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March 9, 2010

HRTV will present a special one-hour live show Saturday featuring the 2010 debuts of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra and unbeaten Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Zenyatta.

Entitled “The Champions Return,” the show will be hosted by Scott Hazelton and Gary Stevens, who will be live at the Fair Grounds for Rachel Alexandra’s race, the $200,000 New Orleans Ladies’ Stakes at 1 1/16 miles. It will go as the 10th race at approximately 3:15 p.m. The Santa Margarita will be Santa Anita’s seventh race with a probable post time of 3:40 p.m.

Zenyatta, who is the 127 pound Santa Margarita highweight, is expected to use the race as a steppingstone to the “Race of the Ages” against Rachel Alexandra in the $5 million Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park on Friday, April 9.

“She worked very well Friday morning,” trainer John Shirreffs said of her six furlong move in 1:11.80, breezing at Hollywood Park. “I had her in 1:11 and three or four. She looks like she’s on top of her game right now. She walked yesterday morning for an hour and a half and she walked yesterday afternoon for another hour. We took her to the main track this morning and she jogged a mile (the wrong way).”

Shirreffs said that Zenyatta would “probably van over (to Santa Anita) Thursday afternoon.”

“She worked unbelievable the other day,” said her regular rider, Mike Smith. “I know it sounds funny, but I really think she’s getting better. She seems more and more focused and she couldn’t be doing any better.”

March 7, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 7, 2010) – One day after Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert provided 25-year-old jockey Martin Garcia with the biggest win of his career while riding Misremembered to a one-half length victory in the Gr. I Santa Anita Handicap, the pair struck again Sunday with Sangaree in Santa Anita’s $60,350 Joe Hernandez Stakes.

Garcia rallied 4-1 shot Sangaree between horses in the stretch to defeat Gallant Son by one-half length in a driving finish to the 6 ½ furlong event that had been transferred from the turf to Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface following overnight rain.

The final time was 1:15.28 and the outcome reflected the patience of the up-and-coming rider from Mexico who kept his mount well behind some sizzling fractions of 21.78, 44.08 and 1:08.84.

March 6, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Bob Baffert was so bummed after Misremembered finished second for the third consecutive time in his last start, he decided to shake things up.

The Hall of Fame trainer switched jockeys and gave different riding instructions for Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap.

Misremembered won by a half-length over fast-closing Neko Bay, putting a smile on Baffert's face as he walked into the winner's circle. He also bred the horse, which is co-owned by his wife, Jill, along with George and Lynn Jacobs.

Baffert switched from Victor Espinoza, who had ridden Misremembered in his last nine races, to Martin Garcia.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 6, 2010)—Most all Pick Six players at Santa Anita on Saturday went off the rails in the Gr. I Santa Anita Oaks, as 1-2 favorite Blind Luck ran third, helping to result in a carryover of $207,271 and the likelihood of a total pool of over $1 million on Sunday.

The Oaks, carded as race eight, which was the third leg in Saturday’s Pick Six, was taken by the John Sadler conditioned Crisp, who paid $13.60 to win.

March 5, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2010) – Tanda, the 13-10 favorite with Alex Solis aboard, ran down 25-1 British-import Vanishing Grey to score a 1 ¼ length victory Friday in Santa Anita’s $47,600 optional claiming feature for 3-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs over the track’s downhill turf course.

Closing strongly on the far outside in the field of nine, the Florida-bred daughter of Sweetsouthernsaint recorded her second victory in three starts over the unique grass layout following a second place finish to well-regarded Rose Catherine in the Sweet Life Stakes on Jan. 24.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2010)—The National Weather Service provided some highly anticipated good news on Friday afternoon, with a revised prediction of significantly less rain than originally predicted for Saturday, the day of the Gr.

March 4, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 4, 2010)—A massive two day Pick Six carryover of $332,613 will await players at Santa Anita on Friday and it is expected the total pool could exceed $1 million.

Thursday’s Pick Six began with race three, which was won by Worth a Punt, who paid $13.40 with Alex Solis up. A 3-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Mutakddim, he is owned by Rachel Pagones and is trained by Howard Zucker.

Joe Talamo booted home Warrensmysterydice in race four, returning $17.60 to win.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 4, 2010)—Under partly cloudy skies and with the San Gabriel Mountains serving as a picturesque backdrop, 16-year-old apprentice jockey Tyler Kaplan lived the dream at 1 1/16 miles on Thursday, as he won with the very first mount of his career, a 5-year-old mare named Soldier Betty, in the fifth race at Santa Anita.

“One of my goals was to win a race at Santa Anita and I’ve accomplished that,” said Kaplan. “When we hit the wire, it was amazing.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 4, 2010) – Winless in eight starts dating to July of 2008, Value Stream burst back into the victory column Thursday when posting an 8-1 upset in Santa Anita’s $55,920 allowance feature for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.

The 5-year-old A.P. Indy mare, with Joel Rosario in the saddle, stormed from last in the field of seven to defeat 5-2 second-choice Saucey Evening by 2 ¼ lengths while covering the distance in 1:43.52.