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September 25, 2013

• AVILA EYES ZENYATTA UPSET WITH VERSATILE GREAT HOT
• VICTOR ESPINOZA SURGES BACK INTO FIRST DIVISION
• MULTIMILLIONAIRE RICHARD’S KID RETIRES AT AGE EIGHT
• TOP FEMALE RIDER NAPRAVNIK RETURNS TO SANTA ANITA
• WHATEVER HAPPENED TO PACO GONZALEZ? HE’S STILL HERE

AVILA HAS GREAT BREEDERS’ CUP HOPES FOR GREAT HOT
Antonio Carlos Avila is one the best trainers nobody ever heard of. “A.C.” to friends and associates, Avila is referred to as “The Witch Doctor” by race track insiders, thanks to a history of longshot winners.

September 24, 2013

• RITVO, MUCHO MACHO MAN EYE RETURN TO BC CLASSIC
• DELAHOUSSAYE HAPPY TO SEE HIS NAME IN LIGHTS
• AT 24, UNUSUAL HEAT STILL HAS AN EYE FOR THE MARES

TRAINER THE HEART OF MUCHO MACHO MAN STORY
Kathy Ritvo’s story is old news. But the human interest angle never dies. With apologies to Audie Murphy, Kathy Ritvo has been to hell and back. When she says she’s just happy to be here, she really means it.

September 20, 2013

• ‘HOME BOY’ SADLER HOPES TO ROLL ON AT SANTA ANITA
• STEVENS TO RIDE MUCHO MACHO MAN IN AWESOME AGAIN
• OBVIOUSLY WORKS FOR BC MILE REMATCH WITH WISE DAN
• CARACORTADO EYES EDDIE D. STAKES AFTER SMART DRILL
• BC TURF SPRINT QUEEN MIZDIRECTION WORKS ON TURF

SADLER EYES BREEDERS’ CUP AFTER DOMINATING DEL MAR

September 19, 2013

• MANDELLA HAS 10-YEAR BREEDERS’ CUP ITCH AS SANTA ANITA BECKONS
• GAME ON DUDE VS. WISE DAN IN HORSE OF THE YEAR BATTLE
• CARACORTADO’S BACK AND SANTA ANITA HAS HIM
• GARY STEVENS ENJOYING A BANNER COMEBACK

ANNIVERSARY OF MANDELLA’S BREEDERS’ CUP ‘GRAND SLAM’ AT SANTA ANITA
Proud though he is, Richard Mandella doesn’t boast about the fact that he made racing history in 2003 when he won four of eight Breeders’ Cup races.

April 20, 2013

• BAFFERT HAS ‘LONG’ TERM PLANS IN SAN JUAN FOR SKY KINGDOM

• TEAM O’NEILL: DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN FOR KENTUCKY DERBY?

• MASSIVE PICK SIX PAYOFF BOILED DOWN TO TWO NUMBERS

MARATHONER SKY KINGDOM MAKES TURF DEBUT IN SUNDAY’S SAN JUAN

Sky Kingdom makes his turf debut in Santa Anita’s traditional finale Sunday, the San Juan Capistrano Stakes at about a mile and three-quarters on turf.

Little question the son of 2003 Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker can get the distance.

April 19, 2013

• TEAM SPAWR HOPES LIME RICKEY IS THEIR CLAIM TO FAME

• SANTA BARBARA CHOICE HAS BREEDERS’ CUP AS HER GOAL

• SPEEDY OBVIOUSLY SHARP FOR SATURDAY’S SAN SIMEON

• JOCKEY STRA HAS RIGHT ELIXIR FOR PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $370,763

DISTANCE SUITS LIME RICKEY IN SUNDAY’S MARATHON SAN JUAN

When trainer Bill Spawr claimed Lime Rickey for $25,000 at Del Mar last September, he thought he was getting a good horse.

April 18, 2013

• SMART ELLIS SET FOR MARATHON SAN JUAN ON CLOSING DAY

• VIVA CARINA SEEKS FIRST STAKES WIN IN SANTA BARBARA

• DRILL MAKES TURF DEBUT FOR BAFFERT IN SAN SIMEON

• SMITH EYES DERBY WIN, BUT IT’S GOT TO BE IN THE CARDS

• VETERAN TRAINER ROBERT WINGFIELD PASSES

SMART ELLIS SEEKS FIRST STAKES WIN IN SUNDAY’S SAN JUAN

Be advised that Smart Ellis is running in Santa Anita’s traditional closing day feature on Sunday, and the name is not a pseudonym for trainer Ron Ellis.

Smart Ellis is a 4-year-old colt by 2004 Kentucky Derby winner Smarty J

April 14, 2013

• MARATHONER INTERACTION SET FOR SAN JUAN ON CLOSING DAY

• BAFFERT GOES SOLO TO KENTUCKY DERBY WITH GOVENOR CHARLIE

• IT’S NOT UNUSUAL FOR ABRAMS RUNNER TO MAKE 10TH START HERE

TEAM McANALLY SAYS INTERACTION CAN GO THE DISTANCE IN SAN JUAN

Ron McAnally won his first San Juan Capistrano Handicap in 1980 with the immortal John Henry.

April 13, 2013

• O’NEILL SURGES IN RACE FOR SANTA ANITA TRAINING CROWN

• PINO RECEIVES SANTA ANITA’S GEORGE WOOLF AWARD SUNDAY

• STEADY MAKER OR BREAKER SET FOR SUNDAY’S SANTA LUCIA

• STUTE: NINE IS ENOUGH FOR WORKAHOLIC WORLD RENOWNED

TRAINERS’ RACE TIGHTENS AS MEET DRAWS TO A CLOSE

On Feb. 18, Doug O’Neill was stuck on 13 wins.

April 12, 2013

• ‘BETTER THAN EVER’ BEJARANO NEARS FOURTH SANTA ANITA TITLE

• CONSISTENT MARE FRESH OFF THE ‘BENCH’ FOR LAS CIENEGAS

• PINO TO ACCEPT SANTA ANITA’S GEORGE WOOLF AWARD SUNDAY

• WHITTINGHAM’S 100TH BIRTHDAY TO BE HONORED ON SATURDAY

BEJARANO RUNAWAY LEADER IN SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS’ RACE

If Santa Anita’s jockeys’ race were a political election, Rafael Bejarano would be declared the winner in a landslide.