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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:

Sta

February 2, 2014

• GAME ON DUDE, MIDNIGHT HAWK WORK FOR BAFFERT

• WILLYCONKER TACKLES HEAVYWEIGHTS IN SAN ANTONIO

BAFFERT DUO DRILL FOR WEEKEND STAKES ENGAGEMENTS

Game On Dude and Midnight Hawk took a baby step Sunday morning on potentially a path to greater glory, each working towards weekend stakes engagements for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.

Game On Dude, in his final major move for Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 San Antonio Stakes, went four furlongs under Martin Garcia in 48 seconds flat at the 7:45 a.m. break.

February 1, 2014

• MALDONADO SEEKS TO TURN TABLES IN PALOS VERDES

• ZUCKER HOPES TO CELEBRATE AT ‘SUPER BOWL PARTY’

• JERANIMO WORKS FOR NEXT SATURDAY’S SAN MARCOS

MALDONADO EYES BETTER LUCK FOR MAJESTIC STRIDE

With better racing luck, Edwin Maldonado could be unbeaten aboard Majestic Stride.

His only loss in four rides on the 5-year-old Trippi gelding was at the hands of Secret Circle in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita last Nov. 2.

January 31, 2014

• GARCIA SITTING PRETTY ON BAFFERT FAVS THIS WEEKEND

• EIGHT (POST) IS (GOOD) ENOUGH FOR NO JET LAG IN ARCADIA

• PICK SIX ‘CARRYOVER KING’ REIGNS AT SANTA ANITA

• TALAMO READY FOR SUPER BOWL PARTY HANDICAP

FOR MARTIN GARCIA, HARD WORK PAYS OFF WITH BAFFERT

Martin Garcia has paid his dues.

January 30, 2014

• UNBEATEN STREAMING TRIES DIRT IN LAS VIRGENES

• SUGGESTIVE BOY RETURNS IN GRADE II ARCADIA

• BC SPRINT WINNER SECRET CIRCLE IN PALOS VERDES

• BAEDEKER TO JOIN CALIFORNIA HORSE RACING BOARD

STREAMING MAKES DIRT DEBUT IN GRADE I LAS VIRGENES

Dating back to 1999 with Excellent Meeting, Bob Baffert has won the Las Virgenes Stakes three times, adding Composure (2003) and Eden’s Moon (2012) along the way.

On Saturday, the 61-year-old Hall of Fame trainer goes for the “Grand Slam” with Streaming, an unbeaten daughter of Smart Strike wh

January 26, 2014

• MAIDEN WINNER FASHION PLATE IN GRADE I LAS VIRGENES

• EXCITEMENT PREVAILS ON SUNSHINE MILLIONS CAL CUP DAY

• VAGABOND SHOES IN STEP FOR GRADE II ARCADIA STAKES

• YES, IT PAYS TO READ SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES

FASHION PLATE SHARP FOR STAKES DEBUT IN LAS VIRGENES

Fashion Plate would appear to be going from the frying pan into the fire when she runs in next Saturday’s Grade I Las Virgenes Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at one mile, but that’s not necessarily so.

“She came out of the maiden race really well,” said trainer Simon Callagh

January 25, 2014

• ARE PATRICK VALENZUELA’S RIDING DAYS OVER?

• EXCITING LAKERVILLE RETURNS TO RACES SUNDAY

• HANDSOME MIKE MEETS SOFTER IN CLOCKERS’ CORNER

IS RETIREMENT AT HAND FOR PATRICK VALENZUELA?

Are Patrick Valenzuela’s riding days over?

According to a text he sent his agent Saturday morning, they could be.

“I’m sorry, Tom. I’m not riding any longer, I’m sorry,” is the message agent Tom Knust received this morning. “He didn’t say he was retiring,” Knust added.

January 24, 2014

• IF SPECHT’S AT SANTA ANITA, IT MUST BE CAL CUP DAY

• MOBILIZED DOING WELL FOR CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT

• SMITH: DIRT ‘GREENER’ THAN GRASS IN SANTA MONICA

• ECLIPSE CHAMP SHARED BELIEF MISSES ANOTHER WORKOUT

SPECHT INVADES FROM BAY AREA FOR SUNSHINE MILLIONS CAL CUP DAY

Like Punxatawney Phil on Ground Hog Day, Steve Specht pops up like clockwork at Santa Anita on Sunshine Millions California Cup Day.

The popular event focusing on California-breds will be presented on Saturday, and the Bay Area-based trainer has three horses entered