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Don'tsellmeshort Wins Del Mar's Graduation

Cecil N. Peacock's Don'tsellmeshort broke sharply under jockey Patrick Valenzuela and never looked back while scoring a gate-to-wire triumph in Wednesday's featured $125,000 Graduation Stakes for California-bred 2-year-olds.

Beau's Town Flashes to Crosby Victory for Norman

Midwestern invader Beau's Town, impressively handled by Patrick Valenzuela, blazed to an impressive 1 1/2-length victory in the $191,000 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) over a strong group of older sprinters.

Hollywood Wagering Par, but On-Track Business Down

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Hollywood Park closed its 64th Spring/Summer Meet Sunday virtually on par with its record meet of 2002 as common pool wagering totaled $688,581,157, down just .05 percent from the figure of $688,935,976 a year ago.

Cecil's Easter Surprise: Passinetti Wins Capistrano

Gary Tanaka's Passinetti, a 7-year-old gelding who had been turned out for more than three years and was nearly given away to become a riding horse, became racing's resurrection story of this Easter season Sunday by winning the $400,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap (gr. IT) at Santa Anita.

Comeback Win Sweet for Fernando Valenzuela

A win's a win, so it made no difference to jockey Fernando Valenzuela that his first victory in nearly 15 months came in a race that was reduced to three horses at Santa Anita due to four scratches, two at the starting gate.

Valenzuela to Serve Additional Three-Day Ban

Jockey Patrick Valenzuela has withdrawn his appeal of a three-day suspension issued by Santa Anita stewards on Dec. 31 and will serve the days concurrent with the five-day ban he is to begin on Friday.

Pat Valenzuela May Ride Kafwain

After earlier saying he was not considering a change in jockey for Kafwain, his prime 3-year-old Kentucky Derby candidate, trainer Bob Baffert said he has offered the mount to Patrick Valenzuela, who was aboard the colt for a five-furlong work on Wednesday.

Valenzuela Suspended for Five Days

Santa Anita stewards suspended leading rider Patrick Valenzuela for five days, Mar. 19-23, "for crossing over without sufficient clearance going into the clubhouse turn" on Que Facil Corazon in Friday's second race.

Starrer Steals Spotlight in Santa Margarita

George Krikorian's favored Starrer went over the $1 million mark in career earnings Sunday, pulling away from front-running Sightseek in deep stretch to win the $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita.

Classy Starrer Beats You in Santa Maria

Starrer was ready to roll down the backstretch in the $200,000 Santa Maria Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park on Sunday, but jockey Patrick Valenzuela knew better than to let her go so soon.

Harrisand Takes Big Step Up in San Marcos

Despite a steep step up in company in Monday's $150,000 San Marcos Stakes (gr. IIT) at 1 1/4 mile on the Santa Anita grass, jockey Patrick Valenzuela is confident Harrisand, the French-bred 5-year-old trained by Bobby Frankel, can handle the competition.

Echo Eddie Bulls Way to Dayjur Victory

Echo Eddie and jockey Patrick Valenzuela bulled their way past Rocky Bar on the inside and went on to a two-length victory in Sunday's autumn meet-closing $85,970 Dayjur Handicap at Hollywood Park.

Hombre Rapido Breaks Hollywood Track Mark

Hombre Rapido lived up to his name, busting to the lead early and cruising to a 2 1/2-length victory in track record time of 1:01 3/5 for 5 1/2 furlongs in Friday's featured seventh race at Hollywood Park.

Starrer Skims Rail for a Handy Bayakoa Victory

Jockey Patrick Valenzuela found room along the rail and shot even-money favorite Starrer through the opening at the top of the stretch, going on to a five-length victory in the $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) Sunday at Hollywood Park.

Madame Pietra Extends Habibti's Streak

Favorite Madame Pietra came from off the pace under Patrick Valenzuela to post a 2 1/2-length victory over Habibti in Sunday's $71,950 Corona Handicap at Hollywood Park.

Sparkling Texas Glitter Wins Turf Express

Texas Glitter, with John Velazquez riding, collared speedy Rocky Bar in the final 100 yards and went on to a 3/4-length victory in Friday's $200,000 Hollywood Turf Express (gr. IIIT) at 5 1/2 furlongs.

Golden Apples in Bullet Move at Hollywood

Bidding for an Eclipse Award as champion filly or mare on turf, Golden Apples worked a bullet six furlongs in 1:11 around the dogs on a firm turf course Thursday at Hollywood Park in preparation for the $500,000 Matriarch (gr. IT) Dec. 1.

Only The Best Romps in Sunny Slopes

Only The Best popped out of the gate and improved his position in Saturday's $96,600 Sunny Slope Stakes at Oak Tree at Santa Anita, rolling to a two-length victory under Patrick Valenzuela.

Rolly Polly Reaches Wire Just in Time

For Wildenstein Stable's favored Rolly Polly and jockey Patrick Valenzuela, the last stride of the $114,100 Senator Ken Maddy Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Saturday was the best one.

Oak Tree's Yellow Ribbon is All Golden

Gary A. Tanaka's Golden Apples, with Patrick Valenzuela riding, steered clear of trouble on the outside and went on to tally a one-length victory over Voodoo Dancer in the $500,000 Yellow Ribbon (gr. IT) at Santa Anita's Oak Tree Saturday.

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