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January 10, 2010

NORTH OR SOUTH, TEAM HOLLENDORFER IS A WINNER

Jerry Hollendorfer’s focus on winning is consistent, whether he’s running a $5,000 claimer or a Grade I stakes winner. It’s the competitive spirit and attention to detail that has driven the 63-year-old trainer to win more than 5,000 races, making him one of only four men to surpass that lofty mark.

A legend in the Bay Area where he won 36 straight titles at Bay Meadows and 32 at Golden Gate Fields, Hollendorfer has made an impact in Southern California since breaking ground here recently.

January 9, 2010

DERBY FAVORITE LOOKIN AT LUCKY WORKS HALF-MILE IN BLINKERS

Wearing blinkers for the first time, Kentucky Derby Future Book favorite Lookin At Lucky worked four furlongs on Pro-Ride Saturday in preparation for his 3-year-old debut, probably in the San Felipe Stakes on March 13.

With regular rider Garrett Gomez aboard, the son of Smart Strike was clocked in :47.40, working in company with Indian Firewater, who was timed in :48.20.

“Gomez felt the horse might need blinkers,” Bob Baffert said, “because when he makes the lead, he feels like a sitting duck.

January 8, 2010

OLD BOLD CHIEFTAIN YOUNG AT HEART FOR SATURDAY’S SAN PASQUAL

Bold Chieftain is a happy warrior. At age seven, he is an exception in racing, still competing at stakes level as a full horse. Saturday, the millionaire son of Chief Seattle goes for his 15th victory from 33 career starts in the Grade II $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap at 1 1/16 miles.

“He’s been very special," said trainer Bill Morey Jr., who has been in the business for 40 of his 69 years.

January 7, 2010

GOMEZ REUNITES WITH FURTHEST LAND IN SATURDAY’S SAN PASQUAL

Garrett Gomez hopes to keep his record perfect with Furthest Land, his mount in Saturday’s Grade II $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles.

Gomez was aboard the 5-year-old gelding when he won the Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway Park by a neck last Sept. 26 for trainer Mike Maker. Furthest Land, owned by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, won the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Nov.

January 6, 2010

TALAMO ON THE NOWNOWNOW HORSE IN SATURDAY’S SAN PASQUAL

Between winning scores of races, riding the morning line Kentucky Derby favorite I Want Revenge and starring in the popular TV show, “Jockeys,” Joe Talamo enjoyed a banner 2009. The teenage riding star hopes to enhance that success in 2010 starting Saturday when he rides Nownownow in the Grade II $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap.

Talamo won the Grade II San Fernando Stakes aboard the 5-year-old horse trained by Patrick Biancone last year.

January 3, 2010

PLETCHER HAS READY’S ECHO SET FOR SATURDAY’S SAN PASQUAL

Ready’s Echo missed a 24-1 upset by less than a length when finishing second in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita last Nov. 7.

January 2, 2010

BAFFERT OFF TO HALL OF FAME START AT SANTA ANITA

Bob Baffert is off to a flying start in pursuit of his ninth Santa Anita training title.

January 1, 2010

‘MIDNIGHT RIDE’ GIVES GOMEZ FOURTH STRAIGHT MONEY TITLE

It came down to the last race of the year at Santa Anita, and, in a bizarre turn of events, all Garrett Gomez needed was for his pick-up mount to come out of the gate Thursday in order for him to gain his fourth straight national purse money-won title.

Cenizo, the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the eighth race whom Gomez had acquired when Martin Pedroza “took off” three races earlier, was victorious as the 4-5 choice in the $18,000 maiden claimer.

December 31, 2009

LAST CHANCE TODAY FOR GOMEZ TO WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT MONEY CROWN

Garrett Gomez has two chances to capture his fourth consecutive national purse money crown today at Santa Anita. They’re not slim and none, but the jockey who turns 38 on New Year’s Day does have little margin for error.

December 30, 2009

TEAM SAAVEDRA OUT OF THE ‘SHADOW’ IN PURSUIT OF HISTORY

Shadow of Illinois will make history if he wins the $100,000 Sensational Star Handicap on New Year’s Day.