Ron McAnally tries to move one win closer to second all-time at Santa Anita Sunday when he sends out Sugarinthemorning in the Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes for older fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track.

Bobby Frankel is the career training leader at Santa Anita with 917, followed by Charlie Whittingham at 869. McAnally, like his two late peers a member of racing’s Hall of Fame, registered No. 700 at Santa Anita last Saturday when Suggestive Boy won the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile by a nose.

“She’s doing a lot better than she was,” McAnally said of the 5-year-old California-bred Candy Ride mare owned and bred by Stephen Weissman of Buena Point.

Sugarinthemorning was second to Teddy’s Promise in the Grade II Santa Monica on Jan. 26 in her first start in three and a half months.

“The reason we didn’t run her (for 14 weeks) was because we gave her time to build up her strength. Now, she’s eating a lot better, so I think she’ll run a good race. She always tries.

“She had lost some weight because she wasn’t eating and we gave her a supplement to help her eat and to build her strength up. She’s carrying good weight now.”

Sugarinthemorning’s lone stakes win from 19 career starts came in the Fleet Treat for state-breds at Del Mar in July of 2011. The bay has a 5-7-1 record with earnings of $506,684.

The field for the Las Flores: Belle of the Hall, Corey Nakatani, 6-1; Rumor, Mike Smith, 5-1; Shumoos, Garrett Gomez, 3-1; Distracting, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Teddy’s Promise, Victor Espinoza, 8-5; Sugarinthemorning, Martin Garcia, 6-1; Pink Lollipops, David Flores, 15-1; and Quizzical, Gary Stevens, 12-1.


Elbert “Elb” Souders, former Arcadia High School Principal and Arcadia Superintendent of Schools who served as Director of Santa Anita’s Turf Club upon his retirement as superintendent in 1985, passed away at his Arcadia home on March 4. He was of 94.

Mr. Souders was a highly respected member of the community dating back to 1955, when he was hired as Arcadia High’s Assistant Principal.

An outstanding collegiate athlete, he played basketball and lettered for three consecutive years as a point guard at Nebraska Wesleyan University and was also the Nebraska state doubles tennis champion while at Nebraska Wesleyan.

During World War II, Mr. Souders attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Navy, serving in the South Pacific.

Pre-deceased by his wife of 52 years, Irene, Mr. Souders is survived by two sons, Elbert Jr. and Scott, as well as four grandchildren.

Memorial services for Elbert Souders will be held Saturday, March 16, 3 p.m., at the Church of the Good Shepard, 400 W. Duarte Rd., in Arcadia.

The Souders family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Arcadia High School Performing Arts Center.

FINISH LINES: Racing mourns the passing of owner and racing fan Charles Gold of Beverly Hills, who died early today at the age of 96. “He was an owner for 40 years and my (business) partner for 10,” said former California Horse Racing Board Chairman Roger Licht. “He was out at the track every day until late last year. He had horses with Julio Canani, Bruce Headley, Mel Stute and Ron Ellis. His best was the stakes winner Stancharry, trained by Stute.” Services are pending . . . Richard Mandella reports that champion Beholder remains on course for the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 6 following her smashing triumph in the Grade I Las Virgenes Stakes at one mile on March 2. “We’ve re-scoped her throat (in which a minor ulcer was discovered after her loss in the Jan. 21 Santa Ynez Stakes) and it’s still healing well,” Mandella said. “It looks like there isn’t any reason to think about going backwards.” . . . Next Saturday, March 16, Santa Anita offers the Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship. Fans can witness masters of the BBQ battle it out in a four-meat Kansas City BBQ society-sanctioned event and sample mouthwatering meat cooked low and slow to participate in the People’s Choice Award. In addition, there will be live music by Steel Rod, plus family fun activities . . . Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of the birth of a Bernardini colt to Zenyatta . . . With 88 players selecting victorious 11-10 favorite Castletown in Friday’s sixth race, ShowVivor II had 222 advancing to Saturday’s round . . . Daylight Saving Time begins tomorrow. Set your clocks ahead one hour tonight.