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April 19, 2012

• CAMELIA ROSE EXPECTED TO FANCY FIRM GOING IN GRADE II SANTA BARBARA

• CALIFORNIA FLAG HIGHWEIGHT IN GRADE III SAN SIMEON HANDICAP

• EX-JUMPER TRIES MARATHON IN SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO ON SUNDAY

CAMELIA ROSE ‘BETTER FILLY’ ON FIRM GROUND, TRAINER SAYSARA

Camelia Rose looked like a winner in deep stretch in the Grade II Santa Ana Stakes on March 25, but Vamo a Galupiar rallied five-wide to win by a half-length on a turf course listed as “good.”

“The ground was very soft that day and she’s definitely a better filly on faster ground,” said Simon Callaghan, who

April 15, 2012

• SMITH ON BODEMEISTER IN KENTUCKY DERBY; GOMEZ RIDES DADDY NOSE BEST

• MARATHON ACE FALCON ROCK SEEKS FIRST U.S. STAKES WIN IN SAN JUAN

RIDER WAS ‘LEAST OF MY PROBLEMS’ FOR KENTUCKY DERBY, BAFFERT SAYS

Two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Garrett Gomez will ride Daddy Nose Best for trainer Steve Asmussen in the Kentucky Derby on May 5, agent Tony Matos said Sunday morning via phone from Kentucky.

“We wouldn’t trade places with anybody,” said Matos, who has represented riders who accounted for six Derby triumphs under his tutelage.

April 14, 2012

• WET WEEK FOR GREAT RACE PLACE, PROSPECTS GOOD FOR TURF ON SUNDAY

• VICTOR ESPINOZA SET TO REUME RIDING NEXT THURSDAY

• LA NEZ RETURNS AFTER YEAR LAYOFF IN TODAY’S LAS CIENEGAS

• FIFTH BREEDERS’ CUP TURF SPRINT LOOMS FOR CALIFORNIA FLAG

WINTER STORM IN MID-APRIL BRINGS INCH AND A QUARTER OF RAIN, SNOW IN MOUNTAINS

Blustery, winter-like conditions were in evidence Saturday morning as Santa Anita basked in the glow of a dusting of snow in the nearby San Gabriel Mountains.

Friday’s storm, direct from the Gulf of Alaska, resulted in an inch and a quarte

April 13, 2012

• CONFIDENT TALAMO BACK ABOARD UNZIP ME IN SATURDAY’S LAS CIENEGAS

• ‘WALK TO BEAT CANCER’ AT SANTA ANITA ON CLOSING DAY, APRIL 22

TALAMO, UNZIP ME REUNITE IN GRADE III LAS CIENEGAS HANDICAP

If riding Unzip Me is like riding a bicycle, Joe Talamo should have no trouble when the 22-year- old jockey reunites with the 6-year-old California-bred daughter of City Zip in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Cienegas Handicap at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.

April 12, 2012

• IT’S MIZDIRECTION VS.

April 8, 2012

• ON TO LOUISVILLE FOR I’LL HAVE ANOTHER, CREATIVE CAUSE

• OPENINGS AVAILABLE FOR GOMEZ CHARITY GOLF TOMORROW

ONE-TWO SANTA ANITA DERBY FINISHERS HEADED TO KENTUCKY DERBY

I’ll Have Another and Creative Cause, featured players in the Santa Anita Derby drama that unfolded Saturday in the closest finish in the 3-year-old classic since 1985, when Skywalker nosed out Fast Account, came out of their mano-a-mano in good order and it’s on to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby on May 5, albeit on different paths.

Plans were undecided Sunday morning on when I’ll Have An

April 6, 2012

• BEJARANO BACK ON LIAISON IN GRADE I SANTA ANITA DERBY

• AMAZOMBIE AT THE READY FOR POTRERO GRANDE STAKES

• GRASS LOOKS GREENER FOR CHARM THE MAKER IN PROVIDENCIA

• GRATEFUL TALAMO REACHES CAREER VICTORY NO. 1,000

DISTANCE, BETTER LUCK WILL HELP LIAISON IN GRADE I SANTA ANITA DERBY

Rafael Bejarano has ridden Liaison five times, winning three, including the Grade I CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park last Dec. 17. When Bejarano rode the son of Indian Charlie in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 4, the result was decidedly different.

April 5, 2012

• CREATIVE CAUSE HEADS ‘BEST FIELD SO FAR THIS YEAR’ IN SANTA ANITA DERBY

• AMAZOMBIE BLOWS OUT FOUR FURLONGS FOR POTRERO GRANDE STAKES

• TALAMO COULD ATTAIN CAREER VICTORY NO. 1,000 TODAY AT SANTA ANITA

• ‘FREE FRIDAYS’ NO.

April 1, 2012

• SUPER MARIO GUTIERREZ ON CLOUD NINE FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY

• CONWAY JR. TO HOST SANTA ANITA DERBY DRAW BREAKFAST WEDNESDAY

• ‘FREE FRIDAYS’ NO. 3 COMING UP BEFORE NEXT WEEK’S SANTA ANITA DERBY

GUTIERREZ HOPES TO MAKE MOST OF SANTA ANITA DERBY OPPORTUNITY

Six years ago, a teenage Mario Gutierrez was in the Great White North, trying to eke out a living and keep warm in frigid outposts like Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, quite an adjustment for a native of sunny Mexico.

Fast forward to Feb. 4, 2012.

March 31, 2012

• SMITH SEES THE LIGHT ON MIDNIGHT TRANSFER FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY

• CONWAY JR. TO HOST SANTA ANITA DERBY DRAW BREAKFAST WEDNESDAY

• TWO TRAINING WINS FRIDAY MARK FIRST FOR SEAN McCARTHY

SMITH LEARNS THE ROPES ON MIDNIGHT TRANSFER FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY

Mike Smith was three shy of career win No. 5,000 at the start of Saturday’s races. The major milestone would hold even more significance should it come aboard Midnight Transfer in the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby next Saturday.