STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• OPINIONS RUN RAMPANT ON SUNDAY’S BIG GAME

• RECORDS WITHIN VIEW FOR BAFFERT, BEJARANO

PACKERS, STEELERS: TAKE YOUR PICK AT SANTA ANITA

Opinions from A to Z were at the ready at Santa Anita on the eve of Super Bowl XLV (45, for non-Romans) that kicks off 3:30 p.m. Sunday under the dome in Cowboys Stadium at Arlington, Texas. Green Bay is roughly a two-point favorite over Pittsburgh, with the total points hovering around 44. Following is a random sampling from Santa Anita’s plethora of prognosticators.

BARRY ABRAMS: “Green Bay. You have to go with any team that wins three playoff games on the road.”

STEVE ANDERSEN: “Green Bay. Their running defense is very good.”

RON ANDERSON: “Packers.”

BOB BAFFERT: “Green Bay. I was watching NFL Tonight and they all gave the edge to Green Bay.”

BRIAN BEACH: “The Packers. I have relatives in Wisconsin.”

DAVID BERNSTEIN: “Green Bay in a close one.”

BRICE BLANC (a native of Lyon, France): “I want Boston to win.”

JIM CASSIDY: “I can’t believe Pittsburgh is a dog. You have to take the points.”

VLADIMIR CERIN: “Pittsburgh in a landslide.”

VINCE DEGREGORY: “Pittsburgh. They’ve been there before.”

EDDIE DELAHOUSSAYE: “The Steelers. Take the underdog.”

RON EBANKS: “Pittsburgh.”

JERRY FANNING: “Green Bay. The team I like got beat (the Jets).”

JOE FERRER: “I like Pittsburgh plus two. Green Bay has no running game.”

BRAD FREE: “Green Bay, 23-17.”

MARK GLATT: “I’d like to see Green Bay win, but Pittsburgh has the experience.”

GARRETT GOMEZ: “Pittsburgh and Roethlisberger.”

ERIC GUILLOT: “Pittsburgh. They’re the better team.”

JORGE GUITERREZ: “Green Bay. I’m a Vikings’ fan and they’re in the same division.”

DAN HENDRICKS: “It should be a good defensive game and a real tight game. I’m taking over and Green Bay.”

JERRY HOLLENDORFER: “Pittsburgh. I think they’re the best team and they’ve been there before and won it twice.”

KURT HOOVER: “Under.”

BOB IKE: “I’m going with my gut: Pittsburgh. But my Super Bowl is in the first race with Working At Night. If she can win for Summit Racing and our partners, I really don't care who wins the game."

MARTY JONES: “I’m rooting for Green Bay.”

STEVE KNAPP: “Green Bay.”

TOM KNUST: “Green Bay.”

ERIC KRULJAC: “I’m shocked that Pittsburgh is an underdog, but I can’t stand Pittsburgh, so Green Bay.”

CRAIG LEWIS: “Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the NFL. But more important, we’re both alumni from the same university—California.”

MIKE MACHOWSKY: “Green Bay. It seems like Pittsburgh’s just there to party. I see those guys on TMZ all the time.”

RICHARD MANDELLA: “Green Bay.”

RON MCANALLY: “Green Bay is the better team.”

CHRIS MCCARRON: “I’m rooting for Green Bay but I think Pittsburgh’s going to win.”

SCOTT MCCLELLAN: “Pittsburgh. I’m rooting for Hammer (Rick Hammerle). I hope it gets him to relax.”

MARK MOLINA: “Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers’ stats inside a dome are huge.”

BRANDON O’BRYAN: “The Steelers.”

CRAIG O’BRYAN: “Pittsburgh. Experience and their running back (Rashard Mendenhall).”

DENNIS O’NEILL: “I love Green Bay. They’re playing so good right now.”

DOUG O’NEILL: “Pittsburgh and Roethlisberger. It’s easy. All the pundits are picking Green Bay, so I’m going the opposite.”

BRAD PEGRAM: “Green Bay.”

JIM PEGRAM: “Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers will crush.”

TOM PROCTOR: “I don’t know. I’m not a big football fan. I like horse racing.”

JOHN SADLER: “I’m picking the Steelers. I don’t have a real rooting interest in either team. Just going with my head, I think the Steelers are a little bit better.”

JOHN SHIRREFFS: “Pittsburgh.”

RICHIE SILVERSTEIN: “Steelers. You gotta love the dog.”

CLIFF SISE JR.: “Pittsburgh.”

MIKE SMITH: “I hope Green Bay wins. My team didn’t make it (the Jets).”

BILL SPAWR: “Green Bay has too many weapons and a great defense.”

GARY STEVENS: “Green Bay is doing everything right. It should be a great game. Green Bay and under.”

GARY STUTE: “The Packers. Every one I know likes Pittsburgh, so I’m going the other way.”

MEL STUTE: “Green Bay. They’ve got the best colors.”

DAN WARD: “Pittsburgh. Their quarterback has experience in the Super Bowl and you can’t run on Pittsburgh.”

DON WARREN: “Pittsburgh and the points.”

GARY YOUNG: “Pittsburgh with the points and on the money line. They’ve got a bunch of players with Super Bowl experience. Green Bay has two.”

HOWARD ZUCKER: “Pittsburgh even up and with the points, and under.”

BAFFERT, BEJARANO EYE SANTA ANITA RECORDS

With Santa Anita’s 76-day winter/spring meet just over one-third completed Bob Baffert was leading the standings with 22 victories in quest of his ninth training title. With 26 racing days in the books, Rafael Bejarano is hot after his fourth straight Santa Anita riding crown, and is 10 wins ahead of runner-up Joel Rosario, 40-30.

Both Baffert and Bejarano have a chance to establish single-season meet records for victories in their respective categories. Bejarano would have to increase his current rate to overtake Laffit Pincay Jr.’s mark of 138 set in 1970-71. Baffert is in pursuit of Doug O’Neill’s standard of 54 set in 2004-05. Through Friday, O’Neill was just one behind Baffert in the current standings, 22-21.

FINISH LINES: First post time for Super Bowl Sunday’s eight-race program is 11 a.m. There will be no Early Bird wagering on Sunday . . . Triple Crown hopeful Astrology breezed four furlongs Saturday at Santa Anita in :52 flat for Steve Asmussen . . . Jeranimo, a disappointing fourth as the 7-5 favorite in the Sunshine Millions Turf, is being pointed to the Kilroe Mile on March 5 by trainer Mike Pender and a possible rematch with the Turf’s one-two finishers, Caracortado and The Usual Q.T.

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