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Giacomo Ready for Big 'Cap

Trainer John Shirreffs said Giacomo will be ready when the gates spring open Saturday for the $1-million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I). The Big 'Cap will be the second start of the year for the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner who began his 4-year-old season with a third-place effort in the Feb. 4 Strub Stakes (gr. II).

Santa Catalina to be Renamed for Bob Lewis

Santa Catalina to be Renamed for Bob Lewis

The grade II Santa Catalina Stakes, to be run March 4 at Santa Anita Park, will be renamed to honor the memory of the late owner/breeder Robert Lewis beginning in 2007, track president Ron Charles announced Saturday.

Overnight Purses on Big Cap Day Boosted

Santa Anita in conjunction with the California Marketing Committee and the Thoroughbred Owners of California, will boost purses for seven overnight races on Santa Anita Handicap day by $105,000.

Santa Anita Bumps Purses 5% on Brisk Start

Santa Anita Park announced a purse increase of 5% on Feb. 10, which will result in overnight purse distribution at the Arcadia, Calif., track of approximately $300,000 per day.

Mark Guidry Voted 2006 Woolf Award Winner

Mark Guidry, a Louisiana native who began riding in 1974 and has won more that 4,700 races, was selected the winner of the 2006 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award by his fellow jockeys.

Santa Anita to Unveil McCarron Sculpture

Jockey Chris McCarron will take his place among three other legendary riders at Santa Anita when a bust of his likeness is unveiled Saturday.

Horses Going for Green at Santa Anita Park

The season's first round of turf workouts took place Wednesday morning at Santa Anita Park when 34 horses breezed at distances from four furlongs to one mile. Opening day at Santa Anita is Dec. 26 and all workers were relegated to the outside portion of the course, 48 feet from the inner rail.

Trainer Gary Stute Keys Mare, Wins Pick Six

Gary Stute had the only winning Pick Six ticket at Oak Tree Sunday worth $124,881, thanks in large part to a victory by the mare he trains, Da Svedonya, who paid $14.40 in winning the seventh race for $12,500 claiming fillies and mares.

Valenzuela Excused Through Weekend

Stewards at Santa Anita excused injured jockey Patrick Valenzuela on Thursday from all of his commitments through Sunday's race card, one day after he failed to call in prior to taking off his mounts.

Santa Anita, Hollywood Barns Hit By Virus

A unnamed virus spreading through the barn areas at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park has reduced the number of horses available to race by "at least 10 to 15 percent," according to Oak Tree Racing Association director and practicing veterinarian Dr. Rick Arthur.

Santa Anita Meetings to Honor Public Handicappers

The Los Angeles Turf Club and Oak Tree Racing Association will honor the leading public handicappers at their respective Santa Anita Park meetings with memorial awards named for leading California owner/breeder Bernard J. Ridder and Los Angeles Times columnist Allan Malamud.

Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now?

By Ray Paulick - Conglomerate ownership was designed to bring economies of scale to the racetrack segment of the industry. Statistical evidence, along with unconfirmed reports that Hollywood Park may be sold to developers, suggests it hasn't worked very well in Southern California.

Shadow of Illinois Shows the Way in San Simeon

Shadow of Illinois Shows the Way in San Simeon

Shadow of Illinois, a 5-year-old California-bred gelding, won the $100,000 San Simeon Handicap (gr. IIIT) under Mark Guidry on the hillside turf course Monday to give trainer Anthony Saavedra his first-ever stakes win at Santa Anita Park and his first graded stakes win in Southern California on the closing day of the meet.

Wygod Denies CHRB Charges

Wygod Denies CHRB Charges

Embattled owner Marty Wygod fired back Tuesday at the complaints filed against him by the California Horse Racing Board concerning events around Sweet Catomine's run in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) last Saturday.

Hollywood Ending?

Hollywood Ending?

By Ray Paulick - The good old days? They weren't that long ago for horse racing fans in Southern California.

'Moneigh' Exhibit to be Held on Santa Anita Derby Day

Rerun and the California Equine Retirement Foundation will present a "Moneigh" exhibit at Santa Anita Park April 9, the same day as the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), the final West Coast prep race for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). The Moneigh sale will be held adjacent to the paddock area.

HRTV Special to Present John Henry's Santa Anita Victories

HorseRacing TV will celebrate the 30th birthday of the five-time Eclipse Award winner John Henry with a one-hour special presentation of the gelding's record 12 stakes victories at Santa Anita. "Standing Tall: John Henry at 30," will air at 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT) March 9 without commentary and will feature the dozen stakes wins wire-to-wire with the original track announcers' calls.

Ellis: Declan's Moon 90-95% Fit For Debut Saturday

Ellis: Declan's Moon 90-95% Fit For Debut Saturday

Declan's Moon, who was forced to miss a mile work last week due to the bad weather, still is nearly 100% fit for his scheduled 3-year-old debut in Saturday's Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita, trainer Ron Ellis said Tuesday.

'American Dream Derby' Concludes Monday

A top prize of $250,000 and a stable of Thoroughbreds will be on the line in the live finale of GSN's reality TV show, "American Dream Derby" at Santa Anita Park on Monday, Presidents' Day.

TOC Conformation Workshop at Santa Anita

Fans and prospective owners can learn about what physical traits to look for in a racehorse – both good and bad – during the Thoroughbred Owners of California free workshop on racehorse conformation Feb. 26 at Santa Anita.

Tougher Drug Sanctions Coming in California?

Tougher Drug Sanctions Coming in California?

Encouraged by Santa Anita's recent success uncovering excessive levels of sodium bicarbonate, the California Horse Racing Board's medication committee Wednesday tackled a wide range of other complicated issues with an eye to future technology and tougher penalities.

Mullins Denies 'Milkshake' Wrongdoing; Cerin Also Cited

Trainer Jeff Mullins said Friday that Puppeteer, found to have an excessive level of bicarbonate in his bloodstream following his second-place finish in the Jan. 22 San Marcos Handicap (gr. IIT), was subject to an accidental contamination of alkalizing agents.

Santa Anita to Honor Delahoussaye March 5

Eddie Delahoussaye, one of the greatest jockeys in Thoroughbred history, will be honored at a March 5 Santa Anita Park winner's circle ceremony on Santa Anita Handicap day.

Owner Doubles Santa Anita Tsunami Donation

Horse owner Mark Takenaka delighted officials at Santa Anita Park Jan. 17 when he more than doubled his winning "VIP Day" donation for AmeriCare Foundation's Tsunami Relief Fund.

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