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February 4, 2011

• UNBEATEN TURBULENT DESCENT MAKES 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUT SATURDAY

• BARBA HOPES FOR QUICK RHYTHM IN STRUB STAKES

• DON’T CRY FOR VICTOR IN THUNDER ROAD HANDICAP

FLORES SEEKS FOURTH STRAIGHT ON ‘DESCENT’ IN LAS VIRGENES

David Flores has ridden many top Thoroughbreds in a career spanning more than a quarter century.

February 3, 2011

• MARYLAND INVADER TRIES STRUB FOR HOLLENDORFER

• CALIFORNIA NECTAR SEEKS THIRD STRAIGHT IN LAS VIRGENES

• BLAKE HEAP AT HOME AFTER TRAINING MISHAP

HONOUR THE DEPUTY MAKES STAKES DEBUT IN STRUB STAKES

There will be a new shooter in town for Saturday’s Strub Stakes.

January 30, 2011

• TWIRLING CANDY DRILLS FOR SATURDAY’S STRUB STAKES

• SADLER HAPPY WITH GLADDING FOR SAN ANTONIO

• RACING MOURNS PASSING OF BILL HARMATZ, 1960 WOOLF WINNER

TWIRLING CANDY WORKS SEVEN FURLONGS IN 1:25 FOR STRUB

Twirling Candy, with regular rider Joel Rosario up, worked seven furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Sunday morning in 1:25, in preparation for next Saturday’s Grade II Strub Stakes for 4-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles.

“He worked good,” said trainer John Sadler.

January 29, 2011

• SADLER TO TURN ON SWITCH AFTER SUNDAY’S GRADE I SANTA MONICA

• AGGIE ENGINEER WORKS FOR SAN ANTONIO STAKES

• BLIND LUCK WORKS FOR LA CAŇADA ON FEB. 13

SWITCH TO STRETCH OUT AFTER SANTA MONICA

Switch, impressive winner of the Grade I La Brea Stakes at seven furlongs on opening day, is likely to try two turns if she fares well in Sunday’s Grade I Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs, trainer John Sadler said.

“It just made sense for us to stick with this distance,” Sadler said in explaining why he opted for the Santa Monica.

January 28, 2011

• JERANIMO MOVES FORWARD FOR SUNSHINE MILLIONS TURF

• TRAINER HOPES FILLY BLOSSOMS IN DISTAFF ON SATURDAY

• “KING” JUAN GARCIA HAS ROOTING INTEREST IN CAYAMBE

• SPECHT HAS FOND MEMORIES ON ANNIVERSARY OF EPIC WIN

JERANIMO ON A ROLL FOR SUNSHINE MILLIONS TURF

After Jeranimo won the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes on turf Dec. 27, trainer Mike Pender allowed as to how it might have been his best race.

January 27, 2011

• JIM CASSIDY AND THE SUNSHINE MILLIONS ON SATURDAY

• THE FACTOR POINTS TO SAN VICENTE STAKES ON FEB. 20

• MARTIN GARCIA RESUMES RIDING TODAY

THE USUAL Q.T., EVENING JEWEL SET FOR SUNSHINE MILLIONS

Trainer Jim Cassidy would appear to have a powerful one-two punch at the ready this Saturday, as he’ll be saddling a pair of Grade I stakes winners in the ninth annual Sunshine Millions, a series of races that pits California-bred horses versus those bred in Florida.

Cassidy will send out The Usual Q.T.

January 23, 2011

. VALENZUELA OFF MOUNTS SUNDAY, HOPES TO RETURN THURSDAY

. O’NEILL OPTIMISTIC ABOUT QUICK ENOUGH IN SUNSHINE SPRINT

. CAL-BRED CARACORTADO RETURNS TO TURF ON SATURDAY

. PALOS VERDES WINNER EUROEARS COULD BE HEADING TO DUBAI

VALENZUELA PLANNING ON THURSDAY RETURN

Veteran jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who was thrown to the turf following the start of yesterday’s $75,000 added Sweet Life Stakes, appeared to be uninjured following a post race examination, but was forced to take off of his nine mounts Sunday as a result of the mishap.

January 22, 2011

. VETERAN TRAINER MEL STUTE CUTTING BACK, BUT NOT QUITE RETIRING

. CLAIBORNE FARM EPITOME OF CLASS AT ECLIPSE AWARDS

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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.