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February 12, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2010)—A Pick Six carryover of $87,161 will await horseplayers at Santa Anita on Saturday, as no one correctly tabbed six winners Friday. It is expected that Saturday’s total pool could exceed $500,000. This is the second carryover this week and the eighth at the meet, with 32 days of racing completed.

There is also a carryover in the Super High 5 of $39,619 into Saturday.

Friday’s third race was leg one in the Pick Six and it was taken by the Blake Heap-conditioned Coo Cachoo, who paid $21.00 to win. A 3-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by the A.P.

February 11, 2010

February 10, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2010)—A memorial service for longtime turf writer Larry Bortstein, who passed away at age 67 on Jan. 31, will be held in Santa Anita’s FrontRunner Restaurant on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 5 p.m., following the afternoon’s races.

Bortstein, who at the time of his death, was a regular contributor to the Orange County Register and the California Thoroughbred Magazine, succumbed from the effects of a pulmonary embolism he suffered at his home on Jan.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2010)—There will be a Pick Six carryover of $77,870 into Thursday at Santa Anita, with the possibility of a total Pick Six pool of more than $500,000.

Wednesday’s third race, which was transferred from the 6 ½ furlong downhill turf course to the Pro-Ride synthetic main track, was leg one in the Pick Six and it was won by All Man under Martin Pedroza, returning $6.80 to win. Conditioned by Julio Canani, All Man is a 7-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding owned by Fanticola and Scardino and he provided Canani and Pedroza with their second consecutive win.

Jerry Hollendorfer’s emerging superstar filly Blind Luck is listed as definite for Saturday’s Gr. I, $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at one mile. Idle since trouncing six rivals by seven lengths in the Gr. I Hollywood Starlet at 1 1/16 miles on Dec. 20, the 3-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Pollard’s Vision will once again be ridden by Rafael Bejarno.

On the strength of her authoritative win in the Gr. I Oak Leaf Stakes on Oct. 4, Blind Luck was the 7-2 favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Oak Tree on Nov. 6. She finished a troubled third, beaten three-quarters of a length. Her lifetime record stands at 4-1-1 from six starts.

The Gr. II Strub Stakes and the Gr. II Robert B. Lewis Stakes are also scheduled to be run Saturday at Santa Anita.

February 7, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2010) – An owner and jockey change notwithstanding, Richard’s Kid resorted to what he does best when storming from far behind Sunday to capture Santa Anita’s 72nd running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Antonio Handicap.

With Garrett Gomez aboard, the 8-5 favorite exhibited a remarkable burst of late speed while finding an avenue along the rail to prevail in a blanket finish and defeat longshot Dakota Phone by a head while racing the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.05.

February 6, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2010)—Santa Anita Park has announced that three graded stakes: the Gr. I Las Virgenes, the Gr. II Robert Lewis and Gr. II Strub Stakes which were cancelled Saturday due to rain, have been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 13.

All three races will be redrawn and all horses that were nominated are eligible to be entered.

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ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2010)—Live racing has been cancelled for Saturday at Santa Anita due to heavy overnight and early morning rain that rendered the main track unsuitable for racing, according to racing officials. The decision to cancel was made at 8:30 a.m.

“This is obviously very disappointing,” said Santa Anita General Manager George Haines.