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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.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 31, 2010) – Lookin At Lucky, trainer Bob Baffert’s near-perfect Kentucky Derby prospect, is the 4-5 morning line choice among 10 entrants to the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, the West’s premier steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby.

A victory in the 73rd running would move last year’s 2-year-old champion alongside Affirmed, who in 1978 became the only juvenile kingpin to win the Santa Anita Derby, en route to becoming racing’s last winner of the Triple Crown.

Lookin At Lucky also could extend Baffert’s record of Santa Anita Derby victories to six, increase his earnings to $1,873,000 for owners Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, and entrench his tug-o-war with Eastern-based Eskendereya for pre-Kentucky Derby favoritism.

ALPHIE’S BET – Powered to a 2 ¼-length victory in the Grade III Sham Stakes on March 6 while preparing for the Derby. “He’s big, he’s strong, and he’ll run all day,” jockey Alex Solis said of the California-bred son of Tribal Rule who is trained by Alexis Barba for Peter O. Johnson Sr. and breeder Teresa McWilliams. Barba, who runs a small stable, could join Jenine Sahadi, who saddled The Deputy in 2000, as the only female trainers to win a Santa Anita Derby. Solis has ridden in 13.

March 30, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 31, 2010)—In order to accommodate its annual Santa Anita Derby 5K Walk and Run, Santa Anita Park and the city of Arcadia have announced that Baldwin Ave., from the 210 Freeway to Huntington Drive, will be closed to vehicular traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

March 29, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 29, 2010)—Lookin At Lucky, champion 2-year-old colt of 2009 and the West’s number-one Kentucky Derby hopeful, will run in Saturday’s Gr. I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, according to his Hall of Fame trainer, Bob Baffert.

The 3-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Smart Strike, who breezed six furlongs at Santa Anita on Sunday in 1:12 flat, will attempt to become the first 2-year-old champion since the great Affirmed in 1978 to win the Santa Anita Derby.

“We were considering the (Gr. I) Arkansas Derby on April 10 because that would have given us a week more from his last race (a win in the Gr. II, 1 1/16 miles Rebel at Oaklawn Park on March 13), but he worked really good here on Sunday and he’s ready to run,” said Baffert, who has won a record five Santa Anita Derbies, along with three triumphs in the Kentucky Derby.

March 28, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 28, 2010) – At 5-1 the longest shot in a field of five, Tanda burst through an opening along the rail under jockey Alex Solis to run away from her better fancied competition Sunday in Santa Anita’s 25th running of the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Paula Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs.

Tanda’s eye-catching stretch move propelled her to a 4 ¼-length victory over La Nez while her final time of 1:14.36 did away with the former stakes record of 1:14.61 set by Magnificence in 2007. Sister Dawn, the 2-1 favorite, finished a neck behind La Nez.

It was the third victory in five starts for the Florida-bred daughter of Sweetsouthernsaint trained by Dan Hendricks for Tommy Hutton’s Dream Stable, and her first win on a surface other than turf.