Headlines for Sunday, March 23, 2008

  • Craig Dollase has finalized next race plans for his handicap stars Monterey Jazz and Awesome Gem.

    Dollase's Stakes Stars Set for Hollywood

    Monterey Jazz, who finished 12th as the 7-2 favorite in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), and Awesome Gem will get their next starts at Hollywood Park.

  • Peppers Pride won her 15th consecutive race March 23, capturing the $100,000 Sydney Valentini Handicap at Sunland Park.

    Peppers Pride Powers to 15th Straight

    Unbeaten Peppers Pride moved to within one victory of tying the modern-day record for most consecutive wins when she captured the $100,000 Sydney Valentini Handicap at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino March 23 for her 15th straight.

  • Costume (inside, pink cap) hangs on for victory in a thrilling Santa Ana Handicap (gr. IIT).

    Costume Stages Dramatic Win in Santa Ana

    Costume, thanks to a little chicanery from jockey Garrett Gomez, gave trainer Bobby Frankel his eighth win in the Santa Ana Handicap (gr. IIT) with an all-out front-running victory on the Santa Anita turf March 23.

  • Once-beaten El Gato Malo is being pointed to the April 5 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3277578%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a><br>

    El Gato Malo Moves Forward for SA Derby

    Craig Dollase thinks grade III winner El Gato Malo will be even tougher in the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on April 5 thanks to his recent defeat.

  • Tomcito Invokes Memories of Canonero II

    The mere mention of 1971 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes hero Canonero II to most horsemen from Latin America immediately invokes pride. Trainer Dante Zanelli Jr. is no different, and he has a healthy respect for the achievements of the Venezuelan star who swept the first two legs of the American Triple Crown. He's just not ready to compare his charge, Jetset Racing's Tomcito, to the legend.