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January 22, 2014

HOLLENDORFER TRAINEE DRAWS RAIL WITH BEJARANO IN 14-HORSE FIELD

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2014)—Multiple stakes winning Summer Hit, fresh off a front-running six length score in the Grade III Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate Fields Nov. 29, looms strictly the horse to beat in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic, which attracted a field of 14 older horses at 1 1/8 miles on grass.

HOLLENDORFER/SPECHT-TRAINED FILLIES AMONG FULL FIELD OF 14 ON SUNSHINE MILLIONS CAL CUP DAY

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2014)—Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams, prominent among California’s top owner/breeders, will be represented by two talented homebred fillies, the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Swiss Lake Yodeler, and the Steve Specht-conditioned Alasharchy, in Saturday’s $200,000 California Cup Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2014)—California-bred Teddy’s Promise, a seven-time stakes winner owned by her breeders, Ted and Judy Nichols, seeks millionaire status in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs, her final career start before a planned mating to top Kentucky-based stallion Smart Strike this spring. A winner of last year’s Santa Monica, “Teddy” heads a field of seven older fillies and mares competing in the prestigious sprint that will be run for the 57th time.

January 20, 2014

TWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $419,541 INTO THURSDAY, TOTAL POOL SHOULD APPROACH $2 MILLION

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 20, 2014)—Ridden by Martin Garcia, Indianapolis rocketed to an emphatic 4 ¼ length win in Monday’s $75,000 San Pedro Stakes, negotiating six furlongs in 1:08.80, which, according to Bob Baffert, will be his final start sprinting for the time being, as he’ll now be pointed down the Kentucky Derby Trail.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-BASED SHE’S A TIGER, SHARED BELIEF & POINTS OFFTHEBENCH ALSO WIN

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 20, 2014)—As Yogi Berra once said, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” And although the iconic Yankee wasn’t referring to Saturday’s Eclipse Award results from Gulfstream Park, the statement would be fitting, as three reigning Eclipse Champions, led by Horse of the Year Wise Dan, parlayed Breeders’ Cup victories on Nov. 1 & 2 at Santa Anita Park into repeat triumphs as Eclipse Champions.

January 19, 2014

PICK SIX CARRYOVER INTO MONDAY OF $94,233, TOTAL POOL EXPECTED TO EXCEED HALF MILLION

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2014)—Sent from the gate, 6-5 favorite Broken Sword set a fast early pace, setting up the late run of 16-1 longshot Spellbound, who was dead last, 17 lengths off the lead in a field of seven past the half mile pole and rallied four-wide at the quarter to get up and win Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 La Canada Stakes by a neck under Victor Espinoza, negotiating 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.14.

January 18, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2014)—An impressive late running winner of the opening day Malibu Stakes going seven furlongs, the Bob Baffert-trained Shakin It Up answered any lingering questions about his ability to go two turns with an emphatic 2 ¼ length win in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Strub Stakes at Santa Anita, getting 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.86 under Mike Smith.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2014)—Dancingtothestars, a 6-year-old California-bred mare by Good Journey, engaged pacesetter Fanticola three furlongs from home and put in a sustained run through the lane to prevail by a length under Mario Gutierrez in Saturday’s $75,000 Megahertz Stakes for fillies and mares, getting one mile on turf in 1:33.77.

January 17, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2014)—Off as the heavy 4-5 favorite, Ambitious Brew sat a distant second to longshot Rangi, but reeled the pacesetter in crossing the dirt at the top of the stretch and prevailed in a head and head duel to the wire to take Friday’s $58,000 Pluto Purse allowance by a half length under Mike Smith, getting 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:11.24.

January 16, 2014

PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $48,053 INTO FRIDAY, TOTAL POOL SHOULD EXCEED $250,000

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 16, 2014)—Street Icon split horses a furlong out and won Thursday’s seventh race at Santa Anita, a first-condition, $58,000 allowance for 3-year-olds, prevailing by three quarters of a length under Corey Nakatani while negotiating 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:11.76.