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December 19, 2011

• CENTRALINTELIGENCE MAKES STAKES DEBUT IN GRADE I MALIBU

• COMMA TO THE TOP: WHITHER THOU GOEST?

• HESS BASKS IN SATISFACTION OF TRAINING WIN NO.

December 16, 2011

• ‘OVERNIGHT SENSATION’ SPAWR HAS DAY IN THE SUN WITH BC WINNER

• JOHN HENRY EXERCISE RIDER, CURRENT TRAINER CENICOLA BATTLING CANCER

• SANTA ANITA HORSE POPULATION ‘VERY FAVORABLE RIGHT NOW’

SPAWR HAS AMAZOMBIE, ISMENE SET FOR SANTA ANITA STAKES

After marshalling his craft with diligence and dedication for more than four decades, Bill Spawr became an overnight sensation in just over one minute.

That’s how long it took Amazombie to post a 7-1 upset in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov.

December 15, 2011

• BAFFERT SEEKS FIRST GRADE I MALIBU WIN ON OPENING DAY

• HBO’S ‘LUCK’ NOT ‘SUGAR-COATED,’ STEVENS SAYS

• DENMAN, ‘VOICE OF SANTA ANITA’ RETURNS

• CONWAY JR. LAMENTS MISSED LONGSHOT ON POP’S BIRTHDAY

BAFFERT TAKES AIM AT FIRST MALIBU WIN AS SANTA ANITA OPENS

Bob Baffert has won major races all over the globe but he has never won the Malibu. The Hall of Fame trainer hopes to add the prestigious Grade I stakes to his accomplished resume when Santa Anita opens for its 75th winter/spring meet on Dec.

December 14, 2011

• ASMUSSEN HOPES FOR FAST START AT SANTA ANITA IN GRADE I MALIBU

• SANTA ANITA UNVEILS NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART VIDEO BOARDS

• ANGELS GET PUJOLS, SANTA ANITA HAS ROSARIO

• HBO VIEWERS ARE IN ‘LUCK,’ CRITICS SAY

ASMUSSEN, SELECT MEMBER OF 6,000 WIN CLUB, SET FOR SANTA ANITA

Steve Asmussen, one of only five trainers to achieve 6,000 career wins and the Eclipse Award winner as outstanding trainer in 2008 and 2009, is back at Santa Anita with a stable of quality prospects for the winter/spring meet that begins Dec.

November 5, 2011

• CHILE TODAY, HOT TOMORROW FOR BERRIOS IN GRADE II LAS PALMAS?

• DOG DAY AFTERNOON HAS HAPPY ENDING FOR TRAINER ARMSTRONG

BERRIOS LIKES HIS CHANCES ON PRIVATE AFFAIR IN SUNDAY FINALE

Hector Berrios is hoping history repeats with Private Affair in Sunday’s Grade II, $150,000 Las Palmas Stakes for fillies and mares at one mile on turf, closing day feature on the Santa Anita Autumn Meet program.

Berrios, a 24-year-old native of Santiago, Chile, won his first stakes race in the United States when he piloted Private Affair to a 2 ½ length victory in the CTT & TOC

November 4, 2011

• WALSH HOPES ‘SARAH’ SMILES IN GRADE II LAS PALMAS SUNDAY

• BEJARANO, ROSARIO DEADLOCKED IN RACE FOR RIDING HONORS

• WEEMISSFRANKIE SHARP FOR TODAY’S BC JUVENILE FILLIES

• BOXING STARS MARQUEZ, BRADLEY WORK OUT AT SANTA ANITA SATURDAY

IMPROVEMENT EXPECTED FROM SARAH’S SECRET ON SUNDAY

Sarah’s Secret is wheeling back in three weeks for Sunday’s Las Palmas Stakes, but trainer Kathy Walsh is confident that the 3-year-old filly will improve from her last two finishes, a sixth in the Grade II San Clemente Handicap and a fifth in the Grade III Harold C. Ramser Sr.

November 3, 2011

• ALL STAR HEART ALL HEART FOR GRADE II LAS PALMAS

• PACE MAKES THE RACE FOR ‘LEROY’ IN LURE STAKES

• GOMEZ HAS RICH OPPORTUNITES IN BREEDERS’ CUP

• TOP BOXERS MARQUEZ, BRADLEY SPAR AT SANTA ANITA SATURDAY

• TOP COP DICK HONAKER RETIRES AFTER 23 YEARS AT SANTA ANITA

GRADE II LAS PALMAS TEST FOR ALL STAR HEART SUNDAY

Brice Blanc has ridden All Star Heart in each of her six starts in the United States, winning four, a .667 average.

October 30, 2011

• BREEDERS’ CUP: SO FAR IT’S A ‘10’ THIS YEAR FOR BAFFERT

• WINNING EASES PAIN FOR TRAINER DON WARREN

BAFFERT ‘ALL IN’ FOR BREEDERS’ CUP, HIS MAIN EVENT

The Kentucky Derby is America’s race, but in the eyes of Bob Baffert, who has won the Run for the Roses three times, the Breeders’ Cup is an inspirational and motivating event that has the potential to attract new blood and new bucks in an industry that sorely needs both.

Baffert should know. He has started 57 horses in Breeders’ Cup races since its inaugural run in 1984, winning seven.

October 29, 2011

• DUBAWI HEIGHTS, AMAZOMBIE AMONG BC WORKERS AT SANTA ANITA

• ANNOUNCER JOHN LIES TO PINCH HIT FOR BC-BOUND DENMAN

GRADE I WINNERS DUBAWI HEIGHTS, AMAZOMBIE DRILL FOR BREEDERS’ CUP

Dubawi Heights, a consistent English-bred daughter of Dubawi who won the Grade I Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Santa Anita last out on Oct.

October 28, 2011

• HEADLEY TALKS SMACK, HAS M ONE RIFLE READY TO FIRE IN CAL CUP SPRINT

• DEFENDING CHAMP SOUL CANDY BACK IN CAL CUP CLASSIC

• STARLIGHT MAGIC STRETCHES OUT IN CAL CUP JUVENILE FILLIES

• SON OF UNUSUAL HEAT SET FOR CAL CUP JUVENILE

• CALIFORNIA NECTAR TRIES DOWNHILL COURSE FOR FIRST TIME

NO TURNING BACK FOR M ONE RIFLE IN CAL CUP SPRINT

The $100,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint is not lacking speed. That said, trainer Bruce Headley makes no bones about strategy for his charge, 2009 Malibu Stakes winner M One Rifle.