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March 16, 2012

• MISS MITTAGONG SET FOR GRADE I SANTA MARGARITA STAKES

• THERE WILL BE SUNBURN RAIN OR SHINE IN IRISH O’BRIEN STAKES

• GLADDING WELL-PLACED IN SUNDAY’S SANTANA MILE

• BREEDERS’ CUP CHAMPION AMAZOMBIE WORKS FOR SPAWR

MISS MITTAGONG CHASES ELLAFITZ AGAIN IN SATURDAY’S SANTA MARGARITA

March 15, 2012

• INCLUDE ME OUT FRESH FOR GRADE I SANTA MARGARITA ON SATURDAY

• DOWNHILL ACE UNZIP ME SET FOR IRISH O’BRIEN, WEATHER PERMITTING

• BAD LUCK FOR CALIFORNIA ECONOMY WITH TERMINATION OF HBO SHOW

INCLUDE TALAMO IN FOR SATURDAY’S GRADE I SANTA MARGARITA

Short field, lone speed, streaking front-runner. Joe Talamo knows he has his work cut out if he expects to beat Ellafitz when he rides Include Me Out in Saturday’s Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles.

March 11, 2012

• STREAKING ELLAFITZ BETTER THAN EVER FOR GRADE I SANTA MARGARITA

• TRAINER CONFIDENT SLIM SHADEY CAN GET MARATHON DISTANCE

• LINDZ WINZ IN QUICK TURNAROUND FOR IRISH O’BRIEN STAKES

ELLAFITZ SEEKS FOURTH STRAIGHT STAKES WIN IN GRADE I SANTA MARGARITA

Bad news for rivals of Ellafitz in next Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Santa Margarita Stakes. A winner of three straight stakes—two of them Grade II’s—in which she was never headed, Ellafitz is doing better now for the Santa Margarita than she was before she won the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes on Feb. 18.

March 10, 2012

• BLANC WANTS TO FIND HIS ‘WAY’ TO SAN FELIPE WINNER’S CIRCLE

• BIANCONE HOPES HIS FILLY IS UP TO LAS FLORES CHALLENGE ON SUNDAY

BLANC ON LIVE LONGSHOT IN GRADE II SAN FELIPE STAKES

Thanks to an 11th-hour game of “musical jockeys” prior to Wednesday’s draw for today’s San Felipe Stakes, Brice Blanc landed a welcome added-money opportunity on a live mount, 6-1 morning line choice Empire Way, in the Grade II race for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, a major steppingstone to the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 7.

Garrett Gomez had been scheduled to ride

March 9, 2012

• HARRINGTON HOPES TO DOUBLE HIS PLEASURE IN SAN FELIPE

• GRADE I WINNER HOME SWEET ASPEN LOOKS STRONG IN LAS FLORES

• MIKE MITCHELL ASSISTANT D’AMATO WINS FIRST RACE AS TRAINER

CREATIVE CAUSE, EMPIRE WAY CARRY HARRINGTON HOPES IN SAN FELIPE

Timing is everything, the saying goes, and Mike Harrington is a firm believer in that credo these days, not necessarily by design.

The veteran trainer, who turns 70 on April 5, has two Triple Crown contenders, Creative Cause and Empire Way, slated to run in Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes for 3-year-ol

March 8, 2012

• AMERICAN ACT SET FOR SAN FELIPE ON SATURDAY; BLINKERS OFF LIAISON

• MILLIONAIRE CALIFORNIA-BRED THE USUAL Q.T.

March 4, 2012

• OUT OF BOUNDS DRILLS MONDAY FOR SATURDAY’S STRONG SAN FELIPE

• RACING RARITY AT SANTA ANITA: ‘NO CONTEST’ RACE CREATES REFUNDS

GOMEZ RETURNS TO RIDE OUT OF BOUNDS IN SATURDAY’S SAN FELIPE

Sham Stakes winner Out of Bounds, one of the West’s major Triple Crown contenders, is scheduled to work five furlongs on Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track Monday in his final major drill for next Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.

“The horse is doing well,” trainer Eoin Harty said.

March 3, 2012

• SPECHT SEEKS HERNANDEZ UPSET WITH GIG HARBOR SUNDAY

• HRTV SPOTLIGHTS OLD ENGLISH RANCHO ON SUNDAY SHOW

• SANTA ANITA HOSTS POPULAR PHOTO DAY FRIDAY, MARCH 9

BAY AREA INVADER GIG HARBOR SET FOR SUNDAY’S JOE HERNANDEZ HANDICAP

Gig Harbor is in from his Northern California base for Sunday’s $70,000 Joe Hernandez Handicap and trainer Steve Specht feels the Kentucky-bred son of City Zip is ready to put his best foot forward in the race for older horses at about 6 ½ furlongs on the turf.

Owned by Daniel O’Neill of San Francisco, Gig Harbor won a minor stakes

March 2, 2012

• ‘ACCOMPLISHED HORSES’ FACE ULTIMATE EAGLE IN BIG ’CAP

• MIKE SMITH HAS INSIDE TRACK IN THREE GRADE I RACES SATURDAY

• BEJARANO, MADE TO LOVE HER SET FOR LAS VIRGENES STAKES

FAVORED ULTIMATE EAGLE ONE TO CATCH IN GRADE I BIG ’CAP

Mike Pender has ample respect for the 12 rivals of Ultimate Eagle in Saturday’s Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino, in spite of the defection of defending champion Game On Dude from the Grade I, $750,000 race at a mile and a quarter.

“I don’t think it simplifies anything with Game On Dude out,”

March 1, 2012

• BIG ‘CAP DISTANCE NO CONCERN FOR PEDROZA ON ULTIMATE EAGLE

• JERANIMO EYES TARGET AND MR. COMMONS IN GRADE I KILROE MILE

• WHITE SEES HOLLADAY ROAD AS VIABLE LONGSHOT IN BIG ’CAP

• McANALLY PAINTS ‘ROSARIO’ PICTURE FOR LAS VIRGENES STAKES

• SANTA ANITA AVAILABLE ON KVMD FROM 3 P.M. TO 6 P.M. ON BIG ’CAP DAY

FAVORED ULTIMATE EAGLE ONE TO CATCH IN GRADE I BIG ’CAP

Martin Pedroza can read past performances as well as anyone, and the 46-year-old jockey is a realist.