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January 25, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2014)—Under a ground-saving ride from Joe Talamo, 21-1 longshot Weewinnin scraped paint at the top of the stretch and rambled to a 2 ¼ length win in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic presented by City National Bank, getting 1 1/8 miles on grass in 1:46 flat.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2014)--Trainer Richard Baltas was all smiles following Saturday’s $125,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint for good reason, as his Big Macher, claimed seven starts back out of a maiden $20,000 claimer on July 17 at Del Mar, had just powered to a 1 ¾ length win under Rafael Bejarano, covering six furlongs in a rapid 1:08.62.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2014)—With blinkers refitted, longshot Susans Express sat a close second at the rail going to the far turn and found a seam three off the fence turning for home and powered through the lane with Kent Desormeaux to take Saturday’s $200,000 California Cup Oaks by 1 ¼ lengths, getting one mile on turf in 1:34.72.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2014)—In her second career try down Santa Anita’s unique 6 ½ furlong hillside turf course, Ciao Bella Luna, with Kent Desormeaux up, sat second to Marks Mine and Frank Alvarado down the hill, took the lead outside Marks Mine crossing the dirt at the top of the lane and prevailed in a head and head duel with the pacesetter to the wire, winning Saturday’s $125,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint by a half length in 1:12.81.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2014)—Sent from the gate by Mike Smith, Scherzinger applied telling early pressure to favored Teddy’s Promise and Victor Espinoza going to the half mile pole, then dropped back to third around the far turn and rallied at the rail to win Saturday’s Grade II Santa Monica Stakes by one length, getting seven furlongs in 1:22 flat.

January 24, 2014

PICK SIX CARRYOVER INTO SUNSHINE MILLIONS CAL CUP DAY OF $74,221, TOTAL POOL ON SATURDAY EXPECTED TO EXCEED $750,000

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2014)—Mid-pack in a field of 10 at the top of the lane, longshot Macaabra, with Flavien Prat up, came rolling in the middle of the racetrack to tag 4-1 second choice Zanbo and Rafael Bejarano by a half length to win Friday’s $58,000 Milky Way Purse allowance for older fillies and mares, getting 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:13 flat—resulting in a Pick Six carryover into Saturday of $74,221.

January 23, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2014)—Heavily favored Miss Well Molded was a prompt three quarter length winner of Thursday’s $58,000 Mars Purse allowance, getting one mile on turf under Rafael Bejarano in 1:34.47.

PICK SIX ‘GOES DOWN’ AS 26 WINNING TICKETS EACH PAY $75,325.60, THURSDAY’S TOTAL HANDLE OF $9.8 MILLION NEARLY DOUBLES LAST YEAR’S $5.4 MILLION

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2014)—A two-day Pick Six carryover from Monday of $419,541 fueled a cascade of $2,880,751 in “new money,” on Thursday, resulting in an astronomical total Pick Six pool at Santa Anita of $3,300,291.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2014)—With a pair of wins from five tries down Santa Anita’s unique Camino Real 6 ½ furlong hillside turf course, comebacking Sweet Swap rates a big chance in Sunday’s $75,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes, a race that has attracted a field of nine older horses.

January 22, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2014)—Multiple stakes winners Marks Mine and Unusual Hottie figure prominently in Saturday’s $125,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s Camino Real hillside turf course, a race that attracted a field of 11 older distaffers bred or sired in California.