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Bending Strings Tuned Up for 'Margarita

Trainer Wally Dollase would just as soon forget Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (gr. I) candidate Bending Strings' last effort of Nov. 24, when she was ninth by 28 lengths in the Fall City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

Adoration Catches Star Parade in 'Margarita

Amerman Racing's Adoration finally caught the Argentine mare Star Parade in the $300,000 Santa Margarita Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita Sunday, returning to the Santa Anita Park winner's circle for the first time since her 40-1 upset in last year's Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).

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.

Fever Knocks Affluent out of Santa Margarita

Janis R. Whitham's grade I winner Affluent has been withdrawn from Sunday's $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita after developing a "slight temperature," trainer Ron McAnally's assistant, Dan Landers, said late Saturday afternoon.

McAnally Shoots for Seventh Santa Margarita With Printemps

Printemps is trainer Ron McAnally's entry in the $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (gr. I) for fillies and mares on Sunday at Santa Anita. Chilean-bred Printemps may not be favored in the race, but McAnally's history of success in the race is undeniable: he trained two-time winners Paseana and Bayakoa, Queens Court (1995), and longshot Toda Una Dama (1998).

Spain Totes Top Weight in Santa Margarita

D. Wayne Lukas is hoping that Spain can build on her La Canada Stakes victory as a field of eight older fillies and mares have entered for the grade I Santa Margarita Handicap set for Saturday at 1 1/8 miles on the main track. Spain, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old by Thunder Gulch, was purchased as a yearling at the September 1998 Keeneland sale for $25,000 and has gone on to win of seven of 21 starts for $2,283,335 in earnings.

Spain Totes Top Weight in Santa Margarita

D. Wayne Lukas is hoping that Spain can build on her La Canada Stakes victory as a field of eight older fillies and mares have entered for the grade I Santa Margarita Handicap set for Saturday at 1 1/8 miles on the main track. Spain, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old by Thunder Gulch, was purchased as a yearling at the September 1998 Keeneland sale for $25,000 and has gone on to win of seven of 21 starts for $2,283,335 in earnings.

Spain, Lovellon Top Santa Margarita Field

D. Wayne Lukas is hoping that Spain can build on her La CaƱada Stakes victory as a field of eight older fillies and mares have entered for the grade I Santa Margarita Handicap set for Saturday at 1 1/8 miles on the main track. An invitational event, the Santa Margarita serves as Santa Anita's championship for older fillies and mares on dirt.

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