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March 8, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 8, 2014)—Sahara Sky is back. Dead last, eight lengths off the lead with a quarter of a mile to run, the 6-year-old horse by Pleasant Tap avenged a disappointing run off the bench Feb. 2 to win Saturday’s Grade II, $250,000 San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita by a half length under Joel Rosario, covering seven furlongs in 1:20.84.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 6, 2014)—In a breathtaking performance, California Chrome, under Victor Espinoza, won Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes in gate to wire fashion by 7 ¼ lengths, covering 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.59, the second fastest final time in the 77-year history of the race, potentially stamping himself as the horse to beat in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5.

March 7, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 7, 2014)—A multiple minor stakes winner in her native England, 7-5 favorite Rhagori rallied from off the pace under Rafael Bejarano in her U.S. debut Friday, taking Santa Anita’s third race by a neck in a $58,000 allowance for older fillies at one mile on turf, covering the distance in 1:35.45.

March 6, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 6, 2014)—Trainer Doug O’Neill will light up the life of a 23-year-old man with Down Syndrome on Santa Anita Handicap Day this Saturday, as Lawrence Cao has won “A Day With Doug O’Neill,” and will accompany the Kentucky Derby-winning conditioner throughout the afternoon as O’Neill will be saddling a total of four horses in three different races.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 6, 2014)—Joelito, with Corey Nakatani up, hugged the temporary rail turning for home and went on to a half length victory in Thursday’s $60,000 Comet Purse allowance at Santa Anita, covering 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:46.12.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 6, 2014)—Florida-based Judy the Beauty, second, beaten a half length by multiple Eclipse Award Champion Groupie Doll in her most recent start, the Grade I, Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Nov. 2 at Santa Anita, heads a field of five older fillies and mares in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes at seven furlongs.

March 5, 2014

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2014)—Versatile Shakin It Up, a winner of the Grade I, seven furlong Malibu Stakes and the Grade II, 1 1/6 miles Strub Stakes Jan. 18, and Sahara Sky, winner of last year’s San Carlos and of the Grade I Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park, head a competitive field of 10 sprinters in Saturday’s Grade II, $250,000 San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2014)—A deep and competitive field of 10 older horses has been assembled for Saturday’s Grade I, $350,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile, with Breeders’ Cup Mile runner-up Za Approval, Grade II Citation Handicap winner Silentio and Grade II Arcadia Stakes winner Winning Prize heading the lineup.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2014)—A dazzling 15-length one mile allowance winner on Feb. 13, Bob Baffert’s Bayern looms the horse to beat in Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, the final major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 5.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2014)—Separated by just a nose in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Nov. 2, Classic winner Mucho Macho Man and runner-up Will Take Charge will again clash in the most highly anticipated Santa Anita Handicap since Alysheba and Ferdinand ran 1-2 in 1988, as they head a field of eight older horses set to contest the 77th running of the Grade I, $750,000 Big ’Cap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino at 1 ¼ miles on Saturday.