- Juvenile Fillies winner Phone Chatter
- Distaff winner Hollywood Wildcat
- Juvenile winner Brocco
- Turf winner Kotashaan. Three of the above, Hollywood Wildcat, Brocco, and Kotashaan, were also the betting favorites. That year the Santa Anita backers made good choices--every winner that day, except for 133-1 longshot Arcangues in the Classic, was picked in the top three and went off at less than 6-1. Kotashaan and Phone Chatter had something else in common--trainer Richard Mandella. He could do it again this year. Mandella has the morning line favorite in the Juvenile Fillies, Halfbridled, and two entries for the Turf, Johar (8-1 ML), and The Tin Man.
There doesn't appear to be a strong trend of California-based horses winning one particular race on the card, except for the Juvenile. In four of the five times the Juvenile took place in California, it was won by a colt who made his last start in the Golden State. The only exception was Favorite Trick, who was the exception to every rule in 1997. He went undefeated that year and was named Horse of the Year after taking the Juvenile by 5 1/2 lengths over Dawsons Legacy.