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April 7, 2010

TO SADLER’S SURPRISE, HE’S ABOUT TO ‘CLAIM’ ANOTHER TRAINING TITLE

John Sadler’s success this meet has surpassed even his expectations. Well on his way to his second straight Santa Anita training title with a 40-29 lead over runner-up Bob Baffert through Sunday, the 53-year-old Long Beach native also has seven stakes victories, one behind leader Baffert, and in Sadler’s mind, that’s what makes his achievement all the more remarkable.

“Yes, this meet has exceeded my expectations,” Sadler said Wednesday morning.

April 4, 2010

SIDNEY’S CANDY, ‘LUCKY’ SMELL ROSES AFTER EVENTFUL SANTA ANITA DERBY

It was all quiet on the Western front Sunday morning after the most eventful Santa Anita Derby in recent memory Saturday.

April 3, 2010

SANTA ANITA DERBY FIELD AT THE READY FOR TODAY’S BIG RACE

The 10 three-year-olds entered in this afternoon’s Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby were poised at the ready Saturday morning, going through the final stages for the West Coast’s premier steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby on May 1.

In post position order, here’s what each did:

Posse Power, trained by Frank Lucarelli: walked the shed row.

Thomas Baines, trained by Doug O’Neill: walked.

Who’s Up, trained by Mike Puhich: walked.

Sidney’s Candy, trained by John Sadler: walked.

Setsuko, trained b

April 2, 2010

SANTA ANITA DERBY KING STEVENS GOES FOR ‘10’ WITH LOOKIN AT LUCKY

Gary Stevens, who won the Santa Anita Derby a record nine times, is an integral member of the talented on-air team for NBC-TV, which will present the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby live on Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m.

Retired since November 2005, Stevens is also a full time analyst with HRTV.

April 1, 2010

GOMEZ SITTING PRETTY ON LOOKIN AT LUCKY IN SANTA ANITA DERBY

This is the time of year some jockeys are playing musical 3-year-olds, trying to land a mount for the Kentucky Derby. Not Garrett Gomez.

March 31, 2010

LOOKIN AT LUCKY DRAWS POST POSITION SEVEN FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY

Lookin At Lucky drew post position seven Wednesday morning in a field of 10 for Saturday’s Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby at 1 1/8 miles, the West Coast’s major steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby on May 1.

“It’s better than the 13,” Bob Baffert quipped when advised of the draw.

March 28, 2010

LOOKIN AT LUCKY ‘90 PERCENT SURE’ FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY

Bob Baffert said late Sunday morning he is “90 percent sure” that Lookin At Lucky will run in next Saturday’s Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, rather than the Grade I, $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on April 10, after the male 2-year-old champion of 2009 worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track in 1:12 flat under Martin Garcia.

“I was waiting to see how he came out of the work, but right now, I’d say he’s 90 percent sure to run here,” the Hall of Fame trainer said before departing for Sunland Park,

March 27, 2010

SIDNEY’S CANDY ON FAST TRACK FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY

With front-running victories in the seven-furlong San Vicente Stakes and the San Felipe Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth, Sidney’s Candy is the one to catch in the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby at 1 1/8 miles a week from today.

But that doesn’t mean the chestnut son of Candy Ride has to be on the lead to run his best race.

March 26, 2010

WHO’S UP DOING ‘SWIMMINGLY’ FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY

Who’s Up is scheduled to make his first start since winning the Grade III Generous Stakes at one mile on turf at Hollywood Park last Nov.

March 25, 2010

SOLIS EYES DERBY DREAM WITH ALPHIE’S BET

Alex Solis is a survivor. In a career that began in 1982, he has overcome a life-threatening injury, been denied access to racing’s Hall of Fame several times, and is still looking for every rider’s dream, victory in the Kentucky Derby.

He had a potential winner last year in The Pamplemousse, but the speedy gray colt was injured the day of the Santa Anita Derby, dashing Solis’ hopes.