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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

 PACE COULD PUT CHROME IN CATBIRD SEAT The number one post position didn’t hamper California Chrome in the slightest when he rolled to a front-running, five-length victory in the Grade I Pacific Classic at 1 ¼ miles on Aug. 20.             Call it negative karma, but the reigning king of Thoroughbreds drew the rail again […]

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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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Tarabilla Farms' Melatonin and jockey Joseph Talamo win the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA
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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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Jockey Mike Smith celebrates aboard Songbird after their victory in the Grade II, $200,000 Summertime Oaks, Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.
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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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#8 BELLAMENTARY (Martin Garcia)
$75,000 Angels Slight Stakes
Owner: Little Red Feather Racing or RM Racing
Trainer: Philip D'Amato
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Santa Anita Park
Arcadia CA.
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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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Ashleyluvssugar and jockey Gary Stevens, outside, overpower Ganesh (Flavien Prat), second from left, and Going Somewhere (Mike Smith), inside, to win the Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes, Sunday, May 24, 2015 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.
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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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SONGBIRD WORK 2 MAY 29

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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Exaggertor 2 Zoe-Eclipse

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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Exaggerator and jockey Kent Desormeaux win the Grade I, $1,000,000 Santa Anita Derby, Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.
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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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ELLIOTT STEWART

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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Beholder schooling

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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SONGBIRD METZ

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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Exaggerator April 8

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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DANZING CANDY APRIL 2

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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California Chrome and jockey Victor Espinoza win the Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes, Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.
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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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CALIFORNIA CHROME

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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Danzing Candy March 26

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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#3 IRON ROB (Stewart Elliott)
$75,000 San Pedro Stakes
Owner: Kretz Racing, LLC
Trainer: George Papaprodromou
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Santa Anita Park
Arcadia CA.
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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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Mor Spirit March 24

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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#13 CADET RONI (Rafael Bejarano)
$75,000 Wishing Well Stakes
Owner: Al & Sandee Kirkwood
Trainer: Mark Glatt
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Santa Anita Park
Arcadia CA.
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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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nyquist work march 18

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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Tarabilla Farms' Melatonin and jockey Joseph Talamo win the the Grade I $1,000,000 Santa Anita Handicap
Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA. 
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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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Danzing Candy and jockey Mike Smith win the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes, Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.
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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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donworth

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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Jockeys_Mike Smith (5) stable notes

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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Effinex March 5

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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Mor Spirit March 5

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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Effinex March 4

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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songbird feb 28

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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MorSpirit Feb 21

     ‘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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Smokey Image Feb 27

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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Texas Red Feb 13

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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MorSpirit Feb 13

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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SONGBIRD WORK FEB 21

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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danzing candy

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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exaggerator

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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Follow Me Crev 1 and Prospect Park

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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NYQUIST WORK

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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Exaggerator

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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nyquist working

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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cautious giant

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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Street Fancy with Espinoza

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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Fox Hill Farms' Songbird and jockey Mike Smith win the Grade I, $300,000 Chandelier Stakes, Satuday, September 26, 2015 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.
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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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MOR SPIRIT (OUTSIDE)

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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Irvin Racing Stable's Smokey Image and jockey Juan Hernandez, left, collar Found Money (Corey Nakatani), right,  to win the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Friday, October 30, 2015 at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar, CA.
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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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Al and Sandee Kirkwood's Boozer and jockey Rafael Bejarano win the $100,000 California Flag Handicap Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA.
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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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MOR SPIRIT

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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#5 SUNDAY RULES (Mike Smith)
$75,000 Kalookan Queen Stakes
Owner: Nick Alexander
Trainer: Philip D'Amato
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Santa Anita Park
Arcadia CA.
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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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Exaggerator

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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illuminant

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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songbird jan 14

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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SONGBIRDFRIJAN8

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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In his final work in preparation for Santa AnitaÕs Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Pasqual Stakes on  Jan. 9,  reigning Horse of the Year  California Chrome, who was fitted with blinkers, worked a snappy six furlongs in 1:10.04 under Victor Espinoza prior to todayÕs (Saturday,Jan. 2, 2016) first race at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA.Benoit Photo

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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California Chrome on the morning of December 27

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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California Chrome with Victor Espinoza up works with company on December 27

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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Trainer Bob Baffert, left, and jockey Rafael Bejarano celebrate after Peachtree Stable's Lord Nelson won the Grade II $200,000 San Vicente Stakes Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA.
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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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California Chrome and Victor Espinoza win the Grade I $1,000,000 Santa Anita Derby Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA.
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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 racing world, once the gates open for the 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs next Saturday, all the […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• SMITH, GAME ON DUDE START NEW YEAR IN SAN ANTONIO • ‘GREEN’ MIDNIGHT HAWK FAVORED TO REMAIN UNBEATEN • VENERABLE JERANIMO ENJOYS HIS DAYS AT THE TRACK SMITH HAPPY TO BE BACK ON GAME ON DUDE Horse of the Year seemed Game On Dude’s for the taking had he won or even fired his […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

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

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