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February 2, 2012

• LIAISON, GAME ON DUDE AT THE READY FOR BAFFERT’S BIG WEEKEND

• TAPIZAR SET TO CARRY HIS SPEED IN STRUB STAKES

• MASSONE HOPES TO FIND WINNER’S CIRCLE IN ARCADIA

• APPRENTICE FLORES TRIPLES TO REACH THIRD IN STANDINGS

LIAISON, SKY KINGDOM ‘WELL-PREPARED’ FOR SATURDAY’S LEWIS

Bob Baffert’s ultimate goal for Liaison and Sky Kingdom is the Kentucky Derby on May 5.

January 29, 2012

• GAME ON DUDE SET FOR 2012 DEBUT IN GRADE II SAN ANTONIO STAKES

• ROUSING SERMON ‘READY TO GO’ IN GRADE II ROBERT B. LEWIS

• SPEEDY TAPIZAR ON COURSE FOR GRADE II STRUB STAKES ON SATURDAY

• M ONE RIFLE MAKES TURF, ROUTE DEBUT IN GRADE II ARCADIA STAKES

GAME ON DUDE WORKING WELL FOR RETURN IN SUNDAY’S SAN ANTONIO

Game On Dude, gritty nose winner of last year’s Santa Anita Handicap and game runner-up to Drosselmeyer in the Breeders’ Cup Classic last Nov.

January 28, 2012

• FIFTH COMMANDMENT MAKES SECOND ATTEMPT DOWN THE HILL

• HRTV FEATURE ON CHANTAL SUTHERLAND PREMIERES SUNDAY

CASSIDY EXPECTS IMPROVEMENT FROM FIFTH COMMANDMENT IN WISHING WELL

Adhering to the adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” Jim Cassidy will saddle Fifth Commandment in a bid to win Sunday’s $70,000 Wishing Well Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.

Fifth Commandment was 10th and last, beaten 14 lengths in the Grade III Monrovia Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on the turf on Jan. 2.

January 27, 2012

• THREE R’S HELP BEJARANO REACH RACING’S APEX

• ‘LUCK’ PICK 6 SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA AND GULFSTREAM PARK

• SUGARINTHEMORNING IN SWEET FORM FOR GRADE I SANTA MONICA

• PROMISING EDEN’S MOON FAVORED IN GRADE III SANTA YSABEL

• NORTHERN INVADER ANTARES WORLD SET FOR VALENTINE DANCER

• VETERAN TRAINER MORENO SEEKS BETTER LUCK IN CRYSTAL WATER STAKES

STUDENT OF THE GAME BEJARANO IMPRESSES TRAINER MACHOWSKY

It takes more than skill and luck to be a top jockey.

January 26, 2012

• ZENYATTA-ESQUE CARACORTADO HEADS STRONG SUNSHINE MILLIONS CARD

• ‘LUCK’ PICK SIX SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA AND GULFSTREAM PARK

• SATURDAY’S SANTA MONICA FIRST GRADED STAKES, RUMOR HAS IT

• KILLER GRACES SHARP FOR GRADE III SANTA YSABEL STAKES

CARACORTADO EYES BREATHTAKING REPEAT IN SENSATIONAL STAR

Caracortado, whose last-to-first victory in the Daytona Stakes was beyond Zenyetta-esque, creating a buzz in racing that is still audible, will attempt to repeat that effort in Saturday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes for California-breds at about 6 ½ furlon

January 22, 2012

• ESPINOZA KEEPS HIS ‘PROMISE’ IN GRADE I SANTA MONICA

• CALHOUN HAS BEAT THE BLUES EN ROUTE FOR SANTA MONICA

• CARACORTADO SET FOR SATURDAY’S SENSATIONAL STAR STAKES

• ‘LUCK’ HORSES ADJUST TO THEIR ROLES FOR HBO SERIES

• CONFIDENCE TRIGGERS ROSARIO’S ‘GRAND SLAM’

ESPINOZA SEEKS THIRD IN ROW ON IMPROVING TEDDY’S PROMISE

Victor Espinoza has ridden Teddy’s Promise twice, winning each time, first in an overnight race at Hollywood Park on Nov. 15 at odds of 11-10, then in the Grade I La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita Dec.

January 21, 2012

• UNBEATEN CAL-BRED TIZ FLIRTATIOUS TACKLES OPEN FOES IN GRADE II LA CAŇADA

• GRADE II SAN CARLOS NOW AN OPTION FOR SCRATCHED AMAZOMBIE

• VANN BELVOIR FINDS A HAPPY HOME AT SANTA ANITA

ROSARIO CONFIDENT ON TIZ FLIRTATIOUS FOR GRADE II LA CAŇADA

With two California-bred horses winning top honors against international competition at last Monday’s Eclipse Awards ceremony, Thoroughbreds from the Golden State proved they take a back seat to no one.

Joel Rosario hopes that successful trend continues on a lesser plateau Sunday when he rides unbeaten California-b

January 20, 2012

• EUROEARS, M ONE RIFLE SET FOR GRADE II PALOS VERDES

• LOVE THEWAY YOUARE SEEKS FIRST STAKES WIN IN LA CAŇADA

• CARACORTADO RETURNS IN SENSATIONAL STAR NEXT SATURDAY

OUTSIDE PALOS VERDES POST GOOD FOR EUROEARS IN RACING FINALE

While the focus is on Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Amazombie and his scheduled 2012 debut in Saturday’s Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes, others in the field of eight going six furlongs for a guaranteed purse of $150,000 are on the back burner, relatively speaking.

Two such steeds are Euroears and M One Rifle, like Amazombie each a G

January 19, 2012

• ACCLAMATION AND AMAZOMBIE: CALIFORNIA’S ‘A TEAM’

• FLORES-PUYPE DUO OPTIMISTIC ABOUT LA CAŇADA STAKES

• BAFFERT DUO DRILLS FOR UPCOMING STAKES RACES

AMAZOMBIE SET FOR SATURDAY’S GRADE II PALOS VERDES, WEATHER PERMITTING

Less than 72 hours after being honored with Thoroughbred racing’s greatest award, it was business as usual for two of California’s most devoted horsemen.

Both Bill Spawr and Don Warren were back at their Santa Anita headquarters Thursday morning, directing operations for their charges at Barn 37 and 66, respectively, Spawr focusing on A

January 16, 2012

• COURTSIDE SEEKS GRADED STATUS IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II PALOS VERDES

• PENDER CONFIDENT OF JERANIMO FOR TODAY’S GRADE II SAN GABRIEL

• GREAT HOT SET FOR ADDED DISTANCE OF LA CAŇADA STAKES

SPRINT SPECIALIST COURTSIDE SET FOR GRADE II PALOS VERDES

Courtside is scheduled to make his first graded stakes start when he runs in Saturday’s Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes for 4-year-olds and up at six furlongs.

Joel Rosario thinks he’s up to the task.

“He’s easy to handle and his specialty is sprinting,” said Rosario, who has ridden the gray son of Cindago in eig