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January 22, 2012

• ESPINOZA KEEPS HIS ‘PROMISE’ IN GRADE I SANTA MONICA

• CALHOUN HAS BEAT THE BLUES EN ROUTE FOR SANTA MONICA

• CARACORTADO SET FOR SATURDAY’S SENSATIONAL STAR STAKES

• ‘LUCK’ HORSES ADJUST TO THEIR ROLES FOR HBO SERIES

• CONFIDENCE TRIGGERS ROSARIO’S ‘GRAND SLAM’

ESPINOZA SEEKS THIRD IN ROW ON IMPROVING TEDDY’S PROMISE

Victor Espinoza has ridden Teddy’s Promise twice, winning each time, first in an overnight race at Hollywood Park on Nov. 15 at odds of 11-10, then in the Grade I La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita Dec.

January 21, 2012

• UNBEATEN CAL-BRED TIZ FLIRTATIOUS TACKLES OPEN FOES IN GRADE II LA CAŇADA

• GRADE II SAN CARLOS NOW AN OPTION FOR SCRATCHED AMAZOMBIE

• VANN BELVOIR FINDS A HAPPY HOME AT SANTA ANITA

ROSARIO CONFIDENT ON TIZ FLIRTATIOUS FOR GRADE II LA CAŇADA

With two California-bred horses winning top honors against international competition at last Monday’s Eclipse Awards ceremony, Thoroughbreds from the Golden State proved they take a back seat to no one.

Joel Rosario hopes that successful trend continues on a lesser plateau Sunday when he rides unbeaten California-b

January 20, 2012

• EUROEARS, M ONE RIFLE SET FOR GRADE II PALOS VERDES

• LOVE THEWAY YOUARE SEEKS FIRST STAKES WIN IN LA CAŇADA

• CARACORTADO RETURNS IN SENSATIONAL STAR NEXT SATURDAY

OUTSIDE PALOS VERDES POST GOOD FOR EUROEARS IN RACING FINALE

While the focus is on Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Amazombie and his scheduled 2012 debut in Saturday’s Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes, others in the field of eight going six furlongs for a guaranteed purse of $150,000 are on the back burner, relatively speaking.

Two such steeds are Euroears and M One Rifle, like Amazombie each a G

January 19, 2012

• ACCLAMATION AND AMAZOMBIE: CALIFORNIA’S ‘A TEAM’

• FLORES-PUYPE DUO OPTIMISTIC ABOUT LA CAŇADA STAKES

• BAFFERT DUO DRILLS FOR UPCOMING STAKES RACES

AMAZOMBIE SET FOR SATURDAY’S GRADE II PALOS VERDES, WEATHER PERMITTING

Less than 72 hours after being honored with Thoroughbred racing’s greatest award, it was business as usual for two of California’s most devoted horsemen.

Both Bill Spawr and Don Warren were back at their Santa Anita headquarters Thursday morning, directing operations for their charges at Barn 37 and 66, respectively, Spawr focusing on A

January 16, 2012

• COURTSIDE SEEKS GRADED STATUS IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II PALOS VERDES

• PENDER CONFIDENT OF JERANIMO FOR TODAY’S GRADE II SAN GABRIEL

• GREAT HOT SET FOR ADDED DISTANCE OF LA CAŇADA STAKES

SPRINT SPECIALIST COURTSIDE SET FOR GRADE II PALOS VERDES

Courtside is scheduled to make his first graded stakes start when he runs in Saturday’s Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes for 4-year-olds and up at six furlongs.

Joel Rosario thinks he’s up to the task.

“He’s easy to handle and his specialty is sprinting,” said Rosario, who has ridden the gray son of Cindago in eig

January 15, 2012

• TALAMO HAS AMMO FOR GRADE II PALOS VERDES IN M ONE RIFLE

• GARCIA REUNITED WITH JERANIMO IN MONDAY’S SAN GABRIEL

• UNSINKABLE PEDROZA ESCAPES INJURY IN SATURDAY MISHAP

TALAMO, M ONE RIFLE TAKE ON AMAZOMBIE IN PALOS VERDES

Joe Talamo is scheduled to ride M One Rifle against Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner and Eclipse Award finalist Amazombie in next Saturday’s Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes for older horses at six furlongs, and is excited about the opportunity.

“He loves this race track,” Talamo said of the 6-year-old son of One Man Army who won the Grade I

January 14, 2012

• PACE QUESTION: WHO’S ON FIRST IN MONDAY’S SAN GABRIEL?

• ECLIPSE FINALIST AMAZOMBIE WORKS FOR 2012 DEBUT

PACE APPEARS LACKING IN GRADE II SAN GABRIEL STAKES

With no established front-runners in Monday’s Grade II San Gabriel Stakes, the question is, who will set the pace in the mile and one eighth turf race?

Could it be favored Jeranimo, or will it be The Usual Q.T., who will be making his first start in more than seven months?

“We’ve got some speed if we want to use it, but it’s a mile and an eighth,” said Jim Cassidy, trainer of The Usual Q.T.

January 13, 2012

• ECLIPSE AWARD FINALIST AMAZOMBIE DRILLS FOR 2012 DEBUT

• IRISH ART TRIES DIRT IN SATURDAY’S SAN FERNANDO STAKES

• THE USUAL Q.T. TACKLES JERANIMO IN MONDAY’S SAN GABRIEL

• CANDREA RETURNS TO SPRINT IN GRADE II SANTA YNEZ

• JOCKEY GOMEZ RESTING COMFORTABLY, SURGERY SUCCESSFUL

AMAZOMBIE PROBABLE FOR PALOS VERDES STAKES ON JAN.

January 12, 2012

• TOP JOCK GOMEZ HAS SURGERY ON BROKEN HEEL, OUT FOUR TO SIX WEEKS

• PRAYER FOR RELIEF AT HOME FOR SAN FERNANDO STAKES

• IMPONENTE PURSE SET FOR MONDAY’S GRADE II SAN GABRIEL

• ROWDY GAL SEEKS TO REMAIN UNBEATEN IN SANTA YNEZ

GOMEZ OUT FOUR TO SIX WEEKS WITH BROKEN HEEL, LUCRATIVE MOUNTS AVAILABLE

The absence of top jockey Garrett Gomez at Santa Anita for an anticipated four to six weeks as a result of an accident prior to Sunday’s Grade III Daytona Stakes will unquestionably have an impact on the local riding colony.

The 40-year-old Gomez, who was of

January 8, 2012

• SAN FELIPE LIKELY NEXT STOP FOR SHAM WINNER OUT OF BOUNDS

• TAPIZAR RETURNS FOR SAN FERNANDO STAKES ON SATURDAY

• TRAINER ASCANIO, FORMER FRANKEL AIDE, RECOVERING FROM STROKE

OUT OF BOUNDS EYES GRADE II, $300,000 SAN FELIPE ON MARCH 10

Out of Bounds, a 10-1 longshot that upset 1-2 favorite Secret Circle in Saturday’s Sham Stakes, likely will make his next start on the Triple Crown trail in the Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on March 10.

“He’ll probably come back in the San Felipe,” trainer Eoin Harty said Sunday morning.