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March 2, 2014

• STEVENS VS. LUKAS PUTS LOYALTY ON BACK BURNER

• MUCHO MACHO MAN EARLY 9-5 CHOICE FOR BIG ‘CAP

• CALIFORNIA CHROME WORKS FOR SAN FELIPE

• TALAMO REUNITED WITH CYCLOMETER IN SAN CARLOS

STEVENS VS. LUKAS AGAIN IN SANTA ANITA HANDICAP

Loyalty is a virtuous trait, but it won’t necessarily pay the bills. So when Gary Stevens takes the track on Mucho Macho Man against the D.

March 1, 2014

• MIKE LAKOW JOINS SANTA ANITA AS RACING DIRECTOR

• LEGENDARY AGENT O’BRYAN RECALLS MAGNITUDE OF BIG ’CAP

• CALIFORNIA CHROME TO WORK AT LOS AL FOR SAN FELIPE

EASTERN-BASED MIKE LAKOW HIRED AS RACING DIRECTOR BY SANTA ANITA PARK

Santa Anita Park has announced that Mike Lakow, who served for 12 years as Director of Racing for the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and who is currently a racing steward at Calder Race Course, has been hired as Racing Director and will assist Santa Anita Vice President of Racing Rick Hammerle, e

February 28, 2014

• GRYDER HAS BIG ’CAP MOUNT AND BLINGO IS HIS NAME-O

• SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS WIN DEFENSIVE STRUGGLE, 27-20

• CALIFORNIA CHROME COULD WORK SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITA

GRYDER WANTS TO KEEP BLINGO HAPPY FOR BIG ’CAP

If Blingo wins the Santa Anita Handicap, Aaron Gryder would be the first to admit he owes Mike Smith a debt of gratitude.

Gryder rides Blingo, a 5-year-old gelded son of Artie Schiller, whom he piloted to an upset at almost 16-1 in the Grade II San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 8.

February 27, 2014

• TEAM CALIFORNIA CHROME LOOKS TO SAN FELIPE AND BEYOND

• MUCHO MACHO MAN MAKES HIMSELF AT HOME AT SANTA ANITA

• SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS IN CHARITY HOOPS GAME TONIGHT

• COREY LANERIE WINS SANTA ANITA’S GEORGE WOOLF AWARD

ESPINOZA, CALIFORNIA CHROME CARRY GOLDEN STATE’S HOPES

It’s been more than a dozen years since Victor Espinoza won his only Kentucky Derby, and more than a half a century since a California-bred won the Run for the Roses.

Espinoza and his No.

February 23, 2014

• THIS YEAR’S BIG ’CAP STIRS MEMORIES OF GLORY YEARS

• WHITE RECALLS 1988 SANTA ANITA HANDICAP REMATCH

• BY ANY NAME, CHARITY BASKETBALL GAME’S A WINNER

SANTA ANITA HANDICAP EVOKES THOUGHTS OF YESTERYEAR

If racing is to rejuvenate itself, and with apologies to The Lone Ranger, of all people, the sport needs to “return to the thrilling days of yesteryear.”

That’s the sentiment held by an ever-shrinking nucleus of racing fans, who long for the bygone days when there were equine immortals from A (Assault) to Z (Zenyatta).

February 22, 2014

• CALIFORNIA CHROME IN SHARP DRILL FOR SAN FELIPE

• PINCAY TO GREET FANS AT CHARITY BASKETBALL GAME

• SILENTIO ON COURSE FOR GRADE I FRANK E. KILROE

CALIFORNIA CHROME WORKS AT LOS AL FOR SAN FELIPE

California Chrome worked six furlongs at Los Alamitos Saturday morning in 1:11.80 under regular rider Victor Espinoza as the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit moved closer to a start in the Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on March 8.

“I’m real happy with the work,” trainer Art Sherman said.

February 21, 2014

• SMITH OPTIMISTIC ‘DUDE’ CAN BOUNCE BACK IN BIG ‘CAP

• FOR JOCKEYS, CHARITY GAME SPARKS KINDRED SPIRIT

• LAKERVILLE SEEKS TO STAY PERFECT ON DOWNHILL COURSE

GAME ON DUDE HAS ROOM TO IMPROVE FOR BIG ‘CAP

Generally speaking, “pace makes the race” is a dependable axiom in horse racing. It works in reverse, as well, as exemplified in the San Antonio Stakes on Feb.

February 20, 2014

• STEVENS FOCUSED ON BIG ‘CAP VICTORY WITH ‘MACHO MAN’

• JOE TALAMO RETURNS HOME AFTER SEVEN-YEAR HITCH

• JONES DOUBLE TEAMS LAKERVILLE IN SENSATIONAL STAR

WINNING IS EVERYTHING IN SANTA ANITA HANDICAP

While much of the racing world is converging on the hype of the Santa Anita Handicap on March 8 that has commitments from the connections of superstars Mucho Macho Man, Will Take Charge and Game On Dude, the competitive focus of Gary Stevens understandably never wanes.

“A race like this is great for racing,” Stevens allowed, “b

February 17, 2014

• MUCHO MACHO MAN, WILL TAKE CHARGE REMATCH IN BIG ’CAP

• RESPECT NO ISSUE FOR LAKERVILLE IN SENSATIONAL STAR

• BARN WAKES UP FROM ‘KNAPP’ WITH TWO WINNERS

WILL TAKE CHARGE TO FACE MUCHO MACHO MAN IN BIG ’CAP

“We’re coming.”

With those words this morning from D.