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March 9, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 9, 2011) – If excellence in this year’s Triple Crown events is to emanate from the April 9 Santa Anita Derby, a West Coast 3-year-old likely needs to take a large step forward in Saturday’s Grade II, $250,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita.

Grade I winners Jaycito and Comma to the Top are among 10 entrants in the 74th running of the mile-and-one-sixteenth competition that serves as the last major stepping-stone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, a race whose starters have accounted for 36 Triple Crown victories including 15 in the Kentucky Derby.

During the past 10 years, four San Felipe winners have gone on to capture the Santa Anita Derby including Pioneerof the Nile (2009) and Sidney’s Candy (2010) to underscore the connection, but just who might make that leap this year remains highly problematical.

March 6, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 6, 2011) – One year to the day of his victory in the 2010 Santa Anita Handicap, Misremembered appeared to pick up where he had left off with a dazzling victory in Sunday’s $75,000 Santana Mile at Santa Anita.

The purse may have been one-tenth of what he had earned in the Big ’Cap, and the competition may have been less than superior, but little matter. It was the manner in which the 5-year-old ridgling scored his comeback win that suggested he had never left.

With Martin Garcia in the saddle for trainer Bob Baffert, the 11-10 favorite circled the leaders turning into the stretch and quickly took command with his ears pricked before being geared down at the wire.

March 5, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2011) – Twirling Candy’s expected coronation as the 1-2 favorite in Saturday’s 74th running of the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino was turned topsy-turvy by a virtual sigalert in midstretch.

The outcome was perhaps the most controversial, along with Stardust Mel’s victory over Out of the East in 1975, non-disqualification in the 74-year history of the storied Big ’Cap. It finally provided the race with a winning female jockey, Chantal Sutherland. And it lent justification for trainer Bob Baffert’s assault by numbers. Victorious Game On Dude was one of four horses saddled by the Hall of Fame trainer who had won the previous year with Misremembered.

March 4, 2011

March 3, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 3, 2011) – Favored Dahoud, a lightly-raced 5-year-old gelding who was bred in New Zealand, gained his first United States victory on Thursday when defeating Alley Hondro by 1 ¼ lengths in Santa Anita’s $61,360 Paparazzi Purse over one mile on turf.

With Joel Rosario recording his third of four riding wins on the afternoon, Dahoud covered the distance in 1:35.25.

It was his third start in this country for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and Dahoud’s first win since breaking his maiden eight races ago in New Zealand on Dec.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 3, 2011) – On the one-year anniversary of the day Misremembered gave Bob Baffert his second Santa Anita Handicap victory as a trainer and his first Grade I win as a breeder, the 5-year-old son of Candy Ride returns from the sidelines in Sunday’s $75,000 Santana Mile at Santa Anita.

Having dealt with recurring injuries since the biggest win of his career, Misremembered – co-owned by Baffert’s wife, Jill, and longtime family friend George Jacobs – will be rejoined by jockey Martin Garcia in a field of nine older horses. Misremembered drew post position No. 8.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 3, 2011)—Santa Anita Park is inviting professional and novice photographers to a one of a kind Photography Day on March 11 at The Great Race Place. All participants will be required to report to Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner area by 7:30 a.m. to register and then begin shooting.

With the majestic San Gabriel Mountains as a backdrop, photographers will have the unique opportunity to capture some of the nation’s finest Thoroughbreds as they go through their early morning training regimen.

March 2, 2011

AVENTURA, California/HALLANDALE, Florida - March 2, 2011,– Santa Anita Park and Gulfstream Park announced today that they have jointly entered into an agreement with Trakus, LLC to install the revolutionary Trakus wireless tracking system at their respective racetracks in California and Florida.

The Trakus system instantaneously tracks each horse during a race, enabling real-time three-dimensional camera views and recording statistical information into a database.

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 2, 2011) – Twirling Candy, who has swiftly become recognized as the nation’s premier Thoroughbred racehorse following the retirement of Zenyatta, will be heavily favored to endorse that distinction in Saturday’s 74th running of the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.

The Big ’Cap, Santa Anita’s signature race at the classic distance of 1 ¼ miles, is one of three Grade I stakes races to be presented on an 11-race program with first post at 12 noon. Rags-to-riches California-bred Caracortado heads the $300,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf, and the $250,000 Santa Anita Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles features Grade I winners A Z Warrior, Turbulent Descent and Zazu.

February 27, 2011

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2011) – Quick Enough reversed a setback by Amazombie when he gamely outdueled the 13-10 favorite on Sunday to capture Santa Anita’s $100,000 Sensational Star Handicap for California-breds by one-half length while traversing 6 ½ furlongs over the track’s hillside turf course in 1:13.52.

The mild upset by the 4-1 second choice assured a Pick Six carryover of $126,305 into Thursday when racing resumes at Santa Anita. The Pick Six carryover will be the sixth of the meet that has encompassed 41 days.