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Strub a Cakewalk for Medaglia d'Oro

Strub a Cakewalk for Medaglia d'Oro

Medaglia d'Oro and jockey Jerry Bailey took command of Saturday's $400,000 Strub Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita early and never let up, drawing off to a huge victory in the 1 1/8-mile test for 4-year-olds.

Strub Stage Set for Medaglia d'Oro

Strub Stage Set for Medaglia d'Oro

Medaglia d'Oro, away from action since running second in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Arlington Park on Oct. 26, returns to competition Saturday as the favorite among six entrants in the $400,000 Strub Stakes (gr. II) for 4-year-olds at Santa Anita Park.

Baffert Says Eclipse Awards are Flawed

Baffert Says Eclipse Awards are Flawed

Trainer Bob Baffert, who wasn't named as a finalist for a 2002 Eclipse Award in spite of an outstanding year, said he's dismayed at the way the awards are handed out. The three-time Eclipse winner (1997-99) as top conditioner in the nation also said he feels the voting process is flawed.

Hollywood Futurity Trainers Doing Rain Dance

Hollywood Futurity Trainers Doing Rain Dance

A forecast of rain Friday and an off track Saturday brought rain-dance whoops from Maryland to California in the barns of John Scanlan and Rafael Becerra, trainers of Toccet and Roll Hennessy Roll, respectively, as they await Saturday's $375,000-estimated Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 mile.

Surya Drills as Frankel Mulls Dahlia Options

Trainer Bobby Frankel seeks a record sixth victory in the $150,000 Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT) Saturday, but as of Sunday he remained unsure of whether Surya or Tates Creek would represent his stable in the 1 1/16-mile test for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Tout Charmant Works for Dahlia

Tout Charmant, winner of the 2000 Matriarch (gr. IT) on the turf at Hollywood Park, worked seven furlongs in 1:28.40 at Santa Anita Friday for the $150,000 Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares on grass Dec. 21.

Lido Palace, Tenpins Top Clark Handicap Field

Lido Palace, Tenpins Top Clark Handicap Field

Amerman Racing Stables' Lido Palace, a Chilean import who has ranked among the finest handicap horses in America over the past two seasons, and Joseph Vitello's Tenpins, a rising star bidding to establish a national reputation, head an accomplished field of 12 horses in Friday's 128th running of the $400,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

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