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April 9, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 9, 2010) – After 10 winless races that included three seconds and four third-place finishes, Euroglide returned to the winner’s circle in dominant style Friday with a 1 ¾-length victory over Dark Islander in Santa Anita’s $54,880 allowance feature at one mile on turf.

With Michael Baze aboard, the 6-year-old gelding overtook pace-setter Worldly while racing wide around the final turn and completed his authoritative mission in 1:33.86 under a hand ride.

Red Alert Day, the 2-5 favorite who had pressed the rapid early pace, fell back to fourth and last in the field that had been reduced from five by the scratch of Aggie Engineer earlier in the day.

April 8, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 8, 2010) – Hard-hitting 5-year-old Blame the Wine notched her 10th victory in her 22nd career start Thursday when connecting as the 1-2 favorite in Santa Anita’s $46,400 feature for California-bred fillies and mares at seven furlongs.

While boosting her record over Santa Anita’s main track to 6-3-1 in 12 races, the tenacious daughter of Decarchy defeated Wood Art by three-quarters of a length while clocked in 1:23.81.

With constant companion Omar Berrio in the irons, Blame the Wine tracked the relatively tepid early pace while settled in fourth place. Rounding the turn, she slipped through along the rail to head early leader Initial Impression in midstretch before safely holding off the closing bid of Wood Art.

April 7, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 7, 2010) – Unusually Sound, a 4-year-old gelded son of Unusual Heat who did not make his racing debut until January of this year, continued making up for lost time Wednesday with a wire-to-wire victory as the 11-10 favorite in Santa Anita’s $48,400 allowance feature at one mile on turf.

His authoritative 1 ¼-length score over 5-2 second choice Thorondor was his second successive victory following a fast-closing second in his maiden debut and suggested a bright future for the chestnut gelding trained by Patrick Gallagher for owners and breeders Harris Farms and Corey and Michael Wellman.

With Alex Solis in the saddle, Unusually Sound gained control soon after the start, resisted a challenge by Thorondor rounding the far turn and steadily drew clear while crossing the wire in 1:34.42.

April 4, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 4, 2010)—Fresh off victory in Saturday’s Gr. I Santa Anita Derby with Sidney’s Candy, leading trainer John Sadler took aim at Sunday’s Gr. III, $100,000 Las Flores Handicap with two fillies, highly regarded Alpha Kitten and longshot Mona de Momma.

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 4, 2010)—A 6.9 earthquake centered approximately 175 miles south near the border town of Mexicali, had no effect upon a field of seven horses running one mile on turf at Santa Anita.

The quake, which occurred at 3:40 p.m. PDT, went unnoticed by all jockeys competing in race seven: Rafael Bejarano, Joe Talamo, Jose Valdivia, Jr., Martin Garcia, Joel Rosario (who rode the winner, Well Monied), Victor Espinoza and David Flores.

“I’d say we started shaking at about the half-mile pole,” said Santa Anita’s legendary announcer Trevor Denman.

April 3, 2010


AP Racing Writer

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Sidney's Candy led all the way in winning the Gr. I Santa Anita Derby. Behind him, drama unfolded for 4-5 favorite Lookin At Lucky, whose troubled third-place finish set off the tempers of jockey Garrett Gomez, trainer Bob Baffert and his wife.

Sidney's Candy won by 4½ lengths Saturday, giving 20-year-old jockey Joe Talamo a Kentucky Derby contender a year after his mount I Want Revenge was scratched as the early favorite the morning of the race.

After bobbling at the start, Talamo took Sidney's Candy to the lead, just as they did in winning the San Vicente and San Felipe on the same synthetic surface. The colt ran 1 1-8 miles in 1:48.00 to win the West Coast's major prep for the May 1 Kentucky Derby.

Setsuko, runner-up in the Sham, rallied from last in the 10-horse field to finish second.

Lookin At Lucky was fourth much of the way before being shuffled back in the incident. He re-rallied on the inside to hit the board 1½ lengths back in third.

April 2, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 2, 2010) – After chasing mighty Zenyatta in her previous start, Made for Magic simply blew away her peers Friday with a dazzling 8 ¾- length victory in Santa Anita’s $56,456 allowance feature for fillies and mares at one-mile.

Third choice at 4-1 in a field of six, Made for Magic passed pace-setter Alice’s Smart nearing the far turn, and the 5-year-old mare ridden by Omar Berrio for trainer A. C.

April 1, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 1, 2010) – Self Made, who uncorked a stunning last-quarter rally to soar from 14th to first in his maiden debut sprinting, relied on a similar style Thursday when stretched out to 1 1/16 miles as he rallied from sixth and last to capture Santa Anita’s $48,400 allowance feature for California-breds by three-quarters of a length.

With leading rider Rafael Bejarano again in the saddle for leading trainer John Sadler, 8-5 favored Self Made mounted his rally nearing the far turn.

March 31, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 31, 2010)—Chalk took a backseat on the final day of March, as nobody connected the dots in Santa Anita’s Pick Six on Wednesday, resulting in a carryover into Thursday of $74,482 and the possibility of a total Pick Six pool of $500,000 on Thursday.

The Pick Six began in race three, at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s downhill turf course and it produced a modest upset, as Really Uptown, with Rafael Bejarano up, paid $9.40 to win.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 31, 2010) – Some six hours after entering heavily favored Lookin At Lucky in Saturday’s Gr.