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October 14, 2012

• GAME ON DUDE WORKS ON ‘BEST TRACK’ FOR BREEDERS’ CUP

• MY MISS AURELIA PREPS FOR LADIES’ CLASSIC, ASMUSSEN ON HAND

• CASHCALL CONTEST WINNER, BEJARANO FAN, TAKES HOME $3,100

• 626 NIGHT MARKET PRESS CONFERENCE ON WEDNESDAY

GAME ON DUDE WORKS IN 59.60 FOR CLASSIC; 227 DRILL AT SANTA ANITA

Game On Dude headed a parade of heavyweight hopefuls Sunday morning prepping for the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita as the countdown began in earnest for the 28th World Championship events at The Great Race Place on Nov.

October 13, 2012

• BREEDERS’ CUP: WORTH REPEATING IN, CARACORTADO OUT

• ‘NO CONTEST,’ BUT ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL

• PACOIMA MAN COLLECTS $1,400 IN CASHCALL CONTEST

• 626 NIGHT MARKET PRESS CONFERENCE ON WEDNESDAY

WORTH REPEATING WORKS FOR BC MARATHON; CARACORTADO OUT

It’s good news, bad news for Mike Machowsky concerning the Breeders’ Cup. The bad news: Caracortado will not make the Turf Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 3. The good: Worth Repeating is on course for the $500,000 Marathon at 1 ¾ miles on dirt on Nov.

October 12, 2012

• PUYPE HOPES WOODMANS LUCK CHANGES IN CAL CUP CLASSIC

• CECIL HAS FEW COMPLAINTS ABOUT CAL CUP JUVENILE RUNNER

• TASTY TREAT SEEKS FIRST STAKES WIN IN CAL CUP DISTAFF

• VERSATILE MENSA HEAT SET FOR CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT

• O’NEILL BOBBLEHEAD GIVEAWAY AT SANTA ANITA SATURDAY

• LEADING RIDER TALAMO OFF TO FAST START AT SANTA ANITA

• HOT BAND PEPPER HEADS SATURDAY’S PARTY IN THE PADDOCK

CAN WOODMANS LUCK SHAKE SECONDITIS IN CAL CUP CLASSIC?

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If at first you don’t succeed, the adage goes, try, try again.

October 11, 2012

• CONSISTENT JOHN SCOTT SET FOR CALIFORNIA CUP CLASSIC

• GAME ON DUDE TO WORK THIS WEEKEND FOR BREEDERS’ CUP

• O’NEILL BOBBLEHEAD GIVEAWAY AT SANTA ANITA SATURDAY

• HOFMANS FULFILLED WITH CAREER VICTORY NUMBER 1,000

ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR JOHN SCOTT IN CALIFORNIA CUP CLASSIC

John Scott, the race horse, has paid his way for owner/breeder John Harris. A gelded son of Bertrando, John Scott has never failed to earn a check in eight career starts, with five wins, one second and earnings of $301,304.

October 8, 2012

• ROSARIO RETURNS TO SANTA ANITA FOR CALIFORNIA CUP

• HOLLADAY ROAD ON COURSE FOR CALIFORNIA CUP CLASSIC

• AMAZOMBIE ‘ON TARGET’ FOR BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT

SATURDAY’S CAL CUP XXIII LURES ROSARIO BACK TO SANTA ANITA

Ten-time Southern California riding king Joel Rosario will return to Santa Anita Saturday to ride on California Cup Day XXIII, agent Ron Anderson said by phone Monday morning from New York.

“We’re looking forward to coming back,” said Anderson, a world-class agent who has represented the likes of Jerry Bailey, Gary Stevens and Garrett Gomez.

October 7, 2012

• BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT REMATCH LIKELY FOR ‘SANTA ANITA FOUR’

• ACCLAMATION TO MISS BREEDERS’ CUP, CARACORTADO ’50-50’

• YOUNG JOCKEY JUAN HERNANDEZ INVADES SANTA ANITA

TOP FOUR IN SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP TO RETURN IN BC SPRINT

A rematch looms in the $1.5 million XpressBet Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 3 among Coil, Capital Account, Jimmy Creed and Amazombie, the first four finishers in Saturday’s Santa Anita Sprint Championship.

Coil, trained by Bob Baffert, beat stablemate Capital Account by a head in the six- furlong race.

October 6, 2012

• UNBEATEN WINDING WAY EYES FOURTH WIN IN L.A. WOMAN STAKES

• TRAINER MISSES $112 WINNER, MENTOR PACO GONZALEZ RETIRES

• FLORES KEEN ON UPBEAT MOOD IN MONDAY’S HOLIDAY FEATURE

WINDING WAY HOPES TO REMAIN UNBEATEN IN INAUGURAL L.A. WOMAN

Winding Way’s victory in the Rancho Bernardo Handicap had to be seen to be believed. She hopped at the start and appeared hopelessly beaten in the 6 ½-furlong race, but closed furiously under Rafael Bejarano to win by a half-length.

October 5, 2012

• FILLY RENEESGOTZIP COULD FACE BOYS AGAIN IN BC SPRINT

• SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP NOT IDEAL FOR BAFFERT DUO

• JOURNEYMAN BLANC LIVES UP TO NAME ON MR.

October 4, 2012

• SMITH, AMAZOMBIE IN SYNC FOR SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP

• BAFFERT HAS HIS GO-TO RIDERS, HEADED BY BEJARANO

• STROKE VICTIM ASCANIO HOPES TO RETURN TO RACES

GOOD HORSES LIKE AMAZOMBIE KEEP MIKE SMITH ON TOP

In victory or defeat, Mike Smith keeps his perspective. The Hall of Fame jockey was
sidelined more than five months with two broken vertebrae and spent time in a body cast after a terrible spill at Saratoga in 1998 that threatened his career, but it never crossed his mind that he wouldn’t make it back.

September 30, 2012

• UNVEILING OF ZENYATTA STATUE A BIG HIT WITH FANS

• SPILL WASN’T GOING TO HAMPER BEJARANO’S BIG DAY

• BAFFERT PAIR DRILLS FOR SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP

• GRYDER OFF TO FAST START ON RETURN TO SANTA ANITA

STATUE OF ZENYATTA UNVEILED BEFORE ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD

Captured to perfection in her signature post-race curtsy, head bowed and right hoof pawing the ground, the mighty Zenyatta was unveiled in magnificent bronze Saturday at noon before an enthusiastic coterie of fans in the south quadrant of Santa Anita’s Kingsbury Memorial Fountain area, directly