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January 27, 2011

• JIM CASSIDY AND THE SUNSHINE MILLIONS ON SATURDAY

• THE FACTOR POINTS TO SAN VICENTE STAKES ON FEB. 20

• MARTIN GARCIA RESUMES RIDING TODAY

THE USUAL Q.T., EVENING JEWEL SET FOR SUNSHINE MILLIONS

Trainer Jim Cassidy would appear to have a powerful one-two punch at the ready this Saturday, as he’ll be saddling a pair of Grade I stakes winners in the ninth annual Sunshine Millions, a series of races that pits California-bred horses versus those bred in Florida.

Cassidy will send out The Usual Q.T.

January 23, 2011

. VALENZUELA OFF MOUNTS SUNDAY, HOPES TO RETURN THURSDAY

. O’NEILL OPTIMISTIC ABOUT QUICK ENOUGH IN SUNSHINE SPRINT

. CAL-BRED CARACORTADO RETURNS TO TURF ON SATURDAY

. PALOS VERDES WINNER EUROEARS COULD BE HEADING TO DUBAI

VALENZUELA PLANNING ON THURSDAY RETURN

Veteran jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who was thrown to the turf following the start of yesterday’s $75,000 added Sweet Life Stakes, appeared to be uninjured following a post race examination, but was forced to take off of his nine mounts Sunday as a result of the mishap.

January 22, 2011

. VETERAN TRAINER MEL STUTE CUTTING BACK, BUT NOT QUITE RETIRING

. CLAIBORNE FARM EPITOME OF CLASS AT ECLIPSE AWARDS

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January 21, 2011

• RUSSELL BAZE LIKES SMILING TIGER IN SATURDAY’S GR.

January 20, 2011

• LEADING TRAINER BAFFERT HAS PAIR SET FOR SATURDAY’S GR. II PALOS VERDES

• PRE-ENTRIES TAKEN FOR SUNSHINE MILLIONS

• FINALLY, ZENYATTA GETS HER JUST REWARD

• RETIRED TURFMAN ANTONUCCI HONORED BY SANTA ANITA

BAFFERT FIRES BOTH BARRELS IN PALOS VERDES STAKES, ADDRESSES ADDED SAND

Bob Baffert has Ventana and Euroears primed for Saturday’s Grade II, $150,000 Palos Verdes Stakes after lengthy layoffs.

Ventana, a 5-year-old Toccet horse owned by the Lookin at Lucky trio of Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, has not raced since last May 1.

January 17, 2011

• HORSE OF THE YEAR A NO-BRAINER FOR McANALLY, ASMUSSEN NONCOMMITAL

• SAND TO BE ADDED ON TUESDAY

• QUESTIONS SURROUND BLIND LUCK’S NEXT RACE

MCANALLY SAYS ZENYATTA DESERVES HORSE OF THE YEAR HONORS

The votes are already in, but it could come down to a photo finish when Horse of the Year is announced tonight at the 40th annual Eclipse Awards dinner in Florida.

January 16, 2011

• ASMUSSEN’S TAPIZAR IN GOOD SHAPE AFTER IMPRESSIVE SHAM VICTORY

• NOTHING UNUSUAL FOR ABRAMS IN MONDAY’S GR. II SAN MARCOS

• TWIRLING CANDY BREEZES FOR STRUB STAKES

RACING WORLD AWAITS TAPIZAR’S NEXT RACE

Tapizar, who stamped himself as a leading Triple Crown contender by virtue of his impressive 4 ¼-length victory in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes, was in good shape Sunday morning, but there was no word on the colt’s next race.

“He’s good this morning,” said two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmussen.

January 15, 2011

• GOMEZ NEEDS BETTER START IN SUNDAY’S EL ENCINO STAKES

• CHAMP PEGASUS READY FOR 2011 DEBUT ON MONDAY

• ASMUSSEN SENDS OUT CITY COOL IN MONDAY’S SAN PEDRO STAKES

BETTER BREAK WILL HELP MALIBU PIER IN SUNDAY’S GRADE II EL ENCINO

Garrett Gomez will need good luck to upset Blind Luck in Sunday’s Grade II, $150,000 El Encino Stakes.

Gomez rides Malibu Pier in the race for 4-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles, second leg of the La Caňada series.

January 14, 2011

• SAN FERNANDO WIDE OPEN WITHOUT SIDNEY’S CANDY

• GOMEZ ASSIGNMENT TOUGHER WITH DEFECTION OF FAVORITE

• TAPIZAR FAVORED IN GRADE III SHAM STAKES SATURDAY

SIDNEY’S CANDY’S DEFECTION DRASTICALLY CHANGES MORNING LINE

Sidney’s Candy would have been the 4-5 San Fernando morning line favorite, according to Jon White, Santa Anita’s oddsmaker.

“Obviously the defection of Sidney’s Candy dramatically changed the morning line for the race,” White said. “Sidney’s Candy undoubtedly would have been a heavy favorite, but now I’m not even sure who will be the favorite.

January 13, 2011

• BEJARANO EYES BIG STAKES WEEKEND AT SANTA ANITA

• LIFE’S A ‘BEACH’ FOR CHANTAL SUTHERLAND

• GOMEZ RIDES AT THE FAIR GROUNDS JAN. 22

LEADING RIDER BEJARANO HAS A LOT AT STAKE

Rafael Bejarano is looking forward to a big holiday weekend at The Great Race Place.