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February 16, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2012) – Creative Cause, current fourth choice in Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Future Book Wager and the leader among West Coast contenders, makes his 3-year-old debut on Sunday in Santa Anita’s 71st running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs.

Freshened since running a close third behind Hansen and Union Rags in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5, Creative Cause will face five challengers in the elongated sprint that has served as a formidable launching pad for eight winners of the Kentucky Derby.

According to Mike Harrington, who trains Creative Cause for Heinz Steinmann, the gray son of Giant’s Causeway is more than ready for his first test of 2012 that is likely to lead up to the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby at 1 1/8 miles on April 7.

February 15, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2012) – After a failed try in her comeback race one month ago, Vision in Gold will have to overtake trainer Bob Baffert’s streaking Ellafitz on Saturday if she is to successfully defend her title in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.

Bet down to 9-10 favoritism following 10 months on the sidelines, Vision in Gold simply could not keep up with Ellafitz in Santa Anita’s Paseana Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 15. As the latter sped to her second consecutive dominant stakes victory, this time by 4 ¼ lengths, Vision in Gold faded to sixth in a field of seven.

February 12, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2012) – Irish-bred Indigo River, bet down to 8-5 favoritism, posted her second victory in as many starts over Santa Anita’s downhill turf course Sunday when she outfinished Vionnet by 1 ½ lengths to capture the third running of the $73,950 Sweet Life Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs.

With Joel Rosario in the saddle after being aboard for the bay filly’s victory in her U.S. debut on Jan.

February 11, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2012) – British-bred Slim Shadey, whose 13-1 upset victory in a first-level allowance event one month ago halted an 11-race losing streak, turned Santa Anita’s 60th running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Marcos Stakes topsy turvy on Saturday.

With jockey David Flores at the controls, the 4-year-old gelding was never headed while registering a wire-to-wire win in the mile-and-one-quarter turf fixture at odds of 11-1. Slim Shadey gamely held on to edge 13-1 shot Utopian by a head with 4-1 Norvsky another three-quarters-of-a-length back in third. The final time was 2:01.55.

Most stunning perhaps was that Sanagas, the 4-5 favorite, and 2-1 Bourbon Bay, the San Marcos’ defending champion who had been all but unbeatable over the course, never were serious factors. Millionaire The Usual Q. T. was scratched Saturday morning after developing a hoof ailment.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2012)—Shooting will begin for Santa Anita and HRTV’s first-ever non-fiction documentary “A Day at the Races” Film Festival this Saturday, Feb. 11. Prospective film makers are encouraged to submit their applications to Santa Anita by Feb. 15 to take advantage of the early deadline. Fee for those who enter prior to that deadline will be $200 and students may enter for $50 with valid student identification. Those entering after Feb.

February 10, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2012) – After winning but once in her first 10 starts, Sean S registered her third straight victory since joining the stable of Joshua Litt on Friday when triumphant by one-half length in Santa Anita’s $59,750 Wine Shed Purse for California-bred fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs over the track’s hillside turf course.

With Victor Espinoza again in the saddle, Sean S overtook 31-1 pacesetter Suances Flower in midstretch to extend her victory streak even though the runner-up battled back determinedly under David Flores.

February 9, 2012

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2012)--For the first time, Santa Anita Park now offers free streaming video of racing from The Great Race Place, on the track’s website (http://santaanita.com/content/xpressbet-racechat) each Saturday and Sunday, powered by Xpressbet. Video is accompanied by Xpressbet RaceChat, a popular, fast-paced, full-card exchange of handicapping angles and insights between knowledgeable hosts, expert guests and worldwide racing fans.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2012) – Three European imports, Dijarvo, Indigo River and She Spirit di Su, are among the leading contenders Sunday in Santa Anita’s featured $70,000 Sweet Life Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs over the track’s hillside turf course.

British-bred Dijarvo, who drew the outside post in a field of eight, will make her first start for trainer Paddy Gallagher after winning twice and placing twice in four starts while sprinting in Europe.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2012) – Trainer Bob Baffert’s 3-year-old colt Fed Biz on Thursday enhanced his stature as one of Southern California’s top choices in the first 2012 Kentucky Derby Future Wager with a dominant $58,000 allowance race victory while covering one mile in 1:34.74 at Santa Anita.

A $950,000 sales purchase by Kaleem Shah who was bet down to 3-5 favoritism in the first-level allowance race, Fed Biz defeated 7-5 second choice Consulado by 5 ¾ lengths. When asked how good he thought Fed Biz might be, Bejarano exclaimed “This is my Derby horse buddy,” before entering the winner’s circle.

Fed Biz already had been established as a 20-1 shot in Pool 1 of Churchill Downs’ Future Wager which opens on Friday and will close late Sunday. His odds were the same as Creative Cause, I’ll Have Another, Liaison and Out of Bounds, lowest among the West Coast-based prospects.