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February 6, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2011) – Gladding, a 4-year-old gelding who joined John Sadler’ barn just two months ago, provided the 54-year-old trainer with yet another serious stakes competitor Sunday with a dogged gate-to-wire victory in Santa Anita’s 73rd running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Antonio Stakes.

With leading rider Rafael Bejarano aloft, Gladding sped to a comfortable early lead, set temperate fractions, rejected a bold bid by Spurrier entering the stretch, and pulled away to a one length victory while running 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.00.

February 5, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2011) – Trainer John Sadler, who won three graded stakes on Santa Anita’s opening day Dec. 26, added a couple more on Saturday when Zazu upset previously unbeaten Turbulent Descent in the Grade I, $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes and heavily favored Twirling Candy ran away with the Grade II, $200,000 Strub Stakes in front of a rollicking on-track crowd of 17,396.

Zazu’s dramatic score in the event for 3-year-old fillies broadened Sadler’s grasp on serious contenders to those in no less than six of racing’s divisions, a remarkable showing by the 54-year-old trainer who once was a show horse rider.

February 4, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2011) – Third behind Dilemma when favored in last month’s Grade III Daytona Stakes, Regally Ready easily took the measure of the Daytona winner and five others in Friday’s $68,800 Born to Run Purse at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s downhill turf course.

Bet down to 3-2 favoritism this time and under a hand ride by Corey Nakatani, Vinery Stable’s 4-year-old gelding scored by 3 ¼ lengths over graded stakes winner Gallant Son while covering the distance in 1:12.62.

February 3, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 3, 2011) -- Trainer Paddy Gallagher’s Aggie Engineer, a 6-year-old gelding who had not won a stakes race until two months ago, suddenly finds himself in position to join some select company in Sunday’s 73rd running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Antonio Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on Santa Anita’s main track.

Following his 3 ½-length romp in the Grade II San Pasqual on Jan.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 3, 2011)—The 44th annual Holy Angels/Santa Anita Jockeys Charity Basketball Game will take place Thursday, Feb. 24, at La Salle High School in Pasadena. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit the Holy Angels athletic department and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). Legendary Hall of Fame jockeys Eddie Delahoussaye, Don Pierce, Laffit Pincay Jr., Gary Stevens and Mike Smith will serve as honorary captains and will be on hand to autograph memorabilia from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

February 2, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 2, 2011) – Once-beaten 4-year-old Twirling Candy and unbeaten 3-year-old filly Turbulent Descent will be solidly favored to continue their respective climbs toward divisional supremacy on Saturday’s Strub Stakes Day at Santa Anita.

Jenny Craig’s Twirling Candy, the homebred son of Candy Ride whose overall brilliance has dimmed a single setback in six trips to the post, is expected to be the odds-on favorite among eight 4-year-olds in the 64th running of the historic Grade II, $200,000 Strub Stakes at 1 1/8 miles.

Turbulent Descent, a $160,000 sales purchase by Blinkers On Racing and partners whose flawless three-race career includes a handy triumph in the Grade I Hollywood Starlet, will be a solid choice among seven 3-year-old fillies set to contest the 29th running of the Grade I, $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at one mile.

February 1, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2011)—From the covers of national magazines to the silver screen, Secretariat captured the heart of a nation, and his owner, Penny Chenery, has announced that the great Zenyatta, who was named 2010 Horse Eclipse Award of the Year on Jan. 17, has also won the first-ever Secretariat Vox Populi (Voice of the People) Award, which will be presented annually.

The award will recognize a horse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the American public and gained recognition for the sport during the past year. Chenery will present Zenyatta’s owners, Ann and Jerry Moss, with a custom trophy at Santa Anita Park on Feb. 5.

January 30, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2011) – Switch continued her ascent in the upper strata of racing’s division for older females Sunday when she humbled five opponents in Santa Anita’s 54th running of the Grade I, $250,000 Santa Monica Stakes for fillies and mares at seven furlongs.

With jockey Joel Rosario gearing her down at the wire, the 4-year-old Quiet American filly defeated 5-year-old mare Gilded Gem by 3 ½ lengths while running the distance in 1:20.70.

Her second Grade I victory at the meet was reminiscent of her 4-length triumph in the opening day La Brea Stakes, whose conditions were identical except that the La Brea was restricted to fillies of the same age as Switch.