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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

January 23, 2014

• IOTAPA RETURNS IN GRADE II SANTA MONICA STAKES

• TALAMO CONFIDENT OF WEEWINNIN IN TURF CLASSIC

• APPRENTICE OROZCO RISING IN SANTA ANITA RANKS

CLASSY IOTAPA SET FOR SATURDAY’S SANTA MONICA

Iotapa, a daughter of 2005 Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner Afleet Alex, makes her return to the races after a six-month layoff in Saturday’s Grade II Santa Monica Stakes.

“She won at seven-eighths and she’s got high-class form,” trainer John Sadler pointed out of Iotapa, who has not raced since finishing third in the Grade II San Clemente Han

January 20, 2014

• CYCLOMETER GOING STRONG FOR CAL CUP SPRINT

• MILLER HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN SANTA MONICA

• TALAMO KEEN ON SPRAGUE RIVER IN CAL CUP OAKS

• EL COMMODORE FINDS NEW NICHE FOR MACHOWSKY

SPRINTERS RUN ‘LONG’ AT BRUCE HEADLEY BARN

Longevity is a strong suit at the Bruce Headley barn.

January 18, 2014

• SPELLBOUND SEEKS FIRST STAKES WIN IN LA CANADA

• PAPA TURF ‘DOING WELL’ FOR MONDAY’S SAN PEDRO

• TEDDY’S PROMISE WORKS FOR GRADE II SANTA MONICA

SPELLBOUND ON FAVORITE COURSE IN LA CANADA

If there are horses for courses, Spellbound certainly fits the category when it comes to running on Santa Anita’s main track.

The $260,000 Kentucky-bred daughter of Bernardini has raced three times on Santa Anita’s conventional dirt course, winning twice and finishing fourth in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks behind stablemate Beholder, who in all li

January 17, 2014

• HOLLENDORFER IN PURSUIT OF FIRST SANTA ANITA TITLE

• SHARED BELIEF WILL WORK WHEN HE’S ‘100 PERCENT’

• ECLIPSE EXPERIENCE BITTERSWEET FOR YAKTEEN

• APPRENTICE VANDYKE A YANKEE DOODLE DANDY

HOLLENDORFER TAKES LEAD FROM BAFFERT IN TRAINERS’ RACE

Team Hollendorfer is nothing if not confident.

January 16, 2014

• GALLAGHER ROLLS THE ‘DICE’ IN STRUB STAKES

• LET FAITH ARISE STRETCHES OUT IN LA CANADA

• McANALLY HOPES MEGAHERTZ GRASS IS GREENER

DICE FLAVOR TRIES DIRT FOR FIRST TIME IN STRUB

Dice Flavor has won himself out nearly three times over since he was purchased for $100,000 at the Barretts 2-year-olds in training sale in May of 2012.

January 12, 2014

• CONSISTENT HEAR THE GHOST SET FOR STRUB STAKES

• SHARED BELIEF MISSES WORK BUT ON COURSE FOR LEWIS

• STEVENS READY TO REUNITE WITH MUCHO MACHO MAN

• IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY FOR KENTUCKY DERBY FEVER

HOLLENDORFER HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN STRUB

With three wins Saturday including the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes with front-running favorite Blueskiesnrainbows, Team Hollendorfer hopes to continue its winning ways next Saturday when it sends out the double-barreled duo of Hear the Ghost and Zeewat in the Grade II, $200,000 Strub Stakes for 4-yea

January 11, 2014

• McANALLY’S SOUTH AMERICAN IMPORT FITS IN PASEANA

• FAMILIAR NAMES ON TOP IN SANTA ANITA STANDINGS

McANALLY ANTICIPATES MARE’S U.S.

January 10, 2014

• SYNTHETIC TO DIRT NO CONCERN FOR ‘HAWK’ IN SHAM

• CALLAGHAN HOPES DIRT IS GREENER FOR ONTOLOGY

• ‘SPUD’ TRIES TO MASH FOES FOR MORENO IN SAN PASQUAL

• MALDONADO EYES NATIONAL GOALS WITH NEW AGENT

SPEEDY MIDNIGHT HAWK STRETCHES OUT IN SHAM STAKES

Bob Baffert seeks his third win in just 13 runnings of the Sham Stakes Saturday when he sends out Midnight Hawk in the Grade III race for 3-year-olds at one mile.

Midnight Hawk was an impressive maiden winner by 6 ¼ lengths first out on Hollywood Park’s synthetic Cushion Track, winnin

January 9, 2014

• SADLER TACKLES BAFFERT IN GRADE III SHAM STAKES

• PEDROZA, BLUESKIESNRAINBOWS SET FOR SAN PASQUAL

• FAMILY, FUTURE BRING DESORMEAUX TO SANTA ANITA

• MUCHO MACHO MAN CEREMONY TAKES PLACE SATURDAY

BAFFERT, SADLER SQUARE OFF IN SHAM STAKES SATURDAY

Bob Baffert has won the Sham Stakes twice and the Kentucky Derby three times, so the Hall of Fame trainer is no stranger when it comes to getting 3-year-olds ready for a run at the Triple Crown classics.

He begins pursuit of his fourth win in the May 3 Run for Roses Saturday when he sends out prom