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May 1, 2014

• SANTA ANITA HORSEMEN RALLY AROUND ‘CHROME’

• EVERYONE IS NOT IN THE ‘VANNGUARD’ FOR DERBY

• SANTA ANITA IN DERBY SPIRIT FRIDAY & SATURDAY

DERBY BREAK CRUCIAL FOR CHROME, BAILEY SAYS

Victory in the Kentucky Derby could well depend on the breaks, or, more specifically, the break, when it comes to California’s pride and joy, Santa Anita Derby winner California Chrome.

So says retired Hall of Fame riding great Jerry Bailey, who took time from his intensely busy schedule as analyst on Saturday’s NBC Sports telecast of the 140th Run fo

April 27, 2014

• STEVENS SWEET ON ‘CANDY’ AFTER LATEST WORKOUT

• SANTA ANITA HOSTS FESTIVE KENTUCKY DERBY CARD

CANDY BOY NOT UNDER THE RADAR FOLLOWING SATURDAY DRILL

While California Chrome has justifiably captured the hearts and minds of the racing world, once the gates open for the 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs next Saturday, all the hype goes out the window and it’s every man for himself.

Gary Stevens is one of those men. He will be riding Robert B.

April 26, 2014

• CALIFORNIA CHROME SPARKLES IN FINAL PRE-DERBY WORKOUT

• LOCAL BOYS MAKE GOOD: JONES, SOLIS TO ENTER HALL OF FAME

• DERBY MILLIONAIRE CONTESTANT TO FIRE WITH $7,500 ON DERBY DAY

CALIFORNIA CHROME IN ‘GREAT’ WORK FOR KENTUCKY DERBY

Santa Anita Derby winner and Kentucky Derby favorite California Chrome had his final major workout before next Saturday’s 140th Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs, going four furlongs at his Los Alamitos headquarters this morning in 48 1/5 under regular rider Victor Espinoza.

“It was a great wor

April 25, 2014

• DERBY AWAITS ESPINOZA, BUT FIRST THERE’S SUNDAY

• ROVENNA STRETCHES OUT IN $250,000 MELAIR STAKES

• TALAMO HOPES TO DOUBLE HIS (STAKES) PLEASURE

• O’NEILL HAS PAIR MINING FOR CALIFORNIA GOLD

• DERBY CONTENDER DANCE WITH FATE WORKS SATURDAY

ESPINOZA KEEN ON MOONE’S MY NAME IN WILSHIRE

Moone’s My Name seeks her second straight stakes win going one mile on turf in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Wilshire Stakes for fillies and mares, three years old and up.

Victor Espinoza likes his chances aboard the 6-year-old gray mar

April 24, 2014

• SOUTH AMERICAN IMPORT DEBUTS FOR McANALLY FRIDAY

• SPECHT INVADES FROM NORTH FOR BIG CAL-BRED DAY

• STORM FIGHTER ONE TO CATCH IN TIZNOW STAKES

• MEL STUTE REMEMBERS SNOW CHIEF, JIM MURRAY

McANALLY HOPES ‘CASABLANCA’ IS START OF A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP

Santa Anita kicks off its inaugural Spring Meet Friday and Ron McAnally hopes to make history by winning the first stakes race ever contested at the session that runs for 40 days through June 29.

The Hall of Fame trainer sends out Chilean-bred Quick Casablanca in the first e

April 20, 2014

• FUTURE IS NOW FOR YOUNG-AT-HEART COREY NAKATANI

• IF AT FIRST HE DOESN’T SUCCEED, LAKERVILLE TRIES AGAIN

• PERSERVERANCE PAYS OFF FOR AGENT IN RICH CT CLASSIC

• TRAINERS’ RACE COULD GO DOWN TO TODAY’S FINALE

NAKATANI GOING STRONG IN QUEST OF FIRST DERBY WIN

Corey Nakatani will seek his first Kentucky Derby victory in his 17th attempt when he rides Blue Grass Stakes winner Dance With Fate in the Run for the Roses on May 3.

Although he’s 43, the native of Covina, California, is riding with the vim and vigor of someone half his age.

April 19, 2014

• CALIFORNIA CHROME IN ‘GREAT’ WORKOUT FOR DERBY

• TRAINER SEEKS ‘BLACK TYPE’ AGAINST BEHOLDER

• SANTA ANITA ENDS ITS WINTER MEET TOMORROW

CALIFORNIA CHROME IN PRISTINE DRILL AT LOS ALAMITOS

Santa Anita Derby winner California Chrome took another step closer to the Kentucky Derby on May 3 when he worked four furlongs at his Los Alamitos headquarters Saturday morning in 47:80 under regular rider Victor Espinoza.

“Victor said he went great,” trainer Art Sherman said after the 8 a.m.

April 18, 2014

• CHAMP BEHOLDER READY FOR HER CLOSEUP SUNDAY

• DIAMOND BACHELOR ADDS BLINKERS FOR LA PUENTE

• MITCHELL PASSES BATON TO ASSISTANT PHIL D’AMATO

• SANTA ANITA ENDS WINTER MEET ON EASTER SUNDAY

• MIKE SMITH ON HOPPERTUNITY IN KENTUCKY DERBY

MANDELLA ‘HAPPY TO BE BACK’ WITH BEHOLDER ON SUNDAY

When last seen, Beholder was storming her way to a 4 ¼-length triumph in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff, leaving in her wake champion Royal Delta and Kentucky Oaks winner Princess of Sylmar.

That was last Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.

April 13, 2014

• FOR SHERMAN, WINNING WAS ALWAYS IN THE CARDS

• ‘NEW FACES’ MAKE PRESENCE FELT AT SANTA ANITA

• GAME ON DUDE IN BULLET WORK FOR CHARLES TOWN

WORK OF ART PAYS OFF FOR TRAINER SHERMAN

Art Sherman and Vince DeGregory are two peas from the same generational pod: old, old school. They are racing’s Sunshine Boys.

Sherman at 77 and DeGregory approaching 82 have outlived multitudes of their peers, their history and their memory marching ever on, and racing is the better for it.

April 12, 2014

• MISS SERENDIPITY SET FOR SUNDAY’S SANTA BARBARA

• LAKERVILLE RETURNS TO FAVORITE COURSE IN SAN SIMEON

• LOW TAKEOUT DOUBLE RETURNS TO SANTA ANITA APRIL 25

• CHAMPION BEHOLDER WORKS FOR 4-YEAR-OLD DEBUT

McANALLY SEEKS FIRST SANTA BARBARA WIN ON SUNDAY

Miss Serendipity is 7-2 on Jon White’s morning line to capture her first stakes race in the United States when she runs in Sunday’s Grade III Santa Barbara Handicap for older fillies and mares at 1 ¼ miles on turf.

Ron McAnally says the distance is ideal for the 6-yea