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January 23, 2010

By Jim Freer

Updated: Saturday, January 23, 2010 12:12 PM

Posted: Friday, January 22, 2010 5:52 PM

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ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2010)—With bright sunshine in abundance for the first time since Sunday, Santa Anita’s main track has been declared fit and ready for live racing this afternoon by jockeys and horsemen alike.

“It’s great to be back in action,” said Santa Anita President Ron Charles, after conferring with a group of jockeys and trainers early Saturday morning. “Our track superintendent, Rich Tedesco has done a tremendous job getting this track ready.

January 22, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22) – Dancing in Silks, trainer Carla Gaines’ 5-year-old gelding whose dizzying run of four straight victories last year was capped by a 25-1 stunner in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 7, returns to action Saturday in Santa Anita’s 58th running of the Grade II, $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap at six furlongs.

Immediately after the nose victory by Dancing in Silks in the Breeders’ Cup event, Gaines cited such respected opponents as Zensational and Gayego. “It looked like a tough situation for us,” she said. “The way the post positions set up, we were able to sit off the pace and make one run. The racing gods were smiling on us today.”

Installed by line maker Jon White as the 6-5 morning line favorite, California-bred Dancing in Silks will be taking on seven rivals including the Doug O’Neill-conditioned Supreme Summit, who comes off a fourth place finish in the Gr. I Malibu Stakes at seven furlongs on Dec. 26. Supreme Summit is the 9-2 second choice on the morning line.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2010)—The popular Sunshine Millions, which pits California-bred horses versus those bred in Florida, will be conducted for the eighth time on Saturday, Jan. 30, at both Santa Anita Park in Southern California and at Gulfstream Park in South Florida, with early first post time set for 11:30 a.m. at Santa Anita.

January 21, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 21, 2010)—Live racing for Friday at Santa Anita has been cancelled due to continued wet conditions, but officials are optimistic that with a dry forecast in store for the weekend, racing will resume on Saturday.

“We’re told that the heavy rain is supposed to be clear of us by about noon tomorrow,” said Santa Anita President Ron Charles. “The weather outlook for the weekend is favorable and we are optimistic that if the forecast holds, we’re going to be able to run Saturday and Sunday. As we’ve said, safety is our number one priority and we’ll continue to make all decisions based upon that.

January 20, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 20, 2010) — With six to eight inches of rain expected in the next 24 hours, Santa Anita officials announced Wednesday morning that live racing for Thursday would be cancelled. Santa Anita will be open for simulcast wagering on races run throughout America.

January 18, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2010)—Live racing has been cancelled for Monday at Santa Anita due to wet track conditions and the certainty of continued heavy rain throughout the afternoon.

After consulting with jockeys, horsemen and Track Superintendent Richard Tedesco, the decision to cancel live racing was made at 11:45 a.m. “We were very much hoping to be able to race today,” said Santa Anita President Ron Charles. “Safety is always our number one priority and unfortunately, we’ve already been hit with quite a bit of rain.

January 17, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2010) – Jockey Chantal Sutherland, who won her first graded stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday, wasted little time in adding a second Grade II on Sunday when striking with the aptly named 29-1 outsider Pretty Unusual in the 48th running of the $150,000 El Encino Stakes for 4-year-old fillies.

Whereas her victory aboard Amen Hallelujah in Saturday’s $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes for 3-year-old fillies had not been so very unusual while aboard the 3-1 third choice, her triumph on the Unusual Heat filly was considered a stunner as evidenced by the winning mutuel of $61.40.

January 16, 2010

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 16, 2010)—Zenyatta will race in 2010. The first female to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic and a finalist for 2009 Horse of the Year, Zenyatta’s retirement had been announced following her dramatic last-to-first victory against a stellar field in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 7.

But Saturday at Santa Anita, Jerry Moss, who owns the undefeated 6-year-old daughter of Street Cry with his wife, Ann, announced that the stretch-running mare, unbeaten in 14 career starts, will run this year.