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February 14, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2010) – After having raced predominantly on turf, Striking Dancer stormed home under jockey Alex Solis Sunday to capture the Grade II, $150,000 La Canada Stakes for 4-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles over Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride synthetic surface and gain her first stakes victory in her 11th career start.

Dismissed at 20-1 on the morning line and sent off at 13-1 in the field of 11, the daughter of Smart Strike ran past another longshot, 17-1 Gripsholm Castle to win by 1 ½ lengths with 6-1 Floating Heart another half-length back in third. The winning time was 1:48.48.

February 13, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2010) – Maybe it was the relatively modest California breeding or the obscure jockey that dimmed the perfect record going into Saturday’s Grade II, $150,000 Robert. B. Lewis Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita, but Caracortado emerged as a bona fide Kentucky Derby prospect after knocking off such consensus top 10 designees as 11-10 favorite Tiz Chrome and 5-2 second choice American Lion.

The unbeaten gelded son of Cat Dreams, trained, bred and co-owned by Mike Machowsky and ridden by Paul Atkinson, let Tiz Chrome and American Lion knock heads early in the 1 1/16-mile event before sweeping home on the outside to score his fifth victory under Atkinson by a definitive 1 ¾ lengths. He crossed the wire in 1:41.75.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2010)—For the second consecutive day, no one tabbed six winners in Santa Anita’s Pick Six on Saturday, resulting in a massive carryover of $516,485 into Sunday. It’s expected that Sunday’s total pool could reach $2.5 million.

Saturday’s Pick Six was contested on races five through 10, with three graded stakes included.

Race five went to longshot Dinnr With Nikki C, under Christian Santiago Reyes. “Nikki” paid $21.00 to win.

February 12, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2010) – The only entrant to have taken part in the race last year when finishing fourth at odds of 17-1, Porto Marmay captured Friday’s sixth running of Santa Anita’s $68,200 Wishing Well Handicap for fillies and mares when she defeated She’s Cheeky by one length after going off at odds of 11-1.

With Chantal Sutherland in the saddle for trainer Julio Canani, the 5-year-old Irish-bred mare took dead aim on longshot leader Skedee in midstretch to gain control in the closing stages of the event at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s downhill turf course. The winner was timed in 1:12.89.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2010)—A Pick Six carryover of $87,161 will await horseplayers at Santa Anita on Saturday, as no one correctly tabbed six winners Friday. It is expected that Saturday’s total pool could exceed $500,000. This is the second carryover this week and the eighth at the meet, with 32 days of racing completed.

There is also a carryover in the Super High 5 of $39,619 into Saturday.

Friday’s third race was leg one in the Pick Six and it was taken by the Blake Heap-conditioned Coo Cachoo, who paid $21.00 to win. A 3-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by the A.P.

February 11, 2010

February 10, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2010)—A memorial service for longtime turf writer Larry Bortstein, who passed away at age 67 on Jan. 31, will be held in Santa Anita’s FrontRunner Restaurant on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 5 p.m., following the afternoon’s races.

Bortstein, who at the time of his death, was a regular contributor to the Orange County Register and the California Thoroughbred Magazine, succumbed from the effects of a pulmonary embolism he suffered at his home on Jan.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2010)—There will be a Pick Six carryover of $77,870 into Thursday at Santa Anita, with the possibility of a total Pick Six pool of more than $500,000.

Wednesday’s third race, which was transferred from the 6 ½ furlong downhill turf course to the Pro-Ride synthetic main track, was leg one in the Pick Six and it was won by All Man under Martin Pedroza, returning $6.80 to win. Conditioned by Julio Canani, All Man is a 7-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding owned by Fanticola and Scardino and he provided Canani and Pedroza with their second consecutive win.