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December 23, 2011

• GRADE I MALIBU STAKES CAN LEAD TO BIGGER AND BETTER THINGS

• FOUR HORSES IN ONE RACE DOESN’T GUARANTEE WIN FOR BAFFERT

• AGENT EXPECTS IMPROVEMENT FROM THE FACTOR IN MALIBU

• STREAKING ULTIMATE EAGLE HAS OPTIONS IN SIR BEAUFORT

MALIBU A STEPPINGSTONE TO GREATER GLORY, STEVENS SAYS

Not only is the Grade I Malibu Stakes one of the most important sprints on the racing landscape, it can lead to greater gold and glory down the road.

So says Gary Stevens, retired Hall of Fame jockey, three-time Kentucky Derby winner, actor who has a prominent role in HBO’s s

December 22, 2011

• BAFFERT ON HIS FAB FOUR IN GRADE I MALIBU: EVERY JOCK FOR HIMSELF

• WESLEY WARD HAS ‘KITTEN’ PURRING FOR SIR BEAUFORT

• SADLER JUVENILES SET FOR OPENING DAY CAL-BRED STAKES

THE FACTOR GOES FROM INSIDE TO OUTSIDE IN OPENING DAY MALIBU

As the trainer of four of the 11 horses entered, Bob Baffert has more than one-third of the field scheduled to start in Monday’s opening day feature at Santa Anita, the Grade I Malibu Stakes.

December 21, 2011

• HEAVYWEIGHTS BAFFERT, ASMUSSEN DOMINATE ENTRIES FOR GRADE I MALIBU

• ‘HOMEBODY’ GOMEZ SETTLES IN FOR SANTA ANITA OPENING

• LAST-MINUTE CHANGE PUTS ULTIMATE EAGLE IN GRADE II SIR BEAUFORT

• HENDRICKS HAS HIGH HOPES FOR CAL-BRED FILLY BELLOMA

TURF TITANS BAFFERT, ASMUSSEN SQUARE OFF IN MALIBU STAKES

Between the two of them, Bob Baffert and Steve Asmussen have seven of the 11 horses entered in the Grade I Malibu Stakes, Santa Anita’s opening day feature on Monday.

Baffert, a nine-time Santa Anita training king and a member of the Hall of Fame, has entered

December 20, 2011

• ASMUSSEN HAS THREE FOR THE MONEY IN GRADE I MALIBU

• COMMA TO THE TOP RETURNS TO TURF IN GRADE II SIR BEAUFORT

• GRADE I WINNER RAIL TRIP RETURNS TO TRAINER RON ELLIS

ASMUSSEN TRIO SET FOR MALIBU STAKES ON OPENING DAY

Steve Asmussen, who is wintering for the second consecutive year at Santa Anita with 40 horses, is anxiously awaiting opening day. America’s leading trainer by races won, Asmussen oversees a national stable that wins races by the thousands. For instance, on Dec.

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.