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January 9, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 9, 2014)—Nine-time stakes winner Halo Dolly heads a field of seven older fillies and mares in the $75,000, 1 1/16 miles Paseana Stakes Sunday at Santa Anita as she aims to transfer her sharp recent turf form to the main track.

January 8, 2014

GRADE II, $200,000 SAN PASQUAL DRAWS FIELD OF SEVEN OLDER HORSES AT 1 1/16 MILES

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan.

January 5, 2014

PICK SIX CARRYOVER INTO THURSDAY OF $87,195, TOTAL POOL SHOULD TOP $500,000

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 5, 2014)—Favored Pontchatrain overcame a rough start to win Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Monrovia Stakes for older fillies and mares by three quarters of a length, overhauling pacesetter Kindle and Rafael Bejarano inside the sixteenth pole while covering 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:11.14.

January 4, 2014

PENDER TRAINEE WINS TURF FIXTURE FOR RECORD THIRD TIME, BEJARANO WINS SIXTH IN-A-ROW

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 4, 2014)—With Track Announcer Trevor Denman bellowing “It’s Jeranimo, coming like a rocket on the outside, and Jeranimo--from last to first, a scintillating performance!...,” 8-year-old Jeranimo, with Rafael Bejarano aloft, overhauled pacesetting Slim Shadey and Corey Nakatani to win Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths, winning for a record third time while covering 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:46 flat.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 4, 2014)—The Bruce Headley trained, owned and bred Cyclometer broke slowly but proved best in Saturday’s $75,000 Midnight Lute Stakes at Santa Anita, rallying to win by three quarters of a length under Mike Smith while getting six furlongs in a rapid 1:08.95.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 4, 2014)—Off at 5-1, Awesome Baby entered Saturday’s four-horse, Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes in the shadow of her stablemate, 4-5 favorite Crushed Velvet, but it was Awesome Baby that posed for pictures, winning the prestigious event for 3-year-old fillies by a half length in gate to wire fashion under Mike Smith, covering six furlongs in 1:16.62.

January 3, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 3, 2014)—Ridden by Mike Smith, English-bred Birdlover got a perfect stalking trip coming down Santa Anita’s 6 ½ furlong hillside turf course and was up to win Friday’s $60,000 Saturn Purse allowance by a length over pacesetting Kinz Funky Monkey and Joe Talamo, covering the distance in 1:11.76. The Saturn attracted a field of nine older fillies and mares, with two of them entered for an optional claiming tag of $62,500.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 3, 2014)—In a racing first, Santa Anita Park has designated a popular four-footed staffer as Employee of the Week, and will honor 2,000 pound “Homestead Sally,” a Nebraska-born Clydesdale who stands a giant 17.2 hands, in a winner’s circle ceremony following Sunday’s fifth race.

January 2, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 2, 2014)—With the temporary rail set at 15 feet and the front-end there for the taking, Mike Smith seized control of Thursday’s $65,000 Mercury Purse allowance, guiding the Steve Asmussen-trained Regally Ready to a 1 ¼ length win at 3-1 while covering one mile on turf in 1:33 flat.

DEEP FIELD OF 10 FILLIES & MARES SET TO GO, KINDLE LOOMS SPEED OF RACE WITH BEJARANO

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 2, 2014)—Trainer Tom Proctor and jockey Gary Stevens, who enjoyed considerable success throughout 2013, will try to get the New Year rolling in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Monrovia Stakes with the talented filly Pontchatrain, who is in search of her third consecutive win as she faces nine rivals coming down Santa Anita’s 6 ½ furlong Camino Real Turf Course.