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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.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2010) – After faring poorly as the 5-2 favorite in the Grade I La Brea Stakes five weeks before, Gabby’s Golden Gal dramatically rebounded with an 11-1 stunner in Sunday’s 53rd running of the $250,000 Santa Monica Handicap for fillies and mares to provide 25-year-old jockey Martin Garcia with his first Grade I victory.

After tracking the early pace set by Free Flying Soul and Czechers, Arnold Zetcher’s homebred 4-year-old filly closed strongly in the middle of the track to defeat hard-charging 2-1 favorite Proviso by 1 ¼ lengths.


MARTIN GARCIA, GABBY’S GOLDEN GAL, WINNER: “It’s an amazing thing what she did today. Last time (Dec. 26, Gr. I La Brea) she needed the race and she was rank. Bob (Baffert) said the main thing today was to make her relax and then to make my move. Today, I had an opportunity to keep her outside of those two speed horses (Free Flying Soul and Czechers) and she relaxed very well. When I asked her, she just took off. This is my first grade one and I want to dedicate it to Bob. He’s giving me a lot of chances.”


ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2010)—Veteran turf writer Larry Bortstein passed away early Sunday morning at Arcadia Methodist Hospital after sustaining a pulmonary embolism Jan. 23. Bortstein, 67, never regained consciousness and had been on life support since being transported to Methodist following the embolism.

A native of New York, Bortstein was a versatile writer who covered horse racing for the Orange County Register for the past 17 years and had covered all major sports at various times over the past 40-plus years.

January 30, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2010) – Trainer Bill Morey Jr. said his millionaire California-bred Bold Chieftain does things that “take your breath away,” and on Saturday the 7-year-old warhorse knocked the wind from the sails of 11-10 favorite The Usual Q.T. and seven others with a rousing neck victory over Palladio in Santa Anita’s $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic presented by Pepsi-Cola.

With Hall of Famer Russell Baze, North America’s all-time leader in races won, astride the son of Chief Seattle for the 24th time, Bold Chieftain proved best in a stirring stretch run as the eighth running of the mile-and-one-eighth event was negotiated in 1:48.33 before an on-track crowd of 21,487.