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January 1, 2013

• TRIPLE CROWN RUN: O’NEILL SAYS I’LL HAVE ANOTHER

• STEADY JOHN SCOTT SET FOR SATURDAY’S SAN PASQUAL

• NEWCOMER LOPEZ CARRIES ON FAMILY TRADITION AS JOCKEY

SHAM STAKES COULD START ANOTHER TRIPLE CROWN RUN FOR O’NEILL

December 31, 2012

• BLUE NORTHER STARTER AN IDEAL PURCHASE FOR CASSIDY

• GAME ON DUDE WORKS TOWARDS SANTA ANITA HANDICAP

• HAPPY NEW YEAR STARTS FOR STUTE FAMILY, ALEX BISONO

• ON-TRACK PICK SIX BONUS AT SANTA ANITA STARTS ON NEW YEAR’S DAY

• ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF CARACORTADO’S BREATHTAKING WIN

SOMETHINGABOUTHER TRAINING WELL FOR BLUE NORTHER

Trainer Jim Cassidy is optimistic about Somethingabouther’s chances to register her first stakes victory when she runs in Tuesday’s feature at Santa Anita, the $75,000 Blue Norther for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf.

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December 30, 2012

• NO PLACE LIKE HOME FOR HOT-RIDING GARRETT GOMEZ

• POPULAR HORSEMEN RETURN TO SANTA ANITA TODAY

HAPPY HORSES MAKE GOMEZ HAPPY ON HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Anyone who doesn’t believe Garrett Gomez has been to hell and back should read his book, “The Garrett Gomez Story: A Jockey's Journey Through Addiction & Salvation,” in which the Tucson native describes his lengthy battles with alcohol and drug addiction, and his ultimate recovery.

Today, Gomez is at the top of his profession, a world-class jockey who celebrates his 41st birthday on New Year’s Day.

December 29, 2012

• FRANKEL ADMIRER SMITH OPTIMISTIC ABOUT VIVO PER LEI

• HOW TO GET A NEW GARDENER, BOBBY FRANKEL STYLE

SMITH EXPECTS BETTER TRIP FOR VIVO PER LEI IN FRANKEL STAKES

Everybody’s got a Bobby Frankel story. Everybody who knew him, anyway.

Mike Smith is no exception. The 47-year-old Hall of Fame rider rode one of the last stakes winners saddled by Frankel before he died at the age of 68 on Nov. 16, 2009, when he piloted champion filly Stardom Bound to victory in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on March 7 of that year.

On Sunday, Smith rides 6-1 morning line chance Vivo Per Lei for trainer John Shirreffs in the third running of the Robert J. Frankel Stakes, formerly run as the San Gorgonio Handicap, a race Frankel won eight times, starting with Extra Hand in 1973.

As for Vivo Per Lei, Smith rode the 5-year-old mare by Empire Maker (who won the 2003 Belmont Stakes for Frankel) once, finishing an eventful third in the Grade II Goldikova Nov. 4 at Santa Anita.

December 28, 2012

• ASMUSSEN HAS GREAT MILLS SETTLED IN FOR DAYTONA

• CALLAGHAN: THREE FOR THE MONEY IN SUNDAY’S FRANKEL

• PEDROZA STILL GOING STRONG AFTER CAREER WIN NO.

December 26, 2012

• RACING MOURNS PASSING OF OWNER, PLAYER, ACTOR JACK KLUGMAN

• SADLER EYES SATURDAY’S EDDIE LOGAN WITH THREESOME

• AVILA HOPES GREAT HOT WARMS UP FOR KALOOKAN QUEEN

TRAINERS REMEMBER RACING FAN, ACTOR JACK KLUGMAN

Horse racing lost one of its greatest fans when Jack Klugman died at the age of 90 Monday in Woodland Hills.

The renowned actor, whose Jaklin Klugman finished third behind the filly Genuine Risk in the 1980 Kentucky Derby, was star of stage, screen and television, best known in the latter venue as slovenly sports writer Oscar Madison who played op

December 24, 2012

• ‘DEAD MEN WALKING’ MALDONADO, LIPTON ALIVE AND WELL

• DRYSDALE HAS BC SPRINT RUNNER-UP SET FOR GRADE I MALIBU

• RENEESGOTZIP TACKLES CHAMP MY MISS AURELIA IN LA BREA

• TROUBLE-PRONE SMART ELLIS IN SIR BEAUFORT, RAIN OR SHINE

MALDONADO LOOKING FORWARD TO HAPPY HOLIDAY AS SANTA ANITA OPENS

Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” has nothing on Team Maldonado when it comes to happy holiday endings.

A year ago, jockey Edwin Maldonado and his agent, Vic Lipton, were on the outside looking in trying to get a foot in the door on arguably the nation’s most competitive rid

December 21, 2012

• INJURED RIDER’S FRIENDSHIP LEADS TO MALIBU MOUNT FOR PEDROZA

• NACHEZ DAWN SET FOR GRADE I LA BREA ON OPENING DAY

• BIG BANE THEORY DUE FOR BETTER TRIP IN SIR BEAUFORT

• PROUD PAPA DAVID FLORES HAPPY TO BE WOOLF FINALIST

RACING MANAGER RENE DOUGLAS PUTS BFF ON PRIVATE ZONE

Martin Pedroza and Rene Douglas have been friends for more than three decades.Natives of Panama, they attended jockey school there before migrating to the United States where they reached the upper echelon of their profession.

Douglas, a regular in Southern California before return

December 20, 2012

• SANTA ANITA’S BIG MEET NEVER GETS OLD FOR BOB BAFFERT

• JIMMY CREED ‘BRILLIANT’ IN DRILL FOR OPENING DAY MALIBU

• MY MISS AURELIA ‘DOING GREAT’ FOR GRADE I LA BREA

• STEVENS BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN AT SANTA ANITA—ON HRTV

FANS LOOK FORWARD TO SANTA ANITA TRADITION, BAFFERT SAYS

Santa Anita begins the latest chapter in its storied history on Dec.

November 4, 2012

HORSE OF THE YEAR: WISE DAN OVER ROYAL DELTA

MILE RECORD-SETTER WISE DAN FAVORED TO WIN HORSE OF THE YEAR

As the dust settled Sunday on racing’s biggest stage following the sixth presentation of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita amidst the spectacular backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains, the buzz on the backside was: Who’s going to be Horse of the Year?

Since the “leader in the clubhouse,” Game On Dude, fumbled the ball in the red zone by finishing seventh as the 13-10 favorite in the Classic, it opened the door for Wise Dan, w