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January 30, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2010) – Trainer Bill Morey Jr. said his millionaire California-bred Bold Chieftain does things that “take your breath away,” and on Saturday the 7-year-old warhorse knocked the wind from the sails of 11-10 favorite The Usual Q.T. and seven others with a rousing neck victory over Palladio in Santa Anita’s $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic presented by Pepsi-Cola.

With Hall of Famer Russell Baze, North America’s all-time leader in races won, astride the son of Chief Seattle for the 24th time, Bold Chieftain proved best in a stirring stretch run as the eighth running of the mile-and-one-eighth event was negotiated in 1:48.33 before an on-track crowd of 21,487.

January 29, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2010)—Saturday’s Sunshine Millions program got a little sweeter on Friday, as no one correctly tabbed six winners in Santa Anita’s Pick Six, resulting in a carryover of $62,768 into Saturday.

Jockey Chantal Sutherland got the carryover bandwagon in gear, as she booted home longshot Egypt in the third race at odds of 11-1.

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January 27, 2010

January 25, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2010) – A winner of six straight races on turf including the Grade I Hollywood Derby and Grade II Oak Tree Derby, The Usual Q. T. will attempt to transfer his run of perfection to Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface on Saturday when confronted with no easy task in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic presented by Pepsi Cola, centerpiece of the unique bi-coastal competition between California and Florida-breds.

California-bred The Usual Q. T. is the most compelling competitor among eleven entrants in the eighth running of the mile-and-one-eighth Classic, one of three Sunshine Millions events to be contested at Santa Anita with three others, including the $300,000 Turf, to be contested at Gulfstream Park.

January 24, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2010) – Blocked behind horses in midstretch, Garrett Gomez managed to propel Loup Breton to the outside and the 3-5 favorite overpowered High Court Drama Sunday to win Santa Anita’s Grade II, $150,000 San Marcos Stakes by one-half length while running the 1 ¼ miles over a turf course termed “good” in 2:00.94.

It was the second victory in three starts in the United States for the 6-year-old Irish-bred who had come up a neck short in the Grade II San Gabriel Handicap over 1 1/8 miles at Santa Anita one month previous.

For an instant or two, Gomez wondered if he might find a measure of smooth sailing, but once he broke through, Loup Breton methodically wore down High Court Drama, who had spurted to a nearly two-length advantage under Michael Baze.

January 23, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2010) – Gaining his third straight upset victory under the care of trainer Carl O’Callaghan, lightly-raced 5-year-old gelding Kinsale King scorched the four-race winning streak of Breeders’ Cup Sprint Champion Dancing in Silks Saturday when triumphant in Santa Anita’s 58th running of the Grade II, $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap at six furlongs.

With Martin Garcia in the saddle, Kinsale King withstood the late charge of another longshot, Ventana, by one-half length while 9-10 favorite Dancing in Silks settled for third, another 1 ¼ lengths back without mounting a serious threat under Joel Rosario.

By Jim Freer

Updated: Saturday, January 23, 2010 12:12 PM

Posted: Friday, January 22, 2010 5:52 PM

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ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2010)—With bright sunshine in abundance for the first time since Sunday, Santa Anita’s main track has been declared fit and ready for live racing this afternoon by jockeys and horsemen alike.

“It’s great to be back in action,” said Santa Anita President Ron Charles, after conferring with a group of jockeys and trainers early Saturday morning. “Our track superintendent, Rich Tedesco has done a tremendous job getting this track ready.