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December 28, 2013

• APPEALING TRAINING WELL FOR SUNDAY’S FRANKEL

• MACHOWSKY GOES TO ‘B TEAM’ FOR DAYTONA STAKES

• MUCHO MACHO MAN SPECIAL AIRS ON HRTV SUNDAY

• JERANIMO WORKS FOR ANOTHER RUN IN SAN GABRIEL

GALLAGHER HAS ‘APPEALING’ CHANCE IN FRANKEL

Even though she was 9-2 in the betting, Appealing disappointed when she finished fifth in the Grade II Goldikova Stakes at Santa Anita on Nov. 3.

December 27, 2013

• ASCANIO REMEMBERS LONG-TIME FRIEND FRANKEL

• ALL SYSTEMS GO SUNDAY FOR MOONE’S MY NAME

• BAFFERT DEALS WITH THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY

• NAKATANI, UNBRIDLED’S NOTE A SUCCESSFUL TEAM

• NOBLE METAL SHARP FOR U.S. DEBUT IN EDDIE LOGAN

MEMORIES, HOPE, FAMILY KEEP ASCANIO GOING

Death brings finality to all but memories, which these days, Humberto Ascanio treasures dearly.

A stroke limiting mobility of his right side forced him to give up his training career two years ago.

December 26, 2013

• LOSERS ARE WINNERS IN NEW YEAR DIET WAR

• NO SHORTAGE OF BOBBY FRANKEL MEMORIES

• NEW-LOOK SHOWVIVOR GETS UNDERWAY TODAY

DIETERS TAKE WEIGHT AND SEE APPROACH IN CONTEST

It has nothing to do with a New Year’s resolution, but agent Scotty McClellan and the Racing Department’s Tora Yamaguchi are in an avoirdupois adventure to see who can lose the most weight before Jan.

December 22, 2013

• HOLIDAY SPIRIT IN FULL SWING AS SANTA ANITA BEGINS

• SADLER HOPES TO DOUBLE HIS PLEASURE OPENING DAY

• EXECUTIVEPRIVILEGE BACK ON THE BEAM FOR LA BREA

• SANTA ANITA HAS GUARANTEED $500,000 LATE PICK 4 OPENING DAY

GOOD CHEER FOR ALL EVERY DAY AT DOUG O’NEILL’S BARN

Perhaps no operation in California racing exemplifies the distinct cultural and physical spirit of the holiday season more than trainer Doug O’Neill’s. Flourishing under his shed row is a miniature United Nations, without the political infighting.

December 20, 2013

• STEVENS HAS BROTHERLY LOVE FOR ROLE MODEL

• UNBEATEN BAKKEN INVADES FOR GRADE I MALIBU

• TALAMO STAYS PUT FOR MADAME CACTUS IN LA BREA

• THERE’S NO JET LAG FOR SIR BEAUFORT CONTENDER

STEVENS REFLECTS ON HIS ‘MOST MEMORABLE YEAR’

Next month will mark a year since Gary Stevens made his comeback nearing 50 after a seven-year retirement, and what a ride it’s been.

While he’s thrilled with the results of 2013, Gary is looking forward to 2014, not only for himself, but his brother, Scott, who is among the five final

December 19, 2013

• NEW DATES, BEHOLDER HAVE MANDELLA OPTIMISTIC

• CASSIDY SEEKS MALIBU UPSET WITH HOLY LUTE

• ESPINOZA EXCUSES COLT’S ‘ROOKIE’ MISTAKE

MANDELLA EYES RETURN OF SANTA ANITA, BEHOLDER

Richard Mandella has much to look forward to in the immediate future. First and foremost, the opening of Santa Anita next Thursday, and down the road a piece, the return of Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Beholder, a cinch to be named champion 3-year-old filly of 2013 when the Eclipse Award winners are announced on Jan.

December 18, 2013

• HORSEMEN, FANS AWAIT ‘THE BIG MEET’ AND BEYOND

• FLASHBACK SET FOR COMPETITIVE GRADE I MALIBU

• PATRICK VALENZUELA READY TO RESUME HIS CAREER

• McANALLY GOES FROM PONIES TO PIGSKIN SATURDAY

BAFFERT: SANTA ANITA’S ‘BIG MEET’ IS ‘CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY’

“The Big Meet.”

That’s what any trainer worth his cell phone bill calls the season that gets underway at Santa Anita on Dec.

October 31, 2013

• NON-BREEDERS’ CUP STAKES KEEP O’NEILL BUSY

• MACHOWSKY ‘DRAWS’ DEEP BREATH AT LAST

• CALLAGHAN GOES FOR DOWNHILL DOUBLE

• ZEEWAT TACKLES ODDS-ON CHOICE IN DAMASCUS

O’NEILL ACTIVE IN JUVENILE FILLY STAKE, TWILIGHT DERBY

The beat goes on for Doug O’Neill, Breeders’ Cup or no.

October 27, 2013

• IT’S MILLER TIME AT SANTA ANITA FOR RENEESGOTZIP

• GAME ON DUDE BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC FAVORITE AT 5-2

• BREEDERS’ CUP: EXCITING AND ALL THAT JAZZ

BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY LIVES UP TO HER NAME: RENEESGOTZIP

In 12 lifetime starts, Reneesgotzip’s been in front at one call or another in nine of them. Chances are when she runs in Saturday’s $1 million Turf Sprint at about 6 ½ furlongs, she’ll be in front again.

It matters not that she’ll be running against males.

October 26, 2013

• MILLIONAIRES ROW HAS SIGHTS SET ON BC CLASSIC

• BREEDERS’ CUP TELECAST IN PRIME TIME ON NBC, NBCSN

• MUCHO MACHO MAN HEADS BC WORKERS AT SANTA ANITA

MILLIONAIRES MEET IN BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC AT SANTA ANITA

The 13 horses pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup Classic have combined earnings of $29,712,183. Not close to America’s growing national debt, but a pretty tidy sum in its own right.

Bob Baffert sends out the richest of them all, Game On Dude, in the mile and a quarter race worth $5 million that could decide Horse of the Year for 2013.