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October 6, 2013

• BEHOLDER IN PEAK FORM FOR BREEDERS’ CUP DISTAFF

• TRAINER KEEPS BC OPTIONS OPEN FOR SPEEDY FILLY

• AGENT BRAD PEGRAM BENEFITS FROM GOOD VALUE SYSTEM

BEHOLDER AT HER BEST AS BREEDERS’ CUP DISTAFF AWAITS

Here’s a frightening thought for Beholder’s rivals in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Richard Mandella thinks “she continues to get a little better as we go along, just through experience.

October 5, 2013

• CLENOR, UNBEATEN IN U.S., MAKES SANTA ANITA DEBUT

• MIA LADY TRIES TURF FOR FIRST TIME CALIFORNIA DISTAFF

• DISCOUNTED BREEDERS’ CUP TICKETS AVAILABLE AT SANTA ANITA

BREEDERS’ CUP FAVORITE CLENOR VALIDATES POTENTIAL

Team O’Neill has been high on Clenor ever since the Irish-bred filly arrived from the Emerald Isle this summer.

“She’s been perfect,” said trainer Doug O‘Neill’s assistant Leandro Mora when asked about the 2-year-old daughter of the Danehill stallion Oratorio before her first race.

October 4, 2013

• BLINKERS OFF, BEJARANO ON FAVORED GOLDENCENTS SATURDAY

• OBVIOUSLY, TALAMO ONES TO CATCH AGAIN IN CITY OF HOPE MILE

• ANOTHER DAY AT THE (ZUMA) BEACH FOR DIAMOND BACHELOR?

‘NATURAL ATHLETE’ GOLDENCENTS CHOICE IN SA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP

If Goldencents’ game was baseball, he’d be a five-tool player. The 3-year-old son of Into Mischief won the Grade I Santa Anita Derby going a mile and an eighth on dirt and missed by a head in winning the Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes at six furlongs on Del Mar’s synthetic Polytrack.

October 3, 2013

• CENTRALINTELIGENCE PLANS TO ‘SPRINT’ TO BREEDERS’ CUP

• ESPINOZA HAS INSIDE TRACK ON TEDDY’S PROMISE

• STEVENS ATTENDS BUONICONTI FUND CHARITY IN NEW YORK

ELLIS HOPES SATURDAY’S RACE LEADS TO BREEDERS’ CUP

Ron Ellis has had Centralinteligence ticketed for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint all year. It was just a matter of how to get there.

The son of 2004 Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones is expected to take a major step towards that $2 million goal at Santa Anita on Nov.

September 29, 2013

• STEVENS EYES FUTURE AFTER BC PREP DAY ‘GRAND SLAM’

• PEDROZA SHOWS HIS COURAGE IN VOSBURGH TRIUMPH

• BAFFERT SEES AN IMPROVING PICTURE FOR PAYNTER

STEVENS HOPES BEST IS YET TO COME IN BREEDERS’ CUP

Despite four important wins and three seconds on Santa Anita’s major Breeders’ Cup program at Santa Anita Saturday, Gary Stevens was not resting on his laurels on a picturesque Sunday morning at The Great Race Place.

September 28, 2013

• MANDELLA SEES RETURN TO FORM FOR INDY POINT

• CARACORTADO EYES BREEDERS’ CUP, ‘CHIPS’ ON HOLD

INDY POINT SET FOR JOHN HENRY AFTER ARLINGTON DEBACLE

In two U.S. starts, Indy Point has gone from first to last. The Argentine-bred chestnut won the restricted Wickerr Stakes at Del Mar on July 24 in his first North American start.

He followed that by finishing 13th and last, beaten 25 ¼ lengths, in the Grade I Arlington Million on Aug. 17. Next up: Sunday’s Grade II, $150,000 John Henry Turf Championship at a mile and a quarter.

September 27, 2013

• JOYFUL VICTORY, STARSTRUCK PREP FOR BC ENGAGEMENTS

• GOMEZ HAS OUTSIDE CHANCE IN AWESOME AGAIN STAKES

• A ‘FASCINATING’ CHOICE IN CHANDELIER: SHE’S A MAIDEN

• LUKAS COMMENTS ON YOUNG TRAINERS, STATE OF THE GAME

JONES SAYS EVERYTHING LOOKS ROSIE FOR BREEDERS’ CUP

Trainer Larry Jones had Joyful Victory and Starstruck out to enjoy the majestic view of Santa Anita on its sun kissed track Friday morning after arriving from Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.

September 26, 2013

• ‘GENTLEMAN’ DAVE HOFMANS HAS BREEDERS’ CUP HOPES
• LEPAROUX GOES (CHIPS) ALL IN FOR EDDIE D. STAKES
• A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME IS STILL A LONGSHOT FOR KNAPP
• BEJARANO BUSY AT SANTA ANITA WITH 19 MOUNTS IN 20 RACES

MAIDEN WINNER HAS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT, HOFMANS SAYS
When Leo Durocher said “Nice guys finish last,” he didn’t have David Hofmans in mind.
The 70-year-old Los Angeles native has labored long and hard since starting his career
as a trainer in 1974. His diligence has paid off.

September 25, 2013

• AVILA EYES ZENYATTA UPSET WITH VERSATILE GREAT HOT
• VICTOR ESPINOZA SURGES BACK INTO FIRST DIVISION
• MULTIMILLIONAIRE RICHARD’S KID RETIRES AT AGE EIGHT
• TOP FEMALE RIDER NAPRAVNIK RETURNS TO SANTA ANITA
• WHATEVER HAPPENED TO PACO GONZALEZ? HE’S STILL HERE

AVILA HAS GREAT BREEDERS’ CUP HOPES FOR GREAT HOT
Antonio Carlos Avila is one the best trainers nobody ever heard of. “A.C.” to friends and associates, Avila is referred to as “The Witch Doctor” by race track insiders, thanks to a history of longshot winners.

September 24, 2013

• RITVO, MUCHO MACHO MAN EYE RETURN TO BC CLASSIC
• DELAHOUSSAYE HAPPY TO SEE HIS NAME IN LIGHTS
• AT 24, UNUSUAL HEAT STILL HAS AN EYE FOR THE MARES

TRAINER THE HEART OF MUCHO MACHO MAN STORY
Kathy Ritvo’s story is old news. But the human interest angle never dies. With apologies to Audie Murphy, Kathy Ritvo has been to hell and back. When she says she’s just happy to be here, she really means it.