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March 7, 2013

• GOLDENCENTS IN HIGH GEAR FOR SATURDAY’S SAN FELIPE

• SMITH SEEKS BETTER START FOR RUMOR IN GRADE II LAS FLORES

• UNBEATEN IRISH-BRED FILLY MAKES U.S. DEBUT IN CHINA DOLL

O’NEILL ON TRIPLE CROWN TRAIL AGAIN, NOW WITH GOLDENCENTS

This is not Doug O’Neill’s first rodeo on the Triple Crown trail.

The 44-year-old trainer went global last year when he came within 36 hours of a Triple Crown attempt only to have an 11th-hour tendon injury to Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I’ll Have Another, ultimately forcing his retirement.

March 3, 2013

• FLASHBACK DRILLS FOR SATURDAY’S GRADE II SAN FELIPE

• ABSENTEE OWNER TORRE EXCITED WITH DUDE’S ROMP

• GAME ON DUDE POSTS 116 SPEED FIGURE FOR BIG ’CAP WIN

• GOMEZ HONORED TO BE NOMINATED FOR HALL OF FAME

• FORMER TRAINER GREG MACDONALD PASSES AT AGE 63

FLASHBACK IN SHARP WORK FOR MEETING WITH GOLDENCENTS

Flashback moved a step closer to next Saturday’s much-anticipated pre-Triple Crown showdown with Goldencents in the San Felipe Stakes with a five furlong workout Sunday morning in a bullet 59 seconds flat under regular rider Julien Leparoux.

March 1, 2013

• BIG ’CAP BUCKS GIVE BIRTHDAY BOY STEVENS ADDED INCENTIVE

• FED BIZ MAKES TURF DEBUT IN GRADE I KILROE MILE SATURDAY

• TALAMO BACK ON CLASSY SPEEDINTHRUTHECITY IN LAS VIRGENES

FIVE DAYS FROM 50, STEVENS MOTIVATED IN RICH SANTA ANITA HANDICAP

Don’t try to convince Gary Stevens that money doesn’t make the mare go.

February 28, 2013

• TALAMO SEEKS BIG ’CAP UPSET ON BAFFERT’S ‘OTHER HORSE’

• FATHER, SON CANANI GO FOR GRADE I DOUBLE ON SATURDAY

• CHAMP BEHOLDER IS 6-5 TO REGAIN WINNING FORM IN LAS VIRGENES

GUILT TRIP EYES UPSET OF STABLEMATE GAME ON DUDE IN BIG ’CAP

Game On Dude is the marquee horse in Saturday’s Santa Anita Handicap, but at least one person cautions not to overlook a less-accomplished stablemate trained by Bob Baffert in Saturday’s Grade I, $750,000 classic for 4-year-olds and up at a mile and a quarter.

That would be Joe Talamo.

February 24, 2013

• GAME ON DUDE’S DRILL MAKES BAFFERT HAPPY, BUT NOT WEIGHTS

• JON WHITE INSTALLS GAME ON DUDE MORNING LINE FAVORITE

• CHAMP BEHOLDER PREPS FOR GRADE I LAS VIRGENES STAKES

• SUGGESTIVE BOY SHARP FOR SATURDAY’S FRANK E. KILROE MILE

GAME ON DUDE TO CARRY HIGH WEIGHT OF 125 IN BIG ’CAP

It’s game on for Game On Dude in next Saturday’s Santa Anita Handicap after the favorite for the track’s marquee race worked six furlongs on a fast main track Sunday morning under Martin Garcia in company with stablemate Patriot’s Voyage.

February 23, 2013

• STATUS SEEKER CLUBHOUSE RIDE EYES SANTA ANITA HANDICAP

• BAFFERT AWAITS WEIGHTS, WORKOUT FOR GAME ON DUDE

• DON PIERCE REMEMBERS FIRST OF FOUR BIG ‘CAPS 53 YEARS AGO

BIG ’CAP-BOUND CLUBHOUSE RIDE PAYS HIS WAY FOR CRAIG LEWIS

Craig Lewis doesn’t put Clubhouse Ride in the same class as former stars he trained like Larry the Legend and Cutlass Reality, but if the 5-year-old Candy Ride horse wins the rich and prestigious Santa Anita Handicap on March 2, the trainer might have to reevaluate his thinking.

Larry the Legend was a rags-to-riches stakes winner that cap

February 22, 2013

• HANDSOME MIKE TRIES TO RIGHT SHIP IN SANTA ANITA HANDICAP

• CALLED TO SERVE FIRES BULLET WITH STEVENS UP FOR BIG ’CAP

• PINCAY FONDLY RECALLS FIRST BIG ’CAP WIN 40 YEARS AGO

• SAHARA SKY SEEKS SECOND STRAIGHT STAKES WIN IN SAN CARLOS

• JOCKEYS LOSE BUT CHARITY WINS IN ANNUAL BASKETBALL GAME

• MARIO PINO WINS SANTA ANITA’S GEORGE WOOLF AWARD

BIG ’CAP PACE SCENARIO IMPORTANT FOR HANDSOME MIKE

A word of caution from Team O’Neill: Handsome Mike is not a one-hit wonder.

February 21, 2013

• GAME ON DUDE’S SUCCESS: A ‘TAIL’ OF TWO SITTINGS

• THE LUMBER GUY IN SHARP MOVE FOR SAN CARLOS STAKES

• SANTA ANITA RIDERS SET FOR TONIGHT’S CHARITY GAME

• DELGADILLO, SPAWR A WINNING TEAM AT SANTA ANITA

ADJUSTMENT IN GATE AIDS BIG ’CAP FAVORITE GAME ON DUDE

In an otherwise remarkable career, Game On Dude has been known to throw in a clunker now and then, resulting mainly from occasional problems leaving the starting gate.

They should all be behind him now since Mike Smith has taken over as the gelding’s regular rider two races back, both easy victories

February 18, 2013

• STEPHANOATSEE SETTLED IN FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAP

• THE LUMBER GUY IN FAST DRILL FOR SAN CARLOS STAKES

• BEHOLDER ‘COULDN’T LOOK BETTER’ FOR LAS VIRGENES

• POPULARITY GROWING FOR THURSDAY’S CHARITY GAME

STRUB RUNNER-UP ON COURSE FOR GRADE I BIG ’CAP ON MARCH 2

Strub Stakes runner-up Stephanoatsee has settled in nicely at Richard Mandella’s barn as he prepares for the Santa Anita Handicap on March 2.

A son of A.P.

February 17, 2013

• GAME ON DUDE DRILLS FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAP

• CHARM THE MAKER NEEDS GOOD START IN BUENA VISTA

• EDDIE D: NEXT THURSDAY’S CHARITY GAME BENEFITS ALL

• SHOWVIVOR II STARTS AT SANTA ANITA ON FEB. 23

GAME ON DUDE ‘JUST CRUISES’ IN WORK FOR MARCH 2 BIG ’CAP

Game On Dude, in quest of his second victory in the Santa Anita Handicap, worked four
furlongs towards that goal on Santa Anita’s fast main track on a picture-perfect Sunday morning in 48.40 according to Santa Anita clockers. Rafael Bejarano was aboard.