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January 23, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2011)—A creditable fifth in the Grade I La Brea Stakes on Dec. 26, It Tiz switched to the turf and stretched out a furlong in Sunday’s $79,150 Megahertz Stakes and responded with a determined stretch run, winning by one half length and getting the mile on turf in 1:34.83 with David Flores aboard.

January 22, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2011) – At 2-5, the shortest odds in a splendid career sprinting, Smiling Tiger suffered his harshest setback Saturday when leading trainer Bob Baffert’s Euroears ran away with Santa Anita’s 59th running of the Grade II, $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap at odds of 9-1.

With Mike Smith in the saddle, Euroears gained command in the first quarter of the six-furlong event and was never threatened while timed in a fleet 1:07.23. Smiling Tiger settled for third, 2 ¼ lengths behind runner-up Captain Cherokee and 4 ½ behind the winner.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2011)—Longshots were the order of the day Saturday, and with Smiling Tiger failing in a high profile way at odds of 2-5 in the featured Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes, it came as no surprise that no one hit the Pick Six, resulting in a carryover into Sunday of $104,449.

January 21, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 21, 2011) – Reba Is Tops, a 7-year-old stakes caliber mare who was running for a $62,500 claiming tag, emerged victorious when bet down to 3-5 favoritism Friday in Santa Anita’s $59,800 optional claiming feature for fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs on turf.

But it wasn’t quite that easy for the hard-hitting Washington-bred who was coming off a solid third in the Grade III Monrovia Stakes just three weeks before.

After drawing off to over a one-length lead on pacesetter Linda Lou in midstretch, Reba Is Tops stubbornly withstood a late resurge by the comebacker to win by a nose.

January 20, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 20, 2011) – Leading trainer Bob Baffert gained his 18th victory on the Santa Anita meet’s 17th day Thursday when his “other” entrant, Salty Sarah, captured the $70,020 Guadalajara Purse for fillies and mares at six furlongs.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 20, 2011)—Santa Anita Park will honor recently retired newspaper handicapper Jerry Antonucci by naming Saturday’s fifth race “The Jerry Antonucci Purse.” The race is for older horses who are entered for a $12,500 claiming tag at one mile, and offers a purse of $16,000.

Antonucci, 64, is well known to Southern California racing fans, as he handicapped races and covered racing for 37 years, first with the defunct L.A. Herald Examiner in 1973.

January 17, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2011) – Bourbon Bay, unbeatable in four turf marathons including three Grade II fixtures at Santa Anita last season, avenged a subsequent Hollywood Park setback at the hands of rising star Champ Pegasus Monday when returning “home” to dispatch his better fancied nemesis by 1 ¾ lengths in Santa Anita’s 59th running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Marcos Handicap.

With regular rider Rafael Bejarano at the controls, 5-2 second choice Bourbon Bay overtook 8-5 Champ Pegasus and jockey Joel Rosario in midstretch. Champ Pegasus tried to fight back, but the outcome had become all but decided. Bourbon Bay, thus maintained his perfection over the Santa Anita grass as the winning skein reached five races that now included four Grade II competitions.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2011)—Santa Anita Park has announced that its natural dirt main track will be amended on Tuesday. Sand will be added in order to correct an apparent imbalance of silt and clay, which is believed to have been caused by recent heavy rains.

“The racetrack may have changed during periods of heavy rain, and we want to get it right back to where we started,” said Santa Anita President George Haines. “The jockeys continue to be very happy with the track and it has remained safe. We know it’s playing too fast and we’re going to address that, gradually.”

January 16, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 16, 2011) – Blind Luck, a virtual cinch to be named 2010’s champion 3-year-old filly at Monday’s Eclipse Award banquet, came up short in her 2011 debut Sunday when unable to catch streaking Always a Princess in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $150,000 El Encino Stakes for 4-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.

Unraced since rallying for second behind victorious Unrivaled Belle in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic on Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs, Blind Luck unleashed her usual closing kick in the 47th El Encino, but Always a Princess, who despite the fact she had pressed a fast pace, had plenty left in the tank under Rafael Bejarano. She defeated runner-up Blind Luck by 3 ½ lengths. The final time was 1:41.47

January 15, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2011) – Tapizar, making his first start at Santa Anita for two-time Eclipse Award winning trainer Steve Asmussen, took a firm first step on the Triple Crown trail Saturday while dominating the Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.

Bet down to 11-10 favoritism on the strength of a 10 ½-length maiden victory at Churchill Downs in his fourth career start, Tapizar took command soon after the start of Santa Anita’s first important prep for Derby hopefuls. He crossed the wire 4 ¼ lengths ahead of the field’s only previous stakes winner, Clubhouse Ride.