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December 31, 2008

‘MIRACLE MAN’ GOMEZ RECOUNTS SPILL AS HE PURSUES RECORD
They called George Woolf ”The Iceman.” Label Garrett Gomez “The Miracle Man.”
Two days after escaping a one-horse spill with relatively minor injuries, the nation’s leading money-winning jockey in 2008 was back in the saddle, riding five horses at Santa Anita Monday in pursuit of his third dollar crown, and Jerry Bailey’s single season record of $23,354,960, set in 2003.

December 29, 2008

GAME GARRETT GOMEZ RIDES AGAIN IN PURSUIT OF MONEY RECORD

Two days after a frightening spill in which he lost several upper front teeth, suffered a gash on his left knee which did not require sutures and a swollen left hand, Garrett Gomez was back in the saddle at Santa Anita Monday in pursuit of Jerry Bailey’s record of $23,354,960 for purse earnings in one year. Gomez won the money title the last two years.

“He rides,” agent Ron Anderson said succinctly when asked the status of Gomez, who is named on five horses today.

December 28, 2008

GOMEZ, GILCHRIST LOOK FORWARD TO NEW YEAR AFTER SAD ENDING TO 2008
Jockey Garrett Gomez and trainer Greg Gilchrist were optimistic about the future after being involved in accidents that could have been more serious than they were at Santa Anita yesterday.

December 27, 2008

SMITH FANCIES BECRUX IN SUNDAY’S SAN GABRIEL HANDICAP

Mike Smith is looking forward to Sunday’s Grade I San Gabriel Handicap and a reunion with Becrux.

The Hall of Fame jockey has ridden the 6-year-old Italian-bred gelding in his last two races, winning a seven-furlong allowance race on synthetic at Oak Tree on Oct. 24 before finishing a fast-closing third in the Grade I Citation Handicap at Hollywood Park on Nov. 28.

“He’s a neat horse,” Smith said. “I really like him a lot. He’s really coming around and the Citation was a big race.

December 26, 2008

SPEEDY INDYANNE TACKLES CHAMP IN SATURDAY’S LA BREA STAKES
Indyanne has never been worse than second in seven career starts. The daughter of 1998 Santa Anita Derby winner Indian Charlie has five victories, two in Grade III events, and has shown a world of speed in each race.
Still, trainer Greg Gilchrist knows the gray filly owned by John Sikura of Lexington, Ky., faces a daunting task in Saturday’s Grade I La Brea Stakes at seven furlongs.

December 23, 2008

THE (UP) BEAT GOES ON AS SANTA ANITA STARTS 84-DAY MEET FRIDAY

Rain or shine, good times or bad, there is only one Santa Anita Park. Embarking on its 72nd season of racing Friday, the historic track has been home to legions of stars, equine and athletic, surviving World War II and natural disasters since opening on Christmas Day, 1934.

In short, the winter/spring meet is one racing fans anticipate.

December 22, 2008

HORSES AT THE READY AS SANTA ANITA BEGINS 72ND CAMPAIGN FRIDAY

Santa Anita Park, which opened on Christmas Day, 1934 and instantly established itself as a great Thoroughbred venue, plans to continue that rich heritage when it ushers in its 72nd season of world-class racing this Friday, the day after Christmas, its traditional opening day.

Highlighting the initial program is the 57th running of the Grade I Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs, an event that has been won in the past by equine luminaries such as Determine, Round Table, Native Diver, Buckpasser, Damascus, A