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Summer Colony Shows Readiness in Molly Pitcher

Edward P. Evans' Summer Colony, the only horse to beat Azeri, asserted her superiority through the stretch and drew off to win Saturday's $300,000 Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Monmouth Park by three lengths.

Candy Ride Brilliant in Hollywood Work

Unbeaten Argentine champion Candy Ride turned in another sensational work at Hollywood Park Friday that left Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally and exercise rider Paddy Daulton groping for superlatives.

Bullet Grass Work for Santa Catarina; American Oaks Next

Bob & Beverly Lewis' grade II winner Santa Catarina worked five furlongs in a bullet :59 1/5 handily over the turf course at Hollywood Park Thursday in preparation for the $750,000 American Oaks on July 5. With Hall of Famer Gary Stevens in the irons for trainer Bob Baffert, the 3-year-old filly was caught galloping out the six furlongs in 1:12 and change.

Ruis Notches First Riding Win at Hollywood

Mick Ruis, who recently completed his sophomore year at Poway High School near San Diego, "graduated" from the maiden jockey ranks at Hollywood Park in the second race Thursday, guiding Aetha to victory in a race for $8,000 claimers at 1 1/16 miles.

"Making of Seabiscuit" Documentary to Air July 2

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"Seabiscuit -- The Making of the Movie, Presented by Equibase", a special, behind-the-scenes look at the production of the upcoming major motion picture "Seabiscuit," will debut July 2 at 4 p.m. (EDT) on ESPN2.

Storming Home Rumbles in Whittingham

Trainer Neil Drysdale appears to have a star in Storming Home, who overcame some trouble to win Saturday's $350,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT) on the Hollywood Park turf as the 3-10 favorite.

Santa Catarina Gets Graded Stakes Win in Oaks

Bob and Bever;y Lewis' well-regarded Santa Catarina finally scored her first victory in a graded stakes race for trainer Bob Baffert in Saturday's $206,200 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Hollywood Park.

Storming Home Closes With Flurry in Murray

Making his first start in the United States, English-bred Storming Home proved that trainer Neil Drysdale's confidence in him was well placed as he came home with authority Saturday in winning Saturday's $400,000 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap over 12 furlongs on the Hollywood Park turf.

Mullins Plays it Cool With Derby Media Hype

Jeff Mullins went through the pre-Kentucky Derby media circus last year with Lusty Latin, who finished 15th. This year, the 40-year-old trainer has a solid Derby contender in Santa Anita Derby winner Buddy Gil, but Mullins is avoiding for as long as he can the hordes of inquisitive paparazzi massing at Churchill Downs for any scrap of Derby news.

Buddy Bled in Win, to Miss Training Time

Although he was running with Lasix, Buddy Gil did "bleed slightly" through the nostrils during his victory Saturday in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), trainer Jeff Mullins said. It was the first time the horse has done so in a race, Mullins said.

Buddy Gil Continues to Impress in A.M.

Buddy Gil, upstart winner of the Baldwin Stakes on turf and the San Felipe Stakes on the main track, worked five furlongs in :59 seconds on Santa Anita's fast maintrack under Gary Stevens in preparation for the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 5.

Final Destination in Game Buena Vista Win

New Zealand-bred Final Destination won the $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap (gr. IIT) for older fillies and mares at Santa Anita Park on Monday, her second victory in two U.S. starts for owner Edmund Gann and trainer Bobby Frankel.

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.

Valentine's Day Return for Stevens

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who portrays the late George Woolf in the upcoming Universal film, "Seabiscuit: An American Legend," will resume riding at Santa Anita on Feb. 14.

Tobey Maguire Goes From Spider-Man to Seabiscuit

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"Spider-Man" star Tobey Maguire has signed on to play jockey Red Pollard, who piloted the fabled Depression era horse Seabiscuit, in the major motion picture release of the Laura Hillenbrand book "Seabiscuit: An American Legend."

Salman Remembered for Enthusiasm, Passion for Racing

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As the owner of The Thoroughbred Corporation, Prince Ahmed Salman had dealings with many within the North American Thoroughbred industry. Those who worked with him remember him as an enthusiastic and passionate fan of horse racing.

Espinoza Wins Jockey ESPY

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At the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles Wednesday night, Victor Espinoza was chosen as the top jockey. The other finalists were past winners Jerry Bailey and Gary Stevens.

Sunday Break Weaves, but Wins

Sunday Break overcame an erratic stretch drive to win for the third straight time, taking a 1 1/8-mile, money allowance race at Aqueduct Wednesday. The victory keeps the Japanese-bred son of Forty Niner on target for the April 13 Wood Memorial (gr. I), and a possible stop at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) on May 4.

Swale Draws Five Sprinters

A field of five will contest the seven-furlong, $150,000 Swale Stakes on the Florida Derby undercard at Gulfstream Park Saturday.

Stevens Gets Mount on High Star; McPeek Pair Work

First there was John Velazquez, who is the regular rider of Kentucky Derby contenders Saarland and Nokoma. Then it was Jerry Bailey, who already was in great shape with Siphonic and Blue Burner, adding Repent to his roster of live Derby mounts. Now you can add Gary Stevens to the list of top riders doubling up (and even tripling up) on hot Derby mounts.

Moisture Said to Help Santa Anita Racing Surface

A little rain and a new approach to help retain moisture in the main track at Santa Anita Park seems to have addressed some gripes aired the week of Feb. 11 by jockeys about conditions at the Arcadia, Calif., facility.

Silvano Draws Outside Post in Hong Kong Cup

Arlington Million winner Silvano was installed the 9-2 third choice when he drew the outside post position 14 for Sunday's Hong Kong Cup that highlights and international card of four graded races at Sha Tin Racecourse. Jim and Tonic will break from post five as the 3-1 favorite in the 1 1/4-mile race.

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