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March 3, 2010

‘BIG’ EFFORT EXPECTED FROM MISREMEMBERED IN BIG ’CAP

A bigger and hopefully more successful Misremembered could make amends for finishing second as the 7-10 favorite in the Strub Stakes when the 4-year-old son of Candy Ride runs in Saturday’s Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.

“He’s feeling great,” said former jockey Joe Steiner, who worked Misremembered six furlongs on Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride Monday in a bullet 1:12.20. “He’s a cool horse. He’s really filled out and he’s going from a boy to a man.

February 28, 2010

ST TRINIANS SEEKS TO BECOME FIRST FEMALE TO WIN BIG ’CAP

St Trinians will make racing history if she wins the Santa Anita Handicap. The 5-year-old mare would become the first female to win the storied race, presented next Saturday by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino. Mike Mitchell likes his chances.

The English-bred daughter of Piccolo is unbeaten in four U.S. starts, winning by a combined margin of 16 1/2 lengths. Her latest victory came Feb.

February 26, 2010

WOLF TAIL BRED FOR DISTANCE OF SATURDAY’S SHAM STAKES

Wolf Tail is 15-1 on odds maker Jon White’s morning line for Saturday’s Sham Stakes, but Dennis O’Neill thinks the mile and an eighth of the Grade III test for Triple Crown hopefuls will be ideal for the California-bred son of Strive.

“It should really move him up,” said O’Neill, brother and associate of trainer Doug O’Neill. “He trains like he wants to run a mile and a half.”

All but one of Wolf Tail’s eight career starts have been sprints.

February 25, 2010

OUTLAW MAN COULD BE FOR REAL IN SATURDAY’S SHAM STAKES

Outlaw Man will make his first start on synthetic when the gray son of Forest Wildcat starts in Saturday’s Grade III, $150,000 Sham Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on Pro-Ride. Outlaw Man debuted on Saratoga’s traditional dirt course last August, then made his last three starts on turf, including a nose victory under Alex Solis in a Santa Anita maiden race at nine furlongs Jan. 27.

“The litmus test came from Solis,” said Jordan Blair, assistant to trainer Kenny McPeek.

February 24, 2010

SETSUKO ON COURSE FOR SATURDAY’S SHAM STAKES

It’s far too early for Richard Mandella to be smitten with Derby Fever, but the Hall of Fame trainer has reserved hopes that Setsuko will advance any such aspirations for the May 1 Run for the Roses with a progressive step forward in Saturday’s Grade III, $150,000 Sham Stakes at 1 1/8 miles.

“He’s doing real well,” Mandella said of the 3-year-old son of Pleasantly Perfect, who Mandella conditioned to win the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Oak Tree.

February 21, 2010

CALVIN BOREL WINS 2010 SANTA ANITA WOOLF AWARD

Two-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel has been selected by a vote of his peers as the 2010 winner of the Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. Borel’s Woolf victory was announced live Saturday on HRTV from the Fair Grounds in New Orleans by retired Hall of Fame jockey and current HRTV analyst Gary Stevens. Stevens won the Woolf Award in 1996.

Presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950, Borel will become the 61st recipient of one of racing’s most coveted awards.

February 20, 2010

SANTA ANITA DERBY HOPEFULS IN SATURDAY’S SHAM STAKES

The spotlight shines on 3-year-olds with Triple Crown aspirations at Santa Anita next Saturday with the running of the Grade III, $150,000 Sham Stakes.

One candidate for the mile and an eighth race for 3-year-olds is the lightly raced Kettle River, a bay son of Congaree owned by Darley Stable and trained by Eoin Harty.

“I can’t imagine I’m in much of a different position than anybody else in the race,” Harty said.

February 19, 2010

CONDITIONS SUIT DANCING IN SILKS FOR SATURDAY’S SAN CARLOS

Dancing in Silks had two disadvantages when he made his 2010 debut in the Grade II Palos Verdes Handicap on Jan.

February 18, 2010

FLORES, BOB BLACK JACK TOGETHER AGAIN FOR SAN CARLOS HANDICAP

David Flores is excited about reuniting with Bob Black Jack for Saturday’s Grade II, $150,000 San Carlos Handicap for older horses at seven furlongs. The last time the veteran jockey teamed up with the speedy son of Stormy Jack, they won the Grade I Malibu Stakes at seven furlongs back on Dec. 26, 2008.

Ailments have sidelined Bob Black Jack since, but the 5-year-old horse has been working forwardly at Hollywood Park for trainer James Kasparoff.

“Kasparoff is doing a great job with him,” Flores said.

February 15, 2010

SANTA MARIA WINNER ST TRINIANS TO TACKLE BOYS IN GR. I SANTA ANITA HANDICAP

St Trinians, an impressive 1 ¾ lengths winner of Saturday’s Gr. II Santa Maria Handicap, will not face champion Zenyatta, as originally planned, in the Gr. I, $250,000 Santa Margarita Handicap on March 13, and will instead take on the boys in the Gr. I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 6.