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June 12, 2014

• CLEMENT INVADES WITH MILE SPECIALIST FOR GRADE I SHOEMAKER

• PINCAY REMEMBERS SHOEMAKER AS GREAT RIDER, GREAT FRIEND

• CASSIDY SEES YAHILWA ON THE LEAD IN GRADE I VANITY STAKES

• NBC HITS GRAND SLAM WITH TRIPLE CROWN TELECAST SATURDAY

SUMMER FRONT SEEKS SIXTH MILE TURF WIN IN SHOEMAKER

Christophe Clement, fresh from posting an upset victory with Tonalist in the Belmont Stakes last Saturday, hopes to continue his winning ways with Summer Front in Saturday’s Grade I Shoemaker Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at one mile on turf.

The 5-year-old

June 8, 2014

• CHROME’S TRIPLE BID ENDS BUT NOT CONTROVERSY

• DENMAN TAKES A BREATHER, MIRAHMADI FILLS IN

• SPAWR HAS FOND MEMORIES OF RETIRED CHAMPION

HORSEMEN PONDER WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN FOR CHROME

Opinions were as plentiful as discarded mutuel tickets at Santa Anita Sunday morning in the aftermath of California Chrome’s unsuccessful bid to become the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years, followed by the politically incorrect rant-heard-round-the-world on NBC-TV by Chrome’s co-owner/breeder Steve Coburn.

During the post-race i

June 6, 2014

• FAMILIARITY WITH BELMONT OVAL A PLUS, SMITH SAYS

• PINCAY SEES GOOD THINGS FOR CALIFORNIA CHROME

• PEERS PULLING FOR ESPINOZA TO WIN TRIPLE CROWN

• WHITE MAKES CASE FOR CHROME IN BELMONT STAKES

• VICTORY BY CHROME WOULD GIVE RACING A BOOST

• SANTA ANITA ‘NOSE’ BEST, OFFERS CHROME SOUVENIRS

• BIG TIRE IS READY TO ROLL IN GRADE III AFFIRMED

• GOLDENCENTS SHARP FOR RICH MET MILE AT BELMONT

RIDERS BENEFIT FROM FAMILIARITY WITH BELMONT OVAL: SMITH

A fixture on the New York circuit a decade ago, Mike Smit

June 5, 2014

• START HOLDS KEY TO TRIPLE CROWN, BAFFERT SAYS

• SANTA ANITA ‘NOSE’ BEST, OFFERS ‘CHROME’ GIFTS

• BELMONT WIN WOULD EARN FAN A MILLION BUCKS

• ARKENSTONE MAKES STAKES DEBUT IN AFFIRMED

• UNUSUAL HEATWAVE SHARP FOR CRYSTAL WATER

BELMONT START CRUCIAL TO TRIPLE CROWN: BAFFERT

If anyone knows how tough it is to win the Triple Crown, it’s Bob Baffert.

June 1, 2014

• SANTA ANITA REMEMBERS AFFIRMED ON BELMONT DAY

• JULES JOURNEY TESTS (CRYSTAL) WATER AGAIN

• VICTOR ESPINOZA IS BIG NEWS IN THE BIG APPLE

• PROMOTIONAL ‘CHROME’ NASAL STRIPS ON JUNE 7

• PEREZ MAKES HIS PRESENCE FELT AT SANTA ANITA

AFFIRMED STAKES HIGHLIGHTS SANTA ANITA CARD SATURDAY

It’s only appropriate that Santa Anita presents the Affirmed Stakes next Saturday, the same day California Chrome seeks to become the first Triple Crown winner since the horse the race is named for, Affirmed, accomplished the elusive

May 31, 2014

• TRAINERS TAKE A SHINE TO ‘CHROME’ IN BELMONT

• FAN HAS A MILLION REASONS TO ROOT FOR ‘CHROME’

• CALIFORNIA CHROME NASAL STRIPS AVAILABLE JUNE 7

SANTA ANITA-BASED TRAINERS SUPPORT CALIFORNIA CHROME

It’s no surprise that peers of Art Sherman are rooting for California Chrome to capture the Triple Crown, but whether the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit does next Saturday when he runs in the 146th Belmont Stakes remains to be seen.

Dennis O’Neill, who was with his brother, trainer Doug, when they came within 24 hours of run

May 30, 2014

• TEST OF CHAMPIONS IS THE TOUGHEST RACE TO WIN

• SHORT TURNAROUND FOR TIZ A KEY IN AMERICAN OAKS

• GRADE II CALIFORNIAN DRAWS TWO ‘MAJESTIC’ RUNNERS

• CALIFORNIA CHROME NASAL STRIPS AVAILABLE JUNE 7

KNOWLEDGE OF BELMONT TRACK HELPFUL, DESORMEAUX SAYS

If there’s ever been a tougher beat than Real Quiet’s in the 1998 Belmont Stakes, any dedicated racing fan would be hard-pressed to find one.

Not in a major race, anyway.

May 26, 2014

• STILL FUN AND GAMES FOR MAN OF THE HOUR ESPINOZA

• TALAMO EYES GRADE I GLORY WITH NASHOBA’S GOLD

• STREAKING FURY KAPCORI SEEKS FIFTH WIN IN A ROW

• CHAMP BEHOLDER WORKS A MILE FOR OGDEN PHIPPS

CALM, COOL, COLLECTED ESPINOZA KEEPS ROLLIN’ ALONG

Perhaps Mel Stute put it best in describing Victor Espinoza: “I’ve never seen the kid with a frown on his face.” At 42, Espinoza is no kid, but Stute is 86, so it’s all relative.

Anyway it's stated, it’s an astute observation from the retired trainer about the jockey who

May 25, 2014

• MISS SERENDIPITY AT HER BEST FOR GRADE I GAMELY

• JON WHITE REMEMBERS CHAMPION MARE GAMELY

• RAINBOW PICK 6 PAYOUT COULD BE A LIFE-CHANGER

• SADLER MULLS BELMONT DECISION FOR CANDY BOY

• CYCLOMETER ‘FEELING GREAT’ FOR LOS ANGELES STAKES

MISS SERENDIPITY SHARP FOR MONDAY’S GAMELY

Whether it’s a sign of confidence or not remains to be seen, but owner Matias Cavalieri is in town from South America to see his Miss Serendipity run in Monday’s Memorial Day feature, the Grade I Gamely Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

May 24, 2014

• CLOCKER SAYS ‘CHROME’ 50-50 TO WIN TRIPLE CROWN

• FIRST POST TIME AT SANTA ANITA MONDAY IS 1:30 P.M.

• HESS AND DESORMEAUX HAVE WINNING CHEMISTRY

• IMPERATIVE WORKS FOR THE GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA

NEW SHOOTERS, DISTANCE TEST CHROME IN BELMONT STAKES

California Chrome went off as the 1-2 post time favorite in the Preakness Stakes, but he could be a more generous price in the Belmont Stakes.

The “Test of Champions,” final jewel in racing’s Triple Crown at a mile and a half on June 7, could draw as many as 13 sta