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March 11, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 11, 2012) – Extending a remarkable winning streak that began in a $20,000 claimer last December, Izzy Rules registered her fourth straight decisive victory and first in a stakes race Sunday with a dazzling display while capturing Santa Anita’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes for older fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs.

As jockey Edwin Maldonado gained his first stakes win at Santa Anita, the 5-year-old Florida-bred mare simply blew away her graded stakes opposition while covering the distance in 1:14.59 after paving the way through robust fractions of 21.73, 43.31 and 1:07.40.

She crossed the wire 4 ¼ lengths ahead of Spectacular Sky, who took up the chase early, tried to make an impression in early stretch, but wound up withering in the winner’s wake. Home Sweet Aspen, recent winner of the Grade I Santa Monica Stakes, never could get involved. She ran fifth. Nor could Great Hot, a Grade II stakes winner. She ran fourth.

March 10, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 10, 2012) – Creative Cause, Heinz Steinmann’s gray son of Giant’s Causeway, reaffirmed his status as the West’s leading 3-year-old Saturday with a convincing victory in Santa Anita’s 75th running of the Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.

Ridden to perfection by Joel Rosario, Creative Cause rallied from fifth in the field of 10 to overtake trainer Bob Baffert’s sterling maiden winner Bodemeister in the closing yards and surge to a three-quarter length triumph in 1:41.84.

The commanding performance firmly entrenched Creative Cause into the favorite’s role for the April 7 renewal of the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, taken by the San Felipe winner in six of its last 15 runnings.

March 9, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 9, 2012) – Pulled up after losing a shoe in her previous race, Miss Becca returned to good standing on Friday when storming home on the extreme outside to nip Lindz Winz by a nose in Santa Anita’s $59,400 Jersey Shore Purse for California-bred fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs on turf.

Ahead of but one horse turning for home in the field of nine, jockey Rafael Bejarano sent the 5-year-old mare into full flight, and she delivered right on the wire as the 19-10 favorite while clocked in 1:12.83.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 9, 2012) – It’s a Prince! In what might be horse racing royalty’s most anticipated baby announcement in decades, Lane’s End Farm said today that 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, known affectionately as “The Queen,” has foaled a beautiful colt. Mother and foal are healthy and doing fine.

Sired by the popular stallion Bernardini, the foal was born at Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Ky., last night at 10:10 pm EST. Weighing 130 lbs, the strapping dark bay colt takes after his mother with a white star on his forehead and polka dots on his left front hoof.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 9, 2012)—Multiple Eclipse Award winning jockey Garrett Gomez, who fractured his left heel in a paddock mishap this past Jan. 8, came back to ride his first race since the injury in Santa Anita’s third race on Friday and determined “there’s just too much pain” and subsequently took off his remaining mount in race six.

Gomez underwent surgery following the Jan. 8 injury in which several screws and a plate were inserted to repair his multiple-fractured left heel.

March 8, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 8, 2012) – Overlooked in her United States debut despite fast works and a solid record in her native Brazil, Gem of Soul dominated her opposition Thursday with a 2 ¾-length victory at odds of 8-1 in Santa Anita’s $60,094 Special 28FX Purse for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf.

And she did so, according to trainer A.C. Avila, with no sleep the previous night after a pet sheep, who resides in her stall, gave birth.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 8, 2012)—Actor John Ortiz, who portrays colorful trainer Turo Escalante on HBO’s hit series LUCK, will welcome and entertain fans at Santa Anita’s first-ever “Fiesta de Santa Anita” this Sunday, March 11. The family-friendly event will take place in the track’s spacious infield area and will include live entertainment provided by Los Rieleros del Norte and Graciela Beltran, with renowned entertainer Don Cheto serving as emcee.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 8, 2012) – Her gritty victory in the Grade I Santa Monica Stakes seems certain to cast Craig Stables’ Home Sweet Aspen as the solid choice on Sunday in Santa Anita’s 60th running of the Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes for older fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs.

Only five rivals were entered to face the 4-year-old daughter of Candy Ride, bred by Sidney and Jenny Craig, who gamely prevailed in a stretch-long duel with Sugarinthemorning to take the Jan.

HRTV's Caton Bredar will be on-track at Tampa Bay Downs this Saturday for the Grade 2, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby for 3-year-olds. The track’s signature event has produced two Kentucky Derby winners in the last five years -- Street Sense (2007) and Super Saver (2010).

Bredar will be at the Oldsmar, FL track to report on Tampa Bay Derby, offering analysis, insight and interviews with key personalities throughout the day. The 1 1 /16 mile event is expected to attract a solid field, including the first two finishers from Tampa's Sam F.

March 7, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 8, 2012)—Santa Anita Park will present its fifth annual “Santa Anita Uncorked” wine and culinary festival on March 25.