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January 15, 2012

In 2010, the great racemare Zenyatta was celebrated as the inaugural winner of the Secretariat “Vox Populi” Award, which annually recognizes the horse that brought the most excitement and attention to the sport. The new tradition of naming America’s most popular race horse continues with 2011 winner Rapid Redux.

Rapid Redux, who recently set a modern-era record with 22 consecutive wins by a U.S. horse and tied the great Citation with 19 wins in a single season, has been selected to receive the 2011 Secretariat Vox Populi, or “Voice of the People,” Award.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2012) – Maiden winner Reneesgotzip literally burst into the graded stakes ranks Sunday with a scintillating 7 3/4-length romp in the 61st running of Santa Anita’s Grade II, $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs.

The daughter of City Zip, purchased by the Lanni Family Trust for $45,000 at sale last April, ran the distance in 1:15.25, a tick faster than when Face The Facts equaled the then track mark with a stakes-record 10 ½-length victory in the 1964 Santa Ynez.

No filly since 1964 has won the Santa Ynez by a wider margin than did Reneesgotzip. And the list includes such standouts as Golden Ballet (7 lengths in 2001), Fit To Lead (5 ½ in 1993), Goodbye Halo (5 in 1988) Very Subtle (4 ¼ in 1987) as well as the brilliant Terlingua (4 ¼ in 1979).

January 14, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 14, 2012) – Tapizar, a highly-promising 3-year-old last year before a bone chip knocked him off the Triple Crown trail, began 2012 by running away from his 4-year-old opposition Saturday in Santa Anita’s 60th running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Fernando Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.

Winchell Thoroughbred’s homebred son of Tapit took control early under Corey Nakatani and opened up on the backside. As the field closed in rounding the far turn, 11-10 choice Tapizar bounded away before crossing the wire 3 ½ lengths ahead of runner-up Balladry.

Balladry, a 15-1 shot ridden by Joe Talamo, nosed out trainer Bob Baffert’s Prayer for Relief, the 2-1 second choice with Rafael Bejarano aboard, in the field of seven. The final time was 1:41.94.

January 13, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 13, 2012)—Winless in her last six starts and idle since Aug. 31 at Del Mar, John and Cheryl Toffan’s homebred Catchy Tune came back running in the $61,400 Rex Chapman allowance feature at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course, winning by a head in 1:12.38.

Conditioned by Paco Gonzalez and ridden by Martin Garcia, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Bernstein tailed off at Del Mar last summer.

“She was sour in her last couple of races,” said co-breeder John Toffan. “We asked Paco what he thought we should do and he said ‘just give her some time off.’ We took her home to our farm in Bradbury, gave her some time and when she came back in, she wanted to train again.”

January 12, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 12, 2012)—For the fourth time in 11 racing days, no one correctly tabbed all six winners in Santa Anita’s popular Pick Six wager, resulting in a carryover into Friday of $67,183.

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters announced today that the 41st annual Eclipse Awards, presented by Daily Racing Form, The Stronach Group and Breeders’ Cup, will be broadcast live Monday, January 16 on HRTV, Racetrack Television Network (RTN) and DRF.com. The Eclipse Awards will take place at the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 12, 2012) – Sky Kingdom retained a firm position among trainer Bob Baffert’s deep contingent of Kentucky Derby candidates Thursday with an easy, 4 ½-length victory in Santa Anita’s $55,798 allowance feature for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.

Jockey Martin Garcia had his mount completely in hand when crossing the wire in 1:44.72 after the Empire Maker offspring had previously impressed when rallying for fourth, beaten 2 ¼ lengths behind stablemate Liaison in the Grade I CashCall Futurity on Dec. 17.

Smart Ellis finished second Thursday, one length ahead of 17-10 second-choice Spirit Rules in a field reduced to four starters with the late scratch of Sir Allison.

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that The Stronach Group (SG) has agreed to join Daily Racing Form and Breeders' Cup as a presenting sponsor of the Eclipse Awards.

The 41st annual Eclipse Awards ceremony will be held Monday, January 16, at the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

As part of the agreement, which is effective immediately and carries a duration of two years, the January 2013 Eclipse Awards will be held at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., in the Sport of Kings Theatre.