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February 20, 2014

• STEVENS FOCUSED ON BIG ‘CAP VICTORY WITH ‘MACHO MAN’

• JOE TALAMO RETURNS HOME AFTER SEVEN-YEAR HITCH

• JONES DOUBLE TEAMS LAKERVILLE IN SENSATIONAL STAR

WINNING IS EVERYTHING IN SANTA ANITA HANDICAP

While much of the racing world is converging on the hype of the Santa Anita Handicap on March 8 that has commitments from the connections of superstars Mucho Macho Man, Will Take Charge and Game On Dude, the competitive focus of Gary Stevens understandably never wanes.

“A race like this is great for racing,” Stevens allowed, “b

February 17, 2014

• MUCHO MACHO MAN, WILL TAKE CHARGE REMATCH IN BIG ’CAP

• RESPECT NO ISSUE FOR LAKERVILLE IN SENSATIONAL STAR

• BARN WAKES UP FROM ‘KNAPP’ WITH TWO WINNERS

WILL TAKE CHARGE TO FACE MUCHO MACHO MAN IN BIG ’CAP

“We’re coming.”

With those words this morning from D.

February 16, 2014

• SMITH LIKES HIS CHANCES IN MONDAY’S GRADE II BUENA VISTA

• SHERMAN’S CALIFORNIA CHROME WORKS AT LOS AL FOR SAN FELIPE

• SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS IN ANNUAL CHARITY HOOPS GAME FEB.

February 15, 2014

• MUCHO MACHO MAN RETURNS FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAP

• ROSARIO HOPES FOR BETTER LUCK IN SAN VICENTE

MUCHO MACHO MAN TO RUN IN SANTA ANITA HANDICAP MARCH 8

Mucho Macho Man returns to the scene of his greatest triumph when he comes to Santa Anita for the Santa Anita Handicap on March 8.

Following Mucho Macho Man’s five furlong workout in a sizzling 58.14 at Gulfstream Park Saturday morning, trainer Kathy Ritvo and Finn Green, Racing Manager for owners Dean and Patti Reeves, announced that the popular 6-year-old son of Macho Uno will run in the Grade I, $7

February 14, 2014

• GRADE II SAN VICENTE ‘TOUGH RACE’ FOR PAPA TURF

• STEADY IOTAPA ON COURSE FOR GRADE II SANTA MARIA

• DANCINGTOTHESTARS IN TUNE FOR MONDAY’S BUENA VISTA

• ROUTE RIGHT DOWN THE ALLEY FOR VENERABLE MENSA HEAT

KASPAROFF LOOKS FOR IMPROVEMENT IN SAN VICENTE

Papa Turf takes on the heavyweights again when he runs in Sunday’s Grade II San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.

A $220,000 son of Yes It’s True trained by Jim Kasparoff, Papa Turf was second by 4 ¼ lengths to 3-5 favorite Indianapolis in the four-h

February 13, 2014

• MITCHELL, GARCIA, EGG DROP: IT’S ALL IN THE FAMILY

• CALLAGHAN ‘EXCITED’ ABOUT CHERUBIM FOR SAN VICENTE

• NAKATANI HAS ‘FAITH’ IN FILLY FOR GRADE II SANTA MARIA

• DESORMEAUX STILL HAS ‘THE TOUCH’ WITH LIMITED RIDES

• FORMER OWNER/TRAINER CURRIN PASSES AT AGE 77

EGG DROP ON HOLIDAY MENU MONDAY IN BUENA VISTA

Mike Mitchell already has a jockey for a son-in-law. He also has a jockey he says is like a son.

February 9, 2014

• SADLER HOPES THAT LUCK’S BACK FOR KOBE’S BACK

• ‘GOLDEN’ CLAIM FOR MILLER IN GRADE II SANTA MARIA

• BUENA VISTA GRASS IS GREENER FOR MISS SERENDIPITY

KOBE’S BACK ‘DOING WELL’ FOR SAN VICENTE STAKES

If it wasn’t for bad luck, Kobe’s Back would have no luck at all.

February 8, 2014

• CALIFORNIA CHROME PREPS AT LOS ALAMITOS FOR SAN FELIPE

• BIRDLOVER FRESH FOR SUNDAY’S WISHING WELL STAKES

DERBY HOPEFUL CALIFORNIA CHROME IN ‘PERFECT’ DRILL

California Chrome, seeking to become the first California-bred to win the Kentucky Derby since Decidedly in 1962, worked towards his ultimate goal Saturday morning at Los Alamitos, going four furlongs in 48 seconds under regular rider Victor Espinoza.

“Perfect,” is how trainer Art Sherman described the move for the chestnut son of Lucky Pulpit, owned and bred by Martin Perry o

February 7, 2014

• SMITH, GAME ON DUDE START NEW YEAR IN SAN ANTONIO

• ‘GREEN’ MIDNIGHT HAWK FAVORED TO REMAIN UNBEATEN

• VENERABLE JERANIMO ENJOYS HIS DAYS AT THE TRACK

SMITH HAPPY TO BE BACK ON GAME ON DUDE

Horse of the Year seemed Game On Dude’s for the taking had he won or even fired his best shot in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2. Instead, the durable gelding turned in an uncharacteristic dud, his second straight in the big race.

He followed that by righting the ship in the Grade I Clark Handicap Nov.

February 6, 2014

• ‘FRIENDLY’ RIVALRY CONTINUES IN SAN ANTONIO

• WEATHER’S BEEN SWEET FOR CANDY BOY’S TRAINING

• LUCAYAN ‘FIRM’ CONTENDER IN GRADE II SAN MARCOS

BAFFERT, HOLLENDORFER BATTLE A ‘DEAD-HEAT’

When it comes to rivalries, Baffert-Hollendorfer isn't exactly Ali-Frazier, Red Sox-Yankees or Affirmed-Alydar, at least not for the record at this early stage.

But uncannily, the facts are these: through 26 racing days at Santa Anita, the two Hall of Fame trainers' statistical lines were in a virtual dead-heat in all categories, to wit:

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