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February 20, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2010) – Last seen approaching Spectacular Bid’s stakes record in Santa Anita’s Grade I Malibu Stakes on Dec.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2010)—Two-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel has been selected by a vote of his peers as the 2010 winner of the Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. Borel’s Woolf victory was announced live on HRTV from the Fair Grounds in New Orleans by retired Hall of Fame jockey and current HRTV analyst Gary Stevens. Stevens won the Woolf Award himself in 1996.

Presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950, Borel will become the 61st recipient of one of racing’s most coveted awards. The Woolf Award honors and recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual rider and the sport of Thoroughbred racing.

February 19, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2010) – After running second in her debut, A Jealous Woman rolled to her fourth straight victory Friday while leading every step of the way in Santa Anita’s allowance feature, a $62,872 event for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

The 4-year-old California-bred filly raced through some rapid interior fractions with Joe Talamo in the saddle, but had ample in reserve to repel the closing bid of Welken and win by one-half length in 1:46.77.

“I had the feeling we were going quick,” commented Talamo, “but those fractions (22.94; 46.70; 1:10.52 and 1:34.45) were so easy, I still had so much horse at the finish.”

February 18, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 18, 2010) – A stellar sprinter in her 3-year-old division last year, unbeaten Witty returned from nine months on the sidelines Thursday to pick up where she left off while gaining her fourth victory with a handy 1 ¼-length triumph in Santa Anita’s $55,308 allowance feature for fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs.

Bet down to 2-5 favoritism after having last been seen winning Hollywood Park’s Grade III Railbird Stakes over well-regarded Carlsbad on May 10, Witty won her comeback under a vigorous hand ride by Victor Espinoza to cover the distance in 1:15.47.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 18, 2010)—The 43rd annual Holy Angels-Santa Anita Jockeys Charity Basketball Game will take place Thursday, Feb. 25, 7:15 p.m., at La Salle High School in Pasadena. Proceeds will benefit the Holy Angels athletic department and legendary Hall of Fame jockeys Eddie Delahoussaye, Laffit Pincay and Gary Stevens will be on hand along with four-time national money-won champion Garrett Gomez to sign autographs, beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Delahoussaye, Gomez, Pincay and Stevens will also serve as honorary co-captains.

The road to the Kentucky Derby kicks into high gear this weekend, and HRTV (R) will provide onsite coverage from the Fair Grounds and Gulfstream Park, the sites for two key Grade 2 Derby preps this Saturday.

HRTV's Hall of Famer Gary Stevens and Scott Hazelton will be in New Orleans for the $300,000 Risen Star, andCaton Bredar and Daily Racing Form's Jay Privman will provide the latest from South Florida and Gulfstream's $250,000 Fountain of Youth.

Stevens and Hazelton will offer their keen insights, as well as late-breaking news, from trackside for the Risen Star, as well as fo

February 17, 2010

St Trinians, an impressive 1 ¾ lengths winner of Saturday’s Gr. II Santa Maria Handicap, will not face champion Zenyatta, as originally planned, in the Gr. I, $250,000 Santa Margarita Handicap on March 13, and will instead take on the boys in the Gr. I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 6.

“Vic (Stauffer, agent for jockey Joel Rosario) called me right after the race Saturday and pointed out that we’d be running for three times the money and we wouldn’t have to face Zenyatta,” said trainer Mike Mitchell. “Looking at it, I think Zenyatta would probably be about 6-5 if she ran in the Big ’Cap, so why face her (in the Santa Margarita) for a third of the money? My mare is really good right now and it looks like some of the big shooters, like Quality Road and Gio Ponti, won’t be here for the Big ’Cap.

February 15, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2010) – Sidney’s Candy regained a huge measure of the high expectations he had generated following a dazzling maiden victory last summer at Del Mar with a comparable triumph on Monday in Santa Anita’s 69th running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds.

Following a disappointing comeback performance in an allowance event on Dec. 30 at Santa Anita, Sidney’s Candy simply ran away from his opposition in the seven-furlong stakes race that has served as a proving ground for nine Kentucky Derby champions.

February 14, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2010) – After having raced predominantly on turf, Striking Dancer stormed home under jockey Alex Solis Sunday to capture the Grade II, $150,000 La Canada Stakes for 4-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles over Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride synthetic surface and gain her first stakes victory in her 11th career start.

Dismissed at 20-1 on the morning line and sent off at 13-1 in the field of 11, the daughter of Smart Strike ran past another longshot, 17-1 Gripsholm Castle to win by 1 ½ lengths with 6-1 Floating Heart another half-length back in third. The winning time was 1:48.48.

February 13, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2010) – Maybe it was the relatively modest California breeding or the obscure jockey that dimmed the perfect record going into Saturday’s Grade II, $150,000 Robert. B. Lewis Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita, but Caracortado emerged as a bona fide Kentucky Derby prospect after knocking off such consensus top 10 designees as 11-10 favorite Tiz Chrome and 5-2 second choice American Lion.

The unbeaten gelded son of Cat Dreams, trained, bred and co-owned by Mike Machowsky and ridden by Paul Atkinson, let Tiz Chrome and American Lion knock heads early in the 1 1/16-mile event before sweeping home on the outside to score his fifth victory under Atkinson by a definitive 1 ¾ lengths. He crossed the wire in 1:41.75.