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January 11, 2013


· ON-TRACK FAN BAGS PICK SIX BONUS, MAKES $26,222.40 SCORE
· PASEANA VICTORY WOULD BE FITTING FOR McANALLY
· HANDSOME MIKE SET TO REBOUND IN SAN FERNANDO

January 10, 2013

• I’LL HAVE ANOTHER HORSE OF THE YEAR FOR TEAM O’NEILL

• SAN FERNANDO GOOD STARTING POINT FOR REGULUS

• RACING MOURNS PASSING OF RETIRED TRAINER LIN WHEELER

• PICK SIX BONUS A WINNER ON TRACK AND IN HANDLE

O’NEILL CONTENT WITH HIS ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME HORSE

Doug O’Neill is nothing if not a realist. If he had his druthers, he would love it if I’ll Have Another is named 2012's Horse of the Year when the Eclipse Award winners are announced at Gulfstream Park a week from Saturday on Jan.

January 6, 2013

• SHAM WINNER GOLDENCENTS PONDERS NEXT DANCE

• SAN PASQUAL WINNER COIL RETIRED TO STUD IN CALIFORNIA

• MITCHELL ON LEPAROUX: IT’S NOT ALL RELATIVE

• OCTOGENARIAN AGENT HAS OLD PROBLEM FOR NEW YEAR

GOLDENCENTS FINE BUT NO PLANS YET FOR NEXT RACE; KRIGGER PLAYS IT COOL

Goldencents, ridden to perfection by Kevin Krigger, came out of his length and a half victory in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes in top shape but no decision has been made on the colt’s next race on the Triple Crown trail.

“No plans right now,” trainer Doug O’Neill said Sunday morning.

January 5, 2013

• GOMEZ UPBEAT ON DOWNHILL COURSE WITH BROKEN DREAMS

• STEVENS READY TO SCRATCH SEVEN-YEAR ITCH ON SUNDAY

• BONUS PICK SIX PROGRAM A BOON TO ON-TRACK BETTORS

BROKEN DREAMS TACKLES MIZDIRECTION IN SUNDAY’S MONROVIA

Garrett Gomez knows his way around Santa Anita’s unique downhill turf course, be it on Mizdirection or Broken Dreams.

Gomez has ridden Mizdirection, 6-5 morning line favorite for Sunday’s Grade II Monrovia Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf, seven times, winning three, including last year’s Monrovia.

January 4, 2013

• HALL OF FAMERS LASORDA, PINCAY TO PRESENT TROPHIES SATURDAY

• PEDROZA READY TO ROCK AND ROLL ON ULTIMATE EAGLE

• TYER BAZE SEEKS SHAM UPSET ABOARD DIRTY SWAGG

• IT’S OFFICIAL: GARY STEVENS STARTS COMEBACK SUNDAY

• BRYAMA VIES FOR VICTORY IN COMPETITIVE MONROVIA

HALL OF FAMERS LASORDA, PINCAY TROPHY PRESENTERS SATURDAY

Legendary baseball Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda will be on hand Saturday to present the trophy for the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes.

January 1, 2013

• TRIPLE CROWN RUN: O’NEILL SAYS I’LL HAVE ANOTHER

• STEADY JOHN SCOTT SET FOR SATURDAY’S SAN PASQUAL

• NEWCOMER LOPEZ CARRIES ON FAMILY TRADITION AS JOCKEY

SHAM STAKES COULD START ANOTHER TRIPLE CROWN RUN FOR O’NEILL

December 31, 2012

• BLUE NORTHER STARTER AN IDEAL PURCHASE FOR CASSIDY

• GAME ON DUDE WORKS TOWARDS SANTA ANITA HANDICAP

• HAPPY NEW YEAR STARTS FOR STUTE FAMILY, ALEX BISONO

• ON-TRACK PICK SIX BONUS AT SANTA ANITA STARTS ON NEW YEAR’S DAY

• ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF CARACORTADO’S BREATHTAKING WIN

SOMETHINGABOUTHER TRAINING WELL FOR BLUE NORTHER

Trainer Jim Cassidy is optimistic about Somethingabouther’s chances to register her first stakes victory when she runs in Tuesday’s feature at Santa Anita, the $75,000 Blue Norther for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf.

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December 30, 2012

• NO PLACE LIKE HOME FOR HOT-RIDING GARRETT GOMEZ

• POPULAR HORSEMEN RETURN TO SANTA ANITA TODAY

HAPPY HORSES MAKE GOMEZ HAPPY ON HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Anyone who doesn’t believe Garrett Gomez has been to hell and back should read his book, “The Garrett Gomez Story: A Jockey's Journey Through Addiction & Salvation,” in which the Tucson native describes his lengthy battles with alcohol and drug addiction, and his ultimate recovery.

Today, Gomez is at the top of his profession, a world-class jockey who celebrates his 41st birthday on New Year’s Day.

December 29, 2012

• FRANKEL ADMIRER SMITH OPTIMISTIC ABOUT VIVO PER LEI

• HOW TO GET A NEW GARDENER, BOBBY FRANKEL STYLE

SMITH EXPECTS BETTER TRIP FOR VIVO PER LEI IN FRANKEL STAKES

Everybody’s got a Bobby Frankel story. Everybody who knew him, anyway.

Mike Smith is no exception. The 47-year-old Hall of Fame rider rode one of the last stakes winners saddled by Frankel before he died at the age of 68 on Nov. 16, 2009, when he piloted champion filly Stardom Bound to victory in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on March 7 of that year.

On Sunday, Smith rides 6-1 morning line chance Vivo Per Lei for trainer John Shirreffs in the third running of the Robert J. Frankel Stakes, formerly run as the San Gorgonio Handicap, a race Frankel won eight times, starting with Extra Hand in 1973.

As for Vivo Per Lei, Smith rode the 5-year-old mare by Empire Maker (who won the 2003 Belmont Stakes for Frankel) once, finishing an eventful third in the Grade II Goldikova Nov. 4 at Santa Anita.

December 28, 2012

• ASMUSSEN HAS GREAT MILLS SETTLED IN FOR DAYTONA

• CALLAGHAN: THREE FOR THE MONEY IN SUNDAY’S FRANKEL

• PEDROZA STILL GOING STRONG AFTER CAREER WIN NO.