LONGSHOT WEEWINNIN TAKES $250,000 CALIFORNIA CUP TURF CLASSIC PRESENTED BY CITY NATIONAL BANK, TALAMO GUIDES KORINER TRAINEE TO EMPHATIC 2 ¼ LENGTH WIN OVER 13 RIVALS

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2014)–Under a ground-saving ride from Joe Talamo, 21-1 longshot Weewinnin scraped paint at the top of the stretch and rambled to a 2 ¼ length win in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic presented by City National Bank, getting 1 1/8 miles on grass in 1:46 flat. “I had a perfect […]

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CALIFORNIA CHROME BRILLIANT IN $250,000 CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY, ESPINOZA GUIDES SHERMAN TRAINEE TO 5 ½ LENGTH WIN THAT COULD LEAD HIM DOWN KENTUCKY DERBY TRAIL

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2014)–They saved the best for last on Saturday at Santa Anita. Trained by Art Sherman and ridden by Victor Espinoza, California Chrome demolished nine state bred rivals in taking the $250,000 California Cup Derby by 5 ½ lengths, getting 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.22–perhaps stamping himself as a top tier Kentucky […]

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MASSIVE TWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $430,875 INTO SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITA, TOTAL POOL EXPECTED TO EXCEED $2 MILLION AS TRACK OFFERS NINE-RACE CARD

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2014)–With a carryover of $74,221 up for grabs on Saturday, no one correctly tabbed six winners in Santa Anita’s popular $2 Pick Six, resulting in a massive two-day carryover into Sunday of $430,875–and the expectation that Sunday’s total pool will exceed $2 million by fourth race post time. Santa Anita will […]

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SANTA MONICA STAKES QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES MIKE SMITH, SCHERZINGER, WINNER: “Just a little bit of race-riding today (with a smile). I used her early and got her up there (to the lead) to make Victor (Espinoza, on Teddy’s Promise) to either use his filly or make her take back, one or the other and he chose to take back, […]

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SUNSHINE MILLIONS FILLY AND MARE TURF SPRINT QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES KENT DESORMEAUX, CIAO BELLA LUNA, WINNER: “That went completely opposite of what I thought. I thought we would be way back (early.) She broke horrible her last out so the only thing I did differently was I asked her to leave there (the gate) better. She carried me the rest of the way. […]

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CALIFORNIA CUP OAKS QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES KENT DESORMEAUX, SUSANS EXPRESS, WINNER: “It’s so great to be back in California, especially on Cal-Cup day. We picked this day to come back. The fans make it feel like Breeders’ Cup, I can’t believe the people here. “Jorge (Periban) told me exactly how to ride this filly and obviously it worked out. […]

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DONALD VALPREDO CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES RAFAEL BEJARANO, BIG MACHER, WINNER: “I thought a few other horses were going to the lead today. Cyclometer didn’t break well so I found my position, I followed the speed and my horse was flying at the end.” KENT DESORMEAUX, COACH BOB, SECOND: “This is the quickest horse I’ve ridden in 10 years […]

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CALIFORNIA CUP TURF CLASSIC QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES JOE TALAMO, WEEWINNIN, WINNER: “I had a perfect trip. I was able to sit right behind a couple of horses and I was hoping if Summer Hit got tired he would move off the rail a bit and it worked out. When he got tired at the quarter pole he moved off the […]

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CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY QUOTES

JOCKEY QUOTES VICTOR ESPINOZA, CALIFORNIA CHROME, WINNER: “I know he’s doing great but it was his first time at two turns. We wanted to find out if he could go that far and today, he showed he can go the distance. He did it easy. I had to tap him once though just so he […]

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN

• ARE PATRICK VALENZUELA’S RIDING DAYS OVER? • EXCITING LAKERVILLE RETURNS TO RACES SUNDAY • HANDSOME MIKE MEETS SOFTER IN CLOCKERS’ CORNER IS RETIREMENT AT HAND FOR PATRICK VALENZUELA? Are Patrick Valenzuela’s riding days over? According to a text he sent his agent Saturday morning, they could be. “I’m sorry, Tom. I’m not riding any […]

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