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April 15, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 15, 2012) – As expected, 3-10 favorite Contested sank her opposition Sunday with a 5 ¾-length triumph in Santa Anita’s $66,040 Titanic Purse for 3-year-old fillies while cruising through 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.58.

The daughter of Ghostzapper, ridden by Martin Garcia, shook off early tormentor Hidden Passion heading into the far turn with the rider virtually motionless following early fractions of 22.02 and 44.52.

April 14, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 14, 2012) – Her showdown with Unzip Me having succumbed to track conditions, Mizdirection, the soaring 4-year-old filly co-owned by noted sports commentator Jim Rome, expanded her accomplishments Saturday by gaining her fourth straight victory in Santa Anita’s $100,000 Las Cienegas Handicap.

With the 6 1/2-furlong, Grade III stakes race switched from turf to Santa Anita’s main track following a pounding rainstorm on Friday, only four starters went to the post, and Mizdirection made good on her 3-10 favoritism with a one-half length win over 5-2 second choice Teroda.

Timed in 1:16.50 over a track labeled “fast,” the victory served as the first for Mizdirection over a dirt surface after her previous five victories had been achieved on grass.

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 14, 2012)—Trainer Peter Eurton saddled his eighth consecutive winner at Santa Anita on Saturday, as Chickie Charms stormed home to win by 5 ¼ lengths in the sixth race under Joe Talamo.

Although impossible to confirm, it is believed Eurton’s feat, which began April 5, is unprecedented in the 75-year history of Santa Anita.

“Going into last Saturday, we had four wins and 15 seconds,” said Eurton, 54. “I thought we could turn some of those seconds around and now things are clicking. What can you do? It’s almost scary.

April 13, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 13, 2012) – After winning her debut on turf, trainer A.C. Avila’s Bobina remained unbeaten over a “sloppy” surface Friday with a dominant half-length victory in the one-mile, $56,840 Superstition Purse for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita.

With the track experiencing a downpour during the Friday the Thirteenth afternoon, the Superstition was switched to the main track and lost three of its scheduled seven starters.

The public gravitated to trainer Bob Baffert’s My Selection, a brilliant maiden winner at 5 ½ furlongs last month.

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 13, 2012)—Santa Anita Park has announced plans for its first-ever “Party in the Paddock,” to take place on closing day, Sunday, April 22. Following the day’s final race, the entire paddock will be transformed into a celebratory atmosphere where fans, horsemen and employees can enjoy live music by the classic rock cover band, The Answer.

In addition to live music, fans will be treated to dancing and food and drink specials well into the evening.

April 12, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 12, 2012) – His 3-5 favoritism notwithstanding, Achilles had to earn his second victory in as many starts Thursday when defeating 12-1 shot War Politics by one length in Santa Anita’s $58,000 Salisbury Purse for 3-year-olds at one mile on turf.

With Joe Talamo in the saddle, Peachtree Stable’s son of Smart Strike tracked War Politics through leisurely early fractions, cruised to the lead rounding the far turn, but was extended through the stretch before drawing clear in the closing yards.

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 12, 2012)—Santa Anita Park has announced plans for a second annual “On Track To Beat Cancer” event on closing day, April 22.

April 11, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 11, 2012) – Just about the closest thing to a lock over Santa Anita’s hillside turf course, seven-for-eleven Unzip Me has a score to settle among six entrants in Saturday’s 38th running of the Grade III, $100,000 Las Cienegas Handicap for older fillies and mares.

The 6-year-old California-bred daughter of City Zip might seem headed in the direction of yet another triumph over the 6 ½-furlong layout she adores except for a single gray area: Mizdirection.

Owned by popular sports-talk radio and television personality Jim Rome’s Jungle Racing and partners, Mizdirection upset Unzip Me in their only previous meeting, the Grade III Monrovia Stakes over the course on Jan. 2. And it was a convincing victory; the pair was separated by 1 ¾ lengths as Unzip Me dead-heated for third.

April 8, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 8, 2012) – With leading rider Joel Rosario recording his third victory of the afternoon, odds-on favorite Starry Skies stormed home on the far outside Sunday to overtake pacesetter Tasty Treat by 1 ½ lengths in capturing Santa Anita’s $58,000 Easter Sunday Purse for California-bred fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs on turf.

Clocked in 1:13.16, it was the second win in as many starts for the undefeated 3-year-old daughter of Sky Mesa trained by Marty Jones.

Rosario allowed Starry Skies to lag early in the field of five.