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January 11, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 11, 2014)—In a performance befitting the race’s namesake, the Bob Baffert-trained Midnight Hawk stretched out to two turns in style, winning Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths under Mike Smith, thus stamping himself as a leading contender for the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5.

January 10, 2014

ONE WINNING PICK SIX TICKET PURCHASED VIA TVG ACCOUNT PAYS $62,592.80

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 10, 2014)—Changethechannel made the lead early and kept on truckin’ to take Friday’s $58,000 Venus Purse allowance gate to wire and give jockey Tyler Baze his first win since June 9. A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by English Channel, Changethechannel, trained by Sean McCarthy, won by a neck while getting 1 ¼ miles on turf in 2:00.02.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 10, 2014)—Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man, who will be presented with the Secretariat Vox Populi “Voice of the People” Award Saturday, will be honored earlier in the day, as his owners, Dean and Patti Reeves, along with Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, will sign 1,000 full color posters of “Mucho” beginning at 11 a.m. in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens area.

January 9, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 9, 2014)—Second choice Power Foot hugged the rail and ran by 3-5 favorite Monastic inside the sixteenth pole to win Thursday’s $60,000 Neptune Purse allowance under Edwin Maldonado, winning by 1 ¾ lengths while covering 1 ¼ miles on turf in 1:59.56.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 9, 2014)—Nine-time stakes winner Halo Dolly heads a field of seven older fillies and mares in the $75,000, 1 1/16 miles Paseana Stakes Sunday at Santa Anita as she aims to transfer her sharp recent turf form to the main track.

January 8, 2014

GRADE II, $200,000 SAN PASQUAL DRAWS FIELD OF SEVEN OLDER HORSES AT 1 1/16 MILES

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan.

January 5, 2014

PICK SIX CARRYOVER INTO THURSDAY OF $87,195, TOTAL POOL SHOULD TOP $500,000

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 5, 2014)—Favored Pontchatrain overcame a rough start to win Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Monrovia Stakes for older fillies and mares by three quarters of a length, overhauling pacesetter Kindle and Rafael Bejarano inside the sixteenth pole while covering 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:11.14.

January 4, 2014

PENDER TRAINEE WINS TURF FIXTURE FOR RECORD THIRD TIME, BEJARANO WINS SIXTH IN-A-ROW

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 4, 2014)—With Track Announcer Trevor Denman bellowing “It’s Jeranimo, coming like a rocket on the outside, and Jeranimo--from last to first, a scintillating performance!...,” 8-year-old Jeranimo, with Rafael Bejarano aloft, overhauled pacesetting Slim Shadey and Corey Nakatani to win Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths, winning for a record third time while covering 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:46 flat.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 4, 2014)—The Bruce Headley trained, owned and bred Cyclometer broke slowly but proved best in Saturday’s $75,000 Midnight Lute Stakes at Santa Anita, rallying to win by three quarters of a length under Mike Smith while getting six furlongs in a rapid 1:08.95.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 4, 2014)—Off at 5-1, Awesome Baby entered Saturday’s four-horse, Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes in the shadow of her stablemate, 4-5 favorite Crushed Velvet, but it was Awesome Baby that posed for pictures, winning the prestigious event for 3-year-old fillies by a half length in gate to wire fashion under Mike Smith, covering six furlongs in 1:16.62.