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February 11, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2011) – A three-horse speed duel helped unbeaten Bench Points gain his fourth victory Friday when rallying to win Santa Anita’s $64,960 The Gum Purse by 1 ¼ lengths over 3-10 favorite Da Ruler in the six-furlong event for 3-year-olds which was run in 1:08.22.

Even though the late scratches of Rumor and Polished Nickel had reduced the starting field to four, Bench Points and jockey Alonso Quinonez found a beneficial scenario despite the field’s lack of depth.

“The race did unfold like I thought,” said winning trainer Tim Yakteen. “We got a strong pace and he (Bench Points) finished like I knew he could.”

February 10, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2011) – Lieve, a 6-year-old Brazilian import who had not won a race since September of 2009 in his native country, emerged victorious in a three-horse driving finish in Santa Anita’s featured $60,200 Lennyfromalibu Purse on Thursday to generate only the third Pick Six carryover of the 29-day-old meet.

Under an aggressive ride by Corey Nakatani, Lieve nudged former stablemate Times Gone By by a head in the one-mile turf event timed in 1:34.69 to ensure a carryover of $68,093 into Friday’s Pick Six.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2011)—Apprentice jockey Abel Cedillo and journeyman Victor Espinoza were injured as a result of a spill on the Club House turn during the first race at Santa Anita on Thursday.

Cedillo’s mount, Saint’s Crown, who was at the rail, in second position approaching the 6 ½ furlong pole, clipped the heels of the pacesetter, Sky Brite Miss, unseating Cedillo. Espinoza, who was trailing the early leaders at the rail aboard Lucy Got Lucky, collided with the fallen Saint’s Crown, unseating Espinoza.

Espinoza, who was taken to the track’s First Aid Station, sustained what appeared to be a significant abrasion to his forehead but was not hospitalized. Although he took off of his remaining mounts, Espinoza said that he intended to ride at Santa Anita on Friday.

February 6, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2011) – Gladding, a 4-year-old gelding who joined John Sadler’ barn just two months ago, provided the 54-year-old trainer with yet another serious stakes competitor Sunday with a dogged gate-to-wire victory in Santa Anita’s 73rd running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Antonio Stakes.

With leading rider Rafael Bejarano aloft, Gladding sped to a comfortable early lead, set temperate fractions, rejected a bold bid by Spurrier entering the stretch, and pulled away to a one length victory while running 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.00.

February 5, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2011) – Trainer John Sadler, who won three graded stakes on Santa Anita’s opening day Dec. 26, added a couple more on Saturday when Zazu upset previously unbeaten Turbulent Descent in the Grade I, $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes and heavily favored Twirling Candy ran away with the Grade II, $200,000 Strub Stakes in front of a rollicking on-track crowd of 17,396.

Zazu’s dramatic score in the event for 3-year-old fillies broadened Sadler’s grasp on serious contenders to those in no less than six of racing’s divisions, a remarkable showing by the 54-year-old trainer who once was a show horse rider.

February 4, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2011) – Third behind Dilemma when favored in last month’s Grade III Daytona Stakes, Regally Ready easily took the measure of the Daytona winner and five others in Friday’s $68,800 Born to Run Purse at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s downhill turf course.

Bet down to 3-2 favoritism this time and under a hand ride by Corey Nakatani, Vinery Stable’s 4-year-old gelding scored by 3 ¼ lengths over graded stakes winner Gallant Son while covering the distance in 1:12.62.

February 3, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 3, 2011) -- Trainer Paddy Gallagher’s Aggie Engineer, a 6-year-old gelding who had not won a stakes race until two months ago, suddenly finds himself in position to join some select company in Sunday’s 73rd running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Antonio Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on Santa Anita’s main track.

Following his 3 ½-length romp in the Grade II San Pasqual on Jan.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 3, 2011)—The 44th annual Holy Angels/Santa Anita Jockeys Charity Basketball Game will take place Thursday, Feb. 24, at La Salle High School in Pasadena. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit the Holy Angels athletic department and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). Legendary Hall of Fame jockeys Eddie Delahoussaye, Don Pierce, Laffit Pincay Jr., Gary Stevens and Mike Smith will serve as honorary captains and will be on hand to autograph memorabilia from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.