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January 21, 2011

• RUSSELL BAZE LIKES SMILING TIGER IN SATURDAY’S GR.

January 20, 2011

• LEADING TRAINER BAFFERT HAS PAIR SET FOR SATURDAY’S GR. II PALOS VERDES

• PRE-ENTRIES TAKEN FOR SUNSHINE MILLIONS

• FINALLY, ZENYATTA GETS HER JUST REWARD

• RETIRED TURFMAN ANTONUCCI HONORED BY SANTA ANITA

BAFFERT FIRES BOTH BARRELS IN PALOS VERDES STAKES, ADDRESSES ADDED SAND

Bob Baffert has Ventana and Euroears primed for Saturday’s Grade II, $150,000 Palos Verdes Stakes after lengthy layoffs.

Ventana, a 5-year-old Toccet horse owned by the Lookin at Lucky trio of Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, has not raced since last May 1.

January 17, 2011

• HORSE OF THE YEAR A NO-BRAINER FOR McANALLY, ASMUSSEN NONCOMMITAL

• SAND TO BE ADDED ON TUESDAY

• QUESTIONS SURROUND BLIND LUCK’S NEXT RACE

MCANALLY SAYS ZENYATTA DESERVES HORSE OF THE YEAR HONORS

The votes are already in, but it could come down to a photo finish when Horse of the Year is announced tonight at the 40th annual Eclipse Awards dinner in Florida.

January 16, 2011

• ASMUSSEN’S TAPIZAR IN GOOD SHAPE AFTER IMPRESSIVE SHAM VICTORY

• NOTHING UNUSUAL FOR ABRAMS IN MONDAY’S GR. II SAN MARCOS

• TWIRLING CANDY BREEZES FOR STRUB STAKES

RACING WORLD AWAITS TAPIZAR’S NEXT RACE

Tapizar, who stamped himself as a leading Triple Crown contender by virtue of his impressive 4 ¼-length victory in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes, was in good shape Sunday morning, but there was no word on the colt’s next race.

“He’s good this morning,” said two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmussen.

January 15, 2011

• GOMEZ NEEDS BETTER START IN SUNDAY’S EL ENCINO STAKES

• CHAMP PEGASUS READY FOR 2011 DEBUT ON MONDAY

• ASMUSSEN SENDS OUT CITY COOL IN MONDAY’S SAN PEDRO STAKES

BETTER BREAK WILL HELP MALIBU PIER IN SUNDAY’S GRADE II EL ENCINO

Garrett Gomez will need good luck to upset Blind Luck in Sunday’s Grade II, $150,000 El Encino Stakes.

Gomez rides Malibu Pier in the race for 4-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles, second leg of the La Caňada series.

January 14, 2011

• SAN FERNANDO WIDE OPEN WITHOUT SIDNEY’S CANDY

• GOMEZ ASSIGNMENT TOUGHER WITH DEFECTION OF FAVORITE

• TAPIZAR FAVORED IN GRADE III SHAM STAKES SATURDAY

SIDNEY’S CANDY’S DEFECTION DRASTICALLY CHANGES MORNING LINE

Sidney’s Candy would have been the 4-5 San Fernando morning line favorite, according to Jon White, Santa Anita’s oddsmaker.

“Obviously the defection of Sidney’s Candy dramatically changed the morning line for the race,” White said. “Sidney’s Candy undoubtedly would have been a heavy favorite, but now I’m not even sure who will be the favorite.

January 13, 2011

• BEJARANO EYES BIG STAKES WEEKEND AT SANTA ANITA

• LIFE’S A ‘BEACH’ FOR CHANTAL SUTHERLAND

• GOMEZ RIDES AT THE FAIR GROUNDS JAN. 22

LEADING RIDER BEJARANO HAS A LOT AT STAKE

Rafael Bejarano is looking forward to a big holiday weekend at The Great Race Place.

January 9, 2011

• THE FACTOR WORKS FIVE FURLONGS IN :58 FLAT AT SANTA ANITA

• VETERAN TRAINER PALMA HAPPY TO BE BACK IN THE GAME

• 2009 MALIBU WINNER M ONE RIFLE DRILLS FOR HEADLEY

THE FACTOR CONTINUES ON FAST TRACK FOR BAFFERT

Bob Baffert might need a leash instead of reins to slow down The Factor.

January 8, 2011

• BAFFERT OFF TO FLYING START AT SANTA ANITA

• ZENYATTA RETIRED, BUT SMITH MAINTAINS WINNING ATTITUDE

• COST OF FREEDOM, CARACORTADO & TALAMO DRILL FOR SUNSHINE MILLIONS

CONDITIONS ARE RIGHT FOR LEADING TRAINER BAFFERT

Bob Baffert, Santa Anita’s leading trainer seven straight years from 1996 through 2003 when he won a total of 292 races, is off to perhaps the best start of his career through the first nine days of the current meet, with 10 wins, five seconds and two thirds from 22 starts.

At his present pace, the Hall of Fame trainer who turns 58 next Th

January 7, 2011

• O’NEILL HOPES ‘SCARLET’ IS GONE WITH THE WIND ON SUNDAY

• ‘UNUSUAL’ SUPERFECTA RECORD SET BY UNREAL SIRE

• BLIND LUCK DRILLS FOR 4-YEAR-OLD DEBUT IN EL ENCINO

O’NEILL EXPECTS BETTER START FOR FILLY IN SANTA YSABEL STAKES

Doug O’Neill anticipates marked improvement from Scarlet Starlet Sunday when the 3-year-old Florida-bred daughter of Congrats runs in the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.

“She broke in a tangle up north,” said Santa Anita’s leading trainer from 2004 through 2007.