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December 19, 2013

• NEW DATES, BEHOLDER HAVE MANDELLA OPTIMISTIC

• CASSIDY SEEKS MALIBU UPSET WITH HOLY LUTE

• ESPINOZA EXCUSES COLT’S ‘ROOKIE’ MISTAKE

MANDELLA EYES RETURN OF SANTA ANITA, BEHOLDER

Richard Mandella has much to look forward to in the immediate future. First and foremost, the opening of Santa Anita next Thursday, and down the road a piece, the return of Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Beholder, a cinch to be named champion 3-year-old filly of 2013 when the Eclipse Award winners are announced on Jan.

December 18, 2013

• HORSEMEN, FANS AWAIT ‘THE BIG MEET’ AND BEYOND

• FLASHBACK SET FOR COMPETITIVE GRADE I MALIBU

• PATRICK VALENZUELA READY TO RESUME HIS CAREER

• McANALLY GOES FROM PONIES TO PIGSKIN SATURDAY

BAFFERT: SANTA ANITA’S ‘BIG MEET’ IS ‘CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY’

“The Big Meet.”

That’s what any trainer worth his cell phone bill calls the season that gets underway at Santa Anita on Dec.

October 31, 2013

• NON-BREEDERS’ CUP STAKES KEEP O’NEILL BUSY

• MACHOWSKY ‘DRAWS’ DEEP BREATH AT LAST

• CALLAGHAN GOES FOR DOWNHILL DOUBLE

• ZEEWAT TACKLES ODDS-ON CHOICE IN DAMASCUS

O’NEILL ACTIVE IN JUVENILE FILLY STAKE, TWILIGHT DERBY

The beat goes on for Doug O’Neill, Breeders’ Cup or no.

October 27, 2013

• IT’S MILLER TIME AT SANTA ANITA FOR RENEESGOTZIP

• GAME ON DUDE BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC FAVORITE AT 5-2

• BREEDERS’ CUP: EXCITING AND ALL THAT JAZZ

BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY LIVES UP TO HER NAME: RENEESGOTZIP

In 12 lifetime starts, Reneesgotzip’s been in front at one call or another in nine of them. Chances are when she runs in Saturday’s $1 million Turf Sprint at about 6 ½ furlongs, she’ll be in front again.

It matters not that she’ll be running against males.

October 26, 2013

• MILLIONAIRES ROW HAS SIGHTS SET ON BC CLASSIC

• BREEDERS’ CUP TELECAST IN PRIME TIME ON NBC, NBCSN

• MUCHO MACHO MAN HEADS BC WORKERS AT SANTA ANITA

MILLIONAIRES MEET IN BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC AT SANTA ANITA

The 13 horses pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup Classic have combined earnings of $29,712,183. Not close to America’s growing national debt, but a pretty tidy sum in its own right.

Bob Baffert sends out the richest of them all, Game On Dude, in the mile and a quarter race worth $5 million that could decide Horse of the Year for 2013.

October 25, 2013

• DOUGLAS DUE AT SANTA ANITA AS PEDROZA SEEKS FIRST BC WIN

• DERBY WINNER O’NEILL SAYS BREEDERS’ CUP IS ‘SUPER BOWL’

• HRTV’S MIGLIORE: CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE WON ON THE TRACK

• AUSSIE LASSIE KAYLA STRA: PROFICIENCY IN THE SADDLE

TEAM PEDROZA HOPES STARS ARE ALIGNED FOR BREEDERS’ CUP

Martin Pedroza’s Breeders’ Cup mounts have been as scarce as rain in Southern California.

The 48-year-old jockey has only ridden in the World Championship event five times in its 29-year history.

October 24, 2013

• HORSE OF THE YEAR HINGES ON THE BREEDERS’ CUP

• BEJARANO REMAINS SOUTHERN CAL’S ALPHA JOCK

• GRADE III AUTUMN MISS STAKES DRAWS FULL FIELD

GAME ON DUDE, WISE DAN HORSE OF YEAR COMBATANTS

If Game On Dude wins the Breeders’ Cup Classic, he’s odds-on to be named Horse of the Year for 2013. If he loses and reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan wins the Breeders’ Cup Mile, it could be a toss-up. If Game On Dude turns in a clinker and Wise Dan wins with authority, it could turn the tables in favor of the incumbent.

October 20, 2013

• LATE NIGHT COMIC CONAN O’BRIEN TO CALL RACE ON FRIDAY

• LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL FOR CARACORTADO

• STEVENS ABOARD SHE’S A TIGER IN BREEDERS’ CUP DRILL

CONAN O’BRIEN TO PINCH HIT FOR TREVOR DENMAN ON FRIDAY

Trevor Denman will get a rare time-out on Friday. Late night funny man Conan O’Brien, who hosts CONAN weeknights at 11 p.m.

October 19, 2013

• TEAM TRINNIBERG SETS SIGHTS ON DEFENSE OF BC SPRINT

• MUCHO MACHO MAN HEADS BREEDERS’ CUP WORK PARADE

• CHRB MEETING AT SANTA ANITA ON THURSDAY

TRAINER HOPES TO RIGHT THE SHIP WITH TRINNIBERG

Team Parboo, or Parbhoo, depending on who you talk with, will give Trinniberg an opportunity to defend his title in the $1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint at six furlongs on Nov.

October 18, 2013

• TEAM O’NEILL HAS GOLDENCENTS SHARP FOR DIRT MILE

• BREEDERS’ CUP LURED BAFFERT TO THOROUGHBREDS

• STRONG WIND TRIES DOWNHILL COURSE FOR FIRST TIME

• ‘POP’ GOES THE BREEDERS’ CUP AT SANTA ANITA

GOLDENCENTS, TRINNIBERG WORK FOR BREEDERS’ CUP

Goldencents worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track in 59 seconds flat under leading rider Rafael Bejarano Friday morning as the Santa Anita Derby winner prepares for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Nov.