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February 10, 2010

Jerry Hollendorfer’s emerging superstar filly Blind Luck is listed as definite for Saturday’s Gr. I, $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at one mile. Idle since trouncing six rivals by seven lengths in the Gr. I Hollywood Starlet at 1 1/16 miles on Dec. 20, the 3-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Pollard’s Vision will once again be ridden by Rafael Bejarno.

On the strength of her authoritative win in the Gr. I Oak Leaf Stakes on Oct. 4, Blind Luck was the 7-2 favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Oak Tree on Nov. 6. She finished a troubled third, beaten three-quarters of a length. Her lifetime record stands at 4-1-1 from six starts.

The Gr. II Strub Stakes and the Gr. II Robert B. Lewis Stakes are also scheduled to be run Saturday at Santa Anita.

February 7, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2010) – An owner and jockey change notwithstanding, Richard’s Kid resorted to what he does best when storming from far behind Sunday to capture Santa Anita’s 72nd running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Antonio Handicap.

With Garrett Gomez aboard, the 8-5 favorite exhibited a remarkable burst of late speed while finding an avenue along the rail to prevail in a blanket finish and defeat longshot Dakota Phone by a head while racing the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.05.

February 6, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2010)—Santa Anita Park has announced that three graded stakes: the Gr. I Las Virgenes, the Gr. II Robert Lewis and Gr. II Strub Stakes which were cancelled Saturday due to rain, have been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13.

All three races will be redrawn and all horses that were nominated are eligible to be entered.

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ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2010)—Live racing has been cancelled for Saturday at Santa Anita due to heavy overnight and early morning rain that rendered the main track unsuitable for racing, according to racing officials. The decision to cancel was made at 8:30 a.m.

“This is obviously very disappointing,” said Santa Anita General Manager George Haines.

February 5, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2010)—A Pick Six carryover of $85,150 will await fans on Saturday at Santa Anita, as no one correctly tabbed six winners on a wet, wintry Friday. It is expected that Saturday’s total pool could exceed $500,000.

There is also a Super High 5 carryover into Saturday of $40,842.

Friday’s Pick Six got off to a formful start, as Lady Alex proved much best under leading rider Rafael Bejarano, winning by five lengths.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2010) – With Rafael Bejarano gaining his third win of the afternoon, Mobilized mowed down 11-10 favorite Total Bull in the final strides of Friday’s $56,984 allowance feature at Santa Anita while running seven furlongs in 1:21.73.

The three-bagger on the meet’s 28th day gave leading rider Bejarano 36 victories and a nine-win lead over Victor Espinoza.

Total Bull seemed to have a commanding advantage turning into the stretch after putting away early pace-setters Tactful and Uncle Jeep in the field of nine, but just failed to last under jockey Garrett Gomez. The margin of victory was a neck. E Z’s Gentleman, with Joel Rosario aboard, ran on for third, another half-length back.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2010)—The 43rd annual Holy Angels-Santa Anita Jockeys Charity Basketball Game will take place Thursday, Feb. 25, 7:15 p.m., at La Salle High School in Pasadena. Proceeds will benefit the Holy Angels athletic department and legendary Hall of Fame jockeys Eddie Delahoussaye and Laffit Pincay will be on hand along with four-time national money-won champion Garrett Gomez to sign autographs, beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Delahoussaye, Gomez and Pincay will also serve as honorary co-captains.

February 4, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2010) – Rallying from last in a field of six, Darley Stable’s Snowmaster relished the added distance of Santa Anita’s $48,400 The Long Walk Home Purse on Thursday to capture the mile-and-one-quarter feature by 1 1/2 lengths over Mr. Hot Stuff.

Fourth choice at odds of 9-2 with Rafael Bejarano in the saddle, Snowmaster provided noted Eastern trainer H. Graham Motion with his first victory from eleven starters at the Santa Anita meet on its 27th day.

A 4-year-old son of Maria's Mon bred by Stonerside Stable, Snowmaster had come up short in two previous starts at the meeting when finishing third at one mile on turf and fourth over 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

February 3, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 3, 2010) – Unable to make much impact with Grade II company in his previous two starts, Victor’s Cry uncorked a furious rally on Wednesday to capture Santa Anita’s $55,554 allowance feature at 6 ½ furlongs over the track’s hillside turf course.

After jockey Garrett Gomez sat patiently in eighth among the nine entrants during the early running, Victor’s Cry streaked home the final eighth to overtake Cherokee Heaven by one-half length while running the distance in 1:11.34.

January 31, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2010)—No one tabbed six winners in Sunday’s popular Pick Six at Santa Anita, resulting in a carryover of $126,946 into Wednesday. With no live racing on Monday or Tuesday, it is expected Wednesday’s total pool will easily exceed $500,000.

Sunday’s Pick Six got underway in race four, and jockey Garrett Gomez executed a furious stretch rally with English import My Aunt Fanny, getting up to win by a neck. The 5-year-old English-bred mare paid $18.00 to win.