIES TO MAINTAIN PERFECTION   PHAROAH CAN’T BE DENIED HORSE OF THE YEAR Even should American Pharoah end his racing days on the longest losing streak of his career, it would not prevent him from being named Horse of the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY OCTOBER 9, 2015

                 BEHOLDER, PHAROAH WORK FOR BC CLASSIC FREEDOM HALL TRIES TURF IN ZUMA BEACH JAKABY JADE ‘DOING GREAT’ FOR SURFER GIRL DAN HENDRICKS ON A SO CAL TRAINING ROLL   BEHOLDER CRUISES IN CLASSIC BREEZE             Two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Friday morning in 1:02, breezing, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY OCTOBER 8, 2015

             BEHOLDER TO WORK FRIDAY FOR BC CLASSIC A ‘HAPPY’ AMERICAN PHAROAH GALLOPS BULLY PULPIT IN LARGE ZUMA BEACH FIELD MIRAGE MAKES U.S. DEBUT IN SURFER GIRL SANTA ANITA EARNS SIMULCAST HONORS   OWNER HUGHES WILL SEE BEHOLDER BREEZE             Following a sunrise that burst in brilliant hues of red and orange over the San […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY OCTOBER 4, 2014

                                                                                                                                                                                                  BEHOLDER IS SCHEDULED TO BREEZE SOON AMERICAN PHAROAH A-OK AFTER WORKOUT WINNING PICK 5 TICKET A WHOPPER: $402,424 MANDELLA FILLIES SET FOR WEEKEND STAKES   BEHOLDER ON COURSE FOR BC CLASSIC With weather coast-to-coast wreaking havoc on firm shipping plans and workout schedules, Richard Mandella, known for running an ultra-tight ship, has matters pretty […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY OCTOBER 3, 2015

     ‘PHAROAH’ HAS POWERFUL DRILL FOR CLASSIC TRUMAN FILLY IS NO MICKEY MOUSE RUNNER BEHOLDER TO SHIP ON OCT. 19 FOR KENTUCKY   AMERICAN PHAROAH ‘CRUISES’ FOR BC CLASSIC Triple Crown king American Pharoah worked five furlongs under Martin Garcia on Santa Anita’s fast main track in 59.80 after the 6:30 a.m. break Saturday in advance of […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY OCTOBER 2, 2015

  BEN CECIL, TEAM REDDAM SEEKING GRADE I UPSET McANALLY HAS HALL OF FAME MEMORIES OF EDDIE D. AMERICAN PHAROAH SET FOR WEEKEND WORKOUT CARAVA GOES FOR THE GOLD IN SWINGTIME STAKES SPEEDY TARIS SET FOR SUNDAY’S GRADE III LA WOMAN   CECIL EYES STAKES BREAKTHROUGH WITH LONGSHOT Ben Cecil is still hoping to catch […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY OCTOBER 1, 2015

      DISTINCTIV PASSION ONE TO CATCH AGAIN A RAPID PACE WOULD FAVOR KOBE’S BACK ROUTINE EXERCISE FOR AMERICAN PHAROAH EDDIE D. RETURNS FOR RACE IN HIS HONOR ESPINOZA BACK RIDING WITH THE STARS   BONDE’S HORSE HAS A PASSION FOR THE LEAD             Barring the unforeseen, Distinctiv Passion will be where he always is when […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2015

          AMERICAN PHAROAH WORKS FOR BC CLASSIC SANTA ANITA SALUTES EDDIE D. ON SATURDAY BAFFERT ALSO A WINNER IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL MASOCHISTIC SHARP FOR SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP   AMERICAN PHAROAH IN ‘VERY NICE’ DRILL FOR CLASSIC American Pharoah, a horse trainer Bob Baffert has called “a gift from God,” worked on Santa Anita’s fast main track […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – Saturday September 26, 2015

                                              TRIPLE CROWN ACE AMERICAN PHAROAH GALLOPS STEADY TALCO SET FOR SUNDAY’S CITY OF HOPE MASOCHISTIC FIRES BULLET FOR SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP   AMERICAN PHAROAH GALLOPS, TO WORK SUNDAY American Pharoah, Thoroughbred racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, galloped a mile and a half for the third straight day Saturday morning as the three-year-old […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – Friday September 25, 2015

                                                                                                                                                                                                            IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE, IT’S SUPER MARE! UNBEATEN NYQUIST EXCITES TEAM O’NEILL ‘PHAROAH’ GALLOPS, TO WORK ON SUNDAY BEHOLDER GALLOPS, SCHOOLS FOR GRADE I ZENYATTA HALO DARLIN STEPS UP IN GRADE I CHANDELIER RODEO DRIVE DISTANCE GOOD FOR ELEKTRUM BC MILE IN SIGHT FOR TWENTYTWENTYVISION LEANDRO MORA BACK, TEXAS RED ON THE […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – Thursday September 24, 2015

                                                                                                                                                                                                          BEHOLDER SET FOR ANOTHER ‘CLASSIC’ EFFORT        SONGBIRD NO. ONE ON CHANDELIER HIT PARADE TRIPLE CROWN ACE AMERICAN PHAROAH GALLOPS SHARED BELIEF COULD RETURN FOR ‘BIG MEET’ NO NEWS, GOOD NEWS FOR TRACKMAN MOORE   BEHOLDER SOMETHING TO BEHOLD, STEVENS SAYS If he ever writes a book on his legendary career, Gary Stevens could devote […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2015

                                                                                                                                                                                                           QUEEN BEHOLDER HOLDS COURT AT SANTA ANITA AWESOME AGAIN TESTS BAYERN’S PERFECT MARK AMERICAN PHAROAH MOVES TOWARDS BC CLASSIC PRAT OUT THREE MONTHS AFTER LOS AL ACCIDENT TEAM O’NEILL’S MORA RECOVERING FROM STROKE   BEHOLDER TOPS A ‘GRADE I’ OPENING DAY SATURDAY Beholder, who defeated males by a Pacific Classic record margin of 8 […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JUNE 27, 2015

      O’NEILL, MILLER TIED IN BATTLE FOR TRAINING HONORS GREGSON FOUNDATION HONORS SMITH AND STEVENS TEXAS RED DRILLS FOUR FURLONGS FOR DWYER STAKES TVG’S SIMON BRAY DIAGNOSED WITH MULTIPLE MYELOMA   TRAINERS’ RACE GOING DOWN TO THE WIRE Doug O’Neill and Peter Miller were in a flat-footed tie for the training lead with two racing […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JUNE 26, 2015

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       FANS EAGER TO SEE TRIPLE CROWN KING TOMORROW STREAKING CATCH A FLIGHT SET FOR GRADE I GOLD CUP SAN ONOFRE SEEKS TO MAKE AMENDS IN TRIPLE BEND STORMY LUCY SHARP FOR RETURN IN ROYAL HEROINE PRIZE EXHIBIT RETURNS HOME FOR GRADE III SENORITA   L.A. ANGELS IMPRESSED WITH AMERICAN PHAROAH American Pharoah has brought racing […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JUNE 25, 2015

    PHAROAH ON PARADE, HOPPERTUNITY GOES FOR GOLD PACE FAVORS HOLLENDORFER TWOSOME IN TRIPLE BEND TITLE ON LINE FOR O’NEILL IN ROYAL HEROINE STAKES? MIO ME SEEKS FIRST STAKES WIN IN GRADE III SENORITA RACING MOURNS PASSING OF SHULMAN, VAN PATTEN   PHAROAH READY FOR HIS CLOSEUP ON SATURDAY Triple Crown winner American Pharoah galloped […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JUNE 21, 2015

     HARD ACES WORKS FOR GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA AMERICAN PHAROAH JOGS, DORTMUND BREEZES SANTA ANITA TOPS $1 BILLION IN HANDLE SINCE DEC. 26   HARD ACES, MOTOWN MEN IN FINAL GOLD CUP DRILLS Hard Aces, who finished third wearing blinkers for the first time in the Grade II Californian Stakes on May 30, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JUNE 20, 2015

       AMERICAN PHAROAH JOGS ON MAIN TRACK MOTOWN MEN WORKING FOR GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA FANS CAN SEE ‘PHAROAH’ LIVE AT SANTA ANITA JUNE 27 VICTOR ESPINOZA CAMPAIGNS ON ‘HOPE’ AND REALITY   AMERICAN PHAROAH BACK ON TRACK             Triple Crown winnerAmerican Pharoah returned home to Santa Anita on Thursday but returned to the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – Friday June 19, 2015

    R&R FOR PHAROAH; GOLD CUP LIKELY FOR HOPPERTUNITY FANS CAN SEE ‘PHAROAH’ LIVE AT SANTA ANITA ON JUNE 27 CATCH A FLIGHT WORKS FOR RICH GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA SMITH FANCIES ‘TANGO’ GOING LONG IN SUMMERTIME OAKS RED HOT SADLER HOPES TO KEEP IT ROLLING SATURDAY   FRESHENING IN STORE FOR AMERICAN PHAROAH? […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JUNE 18, 2015

                                    TRIPLE CROWN KING ‘PHAROAH’ RETURNS HOME                                                  OAKS DISTANCE SUITS CONQUEST CURLGIRL BEJARANO AND STEVENS HAVE NEW AGENTS SPANISH QUEEN, KENTUCKIAN IN TOP WORKS   AMERICAN PHAROAH ON PARADE JUNE 27 It wasn’t quite the reception Lindbergh received at Orly Field after conquering the Atlantic solo in 1927, but American Pharoah was treated like a […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JUNE 14, 2015

         BETTER TRIP IN STORE FOR STELLAR WIND FIRING LINE TO MISS LOS ALAMITOS DERBY O’NEILL, REDDAM ON FIRE WITH JUVENILES ESPINOZA PRESSER AT CLOCKERS’ CORNER MONDAY TARA‘S TANGO SET FOR SUMMERTIME OAKS   STELLAR WIND BACK ON BEAM FOR SUMMERTIME OAKS Team Sadler is inclined to draw a line through Stellar Wind’s fourth-place finish […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JUNE 13, 2015

        KNAPP TWOSOME EYE DESERT STORMER UPSET QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY SUITS TRAINER TRUMAN ‘PHAROAH’ DUE BACK AT SANTA ANITA THURSDAY BALTAS LIKES RICH BELMONT RACE FOR ‘QUEEN’ TEXAS RED LOOKS ‘TREMENDOUS’ IN DWYER DRILL   KNAPP HAS SLEEPERS IN DESERT STORMER Steve Knapp has two for the money in Sunday’s $75,000 Desert Stormer Stakes, a […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JUNE 12, 2014

                                                                                                                                                                     WARREN‘S VENEDA OUT TO MAKE AMENDS IN ADORATION BALTAS IN ‘WILD’ RACE FOR SANTA ANITA TRAINING TITLE TRAINER RICKY AGARIE IS NO ‘OVERNIGHT SENSATION’ MIDNIGHT STORM ONE TO CATCH IN GRADE I SHOEMAKER FIRST 5,000 FANS SATURDAY RECEIVE TRIPLE CROWN PRINT   WARREN‘S VENEDA ON TRACK FOR ADORATION Is being outside of Beholder in […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JUNE 11, 2015

                                                                                                                                                     BAFFERT RETURNS ‘HOME’ AFTER TRIPLE CROWN ‘PHAROAH’ COLLECTOR’S PRINT FREE AT SANTA ANITA BEHOLDER RETURNS IN ADORATION ON SATURDAY BAL A BALI GOES FOR 10 IN A ROW IN SHOEMAKER DENMAN: ‘AND AWAY HE GOES’ ON BRIEF RESPITE SANTA ANITA DERBY WINNER DORTMUND BREEZES BAFFERTS MAKE MAJOR DONATIONS TO CHARITIES PHAROAH GAVE BAFFERT GOOD […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JUNE 7, 2015

                    PHAROAH REIGNS SUPREME AFTER BELMONT WIN ESPINOZA ON TODAY SHOW AND FALLON MONDAY BAFFERT, ESPINOZA TO ‘GIVE BACK’ IN BIG ‘BELMONT WAY’ AMERICAN PHAROAH ‘ON FIRE’ VIA SOCIAL MEDIA NBC’S OVERNIGHT BELMONT RATINGS TREMENDOUS ART SHERMAN WINNER OF TOC’S SERVICE AWARD AMERICAN PHAROAH SWEEPS TRIPLE CROWN Three-fifty-two p.m. Pacific Time, June 6, 2015: madness […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JUNE 4, 2015

                                                                MOVE OVER LETTERMAN: PHAROAH’S TOP 10 REASONS CLOCKER SAYS IT’S ALL ‘AMERICAN’ IN TRIPLE CROWN OM RETURNS TO MAIN TRACK FOR SUNDAY’S AFFIRMED BEHOLDER WORKS EASY MILE FOR ADORATION STAKES WHITE HAS 10 REASONS ‘PHAROAH’ WILL WIN In the Louisville Courier-Journal’s special Kentucky Derby section, Santa Anita morning line maker Jon White stated that […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MAY 31, 2015

                 DESORMEAUX ‘KEEN’ ON BELMONT UPSET PROSPECT WORKS FOR AFFIRMED STAKES FOREST CHATTER GOES THE EXTRA MILE TRAINER BALTAS BASKS IN GRADE I GLORY   DESORMEAUX IN SPOILER ROLE ON KEEN ICE             Kent Desormeaux hopes to play the role of spoiler next Saturday when he rides Keen Ice in the Belmont Stakes in an […]

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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN SATURDAY MAY 30, 2015

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TRIPLE CROWN COUNTDOWN ON FOR ESPINOZA CATCH A FLIGHT ON THE MOVE IN CALIFORNIAN TEXAS RED WORKS FOR POSSIBLE RUN IN DWYER   ESPINOZA, AGENT PURSUE ELUSIVE TRIPLE AGAIN And so it comes to pass that Victor Espinoza, a former bus driver, and Brian Beach, a former broadcaster, stand once again on the verge […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MAY 29, 2015

                        PLETCHER SEEKS OAKS GOLD WITH FEATHERED MORENO HAS BIG GOALS BEYOND CALIFORNIAN ESPINOZA SIGNS ‘PHAROAH’ POSTERS TOMORROW   GRASS IS GREENER FOR OAKS CONTENDER FEATHERED Feathered made her first seven starts on dirt, winning only a maiden allowance race but placing in a pair of Grade I stakes, the Frizette and the Starlet as […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY MAY 25, 2015

  CLOCKER SEES PHAROAH WINNING TRIPLE CROWN FANTICOLA SHARP FOR GAMELY AFTER NEAR-MISS HARD ACES ADDS BLINKERS FOR THE CALIFORNIAN   YOUNG ALL ‘AMERICAN’ IN TRIPLE CROWN PURSUIT Gary Young has been on American Pharoah’s bandwagon from the get-go, and with a Triple Crown in close proximity, the private clocker isn’t about to bail out […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MAY 24, 2015

   BAFFERT TO JOIN PHAROAH FOR TUESDAY WORKOUT CAN ‘QUEEN’ RULE AT GAMELY’S SHORTER DISTANCE? PROUD PAPA PRAT VISITS RISING SON AT SANTA ANITA   TRIPLE CROWN ROAD OLD HAT FOR BAFFERT Bob Baffert’s been through the Triple Crown drill enough times to know not to put the cart ahead of the horse, or the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MAY 22, 2015

                          ESPINOZA GOES WITH THE FLOW FOR TRIPLE ZINVOR SHARP FOR RICH SNOW CHIEF STAKES FILLY MAKES SANTA ANITA DEBUT IN MELAIR GOING SOMEWHERE HAS SOMEWHERE TO GO TEXAS RED WORKING TOWARDS HIS COMEBACK   ESPINOZA CONFIDENT IN TRIPLE CROWN PURSUIT Victor Espinoza leaves on Monday, June 1, for New York and what he hopes […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MAY 21, 2015

                            ESPINOZA DID THE RIGHT THING IN THE PREAKNESS TRAINER FEELS GRASS IS GREENER FOR GRAZEN SKY THERMODYNAMICS GOES LONG IN MELAIR STAKES SPRING FEVER HOPEFUL SUNDAY RULES ‘COULDN’T BE DOING ANY BETTER’ TRAINER HOPES TIZNOW STAKES IS MILLER TIME 4 O’CLOCK FRIDAYS TOMORROW AT SANTA ANITA CHAMP BEHOLDER WORKS FOR ADORATION STAKES   DESORMEAUX […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MAY 17, 2015

                                                        BAFFERT HOPES FOURTH TIME’S THE CHARM BIG MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY STAKES WEEKEND ESPINOZA ON NBC’S ‘TODAY SHOW’ MONDAY DÉJÀ VU: ‘USSERY’S ALLEY’ COMES TO SANTA ANITA 4 O’CLOCK FRIDAYS START AT SANTA ANITA   AMERICAN PHAROAH GOES FOR TRIPLE CROWN JUNE 6             Bob Baffert has been down this road before. Doug O’Neill, too. […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MAY 15, 2015

        NO SENSE RAILING AGAINST RAIL IN PREAKNESS STEVENS FANCIES HIS VIEW FROM THE OUTSIDE BIG MACHER WITH WARD FOR ROYAL ASCOT RACE   PREAKNESS POSTS NO DETERRENT, HOLLENDORFER SAYS Bob Baffert doesn’t always draw the rail. It just seems like it. While no records are immediately available, the Hall of Fame trainer seems to […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MAY 14, 2015

                                                         CAN THE PHAROAH RULE AGAIN IN PREAKNESS? SADLER HAS PAIR FOR ‘TOUGH’ ANGELS FLIGHT TRAINER REMEMBERS JUMRON IN 1995 DERBY CHAMP BEHOLDER GOES BACK TO THE TRACK   PREAKNESS OFF TRACK SHOULD AID PHAROAH American Pharoah is one-third of the way to capturing racing’s most elusive prize: the Triple Crown. A hundred and forty […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MAY 10, 2015

   THE TWO BAFFERTS ‘LOOK GOOD’ FOR PREAKNESS GRADE I SHOEMAKER MILE NEXT UP FOR BAL A BALI? SPAWR BACK ON THE BEAT AFTER BACK SURGERY WORKS TOTAL 243 HORSES, 28 FOR HOLLENDORFER   BAFFERT SEEKS SIXTH PREAKNESS VICTORY The pressure is off for Bob Baffert, or so it would seem. He accomplished his major […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MAY 9, 2015

                                                      PREAKNESS A FIRST FOR FIRING LINE, CALLAGHAN ESPINOZA TO TOSS FIRST PITCH AT DODGER STADIUM DYNAMIC DUO FOR HOLLENDORFER IN LAZ BARRERA CHAMPION BEHOLDER PROGRESSING FROM FEVER   PREAKNESS PARTY AT SANTA ANITA THIS SATURDAY This is a year of firsts for Simon Callaghan. The 32-year-old trainer saddled his first Kentucky Derby runner last […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MAY 8, 2015

                                                                                                                                                                                                                               DERBY HELPS AMERICAN PHAROAH FOR PREAKNESS FLORES TO RESUME RIDING SHORTLY AT SANTA ANITA SUNDAY STAKES HONORS MEMORY OF LAZ BARRERA BALTAS ON A ROLL WITH PROMISING SPANISH QUEEN   DERBY SETS UP PHAROAH FOR PREAKNESS: ESPINOZA Victor Espinoza likes his chances on American Pharoah in the Preakness. And why not? The easy-going Mexican […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MAY 7, 2015

     ‘VENEDA’ SEEKS FOURTH STRAIGHT; BEHOLDER OUT PREAKNESS STAKES NEXT FOR AMERICAN PHAROAH RACING MOURNS THE PASSING OF ‘BUD’ JOHNSTON STREAKING TALCO EYES HIS THIRD WIN IN A ROW   BAZE KEEN ON WARREN’S VENEDA FOR GRADE I VANITY Tyler Baze felt he had a good thing going with Warren’s Veneda when he rode her […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MAY 3, 2015

   ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL FOR PHAROAH, ESPINOZA BEHOLDER, WARREN’S VENEDA VANITY SHOWDOWN LOOMS MARTIN PEDROZA AND PRIVATE ZONE: TWO PEAS IN A POD ‘BILLION DOLLAR’ BAL A BALI IS READY FOR U.S. DEBUT   FAIRYTALE RIDE CONTINUES FOR VICTOR ESPINOZA             It wasn’t quite Cecil B. DeMille’s “Cleopatra,” but Bob Baffert’s fourth Kentucky […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MAY 1, 2015

                                                       HORSEMEN: IT’S ALL ABOUT THAT BAFFERT IN DERBY SATURDAY IS PARTY TIME AT SANTA ANITA FOR DERBY O’NEILL HOPES TO LEARN WHAT MAKES ‘SAMMY’ RUN PRIZE EXHIBIT READY FOR HONEYMOON ON SUNDAY   HORSEMEN PREFER BAFFERT DUO IN KENTUCKY DERBY The Kentucky Derby is front and center Saturday for the 141st time, bringing forth […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY APRIL 30, 2015

    BAFFERT CROSSES LAST DERBY BRIDGE WITH GOOD DRAW SATURDAY IS PARTY TIME AT SANTA ANITA FOR THE DERBY STREAKING WARREN’S VENEDA IN SHARP WORK FOR VANITY FURY KAPORI DEFENDS CROWN IN PRECISIONIST STAKES   CLOCKER SAYS IT’S PHAROAH OVER DORTMUND IN DERBY Private clocker Gary Young has been watching horses train in Southern California […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY APRIL 26, 2015

                                                                    HALL OF FAME MEMBER LAVA MAN ONE IN $5 MILLION SATURDAY IS PARTY TIME FOR DERBY AT SANTA ANITA WARREN‘S VENEDA TO WORK ON THURSDAY FOR VANITY PEDROZA EYES RARE DOUBLE: PRIVATE ZONE, BIG FIGHT   O’NEILL ENVISIONS TRIPLE CROWN FOR AMERICAN PHAROAH Lava Man is one of the newest members of racing’s Hall […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY APRIL 25, 2015

                                             DORTMUND, BAYERN PUT BAFFERT ON CLOUD NINE BIG JOHN B, ABBEY VALE TOUGH IN LAST TYCOON FESTIVE KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY AT SANTA ANITA MANDELLA OPTIMISTIC FOR SUNDAY’S WILSHIRE   BAFFERT HAPPY WITH DRILLS BY DORTMUND, BAYERN Bob Baffert was on Cloud Nine, literally and figuratively, Saturday morning after two of his star runners, unbeaten […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY APRIL 24, 2015

    BOLO WORKS ‘PERFECTLY’ FOR KENTUCKY DERBY SANTA ANITA OAKS WINNER IN ‘AWESOME’ DRILL QUICK CASABLANCA DEFENDS LAST TYCOON WIN   BOLO IN SHARP DRILL FOR KENTUCKY DERBY             Santa Anita Derby third-place finisher Bolo worked five furlongs in 59.60 on Santa Anita’s fast main track on an overcast Friday morning under Rafael Bejarano, who […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY APRIL 19, 2015

                                TRAINERS’ RACE IS GOING DOWN TO THE WIRE IT’S A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH FOR TEXAS RED TESTS ARE SCHEDULED FOR SHARED BELIEF MITCHELL MEMORIAL MONDAY AT SANTA ANITA   HOLLENDORFER, MILLER VIE FOR SANTA ANITA CROWN The leading trainer of Santa Anita’s 68-day Winter Meet may not be decided until Sunday’s penultimate race, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY APRIL 18, 2015

ONE LUCKY DANE OFF KENTUCKY DERBY TRAIL ·        SAN SIMEON NEW GIG FOR OUTSIDE NASHVILLE ·        MITCHELL MEMORIAL MONDAY AT SANTA ANITA   DORTMUND DRILLS FOR DERBY, ‘LUCKY’ NOT SO LUCKY It was a bittersweet morning for Bob Baffert. After unbeaten Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track in […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY APRIL 17, 2015

     OWNER ZETCHER HOPES TO HAVE HIS DAY IN DERBY SUN NEW ZEALANDER SEEKS FIRST U.S. WIN IN SANTA BARBARA TRAINER NEIL FRENCH IS BACK AND ‘LUCKY TO BE ALIVE’ HOT-RIDING TYLER BAZE ON A ROLL AS MEET NEARS END   ZETCHER EYES DERBY PRIZE WITH FIRING LINE Many components drive racing, among the most […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY APRIL 16, 2015

   FOND MEMORIES OF MIKE MITCHELL, DEAD AT 66 D’AMATO REMEMEMBERS MENTOR MITCHELL LONGEST TRY FOR FANTICOLA IN SANTA BARBARA STEVENS: DEEPEST KENTUCKY DERBY IN MEMORY DOUG O’NEILL ENTERS PAIR IN LA PUENTE STAKES WAYNE HUGHES ON HAND TO SEE COLT RUN TODAY   DOMINANT SO-CAL TRAINING GREAT MIKE MITCHELL DEAD AT 66 Trainer Mike […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY APRIL 12, 2015

  ARKANSAS TRAVELER ALL THE RAGE FOR DERBY ESPINOZA SAYS PHAROAH DID IT ALL ON HIS OWN MILLER GOES FOR TRAINING CROWN FROM AFAR LEGENDARY YCAZA ON HAND FOR WOOLF AWARD   PHAROAH SHOWS NEW DIMENSION IN ARKANSAS ROMP The buzz on the backstretch at Santa Anita Sunday morning was all about American Pharoah, and […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY APRIL 11, 2015

   WOOLF WINNER LUZZI ENJOYS DAY IN THE SUN YIANNUS STEPS UP IN SUNDAY’S SAN PEDRO FIRING LINE WORKS FOR KENTUCKY DERBY RACING RADIO PIONEER BILL GARR PASSES AT 98   ‘GREAT HONOR’ FOR LUZZI TO WIN WOOLF AWARD Mike Luzzi was basking in the sunshine of another glorious morning at Santa Anita Saturday, 30 […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY APRIL 10, 2015

      SAHARA SKY RETURNS IN GRADE II KONA GOLD GOOD POST FOR MASOCHISTIC IN KONA GOLD THEATRE STAR WORKING WELL FOR COMEBACK ESPINOZA: AMERICAN PHAROAH ‘AMAZING’ HORSE MIKE LUZZI TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD SUNDAY WARREN‘S VENEDA PREPS FOR GRADE I VANITY   SAHARA SKY SET TO CATCH THE SPEED IN KONA GOLD With speed, speed […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY APRIL 9, 2015

·         DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN: BEHOLDER IN SANTA LUCIA ·         GRADE II KONA GOLD STAKES IS ALL IN THE FAMILY ·         GO WEST MARIE ON THE GO FOR EXERCISE RIDER SALAS ·         IT’S A HOME RUN FOR MORENO IF DORTMUND TRIPLES ·         PATIENCE PAYS OFF FOR TRAINER JORGE PERIBAN ·         FUNNY CAR OWNER/DRIVER WINS […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY APRIL 5, 2015

   MEXICAN STANDOFF LOOMS IN KENTUCKY DERBY LUZZI TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD NEXT SUNDAY SANTA ANITA DERBY DAY 5K RUN A SUCCESS ESPINOZA, SADLER BASK IN FOUR-WIN SATURDAY   ESPINOZA, GARCIA ON KENTUCKY DERBY FAVORITES In a setting as American as apple pie, Twin Spires and all, a Mexican mano a mano battle looms at […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY APRIL 3, 2015

    BOLO SHOULD FANCY PACE IN SANTA ANITA DERBY DESORMEAUX OUTSIDE LOOKING IN WITH TEXAS RED STELLAR WIND CHOICE IN GRADE I SANTA ANITA OAKS SPEEDY BAD JU JU SET FOR EVENING JEWEL STAKES HAVANNA BELLE READY FOR BEST IN PROVIDENCIA   BOLO ON SCHEDULE FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY Back on a regular training schedule […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY APRIL 2, 2015

    BAFFERT HAS ‘ONE-TWO’ PUNCH IN SANTA ANITA DERBY BEST 3-YEAR-OLDS ARE IN CALIFORNIA, CLOCKER SAYS WILD AT HEART STEPS UP IN GRADE I SANTA ANITA OAKS GRAZEN SKY SHOULD FANCY DISTANCE OF ECHO EDDIE CAN CAN BABE MAKES LOCAL DEBUT IN EVENING JEWEL SPANISH QUEEN UP FROM MAIDEN RANKS TO GRADE III TALCO SEEKS […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MARCH 29, 2015

  ONE LUCKY DANE DRILLS FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY ‘BELIEF’ SEEKS GOLD OUTSIDE THE GOLDEN STATE BALDWIN AVE. TRAFFIC RE-ROUTED ON DERBY DAY   ‘DANE’ AND ‘PHAROAH’ IN ‘NICE’ WORKS FOR BAFFERT             American Pharoah, the cleanup hitter in Bob Baffert’s Murderers’ Row lineup of Triple Crown contenders, worked five furlongs Sunday morning in 58.60 […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MARCH 28, 2015

      DORTMUND, ‘PARK’ DRILL FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY SISE LABELS PROSPECT PARK‘S MOVE ‘PERFECT’ WHITE SEES DORTMUND AS ODDS-ON FAVORITE BAFFERT HAPPY WITH SECRET CIRCLE’S VICTORY   TWO HEAVYWEIGHTS PREP FOR RICH SANTA ANITA DERBY             Dortmund and Prospect Park, the favorite and likely second choice for next Saturday’s $1 million, Grade I Santa Anita […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MARCH 27, 2015

      ONE LUCKY DANE TO RUN IN SANTA ANITA DERBY BAD READ SANCHEZ GOOD READ FOR O’NEILL SECOND TIME THE CHARM FOR HELM, VAN DYKE? STORM FIGHTER SET FOR SANTANA MILE ACTION BEJARANO OFF TODAY, SET TO RIDE SATURDAY   ONE LUCKY DANE JOINS DORTMUND IN SANTA ANITA DERBY One Lucky Dane, winner of two […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MARCH 26, 2015

   PROSPECT PARK SHARP FOR RICH SANTA ANITA DERBY MIKE SMITH KEEN ON BOLO IN SANTA ANITA DERBY SANTA ANITA DERBY COULD LURE ONE LUCKY DANE HOLLENDORFER HAS THE ‘EDGE’ IN TOKYO CITY CUP ELLIS EYES IMPROVEMENT AT MILE FOR MAJESTIC CITY   PROSPECT PARK TO BREEZE SATURDAY FOR DERBY Prospect Park arrived Tuesday from […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MARCH 22, 2015

  CALIFORNIA: A CHAMPIONSHIP STATE OF MIND BAFFERT HOLDING STRONG HAND FOR DERBY OCHO OCHO OCHO SEEKING BLUER PASTURES?   ‘WEATHER’ OR NOT, SANTA ANITA IS ‘PARADISE ON EARTH’ The other night at The Meadowlands in North Jersey, trotters were running through snow flakes the size of golf balls. Meanwhile, 3,000 miles away in California, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MARCH 21, 2015

  DORTMUND, PROSPECT PARK DRILL FOR DERBY STELLAR WIND IN ‘BEAUTIFUL’ WORK FOR OAKS   PHAROAH, DORTMUND: INCOMPARABLE TALENTS Bob Baffert had the right answer when someone asked him which horse was better, American Pharoah or Dortmund: None. “That’s like asking me which kid I love more,” he said, tactfully and without hesitation. Fair enough. […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MARCH 20, 2015

   PROSPECT PARK PREPPING FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY TO THE VICTOR (ESPINOZA) GOES FINNEGANS WAKE BALTAS WITH A BULLET HAS DREAM OF SUMMER DUO SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS IN DERBY DAY 5K RUN APRIL 4 FUTURE CURRENTLY UNDETERMINED FOR TEXAS RED   SISE HAS ‘PROSPECT’ FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. expects Prospect Park […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MARCH 19

·         BOLO BREEZES FOR $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY ·         AMERICAN PHAROAH WEATHERS REBEL IN HIGH STYLE ·         HESS LONGSHOT HOPES TO ‘STEAL’ THE SAN LUIS REY ·         DADDY D T IN GOOD SPOT FOR PASADENA STAKES ·         NAKATANI COULD BE BACK ON HORSES IN FOUR WEEKS ·         MIKE LUZZI TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD ON […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MARCH 15, 2015

     AMERICAN PHAROAH ‘PERFECT’ AFTER REBEL ROMP CHARLES TOWN CLASSIC NEXT FOR SHARED BELIEF? THERE’S NO ZIGGY FOR IGGY IN FRESH START AT 40   ALL OPTIONS OPEN FOR AMERICAN PHAROAH             TrainerBob Baffert said Sunday morning that American Pharoah came out of his front-running 6 1/4-length victory in Saturday’s Rebel Stakes on a sealed […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY MARCH 14, 2015

   JUVENILE WINNER TEXAS RED BACK ON TRACK GREAT TEAMWORK MAKES A GREAT HORSE CLASSIC WINNER BAYERN BREEZES HALF MILE   TEXAS RED WORKS HALF MILE IN RETURN TO SANTA ANITA             Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red, walking a tightrope without a net in his quest to make the Kentucky Derby on May 2, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MARCH 13, 2015

   WELL-TRAVELED CASSATT IN SANTA MARGARITA WARREN‘S VENEDA IN HER FIRST GRADE I STAKES ANOTHER WARREN–GUSSIE–GOES IN IRISH O’BRIEN JUVENILE WINNER TEXAS RED BREEZES TOMORROW RUSTY SLIPPER NO SHOE-IN FOR SALTY SANTA ANA   CASSATT HOPES TO ADD TO STREAK IN SANTA MARGARITA Cassatt will make her ninth start at a different race track in […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MARCH 12, 2015

    FILLY ON WINNING MENU FOR CELEBRITY CHEF FLAY DEMONICA RETURNS TO SPRINT IN IRISH O’BRIEN POPULAR ‘SHIP AND WIN’ PROGRAM STARTS APRIL 2 PAPER WORK DELAY COSTS PEDROZA STAKES MOUNT   FLAY STAYS IN ‘KITCHEN’ WITH FILLY’S HEAT Renowned celebrity chef Bobby Flay hopes the filly he owns, Dame Dorothy, serves up another victory […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MARCH 8, 2015

     SHARED BELIEF A ‘ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME’ HORSE PERFECT DORTMUND EYES SANTA ANITA DERBY LOCAL FOURSOME NOMINATED TO HALL OF FAME ROUTINE GRADE I CELEBRATION FOR VAN DYKE   NO DUBAI FOR BIG ‘CAP WINNER SHARED BELIEF The Terminator struck again Saturday. For the 10th time in 11 starts, Shared Belief set his mind on his task, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MARCH 6, 2015

   MINOR AWARDS MAJOR IN SANTA ANITA HANDICAP ROOKIE EYES GIANT BIG ‘CAP UPSET ON 50-1 SHOT HOLLENDORFER’S EFFORTS ARE A WORK OF ART DENMAN REMEMBERS HIS GREATEST BIG ‘CAPS TRAINER ‘SISES’ UP SAN FELIPE AS ‘TRIP’ RACE CONQUEST TWO STEP ON THE MARK FOR SAN CARLOS MEGA HEAT HOT HORSE FOR GRADE I KILROE […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MARCH 5, 2015

    ‘NO EXCUSES’ GOING IN FOR SHARED BELIEF OCHO OCHO OCHO SET SET SET FOR SAN FELIPE ‘MAGNIFICENT’ VINTAGE SEABISCUIT FOOTAGE AIRS SATURDAY CLUBHOUSE RIDE TO STAND AT HARRIS FARMS   SHARED BELIEF ‘DOING GREAT’ FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAP Jerry Hollendorfer has Shared Belief ready to run. The post position, the weight, the Intangibles are […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MARCH 1, 2015

  ‘BEST HORSE IN COUNTRY’ IN SANTA ANITA HANDICAP MASSIVE EXOTIC POOLS GUARANTEED NEXT SATURDAY UNBEATEN DORTMUND TO RUN IN SAN FELIPE STAKES WOE TO FOES OF PAIN AND MISERY IN SAN FELIPE?   SHARED BELIEF CARRIES HIGHWEIGHT OF 125 IN BIG ‘CAP Shared Belief, “the best horse in the country,” will carry his greatest […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2015

  SMITH SEEKS AN UNPRECEDENTED TRIPLE IN BIG ‘CAP BRONZO, HARD ACES WORK FOR SANTA ANITA HANDCAP   COOL HAND SMITH EYES THIRD STRAIGHT BIG ‘CAP WIN             Mike Smith has been down this road before. The Hall of Fame jockey has ridden in hundreds of major races throughout his career of more than 33 […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2015

   SANTA ANITA WORKS ACCELERATED TO BEAT THE RAIN STELLAR WIND MAKES SANTA ANITA DEBUT SATURDAY CONQUEST TWO STEP STAYS HOME FOR SAN CARLOS LUZZI WINS SANTA ANITA’S GEORGE WOOLF AWARD   PROSPECT PARK DRILLS FOR SATURDAY’S SAN FELIPE             Bud Collier should have been at Clockers’ Corner Friday morning. While he wouldn’t have hosted […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY FEBRUARY 26, 2015

   SHARED BELIEF ON TARGET FOR $1 MILLION BIG ‘CAP UNDEFEATED DORTMUND WORKS, SAN FELIPE NEXT? STEVENS RECALLS SEABISCUIT AND GEORGE WOOLF KOBE‘S BACK IS BACK FOR THE SAN CARLOS STAKES PURE TACTICS STEPS UP IN GRADE I KILROE MILE POTENTIALLY BIG PAY DAYS LOOM ON BIG ‘CAP DAY RIDING GREAT JERRY LAMBERT DEAD AT […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2015

    IT’S NEVER TOO SOON FOR DERBY FEVER: SOLIS HOLLENDORFER TO ENTER TRIO IN SANTA YSABEL POTENTIALLY BIG PAY DAYS LOOM ON BIG ‘CAP DAY   SOLIS HOPES TO FILL IN DERBY VOID WITH METABOSS Hall of Fame, 5,000 victories, Breeders’ Cup successes. The only thing missing from the resume of Alex Solis is one […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2015

   PHAROAH, BAYERN, BEHOLDER, CHROME DRILL GOLDEN PICK 6 PAYS $363,424 AT GOLDEN GATE POTENTIALLY BIG PAY DAYS ON BIG ‘CAP DAY   AMERICAN PHAROAH TO MAKE 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUT IN REBEL Eclipse Award winner as male 2-year-old champion of 2014 American Pharoah worked six furlongs under Martin Garcia Saturday in 1:12.40, after which Bob Baffert […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 20, 2015

   STEADY BETTYS BAMBINO SET FOR SENSATIONAL STAR SPAWR REMEMBERS BARGAIN CLAIM SENSATIONAL STAR TEXAS RED DOING SWIMMINGLY FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY BIG PAY DAYS IN OFFING ON BIG ‘CAP DAY MARCH 7   HORSE FOR COURSE SET FOR SENSATIONAL STAR Bettys Bambino, a Horse for Course if ever there was one, goes for his […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY FEBRUARY 16, 2015

    RACING MOURNS DEATH OF TRAINER LEONARD DORFMAN BOOZER STEPS UP TO THE BAR IN SENSATIONAL STAR FUTURE OF MILLIONAIRE CLUBHOUSE RIDE UP IN THE AIR BAYERN BREEZES THREE FURLONGS IN 36.60 FOR BAFFERT   FOND MEMORIES OF LEONARD DORFMAN, DEAD AT 92             Highly respected longtime Southern California trainer Leonard Dorfman passed away peacefully […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2015

      AMERICAN PHAROAH WORKS FOR 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUT TOMORROW IS DOLLAR DAY AT SANTA ANITA PARK BEHOLDER DRILLS FOR HER RETURN TO THE RACES   AMERICAN PHAROAH ‘IMPRESSIVE’ IN DRILL FOR BAFFERT             American Pharoah, a leading member of Bob Baffert’s “best crop of three-year-olds in years,” worked five furlongs Sunday at Santa Anita on a […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2015

     MARQUEZ HOPES TO BAFFLE FOES SUNDAY BEJARANO GOES FOR BUENA VISTA ‘GOLD’ STEVENS HITS NORTH AMERICAN MILESTONE   ALFREDO MARQUEZ CONTINUES FAMILY LEGACY             If there’s a nicer guy in racing that nobody ever heard of, it’s Alfredo Marquez. The third-generation horseman, who turns 67 on Feb. 28, only has seven horses in training […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 13, 2015

   THEGIRLINTHATSONG IN TUNE FOR SANTA MARIA SHARED BELIEF WORKS WEDNESDAY FOR BIG ‘CAP LEGACY BACK ON TURF GRADE II BUENA VISTA SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS ROLL TO CHARITY VICTORY DESORMEAUX MAKES HIS POINT FOR TEXAS RED   THEGIRLINTHATSONG SET FOR GRADE II SANTA MARIA Thegirlinthatsong took an immediate fancy to Santa Anita’s main track in […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2015

   SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS IN CHARITY GAME TONIGHT PRESIDENTS’ DAY IS DOLLAR DAY AT SANTA ANITA YAHILWA ON THE INSIDE IN GRADE II SANTA MARIA MANDELLA EYES MADISON FOR CHAMP BEHOLDER   SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS FACE HOLY ANGELS TONIGHT Rafael Bejarano is once again the runaway leader in Santa Anita’s jockeys’ standings as he pursues […]

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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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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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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 6, 2015

  CHROME CAPTURES FANS’ FANCY IN SAN ANTONIO HOLLENDORFER: SAN ANTONIO A ‘RIDER’S RACE’ BAFFERT ON OUTSIDE WITH DORTMUND IN LEWIS AMERICAN PHAROAH CONSIDERED FOR SAN FELIPE   VAN DYKE STRONGER SANS WEIGHT ALLOWANCE HECTOR PALMA: FROM MEXICO TO MOUNTAIN TOP   HORSEMEN, HORSE PLAYERS ON EDGE FOR SAN ANTONIO The San Antonio has captured the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY FEBRUARY 5, 2015

    SMITH LIKES THE LOOK OF SHARED BELIEF CHROME, HOPPERTUNITY POLAR OPPOSITES CALIFORNIA CHROME SLIGHT FAVORITE LEWIS LURES SIX SOPHS ON DERBY TRAIL          BETTER ‘DYNAMICS’ IN SAN MARCOS STAKES?   SHARED BELIEF ALL HEART ON THE RACE TRACK Shared Belief is not much to look at. He’s no War Admiral or Zenyatta. But it’s not […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 1, 2015

     CHROME SET FOR SAN ANTONIO; HOPPERTUNITY IN SISE GETS EARLY DOSE OF KENTUCKY DERBY FEVER SANTA ANITA RIDERS SET FOR BASKETBALL CHARITY   BIGGER, BETTER VERSION OF CHROME IN 2015 Take it from a man who’s been as close to the horse as anyone: California Chrome is bigger and better than last year. So […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JANUARY 31, 2015

     EYES OF THE RACING WORLD ARE ON TEXAS RED HOPPERTUNITY TO DRILL; SAN ANTONIO NEXT?   TEXAS RED STARTS DOWN KENTUCKY DERBY PATH Kent Desormeaux has won the Kentucky Derby three times, but trainer Keith, his brother, has never started a horse in the Run for the Roses. That could change if Breeders’ Cup […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JANUARY 30, 2015

                                                                                                                                                 BLINKERS ON SECRET CIRCLE IN PALOS VERDES CASSE DUO STEPS UP IN GRADE I LAS VIRGENES TALCO SEEKS FIRST U.S. STAKES WIN IN ARCADIA BENCH WARRANT TRIES THE DIRT IN SAN VICENTE SUNDAY’S ‘BIG GAME’ BRINGS VARIED OPINIONS   BAFFERT TRIES TO TEACH OLD DOG OLD TRICK With a bankroll of $2,430,790 from only […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JANUARY 29, 2015

   AUDIBLE PLACES BIG MACHER IN PALOS VERDES HIGH FIVE FOR HOLLENDORFER IN LAS VIRGENES STEADY HOME RUN KITTEN IN FORM FOR ARCADIA ‘CHROME’ VOX POPULI AUCTION STARTS TODAY SERVICES THIS SATURDAY FOR GARY DIMKICH   BALTAS HOPES TO IMPROVE ON CLAIM TO FAME             Stymie and Lava Man are two of racing’s greatest claims. […]

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    CALIFORNIA CHROME DRILLS FOR SAN ANTONIO BEJARANO, WILD DUDE SET FOR PALOS VERDES BAFFERT COULD ENTER THREE IN LAS VIRGENES DESORMEAUX DREAMIN’ DERBY WITH TEXAS RED THE TRUMAN SHOW IS IN PERPETUAL RERUNS   CHROME SET FOR SAN ANTONIO; BAYERN ‘DOUBTFUL’ Horse of the Year California Chrome worked a mile in 1:41.40, breezing, at […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JANUARY 24, 2015

  SADLER KEEN ON SWEET SWAP SUNDAY TEXAS RED DRILLS FOR 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUT FIRING LINE WORKS FOR GRADE III LEWIS   CLOCKERS’ CORNER HAS ITS DAY IN THE SUN             Perhaps no track on the globe offers the magnetic lure of Clockers’ Corner, Santa Anita’s popular early morning gathering place for horsemen and hoi polloi […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JANUARY 23, 2015

   ACCEPTANCE HOPES TO ROAM LIKE CHROME STEADY AWESOME RETURN IN TURF CLASSIC INSIDE TO OUTSIDE BETTER FOR HEAT TRAP O’NEILL ROLLS THE DICE IN CALIFORNIA OAKS ‘MARX BROTHERS’ EPISODE IN FIRST CAL CUP   ACCEPTANCE STARTS 3-YEAR-OLD CAMPAIGN IN CAL DERBY             Unbeaten and unchallenged Acceptance guns for his fourth straight victory in Saturday’s […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY JANUARY 19, 2015

   HORSE OF THE YEAR DRILLS FOR SAN ANTONIO DESORMEAUX AND HESS TEAM UP IN CAL DERBY VERSATILE KATHLEEN ROSE IS BACK SPRINTING TEXAS RED NARROWLY MISSES ECLIPSE AWARD BIG MACHER WORKS FOR THE CAL CUP SPRINT   CALIFORNIA CHROME WORKS FOR SAN ANTONIO Horse of the Year California Chrome–has a nice ring to it, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JANUARY 18, 2015

  CALIFORNIA CHROME: THE PEOPLE’S CHAMPION BOB BAFFERT: ‘THE RIGHT HORSE WON IT’ SHEER PLEASURE TRIES TURF IN CAL CUP OAKS MARTIN PEDROZA: RACING’S ENERGIZER BUNNY   ESPINOZA PROUD AND HONORED ON ‘AMAZING’ YEAR All’s right with the world this morning. California Chrome is Horse of the Year. When it comes to results, this wasn’t […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JANUARY 17, 2015

   TEXAS RED IN EVENTFUL DRILL FOR 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUT SAM’S SISTER FAVORED IN GRADE II SANTA MONICA GRAZEN’S HOPE HEADS CAL CUP WORK PARADE JOHN SHEAR CELEBRATES 94TH BIRTHDAY TODAY   JUVENILE WINNER TEXAS RED WORKS FOR SAN VICENTE             Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red, a finalist for an Eclipse Award tonight at Gulfstream […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JANUARY 16, 2015

   LEXIE LOU TRIES THE DIRT IN GRADE II LA CANADA DANCINTHENIGHTAWAY IN TUNE FOR FIRST STAKES SHARED BELIEF IN GOOD FORM FOR SAN ANTONIO AND HORSE OF THE YEAR IS . . . CALIFORNIA CHROME!   CONSISTENT LEXIE LOU HOPES TO MAKE DIRT ‘MARK’ Lexie Lou, a consistent daughter of the Sadler’s Wells stallion […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JANUARY 15, 2015

     DISTANCE KEY FOR JOJO; BAYERN ‘DAY-TO-DAY’ THIRD TIME THE CHARM FOR FLORAL ROMANCE? HARLINGTON’S ROSE SHARP FOR MONDAY STAKES ARDENT RACING FAN COACH BOB BOYD PASSES   JOJO WARRIOR STRETCHES OUT IN LA CANADA If punters were caught unaware by Jojo Warrior’s uncharacteristic eighth-place finish at 7-2 in the Grade I La Brea Stakes […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JANUARY 11, 2015

    FAMILY VALUES AT STAKE FOR COLONEL JOAN TRUJILLO OFF TO HOT START AT SANTA ANITA GLORY, GLORY, GLORY HALLELUJAH, ET AL   COLONEL JOAN TRIES DIRT IN GRADE II LA CANADA Colonel Joan makes her first stakes start on dirt when she runs in next Saturday’s Grade II La Canada Stakes for 4-year-old fillies […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JANUARY 10, 2015

    CHROME IN ‘OUTSTANDING’ DRILL FOR SAN ANTONIO ESPINOZA TAKES SOLACE IN A JOB WELL DONE STEADY WARREN’S VENEDA EYES PASEANA GOLD   CALIFORNIA CHROME WORKS TOWARDS 4-YEAR-OLD DEBUT Horse of the Year finalist California Chrome had an “outstanding” workout at his Los Alamitos headquarters Saturday morning as the Kentucky Derby king prepares for his […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JANUARY 9, 2015

  MAJESTIC HARBOR FRESH FOR THE SAN PASQUAL FLORIDA INVADER DEBUTS FOR O’NEILL IN SHAM MAIDEN CALCULATOR MAKES SENSE TO JON WHITE FATHER AND SON MANDELLA VIE IN PASEANA CALIFORNIA CHROME HONORED HERE SATURDAY   IMPROVEMENT DUE FOR MAJESTIC HARBOR IN SAN PASQUAL Fresh, fit and formidable, Majestic Harbor is expected to return to the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JANUARY 8, 2015

   BRONZO IN FIRST START SINCE BREEDERS’ CUP UNBLUNTED GETS ANOTHER CHANCE IN SHAM PERDOMO WINNING AGAIN IN NATIVE URUGUAY CALIFORNIA CHROME HONORED ON SATURDAY   DRYSDALE SADDLES SON OF DERBY WINNER IN SAN PASQUAL If Bronzo performs as well as his sire did in the 2000 Kentucky Derby, Neil Drysdale should be a most […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JANUARY 4, 2015

       THE FUTURE IS NOW FOR TEAM CALIFORNIA CHROME HOPPERTUNITY WORKS FOR GRADE II SAN PASQUAL MIRACLE HORSE RECOVERS IN THE ‘NICK’ OF TIME BIG MACHER FIRES BULLET FOR CAL CUP SPRINT   BUSY DAYS AHEAD FOR TEAM CALIFORNIA CHROME Art Sherman not only trains California Chrome, he’s also a fan. Like the rest of […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JANUARY 3, 2015

  BAYERN, CHROME WORK FOR POSSIBLE REMATCH STEADY VELVET MESQUITE SET FOR THE MONROVIA HRTV TO ANNOUNCE ECLIPSE FINALISTS WEDNESDAY   SAN ANTONIO COULD LURE RACING’S BIG THREE Bayern and California Chrome, each a strong contender for Horse of the Year and male 3-year-old champion honors for 2014, worked at Santa Anita and Los Alamitos, […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JANUARY 2, 2015

    SOLIS TAKES MILESTONE 5,000TH VICTORY IN STRIDE TEAM O’NEILL EYES ‘ONE MORE’ WIN IN MONROVIA NO HIDING JUDY IN DISGUISE FOR MONROVIA STAKES ELTONINADRESS FASHIONABLE AMONG HORSEMEN   SOLIS REMEMBERS HIS ROOTS AFTER 5,000TH TRIUMPH It was just another day at the office for Alex Solis after recording career victory No. 5,000 Thursday at […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JANUARY 1, 2015

  SATURDAY IS MILLER TIME AT SANTA ANITA IS GRASS IS GREENER FOR WARM BREEZE? CALIFORNIA CHROME ‘VOX POPULI’ WINNER BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES HERE SATURDAY   MILLER EYES STAKES DOUBLE SATURDAY Peter Miller will be a busy man on Saturday. The 48-year-old trainer has horses entered in five races, including the Santa Ynez Stakes and the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

    WELL-HEALED TOM’S TRIBUTE SET FOR SAN GABRIEL BASEBALL NOSTALGIA REIGNS IN ‘NICK’ OF TIME DESORMEAUX OFF TO FAST START AT SANTA ANITA OPENING DAY ATTENDANCE & HANDLE NUMBERS WAY UP   TOM’S TRIBUTE SET FOR SATURDAY’S GRADE II SAN GABRIEL             Jim Cassidy expects Tom’s Tribute to rebound from a third-place finish as the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

   BAYERN WORKS FOR POSSIBLE CLASSIC REMATCH CALIFORNIA CHROME DRILLS FOR SAN ANTONIO HOLLENDORFER ADDS TO HIS LOFTY RESUME MILLIONAIRE CLUBHOUSE RIDE RETURNS IN DAYTONA TALAMO HOPES TO CONTINUE ON LONGSHOT RUN TARIS GOES TO SIDELINES WITH ANKLE INJURY   BAYERN, CALIFORNIA CHROME WORK TOWARDS POSSIBLE REMATCH Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and Horse of the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

  OPENING DAY AT SANTA ANITA NEVER GROWS OLD MACHOWSKY HOPES TO SMELL THE ROSES IN FRANKEL BARGAIN CLAIM DRAWS BETTER POST FOR RON ELLIS TRAINER HENRY MORENO ON HAND AT CLOCKERS’ CORNER   FRANKEL AND LOGAN: THE BUCK STOPS WITH TRUMAN Like the picture of Dorian Gray, opening day at Santa Anita never grows […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

  JERRY MOSS REMEMBERS ROCK ICON JOE COCKER BAFFERT SPEEDSTERS TAKE ON SHARED BELIEF RED OUTLAW STRETCHES OUT IN MATHIS MILE BAYERN, CHROME ‘ECLIPSED’ ALL, BAFFERT SAYS         ENTERTAINMENT GIANT JERRY MOSS REMEMBERS JOE COCKER             Owner/breeder and entertainment titan Jerry Moss was reached by phone Tuesday morning and reacted with sorrow to the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – (Monday December 22, 2014)

  SHARED BELIEF WORKS IN FOG FOR MALIBU FAVORED TARIS DRAWS RAIL FOR LA BREA TALCO SHORTENS UP FOR MATHIS BROS. MILE PEDROZA, BALTAS GO ‘DUKE CITY’ AT LOS AL McANALLY INTO SIXTH DECADE AT SANTA ANITA X-RAYS ‘PERFECT’ ON CHAMPION BEHOLDER   HOLLENDORFER HAS ‘VERY GOOD HORSE’ FOR MALIBU Jerry Hollendorfer hopes Shared Belief […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – (FRIDAY DECEMBER 19, 2014)

  CHROME WORKS FOR 2014 DEBUT AT SANTA ANITA BREEDERS’ CUP WINNER BAYERN FIRES A BULLET CASSE CHARGE TACKLES GRADE I FOES IN MALIBU BAFFERT IN QUEST OF SEVENTH LA BREA VICTORY ALL IN THE FAMILY THIS YEAR FOR DESORMEAUX AWESOME RETURN EYES ANOTHER TURF VICTORY   SHERMAN: TANKS FOR THE MEMORIES OF 2014 Pressing […]

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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – (THURSDAY DECEMBER 18, 2014)

  HONORS AT STAKE FOR SHARED BELIEF IN MALIBU? TARIS MAKES CALIFORNIA DEBUT IN GRADE I LA BREA GOODBYE GOLDENCENTS, HELLO DOUG O’NEILL CHAMPION BEHOLDER RETURNS TO SANTA ANITA   SHARED BELIEF HEADS GRADE I MALIBU ON OPENING DAY The Malibu Stakes, for more than half a century recognized as one of racing’s most prestigious […]

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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES – (SUNDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2014)

  BAYERN’S VICTORY BRINGS CLASSIC CONTROVERSY VELAZQUEZ WINS THIRD BILL SHOEMAKER AWARD   DISPUTES REIGN OVER BAYERN’S BREEDERS’ CUP WIN The racing gods work in mysterious ways. Twenty years ago, in what remains a controversial decision most observers feel is in question to this day, following a stewards’ inquiry, The Wicked North was disqualified from […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 rac