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April 15, 2011

• MARATHON SPECIALIST JUNIPER PASS SET FOR SAN JUAN

• BLANC WELCOMES OPPORTUNITY ON MALIBU PIER

• BAFFERT NEARS NINTH SANTA ANITA TRAINING TITLE

• VETERAN TRAINER CARNO PASSES AT AGE 90

SAN JUAN DISTANCE SHOULD POSE NO PROBLEM FOR JUNIPER PASS

On the surface, everything points to another solid performance from Juniper Pass in Sunday’s traditional farewell race at Santa Anita, the Grade II, $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap for older horses at about 1 ¾ miles on turf.

The 4-year-old bay colt won the Grade II San Luis Rey Stakes at a mile and a half on March

April 14, 2011

• ROSARIO ROLLING TOWARDS SANTA ANITA, MONEY TITLES

• ANDINA SEEKS FIRST STAKES WIN IN SANTA BARBARA

• VICTORY PETE WORKING WELL FOR RETURN IN SAN SIMEON

ROSARIO EYES NATIONAL MONEY CROWN, SANTA ANITA TITLE

Ron Ebanks had one major objective for jockey Joel Rosario this year: win the national purse earnings title. Capturing Santa Anita’s riding championship for the first time would be fine, too, but it was not a priority.

Turns out, Ebanks and Rosario could accomplish both goals.

April 10, 2011

• BAFFERT HITS A TRIPLE EN ROUTE TO KENTUCKY DERBY

• UNCLE MO STILL ON KENTUCKY DERBY TRAIL ACCORDING TO PLETCHER

• THE FACTOR, GAME ON DUDE PROMINENT ON BUSY WORK TAB

SANTA ANITA DERBY WINNER GIVES BAFFERT THREE FOR THE MONEY

With Uncle Mo running like Grandma Moses in the final sixteenth, favorites in major stakes races from coast to coast went down in flames Saturday, led by the former favorite for the Kentucky Derby on May 7.

April 8, 2011

• FOOT BRUISE PUTS JAYCITO IN JEOPARDY FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY

• LIFE GOES ON IN RISKY GAME OF HORSE RACING

• ARCADIA MILE SUITS LEROY DYNAMEAUX, GLATT SAYS

• TANDA RETURNS VERSUS UNZIP ME IN LAS CIENEGAS HANDICAP

FOOT ISSUE PUTS JAYCITO AT RISK FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY

Bob Baffert said late Friday morning that Jaycito has been “battling a foot bruise, an abscess” from last week which could jeopardize his running in Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby.

“We’re watching it really close,” the Hall of Fame trainer said.

April 7, 2011

• ‘PEGASUS’ 8-5 FAVORITE FOR SATURDAY’S SANTA ANITA DERBY

• WHYS AND WHEREFORES BEHIND WHITE’S MORNING LINE ODDS

• CARACORTADO SET FOR GRADE II ARCADIA STAKES

• UNZIP ME CARRIES 127 POUNDS IN LA PROVIDENCIA HANDICAP

POST EIGHT IS GREAT FOR ‘PEGASUS’ IN SANTA ANITA DERBY

From favorite to longshot, from inside to outside, optimism prevailed Thursday morning for Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Derby, the West Coast’s Grade I classic for 3-year-olds that could use the 74th edition of the mile and an eighth test as a steppingstone to the $2 million Kentucky Derby at

April 3, 2011

• JAYCITO JOINS LINEUP FOR SATURDAY’S SANTA ANITA DERBY

• SILVER MEDALLION SET FOR TEAM ASMUSSEN IN SANTA ANITA DERBY

JAYCITO ADDS CONTENTION TO SANTA ANITA DERBY

Jaycito joined the lineup for Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby when Bob Baffert announced that the winner of last year’s Grade I Norfolk Stakes and runner-up to Premier Pegasus in the March 12 San Felipe Stakes would be entered Wednesday in the $1 million, Grade I race.

The Hall of Fame trainer had been considering the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct the same day, but opted to keep the stretch-running son of 1998 Be

April 2, 2011

• PREMIER PEGASUS IN SHARP DRILL FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY

• BAFFERT NEARS NINTH SANTA ANITA TRAINING CROWN

PREMIER PEGASUS WORKS IN BULLET :59.20 FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY

Premier Pegasus enhanced his role as favorite for the Santa Anita Derby with a sizzling five- furlong workout Saturday morning at the 8 o’clock break on Santa Anita’s main track. The impressive winner of the San Felipe Stakes was timed in a bullet :59.20 under regular rider Alonso Quinonez.

The move was the fastest of 13 recorded works at the distance, the average time of which 1:00.56.

April 1, 2011

• MILLER NOT SMITTEN WITH DERBY FEVER FOR COMMA TO THE TOP

• ROSARIO WILL WING IT ON DON TITO IN GRADE II POTRERO GRANDE STAKES

• HOLLENDORFER HAS HALL OF FAME CREDENTIALS

COMMA TO THE TOP SET FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY, BUT LOUISVILLE IS OUT

Even if Comma to the Top wins the Santa Anita Derby on April 9, trainer Peter Miller won’t be on his cell phone making reservations for Louisville on May 7.

“The horse is doing good for the Santa Anita Derby,” Miller said. “He breezed good on Wednesday (four furlongs in :49.40 at Hollywood Park) and came out of the work good.

March 31, 2011

• DESTINY RIDES WITH QUINONEZ ON PREMIER PEGASUS

• AMAZOMBIE SHARP FOR POTRERO GRANDE STAKES

• FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL RETURNS ON SATURDAY

• FREE FRIDAYS CONTINUE TOMORROW AT SANTA ANITA

‘PEGASUS’ TO DRILL SATURDAY FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY

Fate plays a role for agents who have put jockeys on a Kentucky Derby winner. If Alonso Quinonez wins the Run for the Roses on May 7, agent Vince DeGregory will add another chapter in his voluminous book of racing tales that span six decades.

DeGregory got the mount on Santa Anita Derby favorite Premier Pegasus from owner/trainer

March 27, 2011

• GOMEZ SEEKS DERBY GOLD WITH SILVER MEDALLION

• ‘PEGASUS’ EARLY MORNING LINE CHOICE FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY

GOMEZ COULD RIDE SANTA ANITA DERBY CONTENDER TO LOUISVILLE

Garrett Gomez has one significant omission on his otherwise impressive resume: a Kentucky Derby victory.

It’s every jockey’s fondest wish to win the Run for the Roses, and Gomez is no exception. He hopes to fill that void come May 7, when the 137th Kentucky Derby is run at Churchill Downs.

But first things first. At the moment, Gomez hasn’t committed to a Derby horse.